The coming Saturday brings the season premiere of Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi’s first as our favorite Time Lord. AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME was produced for the fiftieth anniversary of the show. It takes us all the way back to the beginning when the good Doctor was just a thought in the mind of Sidney Newman(Brian Cox). New to the BBC, he was looking to make his mark. He had a twenty-five minute slot that needed filling on Saturday evening. He wanted a science fiction piece and met immediate resistance.
Jessica Raine plays Verity Lambert, a novice producer put in charge of the show. As a woman, she had a lot to prove herself.
They wanted an older Doctor, but needed an actor that could play older, the rigors of series television you know. Emphatically turned down by several actors, it was Lambert that convinced them they needed William Hartnell(David Bradley). They just had to convince him.
The movie covers the early years and the time after three years when Lambert wanted to kill the Doctor and a new concept was born. Patrick Troughton(Reece Shearsmith) became the second Doctor.
Below is the trailer for the film, below that the new series.
I’ve seen about half these. I personally wouldn’t have included Star Trek or Mission Impossible, but those films had fans,
Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, the only of these I’ve seen was The Wild Wild West.
Tomorrow, the best.
As a kid of the fifties, THE RIFLEMAN was a particular favorite. I mean, there was a kid in it about my age doing things I desperately thought I wanted to do in that period. An honest to gosh cowboy, riding horses and everything.
Though I wasn’t aware of it at hat time, Sam Peckinpah was a young writer cutting his teeth on many western series during that period, one of which was The Rifleman. I’ve seen a number he wrote for the show since ME-TV has been running them twice a day. The two parter below, caught recently though, was written by actor Robert Culp.
The third episode is DEATH NEVER RIDES ALONE and guests future spaghetti western star Lee Van Cleef as an old friend of Lucas, a gunman who wants to retire to a quiet place.
This looks interesting. Will it be?