Reece Shearsmith to play Second Doctor

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Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith

Reece Shearsmith is to play Patrick Troughton in the 'Doctor Who' drama 'An Adventure in 'Space and Time'.

Reece Shearsmith is to play Patrick Troughton in a special 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary drama.

The 43-year-old actor has been cast as the late actor, who played the Second Doctor, in 'An Adventure in Space and Time' which will focus on the creation of the BBC sci-fi series and its 1960s era.

Shearsmith's 'The League of Gentleman' co-star Mark Gatiss has written the 90-minute film and admits he always wanted his friend to play Troughton.

He told the Radio Times magazine: "I first asked Reece [to play this role] about 12 years ago when I started thinking about this project. We were in the midst of 'League of Gentlemen' and I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece.

"Like the Second Doctor, he's small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. He thought it was a fantastic idea and I've kind of nurtured it all this time."

Gatiss has written several episodes of 'Doctor Who' since it returned to screens in 2005 - including 'Victory of the Daleks' and 'Night Terrors' - and is a huge fan of the programme.

Although Shearsmith isn't a committed Whovian, Gatiss insists he will do a fantastic job portraying Troughton.

He added: "Reece [is] not steeped in 'Doctor Who' like I am, but has been lightly dipped over the years. I know he's delighted to be a part of 'An Adventure in Space and Time'."

Troughton played the second incarnation of the Time Lord between 1966 and 1969, inheriting the role from First Doctor William Hartnell - who be played by David Bradley in the biopic.

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