Mark Gatiss pens script; Terry McDonough helms

LONDON

The story of how “Doctor Who” made it to the smallscreen in the 1960s is to be the subject of a new TV drama starring “Harry Potter” thesp David Bradley as the very first Doctor.

Bradley will play the late English actor William Hartnell in “An Adventure in Space and Time,” which will air in the U.S. on BBC America and BBC 2 in the U.K.

The 90-minute show has been greenlit as part of the cult sci-fi series’ 50th anniversary celebrations, which made its British debut on Nov. 23, 1963.

“An Adventure in Space and Time” is written by Mark Gatiss, who will also act as executive producer alongside Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner.

It is being produced by Matt Strevens for BBC Wales and helmed by Terry McDonough, who worked on “Breaking Bad.”

Other cast members include Brian Cox, who plays BBC’s head of drama Sydney Newman, Jessica Raine as “Doctor Who” producer Verity Lambert, and Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein, who directed the first episode, “An Unearthly Child.”

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