Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Alasdair Wilkins
    Nov 21, 2013
    The docudrama is at its most powerful in its second half, as the focus shifts more toward David Bradley as William Hartnell.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    Nov 22, 2013
    There’s a breezy propulsion to An Adventure in Space and Time--written by Sherlock's Mark Gatiss, a member of the Steven Moffat mafia--as it charts the evolution of Doctor Who and the invention of so many things beloved by Whovians the world over.... But it’s David Bradley who gives this telefilm its heart.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Nov 22, 2013
    "Doctor Who" fans may get a little more out of "An Adventure in Space and Time" than non-Whovians. However, even for those who don't watch "Doctor Who" regularly, it's a terrifically entertaining period piece with a lot of heart and appreciation for TV history.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Nov 22, 2013
    With warmth and gravity, [David Bradley's] the heart and soul of this grand Adventure.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Nov 21, 2013
    As a story about how the past became the present (which makes us, in relation to its characters, people of the future), it is very much in line with its subject, and has been made with much the same mix of enchantment and suspense.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Nov 21, 2013
    Bradley brings a great deal of subtle pathos and doughty courage Hartnell's predicament, and ultimately, An Adventure becomes much more than a fun swing through TARDIS trivia. It becomes a story about hard work, ingenuity and a classy passing of the torch.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Redfern
    Nov 20, 2013
    An Adventure in Space and Time is a surprisingly moving docudrama that recounts the creation of the iconic British television series Doctor Who.
  8. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Nov 20, 2013
    What a wonderful, funny, poignant origin tale for fans of “Doctor Who” and newcomers alike: An Adventure in Space and Time, airing Nov. 22, features a terrific performance by David Bradley as William Hartnell, the first Doctor. And a pleasing bit at the very end that will make you gasp.
  9. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Nov 21, 2013
    The film is cleverly structured as a time-travel flashback, beginning in 1966, at the end of Hartnell's tenancy of the lead role.
  10. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Nov 18, 2013
    An enjoyable dramatic movie.... [But] Because it’s a film both by and for the devoted, An Adventure in Space and Time tends to too easily revel in its own creation myth, veering quickly into a tidy, Hallmark-like ending.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Nov 21, 2013
    An Adventure in Space and Time turns out to be an entirely conventional backstage drama, moving at a leisurely pace and making every reversal and triumph easily comprehensible for an audience that may not have seen the original show.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Nov 29, 2013
    The whole affair is thoroughly riveting, even if you're not much of an old Whovian, hell it even works for non Whovians too. Missing it would be your own loss, trust me! Full Review »
  2. Dec 7, 2013
    I was almost (ALMOST) crying in the last scene, and that's a very hard thing to do.
    Much better than the more popular Day of the Doctor which
    was kind of disappointing. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2013
    Although not showing the whole creation of Doctor Who, An Adventure in Space and Time makes you cheer for the people who made Doctor Who a worldwide phenomenon and makes you feel proud to be a Whovian. Full Review »