‘An Adventure in Space and Time’ Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Movie Premiere Date Announced by BBC America

If you have ever wondered how the now iconic Doctor Who began, then you are not going to want to miss the television movie based on the series’ inception, An Adventure in Space and Time. BBC America announced today that the film will air Friday, November 22nd at 9PM. The 50th Anniversary Special The Day of The Doctor will air the following day, Saturday, November 23rd.

An Adventure in Time and Space stars David Bradley (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) as the man behind the first Doctor, William Hartnell, and will cover the events that preceeded the airing of the first episode of Who fifty years earlier on November 23, 1963. The film also stars Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) as Verity Lambert, Sacha Dhawan (After Earth) as Waris Hussein and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) as Sydney Newman. Together Lambert, Hussein and Cox were the unlikely production team who brought The Doctor to life.

An Adventure in Space and Time is principally a human interest story you can enjoy even if you know nothing about Doctor Who,” says writer and executive producer, Mark Gatiss. “You’ll see the story of some amazing people who come together under extraordinary circumstances to create this wonderful thing that is still with us today.”

The original goal behind the creation of Doctor Who was to make a series that would appeal to both children and adults (which worked out quite handily in the end). Upstart producer Lambert and first time director Hussein ushered The Doctor to the screen where he was first played by Hartnell, a 55-year-old actor near the end of his career looking for new creative avenues. The film chronicles not only the first Doctor’s beginning, but also his end and how it paved the way for the long-running series that has won over fans for five decades and counting.

Once again, An Adventure in Space and Time will air Friday, November 22nd at 9PM on BBC America.