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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: “The 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


  • booboo

    August 14th, 2012 - 1:41pm

    they wont want to take the limelight away form the currant Doctor – it should be focused on all of them if anything

  • the doctor

    August 14th, 2012 - 1:40pm

    It might not be true but david tennant might be playing the doctor in the 50th anniversary movie.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 14th, 2012 - 12:06pm

    First comment since January ? . . . . WHAT ????.

  • Doctor Who DVD Collector

    August 14th, 2012 - 12:02pm

    THE YETI???

  • Anonymous

    August 14th, 2012 - 10:31am

    I heard that the monster for the xmas special(for once a real monster that does not turn good at the last minute like most xmas specials) it is a killer snowman. Don’t beleve me then check out some spoilers

  • Doctor Who Fan 200

    August 13th, 2012 - 10:48pm


    Sound’s good.

  • Dalek Jake

    August 13th, 2012 - 5:51pm

    Looking forward to this oh and the update on the Daleks fact file is great.

  • the astronaut of death

    August 13th, 2012 - 5:23pm

    welll matt smith is going to be staying to at lest to 2014

  • Renegade Dalek

    August 13th, 2012 - 1:11pm

    probably need to record this. better be good!

  • The Robot Of Death

    August 13th, 2012 - 9:21am

    Just read your comment John Smith and I agree because he’s so going to regret not being in the 50th anniversary.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 13th, 2012 - 8:40am

    Yeah, William and Richard played very different versions of the same 1st Doctor.

    Richards version didn’t seem to do all that ‘Hmmm’ thing that William did, and since when did the 1st Doctor wear fingerless gloves ????.

  • Anonymous

    August 12th, 2012 - 8:08pm

    At the time he did, but he was very annoyed at those people. He has no intention of going back and he doesn’t regret his decision in any way.

  • Nigel M

    August 12th, 2012 - 3:07pm

    I agree. If it’s just one or two characters then OK, but if they start doing 50 years worth of key people then many viewers will probably be scratching their heads and asking “Who’s that supposed to be ?”.

  • Commander Strax

    August 12th, 2012 - 1:54pm

    Nice idea cyberdevil.

  • dr who

    August 12th, 2012 - 12:58pm

    it is most likely because he will regenrate.i know it will be sad

  • John Smith

    August 12th, 2012 - 11:30am

    Whoever said that Christopher Eccleston won’t return has some good points but let me put it to you this way guys and girls. Recently he was interviewed, I don’t know where or when so don’t ask me but apparently he said that he had much more that he wanted to do with the character of the ninth Doctor. I think someone should show Christopher the 5 Doctor’s and explain to him that it would of been a better story if Tom Baker was in it. Like the 50th anniversary will be better if he’s in it! Tom Baker kind of regrets not doing the 5 Doctors nowdays. I wonder if when Christopher is 60 something that he might regret not being in the 50th anniversary episode?

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 12th, 2012 - 10:00am

    Don’t ya mean series 7 ?.

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 12th, 2012 - 8:56am

    Oh I remember that, thanks for the link, I’m going to watch it 😀

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 12th, 2012 - 8:55am

    Well Chris has always been known to say no no matter who talks about Doctor Who to him.

  • The supreme

    August 12th, 2012 - 7:42am

    Matt smith said that series 8 will be emotinol

  • Skaroman

    August 11th, 2012 - 9:50pm

    If anyone has seen the five doctors episode, who thinks that Richard Hurndall and William Hartnell look alike? Because I think they like a lot different too each other. Thus I stand to my point that getting different actors to play original characters will be quite preposterous. Who’s with me?

  • dalekmaster17

    August 11th, 2012 - 7:25pm

    on youtube someone has uploaded The Story of Doctor Who (Documentary) which was made for the 40th anniversary and has people like tom baker talking about the show

  • Anonymous

    August 11th, 2012 - 7:26am

    Jason doctorwhoone about Christopher Eccleston Matt Smith said he’s still hopeful for Eccleston’s return and at a Q&A at the National Theatre, Eccleston told audiences he thought there was “more for him to do” with the character. So perhaps he could be swayed yet?

  • Some bloke

    August 10th, 2012 - 9:42pm

    not a documentary, a DRAMA, so actors will be playing key people like sydney newman, jacquelline hill etc

  • Anonymous

    August 10th, 2012 - 5:19pm

    didn’t they they say there would be 2 50th anniversary specials?

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    August 10th, 2012 - 5:04pm

    Tardis’nt – Yeah possibly. My thought was that it was ment to be Gallifrey, you know, burnt orange skies and all that.

  • Anonymous

    August 10th, 2012 - 1:33pm

    It seems that, but I think there’s been quite a bit of twisting and he may geniunely be meaning he wanted to have done more at the time rather than coming back.

  • booboo

    August 10th, 2012 - 11:29am

    i was getting the impression from some recent interviews that all might not be lost

  • Anonymous

    August 10th, 2012 - 11:26am

    Nothing to do with being a misery, there were some rather arrogant producers and directors that really wound him up. His conciounce wouldn’t let him do it while he knew certain people were bullying certain members of the production team.

  • Tardis’nt

    August 10th, 2012 - 9:38am

    maybe they changed it because it is the colour of the end of the opening titles?

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