Though BBC is remaining tight-lipped about who will appear in the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special, they have confirmed that a new 90-minute show talking about how Doctor Who got to the screen will be airing around the same time. Titled An Adventure in Space and Time, it sounds like the special will be a dramatized telling of actual events. BBC has signed talented writer Mark Gatiss to script the show. If you recognize the name it’s because he’s the writer of many Who episodes, in addition to being the co-creator of Sherlock.
Gatiss will focus on the non-fictional origins of the series and is excited about the gig. He 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.”
I’m delighted about the choice of writer, and I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how it all started. I can almost hear the Whovians drooling – myself included.