Thursday, 9 August 2012
Mark Gatiss to script drama about the creation of Doctor Who
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will be marked by BBC2 next year with a drama chronicling the beginnings of the show, scripted by Sherlock co-writer Mark Gatiss.
An Adventure in Time and Space – the original subtitle to the show which began on 23 November 1963 starring William Hartnell – will be executive produced by Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, who works with Gatiss on Sherlock, and BBC Wales' Caroline Skinner.
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 this for more years than I can remember. To make it happen for Doctor Who's 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true."
It is not the first time the BBC has used the beginnings of a long-running drama for inspiration, BBC4 winning plaudits for its Bafta-winning The Road to Coronation Street, starring Jessie Wallace and Jane Horrocks and produced by ITV.
The BBC said the Doctor Who drama would explore all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, looking at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Source: The Guardian