The time-traveling Doctor Who is about to take a different kind of trip.
As part of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary, BBC America announced it will co-produce An Adventure in Space and Time, a dramatic look at the creation of the popular series in 1963. Doctor Who veterans Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner will serve as executive producers, with Gatiss writing the script.
David Bradley (the Harry Potter films) will portray the actor who played first Doctor, William Hartnell, in the drama, which will premiere later this year. Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy) will portray BBC drama chief Sydney Newman, who is credited with the show's creation, and Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) will play Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert. Sacha Dhawan (History Boys) will portray Waris Hussein, the director of the first episode, An Unearthly Child, which was broadcast on Nov. 23, 1963.
"What a cast! I'm utterly delighted that everyone's favorite Time Lord will be in such brilliant and stellar company," Gatiss said in the announcement.
Bradley, also commenting in the announcement, said: "Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television's history. William Hartnell was one of the finest character actors of our time and as a fan I want to make sure that I do him justice."
Matt Smith plays the current incarnation of the Doctor, the 11th in the series.
Adventure, which will begin filming in London in February, is a co-production of BBC America and BBC Cymru Wales.