Check out 1st up-close glimpse of Who's new 1st Doctor

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Feb 7, 2013, 2:10 PM EST (Updated)

Never mind about who the 12th Doctor might be, we've got the 1st Doctor in the flesh.

We showed you behind-the-scenes images from the set of Mark Gatiss's dramatization for Doctor Who's origin, An Adventure in Time and Space, but this is the money shot.  Gatiss himself tweeted the following photo -- it's a tight close-up of actor David Bradley playing original Doctor William Hartnell.  In short, it's a striking resemblance.

It's a little low-res, yes, but it really is uncanny.  Gatiss made sure to tweet, along with this image, the phrase, "One day, I shall come back…", which is a loving reference to Hartnell's best-known speech as he leaves his granddaughter, Susan, behind.  

And, indeed, it is as though he has come back, which makes us more excited than ever.

(via Doctor Who TV)