Doctor Who 50th anniversary: Reece Shearsmith cast as Patrick Troughton in biopic An Adventure In Space And Time and Daleks invade Westminster!

by Anna Howell

In the run up to the much-anticipated 50th anniversary celebrations of Doctor Who, Reece Shearsmith has been announced as joining the cast of the 2 hour BBC2 biopic telling the story of how the show became, An Adventure In Space And Time.

Doctor Who has been entertaining families across the UK for nearly half a century, and to mark this magnificent occasion its writer, Mark Gatiss has penned a special 2-hour docu-film bringing the shows creation to life.

An Adventure In Space And Time, which Gatiss recently admitted was first considered 10 years ago to mark the shows 40th anniversary, will tell the story of Verity Lambert, who was the producer who developed the original series into the popular TV series it remains to this day.

Speaking to The Radio Times earlier this month, Gatiss, who is also one of the amazing pens behind rival BBC drama, Sherlock, said: “I’ve been trying to do this for years – I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really – it’s taken about 12 years.”

“It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th…It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.”

David Bradley

David Bradley

Already confirmed to star in this epic special are David Bradley, whose previous credits include playing Mr Filch in the Harry Potter series, who will play William Hartnell, the original Doctor in the documentary, and according to Gatiss, Bradley has always been the one to play this part, since the idea was first developed ten years ago. Joining him in the cast will be Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine, who will play founding producer Verity Lambert.

Jessica Raine

Jessica Raine

And now it has been revealed that Reece Shearsmith, who has worked with Gatiss in the League of Gentlemen, has been cast to play Patrick Troughton, who played the role of the second Doctor between 1966 and 1969, in An Adventure In Space And Time, according to the Mirror newspaper.

According to the publication, Gatiss, much like he did with Bradley, has had his “saturnine” friend Shersmith in mind for the part of the second Doctor for some time, explaining:

“I first asked Reece [about playing the role] 12 years ago when I started thinking about this project.

“We were in the midst of League of Gentlemen and I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece.

“Like the second Doctor, he’s small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. He thought it was a fantastic idea and I’ve kind of nurtured it all this time.”

“He’s not steeped in Doctor Who like I am, but has been lightly dipped over the years”

“Reece has a funny relationship with Doctor Who – mostly to do with impressions of the Borad from Timelash!

“He and a friend were obsessed with season 22. One of my earliest memories of Reece is him going, ‘I am the Borad!’

“He’ll do the whole of Timelash at the drop of a hat. Which is a strange qualification.

“He’s not steeped in Doctor Who like I am, but has been lightly dipped over the years. I know he’s delighted to be a part of An Adventure in Space and Time.”

Dalek Oswin

Meanwhile, with filming for An Adventure In Space And Time underway, the residents of London woke up to a huge surprise on Monday (17/02/13) morning as Daleks invaded Westminster Bridge!

Production crew lead the army of Doctor Who’s most famous enemy in what was the shows first attempt to replicate the original 1964 shoot that the Daleks were introduced in as part of the 2 hours BBC2 docu-film marking the shows 50th anniversary.

Pictures published in Sunday’s Daily Mail newspaper show onlookers watching in amazement as a piece of history unfolded in front of them, helping to make the excitement about this year’s celebrations even more intense!

Following An Adventure In Space And Time, Gatiss has also penned the next eight-episode series of Doctor Who, due to air in March this year.