To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘Doctor Who’, this one off drama shows how the BBC Head Of Drama Sydney Newman (Brian Cox) and producer Verity Lambert brought the show to the screen in 1963. Written by Mark Gatiss this is a drama full of pity and fondness as the grumpy William Hartnell creates a TV legend as The Doctor.
Verity deals with being the BBC’s first ever female producer, a Cyberman has a cigarette while waiting for filming to begin and the very first episode is broadcast the day after the assassination of JFK. Luckily in later episodes the show debuts their most iconic villains the Daleks and ‘Doctor Who’ is saved and becomes a massive success. As well as the drama, there are lighter moments such as the filming of a convoy of Daleks making their way across Westminister Bridge, only for one to loudly whine: “I need a wee don’t I?”
As they years pass an extra wants to show the Roboman’s inner turmoil, butterfly men in silly costumes stroll around but illness and old age is curtailing Hartnell’s performance and Newman decides to regenerate the show. So the Second Doctor will debut. This was okay nostalgia but there was an utterly unnecessary Matt Smith cameo.
“Some of us have got a bloody planet to invade.”
“A less polite no.”
“This sea of fag smoke, tweed and sweaty men.”
“She didn’t get here standing up did she?”
“I’m trying to recreate the Stone Age with airfix glue and bloody bacofoil.”
“Pop! Pop! Pop!”
“Did you like any of it?”
“This is Kennedy’s fault?”
“A dandy and a clown.”