Doctor Who drama casts Harry Potter actor
By Hannah Smithson
Harry Potter actor David Bradley will play “first Doctor” William Hartnell in a BBC drama about Doctor Who’s creation to mark its 50th anniversary.
- Harry Pottor actor David Bradley is cast in new BBC Doctor Who drama
The adventure story will journey the BBC‘s sci-fi drama, beginning in the early 1960s.
Bradley, known for his role as Filch in the Harry Potter series, said he was “absolutely thrilled” to be cast.
Filming will begin in February at BBC Television Centre, then move to Wimbledon Studios in south-west London.
The script has been written by Mark Gatiss, a regular Doctor Who writer who, like Bradley, has been seen in the show since its 2005 revival.
“I first heard about this role from Mark while watching the Diamond Jubilee flotilla from the roof of the National Theatre,” said Bradley, who played the character of Solomon in 2012 episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.
“When he asked if I would interested, I almost bit his hand off! Mark has written such a wonderful script not only about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, but a moment in television’s history.”