As reported back in February HERE, Doctor Who writer/actor Mark Gatiss is to write a special one-off drama to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the popular BBC television series. The 90 minute film, An Adventure In Space And Time, will air on BBC Two next year. From the BBC Press Office, full details below:

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.

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  1. Some of us were drinking when this idea was originally floated some months ago and we thought it would be AWESOME to have all the past Doctors in this. Tom Baker as Hartnell! Paul McGann as William Russell! Colin Baker as Sydney Newman!! Sylvester McCoy as Ron Grainer, playing the theme tune on the spoons, naturally.

    Did I mention we were drinking? They're all great character actors, and if Tom could be persuaded to make an effort, it could be something.


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