The BBC Two drama, penned by Mark Gatiss, charts the genesis of the sci-fi series and its early years on television. The special drama is part of the BBC’s celebrations for Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary. The new edition of the Radio Times reveals that Lesley Manville will play William Hartnell’s wife Heather in the special.
Below is the confirmed cast list for the drama:
David Bradley as William Hartnell
Jamie Glover as William Russell
Claudia Grant as Carole Ann Ford
Jemma Powell as Jacqueline Hill
Lesley Manville as Heather
Jessica Raine as Verity Lambert
Brian Cox as Sydney Newman
Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein
Sarah Winter as Delia Derbyshire
Actress Lesley Manville has a long and varied career; another forthcoming role is in Sky Atlantic‘s biopic on James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Manville has played tough lawyer Phyllis Gladstone in several episodes of Law & Order UK and played Margaret Thatcher in Channel Four’s docu-drama The Queen. The actress also appeared in BBC One‘s critically acclaimed adaptation of Cranford playing widower Mrs. Rose. Manville’s other notable roles include North & South, Poirot, Vera Drake, Midsomer Murders, The Cazalets and Solider Solider.