BBC America takes flight with Doctor Who

With credits including Ripper Street and forthcoming miniseries Fleming, US cable channel BBC America is making a name for itself as a coproduction partner for new UK drama.

The network is now onboard An Adventure in Space and Time, the recently commissioned drama to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who

BBC America will coproduce the show with BBC Cymru Wales. It will screen on BBC1 in the UK and BBC America later this year.

The 1×90′ film will tell the story of the origins of Doctor Who, which first aired on November 23, 1963.

David Bradley (Harry Potter) will play the first Doctor, William Hartnell, while Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) will portray Sydney Newman, the BBC’s head of drama credited with creating the long-running sci-fi series.

Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) is writing the drama and will executive produce it with Steven Moffat (Doctor Who) and Caroline Skinner (Doctor Who). Matt Strevens is producing alongside director Terry McDonough.

Filming begins at the start of February at BBC Television Centre in London before moving to Wimbledon Studios.

Source: Futon Critic