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At the summer TCA press tour’s second cable day, BBC America presented “An Adventure in Space and Time,” an upcoming film on the origins of “Doctor Who.” Star David Bradley (playing William Hartnell) and director Terry McDonough shared some highlights on the early days of the iconic series.

Set in the early ’60s at the BBC, the first production of “Doctor Who” was more than a small struggle. The show didn’t match the network’s programming at the time, it was produced by a woman and it was directed by the BBC’s first Indian director.

Also, the star was not in the greatest shape by the time they were filming.

The movie focuses on the behind-the-scenes aspects of the production. As a result, viewers will see the politics of the production, shot-for-shot reproductions of the early episodes and even odd bits of trivia — like the voice of the original Daleks was a man sitting off to the side of the set, talking into a microphone.

A few choice quotes from the “An Adventure in Space and Time” presentation:

  • “William Hartnell was one of the great unsung character actors of his time” – David Bradley
  • “He was born illegitimately behind St. Pancras station in London and never knew his father.” – Bradley on William Hartnell
  • “He was absolutely delightful … but he had his funny days.” – Bradley on Hartnell
  • “As far as I’m aware, it is a pretty accurate portrayal.” – Bradley on his character of Hartnell
  • “A lot of the favors came from people who were just big fans of the show.” – Terry McDonough on shooting the film on a low budget
  • “He is really, really unpleasant and horrible.” – Bradley on his Filch character in “Harry Potter”
  • “I love playing him, because he’s just irredeemable.” – Bradley on Walder Frey in “Game of Thrones”
  • “I seem to meet more people than I did.” – Bradley on playing roles in fandom-heavy projects
  • “I’ve watched a lot of footage on YouTube of people’s reactions to that.” – Bradley on the Red Wedding
  • “I just enjoyed every moment of it — I enjoyed it rather too much, actually.” – Bradley on the Red Wedding 
  • “We got the guy in from Scotland who builds Daleks.” – McDonough on bringing back the classic Daleks

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