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An Adventure in Space and Time

An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)



Average Rating: 8.5/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 1

Fun, clever, and eminently accessible, An Adventure in Space and Time offers entertaining viewing for Doctor Who newcomers and diehards alike.


Average Rating: 8.2/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

Fun, clever, and eminently accessible, An Adventure in Space and Time offers entertaining viewing for Doctor Who newcomers and diehards alike.



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What do you get when you mix C.S. Lewis with H.G. Wells, and sprinkle in a bit of Father Christmas? An alien Time Lord exploring space and time in a Police Box spaceship called the "TARDIS" (Time And Relative Dimension in Space). On November 23, 1963, a television legend began when the very first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One. Fifty years later, the genesis story is retold in a new BBC AMERICA co-production film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise, An Adventure in



Mark Gatiss

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (1)

As a story about how the past became the present (which makes us, in relation to its characters, people of the future), it is very much in line with its subject, and has been made with much the same mix of enchantment and suspense.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Gatiss has written several Doctor Who scripts, and it's striking to see how he adapts the story behind the story into a vintage Who tale: A tale of misfits triumphing over long odds.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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It captures the chaos and experimental vibe that dominated early TV production.

December 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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The film is cleverly structured.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Adventure aims for poignant but more often lands on solemn or maudlin.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's a breezy propulsion to An Adventure in Space and Time - written by Sherlock's Mark Gatiss, a member of the Steven Moffat mafia - as it charts the evolution of Doctor Who and the invention of so many things beloved by Whovians the world over.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Thrilling—you are there at the inception of Doctor Who!—and deeply poignant, sometimes at the same time...with actors like Bradley and Cox in place, it's difficult to imagine a better treatment.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

Even for those who don't watch Doctor Who regularly, it's a terrifically entertaining period piece with a lot of heart and appreciation for TV history.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A touching performance (by Bradley) in a drama which did telly's heritage proud.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Scotsman

This hugely entertaining account of Doctor Who's beginnings should appeal to casual and hardcore fans alike.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Wonderfully written and beautifully realised, this period piece crackled with the affection of a true fan.

January 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

A thoughtful, evocative, and beautifully shot look at Doctor Who's early days (for fans) that also delivers as an intriguing TV production docudrama (for non-fans).

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

Mark Gatiss treats the legends of Doctor Who's creation as only a longtime fan can, in a lovely tribute full of the exasperated acceptance that rose-tinted hindsight brings.

November 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Mark Gatiss's drama, An Adventure in Space and Time, is a lovely way to kick off the (50th Anniversary) celebrations.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

A handsomely produced and respectful endeavor.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

You don't have to be a Whovian to appreciate this jaunty re-creation of a simpler, scrappier time in TV history.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

Once "An Adventure" picks up momentum in its second half, viewers will begin to see what lurked behind Hartnell's formidable exterior: A dedication to getting it right and a very British desire to carry on, no matter how sticky things got.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

In Doctor Who, an end is always a beginning, and so it was with Mark Gatiss's cleverly resonant script.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent

You don't have to be a Whovian - or even know what a Whovian is - to enjoy it.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Audience Reviews for An Adventure in Space and Time

A thoughtful, handsomely produced, cleverly structured and absolutely wonderful piece of work. An excellent and outstanding movie. A poignant and insightful look into the creation of Doctor Who and the ups and downs of the men and women to try to make this legendary series work and succeeds well in making a good impression. A wonderfully funny, remarkable and terrific origin tale. One of the best television productions I have seen all year in 2013. The cast is truly superb, they give great love and dedication to the roles to make these characters shine. David Bradley is absolutely magnificent, his performance as William Hartnell is truly a gem. Bradley shines all the way through. Writer, Mark Gatiss's script and Director, Terry McDonough's craft, make this true television magic to watch. An effective, smart, moving and powerful movie.
January 22, 2014

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In 1963, BBC Head of Serials Sydney Newman(Brian Cox) is looking to fill a time slot on Saturdays around 5:00 pm. Along that line of thought, he has a science fiction program in mind, to be produced by his former protege Verity Lambert(Jessica Raine). She in turn hires Waris Hussein(Sacha Dhawan) to be the show's first director and William Hartnell(David Bradley, who is superb), a veteran character actor who was looking for a change of pace, to be its star. All of which Newman approves of, just as long as there are no bug eyed monsters...

"An Adventure in Space and Time" is a mostly inspired look at the early years of Doctor Who, saluting its heroes.(Sydney Newman also having developed "The Avengers," one of my other all-time favorite shows, makes him eligible for sainthood in my book.) Instead of dampening the magic of the show in this lively backstage look, this docudrama actually adds some magic of its own, while thankfully having little nostalgia for the time period involved. One part of that is the constant change involved with Doctor Who that William Hartnell who enjoyed a winter revival with the show felt increasingly worn down by, along with his poor health.(It's a nice touch that there are also mentions of some of his other roles.) That leads me into the only serious problem I have with this movie. From what has been written elsewhere but not really alluded to here, the Doctor was actually a co-lead character with Ian Chesterton in the first two years of the program, with Hartnell actually not being in a huge chunk in the serial 'The Keys of Marinus' from season one.
November 27, 2013
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