If you haven’t seen this docu-drama by uber-fan Mark Gatiss, go see it now.
The movie is Gatiss’ love letter to the show, as well as an overview for the uninitiated into its beginnings. While neither entirely thorough nor entirely accurate – key word docu-DRAMA – this fictionalized account still captures much of what made Doctor Who special – and what made it happen. Beautifully written, shot, and acted, it’s also an entertaining and moving piece of film. David Bradley plays the crotchety William Hartnell with all the acerbity and charm of the original. Jessica Raine makes a lovely – too lovely, some say – Verity Lambert, and Brian Cox and Sacha Dhawan capture Sydney Newman and Waris Hussein with perfection.
You will laugh. You will cry. And the Tenth Doctor’s most famous phrase will break your heart in whole new ways.