David Bradley (Filch) to star in Doctor Who film
January 30, 2013, 06:01 PM
David Bradley (Argus Filch) is set to play William Hartnell in a film about the beginning of the Doctor Who phenomenon. The film, An Adventure in Space and Time, is a BBC drama that is a part of a 50-years-of-Doctor-Who celebration. An Adventure in Space and Time, approximately 90 minutes, will air on BBC2. The filming for the drama begins next month. The Guardian reports:
Bradley said he was thrilled to land the part: "I first heard about this role from Mark while watching the diamond jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre.
"When he asked if I would interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television's history.
William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice. I'm so looking forward to getting started."
An Adventure in Space and Time, a reference to the original subtitle of the show, will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who, which first aired on 23 November 1963.
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I’m certainly looking forward to this and I feel that David Bradley is going to be perfect casting for the part, he’s a wonderful actor and I can imagine him looking absolutely right as William Hartnell who I do actually remember as Doctor Who (I was very young at the time….)
My first Doctor was Jon Pertwee, but I’ve seen a couple of Hartnels. I wonder if Hartnel met with Patrick Troughton during the change-over. I’d like to see him played by his grandson, Harry Melling.
BillieMac — Hartnell was the one who suggested Troughton. It was Hartnell who, with his declining health, suggested the idea of the Doctor changing faces, saying that Troughton was the only actor in Britain suited to the job (or something like that). So I assume they were friends to some degree.
They also start together (vaguely) in The Three Doctors.