I was checking out BBC America On Demand and saw that An Adventure in Space and Time was available for streaming. I just finished watching this for the first time.
I thought it was a wonderful movie, superbly cast, and I really enjoyed it.
First, I edited the video guy out of my reply (and my life) after the first few minutes because of his remarks about the 13th Doctor ("The show's direction is going THIS way; I am going THAT way"). As far as I am concerned, this pre-judgment can come from only one place and that is a place of superiority, if not bigotry. If Mr. Caylow had been video blogging back in 1963 (Note for the humorously impaired: that's a joke), I know what he would have had to say about Verity Lambert getting the first Who show runner job (see my review below).
Now, back on topic. I enjoyed "An Adventure in Space and Time" also even if it was a bit sketchy, taking large leaps through time and leaving out a lot of interesting and meaty stories. Here is what I wrote for the weekly thread on the Classic Film board.
This is a dramatization of the creation and first few years of the long-lasting BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who. Sidney Newman (Brian Cox) is the flamboyant head of drama at the Beeb. He describes himself as an Idea Man. He comes up with concepts for a new TV show than appoints others to bring it to life. His new show idea is a children’s program about an eccentric time traveler who educates about history. There are to be no robots, no bug-eyed monsters. Then he takes a radical step: he promotes Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine who appeared in the 11th Doctor story "Hide") as executive producer – the first woman show runner in the network’s history. Lambert takes her first risk by hiring cranky, cantankerous William Hartnell (David Bradley, Broadchurch/Argus Filch in Harry Potter) as The Doctor. Hartnell had a long film history of playing police inspectors, army sergeants, and mob hoods and was pretty well known to the British Public. Some of his best performances were in pictures like “Odd Man Out” (1947), “Brighton Rock” (1948), “The Mouse That Roared” (1959) and, in one of his last films, a somewhat different kind of character as “Dad” Johnson in “This Sporting Life” (1959). A must-see for fans of Doctor Who or any interested in Doctor Who or in early television.