New BBC Two drama to explore creation of series!

August 9th, 2012
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The BBC has confirmed that a new BBC Two drama will be aired next year depicting the story of Doctor Who’s creation.

An Adventure In Space And Time is written by Mark Gatiss, a long time contributor to the series both on and off screen. The one-off biopic will be broadcast to coincide with the big 50th anniversary, and will explore the early beginnings of what has become the longest-running science fiction show in TV history. It’ll be executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner and have a running time of 90 minutes.

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

Steven Moffat added: “The story of Doctor Who is the story of television, so it is fitting in the 50th year we make our most important journey to how the TARDIS was launched…”

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The cast, production and transmission details for the drama will be confirmed next year.

With thanks to JC!

13 comments on this article
  1. Tom Versey
    August 9th, 2012 at 1.19pm | #1

    Exciting! But I do hope some of the classic eps are aired to mark it too.

  2. Tris
    August 9th, 2012 at 2.05pm | #2

    Waris Hussein told a convention last year that Mark Gatiss had contacted him and wanted to tell the story through William Hartnell’s eyes. Will Geoffrey Bayldon finally get his chance to be the First Doctor?

  3. TE
    August 9th, 2012 at 5.30pm | #3

    Surprised even as few as four people don’t like this idea. To be honest, there could be nothing more fitting for the 50th anniversary of the show than revisiting its origins.

  4. JC
    August 9th, 2012 at 6.14pm | #4

    Well, there’s been one for Eastenders (I think) and Coronation Street, but I’d really like to see this one.

    It will be interesting to see who they cast to play William Hartnell and the 1st Doctor

  5. Soph
    August 9th, 2012 at 7.28pm | #5

    This sounds really interesting, I’m looking forward to it.

    @Tom Versey
    I think that an episode from each Doctor would be great to mark the 50th anniversary.

  6. LBRTN
    August 9th, 2012 at 8.05pm | #6

    I think the four people who voted to ignore the past should be named, shamed, tarred, feathered and force-fed deep fried Kroll rings until they learn not to be so naughty.

  7. TE
    August 9th, 2012 at 8.16pm | #7

    Hopefully each Doctor’s and each companion’s first episode will be aired.

  8. Mia
    August 9th, 2012 at 8.38pm | #8

    I’m very excited to see how it all began!

  9. Rassilon’s rod
    August 9th, 2012 at 9.51pm | #9

    I remember hearing that something like this was planned for the 30th anniversary way back in ‘93 and I’ve thought it was a shame it was never made, especially after the excellent drama about the creation of Coronation Street a couple of years back. I really get the feeling now that the 50th anniversary is going to be very special indeed!

  10. JC
    August 10th, 2012 at 2.26am | #10

    I’m not sure how people can say they don’t care about the past either. If it wasn’t for William Hartnell, the rest of the starting cast, crew and people who came up with it, we wouldn’t have Doctor Who not just today but at all.

    I’m a revived series fan but I want to see this.

  11. Rob
    August 10th, 2012 at 8.56am | #11

    I reckon they should do a multi-doctor special as well as this, if they did both then the shows 50th anniversary would be epic

  12. Tom Versey
    August 10th, 2012 at 10.14am | #12

    What really is such a shame is that Patrick Troughton’s first episode and adventure was lost. Power Of The Daleks would of been so great had it still be with us and not missing! But viewers should get the chance to vote for the top 11 adventures (one from each Doctor) and they should be aired on either BBC1 or BBC2!

  13. Tom Versey
    August 10th, 2012 at 10.16am | #13

    What still fascinates me is William Hartnell’s words “I Shall Come Back. Yes, I shall come back.” That’s why I’ve always liked him! Without him, we wouldn’t have what Doctor Who purely is today.

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