After yesterday’s casting announcement, Dhawan tweeted: “Can't wait to start this! Incredibly honoured to be part of this…” He’s actually nearly five years older than Hussein was when he masterminded Who but, as this 1960s picture of Waris shows, there’s an uncanny resemblance. “He’s taken a lot of effort to emulate how I speak,” Hussein tells RT today.
The full-cast read-through for An Adventure in Space and Time was held in central London on Tuesday afternoon, with Hussein in attendance. He tells RT: “I was very moved by it. We went round the table introducing ourselves and when it got to me there was huge applause!” He laughs and goes on to mention several other Doctor Who luminaries who also got applause – but we cannot reveal their names at this stage!
Flushed after the momentous read-through, Gatiss tweeted: “Thrilling and moving day. I’m spent!”
Filming starts imminently in London at BBC Television Centre and Wimbledon Studios. More news to follow at RadioTimes.com
(Colour photographs by Patrick Mulkern)