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August 9th, 2012 63 comments

Mark Gatiss to Write 50th Doctor Who Drama

Mark Gatiss to Write Doctor Who Drama

From his twitter page

“One day, I shall come back”. Thrilled to announce I’m writing a long-cherished drama about the creation of ‘Doctor Who’!

New BBC Two drama to mark 50th anniversary of Doctor Who

The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.

An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is executive produced by current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama, and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.

Mark Gatiss said: “This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. I’ve wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true.”

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said: β€œThe story of Doctor Who is the story of television – so it’s fitting in the anniversary year that we make our most important journey back in time to see how the TARDIS was launched.”

The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting


  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 7:21am

    This is brilliant. Not sure who could play William Hartnell, William Russell and Carol Ann Ford, but Jaquelin Hill should definitely be played by Keeley Hawes [Ashes to Ashes].

    The Sun newspaper today posted a story saying that David Tennant might be reprising his role as the 10th Doctor for the 50th anniversary, but don’t get your hopes up, he might not, but if he does then he’ll make a lot of bleeden fan girls who keep saying “BRING BACK DAVID TENNANT !!!!” driving the rest of us nuts will be very happy if he does return. It also mentioned Christopher Eccleston, but he wont ever return, his made it perfectly clear he wont return . . . . the old misery.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 7:17am

    Yeah I noticed that too. I wonder why.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 7:16am

    The opening moments of the story could be in black and white, and then fade into colour.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 7:14am

    I’m sure as hell they will. We might even see replicas of the 4 original Dalek props made by Shaw Craft, and perhaps a replica of the original Tardis Police Box prop.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 7:13am

    Yeah Pyramids of Mars is on DVD, you can get in WH Smith’s or HMV.


    August 9th, 2012 - 9:34pm

    Oh, I see what you mean…

  • the astronaut of death

    August 9th, 2012 - 9:06pm

    guys i have just been on the offical site

    and they have added loads of orange

  • booboo

    August 9th, 2012 - 8:46pm

    there will be that as well, this is a special one of

  • McGann is the Doctor

    August 9th, 2012 - 8:19pm

    Seeing the words “Mark Gatiss” and “Doctor Who 50th anniversary” in the same sentence had me WORRIED but this is surprisingly good news, they will be making a documentary of it ! πŸ™‚


    August 9th, 2012 - 7:15pm

    Looking forward to this,wonder if they’ll film it in black and white?

  • Cyberdevil

    August 9th, 2012 - 5:39pm

    Just thought why don’t they get Doctor Who stars from across the 50 years to play the parts

  • Cyberdevil

    August 9th, 2012 - 5:37pm

    Great idea. I hope it will get a DVD release

  • Dalek Strategist

    August 9th, 2012 - 5:14pm

    I was kind of hoping for a special 50th Anniversery story, but this sounds much better. I just hope they have the creation of the Daleks too

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    August 9th, 2012 - 3:35pm

    What a nice idea! I’m sure this will be good. πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous

    August 9th, 2012 - 2:36pm

    I have always hoped that one day the BBC would do something like this a doctor who episode about the origen of dr who. I hope the show the filming of the daleks

  • Liam

    August 9th, 2012 - 1:17pm

    What a great idea! Looks good.

  • DaDoctor

    August 9th, 2012 - 12:20pm

    He is… But a lot of people (Including myself) would rather see Gattis write it than Moffat. Plus, Moffat hasn’t the time seeing as he is doing Who and Sherlock at nearly the same time.

  • booboo

    August 9th, 2012 - 12:18pm

    no this is a docu drama not an episode totally different

  • Rooners

    August 9th, 2012 - 12:06pm

    This appears to be a drama telling the story about the people who created the show…not an episode of the show.


    August 9th, 2012 - 12:06pm

    erm, i thought SM was the head writer… so shouldnt he write it? to be honest, night terrors by mark gatiss wasnt that good…

  • Dtron Wunder

    August 9th, 2012 - 12:01pm

    This is the 50th anniversary episode !?

  • anonymous

    August 9th, 2012 - 11:20am

    gary oldman as hartnell wud be good

  • Anonymous

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:56am

    why dont you just buy the dvd of it or get sarah jane adventures series 4 and its a bonus on that

  • Anonymous

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:56am

    Let’s hope so!!

  • Earth Bound

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:41am

    do you think they might rebuild some of the original sets like the console room for this?

  • The master

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:40am

    Really going to look forward to this – also cant wait to see who the cast for all the parts, and will the show the shooting of the 1st episode i wonder?

  • Davros Flatley

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:39am

    My Sky+ box will be full of Who next year hopefully they will repeat Classic episodes I want to watch Pyramids of Mars!!!

  • Peter

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:38am

    this will be great to see haw it all began

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:30am

    Oh. My. God. I am so gonna record this on my Sky+ box and keep it forever!! I am also gonna get this on DVD too!

  • Alex_The_Geek

    August 9th, 2012 - 10:29am

    The first (hopefully of many) 50th anniversary specials. I look forward to watching how Verity Lambert and her team created Doctor Who.

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