David Bradley about playing the First Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special episode

Interviewed on the BUZZ stage at MCM London Comic Con, David Bradley talks about recreating the First Doctor in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special, “Twice Upon A Time”. He’s accompanied by Claudia Grant (she played Carol Ann Ford), the actress who played the Doctor’s very first companion and granddaughter, Susan, in the 50th anniversary drama documentary An Adventure In Space And Time, and they give a shout out to the Big Finish audio adventures they’ve recorded together. The interview is interesting, let’s watch it.

Fact File: The First Doctor

A fan-made fact file on the First Doctor, putting together all the information we have on his early years in the order in which he had experienced it, from his childhood to his travels in time and space.


Minecraft animations: Susans goodbye & series 8 titles remake

Susan has fallen in love with resistance fighter David Campbell, and the first Doctor decides to leave her on Earth to find a new life with him, bidding her a fond but firm farewell. Memorable scenes from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, first shown in 1964!


The titles remake for series 8.

Remembering the Future – Day of the Doctor Prequel

One year after the release of the 50th anniversary special, “Day of the Doctor”, the prequel hit the internet and landed on YouTube. It’s featuring the near-meeting of the first and eleventh Doctors in Totter’s lane and the beginning of a long-planned, but forgotten plot to save Gallifrey. This mini-episode is intended to clear up some of the continuity issues with Day of the Doctor, such as the issue of all of the incarnations of the Doctor apparently knowing about the Time War and how the calculations were set running in the first place!

Time-lapse – First Doctor’s TARDIS Console

The Doctor Who Experience — home to the biggest official collection of Doctor Who props, costumes and sets in the world — today celebrated arrival of the First Doctor’s console room. Watch as the DWE crew assemble the iconic TARDIS console, which was recently used in the upcoming BBC docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time.

The highly-detailed replica of the original TARDIS console (which will be piloted by David Bradley in the docu-drama) was displayed at Comic-Con Paris in July 2013. It will be on display to all visitors at the Doctor Who Experience throughout the summer: from Saturday 10 August in the mezzanine section of the building.

The console was originally designed in 1963 by BBC designer Peter Brachaki (with valuable input from Barry Newberry) and was piloted by the First Doctor, William Hartnell. It soon became a design icon and set a basic template which can still be seen in TARDIS console designs to this day.

Gleaming white, with a hexagonal central console and illuminated circular roundels on the walls, this TARDIS interior was scattered with objects from the Doctor’s travels – including an elegant Ormolu clock and a Sheraton chair. In the very earliest episodes, it included a huge hexagonal device on the ceiling next to the console and other separate banks of instruments, including a ‘fault locator’.

Related External Links

A new special edition of Doctor Who Magazine is out now with some missing First Doctor adventures

Doctor Who Magazine special editionAs it was announced, a new special edition of Doctor Who Magazine is out now, bringing you the complete visual guide to some of the missing First Doctor adventures. 106 Doctor Who episodes from the 1960s are no longer held in the BBC’s Archives. because the original videotapes were erased, reused, or destroyed.

Fortunately for fans, some of these missing episodes survive as “telesnaps” – essentially photographs of the film footage itself – designed to be a record of work for directors, designers and actors in the days before video showreels.

Fill the gap in your collection, with Doctor Who Magazine: The Missing Episodes – The First Doctor. It’s out now, price £5.99.

Find out more information about this special edition here.

Related External Links

Exclusive animation – The First Doctor Regenerates

With the threat of the Cybermen foiled, Polly and Ben find the Doctor has beaten them to the TARDIS and closed the doors. As they hammer on the door, the controls operate of their own accord and the central column begins to rise and fall….

Chris Chapman, Lead Animator on this sequence, said “We knew that we had to throw everything at this scene and in fact the whole story is historic, with the first appearance of the Cybermen, so we really worked very hard on it. It was a real pleasure. It has definitely made me a fan of Doctor Who.”

More information here.

Related External Links