Writer-actor Mark Gatiss, who is no stranger to the Doctor Who franchise having penned several episodes and also appeared several times, has been tapped by the BBC to write a drama detailing how Doctor Who originally came to be in 1963 and since, according to the BBC’s official Doctor Who twitter account. The drama will air on BBC TWO next year during a celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary.
Titled An Adventure in Space and Time, Gatiss describes it as, “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.”
Doctor Who show runner Steven Moffat, who will executive produce the drama, also 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.”