Arrow Films have announced the DVD release of drama epic The Physician based on the best-selling novel by Noah Gordon, starring Tom Payne (HBO’s Luck, Waterloo Road), Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers: Assemble, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Hugo), on Monday October 5th.
When nine-year-old Rob Cole (Tom Payne) felt the life force slipping from his mother’s hand, he could not foresee that this terrifying awareness of impending death was a gift. It would lead him from the familiar life of 11th-century England to the medical school at Ispahan in Persia.
Apprenticed to an itinerant barber-surgeon (Stellan Skarsgard), it is the dazzling surgery of a Jewish physician trained by the legendary Persian physician Avicenna (Ben Kingsley) that truly inspires him to accept his gift and to commit his life to healing by studying at Avicenna’s school.
Noah Gordon’s historical novel The Physician was first published in 1986 and is considered as one of the precursors and most significant examples of the genre of the historical novel. It is also Gordon’s most successful novel to date having sold over 21 million copies worldwide.