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 Posted:   Mar 5, 2014 - 5:45 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

BBC Home Entertainment has announced the 3-disc Blu-ray release of Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time. Writer Mark Gatiss and director Terry McDonough's 2013 BBC docudrama stars David Bradley as William Hartnell, the actor who portrayed the First Doctor, along with Jessica Raine, Jamie Glover, Sacha Dhawan, Lesley Manville, Jemma Powell, Reece Shearsmith, Mark Eden and Brian Cox. The television film arrives on Blu-ray on May 27th.

Synopsis: Travel back in time to witness the dramatic birth of Doctor Who. Actor William Hartnell (David Bradley, Walder Frey in Game of Thrones, Filch from the Harry Potter films) felt trapped by a succession of tough-guy roles. Wannabe producer Verity Lambert (Jessica Raine, Call the Midwife) was frustrated by the TV industry's glass ceiling. Both of them were to find unlikely hope and unexpected challenges in the form of a Saturday afternoon drama, time travel and monsters. Allied with a brilliant creative team, they went on to introduce the world to the longest running science fiction series ever, currently in its 50th year and counting.

The 3-disc Blu-ray release of Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time includes:

Disc 1: An Adventure in Space and Time Blu-ray

Feature film presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround
The Making of An Adventure in Space and Time
William Hartnell : The Original
Regeneration: Doctors 1, 2 and 3, Re-cast
Reconstruction: Four Sequences
Farewell: David Bradley
Christmas Greeting: David Bradley
Titles Sequence
Deleted Scene: Delia Derbyshire

Disc 2: An Unearthly Child Bonus DVD

An Unearthly Child (1963): The first Doctor Who serial:
Episode 1.1: An Unearthly Child
Episode 1.2: The Cave of Skulls
Episode 1.3: The Forest of Fear
Episode 1.4: The Firemaker
Original Pilot of An Unearthly Child: Shot a month earlier and shelved due to a variety of technical issues, the original pilot episode is also included alongside the four broadcast episodes

Disc 3: An Adventure in Space and Time DVD

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I had no idea there was an aborted unseen pilot just like Star Trek and Lost In Space.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 7:38 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I had no idea there was an aborted unseen pilot just like Star Trek and Lost In Space.

It's included on The Beginning boxset.

The first episode, "An Unearthly Child", was originally recorded a month before full recording on the series began. However, the initial recording was bedevilled with technical problems and errors made during the performance. A particular problem occurred with the doors leading into the TARDIS control room, which would not close properly, instead randomly opening and closing through the early part of the scene. Two versions of the scene set in the TARDIS were recorded, along with an aborted first attempt to start the second version.

Sydney Newman, after viewing the episode, met producer Verity Lambert and director Waris Hussein. He indicated the many faults he found with the episode and ordered that it be mounted again; a consequence of this was the delay of the show's planned 16 November 1963 premiere date. This initial episode is now known as the unaired "pilot episode", although it was never intended as such, since the practice of producing pilot episodes did not exist in Britain in the 1960s.

During the weeks between the two tapings, changes were made to costuming, effects, performances, and the script (which had originally featured a more callous and threatening Doctor and Susan doing strange things like flicking ink blots onto paper). Changes made before the final version were filmed include a thunderclap sound effect being deleted from the opening theme music; Susan's dress being changed to make her look more like a schoolgirl than the original costume, which made her appear more alien and sensual; the Doctor's costume being changed from a contemporary jacket and tie to his familiar Edwardian clothing; a reference to the Doctor and Susan being from the 49th century was replaced with the line "[from] another time, another world"; the TARDIS door being repaired so that it closed properly; and a refinement of the TARDIS sound effect.

The original episode was not broadcast until 26 August 1991, when the BBC aired a version that edited together the first half of the taping with one of the two completed second halves. As it happened, the version chosen was the one in which the TARDIS doors would not close; other errors included actress Carole Ann Ford flubbing a line of dialogue, Jacqueline Hill getting caught in a doorway, a camera banging into a piece of scenery during one of the scrapyard sequences, and William Russell accidentally knocking over a mannequin in the scrapyard. Earlier, in June 1991, a version with the first half edited together with the other take of the second half of the pilot was released on the VHS compilation The Hartnell Years;] later, in 2000, the complete version (including both takes) was released in a remastered form on VHS, along with The Edge of Destruction. In 2006, the Doctor Who: The Beginning DVD set contained two versions of the episode: an unedited studio recording including all takes of the second part of the show, and a newly created version of the pilot that uses the best footage from the original recording, with additional editing and digital adjustments to remove blown lines, technical problems, and reduce studio noise. Like the other episodes from this serial, both versions of the "pilot" were remastered for DVD release, using VidFIRE technology that simulated the original video look of the 1963 production.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 8:05 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

@ johnjohnson- Thanks for the back-story awesome stuff.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

@ johnjohnson- Thanks for the back-story awesome stuff.

There's additional info at the Doctor Who Restoration Team website.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 9:38 AM   
 By:   Kim Peterson   (Member)

This is good to know. I have been watching the ones on eBay from Canada got for $50+. I can stop watching them now.

 Posted:   Mar 6, 2014 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

I'm not that bothered by the 2nd and 3rd disc myself. I already have An Unearthly Child and the original pilot from The Beginning boxset. Perhaps I'll hold off until there's confirmation about a Region 2 Blu Ray release.

 Posted:   Oct 13, 2014 - 7:35 PM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

The drama based on the birth of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time, has been nomionated of an International Emmy Award.

Nominations for the 2014 International Emmy Awards were announced today by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at a Press Conference at the Mipcom convention in Cannes.

An Adventure In Space And Time was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Terry McDonough.

The drama has previously been nominated for a BAFTA award and a Critics Choice award, but lost out in both cases.

TV Movie / Mini-Series - Nominations

Alexander and Other Heroes
Globo TV Brazil

An Adventure in Space and Time
BBC Wales / BBC America United Kingdom

TV Man Union for NHK in association with NHK Enterprises Inc. Japan

Unsere Mütter, Unsere Väter
( Generation War - The Motion Comic) teamWorx Television & Film GmbH / ZDF in co-operation with Beta Film and ZDF Enterprises Germany

The 42nd International Emmy Awards will take place November 24, 2014 at the New York Hilton Hotel.

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