The BBC Press Office have officially announced that Mark Gatiss (writer, actor, whateveryouwanthimtodoer) – the man with a talent-filled finger in every pie – has been commissioned to write a drama for BBC Two that will tell the story of how Doctor Who first got made.
The drama – titled An Adventure In Space And Time – has been commissioned to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the show and will also also feature as Executive Producers: Steven “The Moff” Moffat (Gatiss’ co-creator of Sherlock, and showrunner of some other smash-hit BBC One family drama) and Caroline Skinner (current co-Exec Producer on Who, and previous Exec Producer on The Fades, which should not have been cancelled).
|“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.”|
Mark Gatiss, Creator Of Awesome Things.
Here’s the press release…
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 - 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.