This is some awesome, awesome news to start your morning. Mark Gatiss has announced he’ll be writing a docudrama for the BBC all about the creation of Doctor Who. The special is part of the expected 50th anniversary celebration and will be titled An Adventure in Space and Time. Unfamiliar with Gatiss? Well, shame on you. He’s co-creator of Sherlock with Steven Moffat, plays Mycroft Holmes in that series, he was also Professor Lazarus in “The Lazarus Experiment” as well as several other minor roles in Doctor Who, and he’s writing an episode for season seven of Who, “The Crimson Horror.” Whew! And that’s only what I could think of off the top of my head. If you check out his page on the TARDIS wiki you’ll see he’s been a creative force in Doctor Who for years.
Basically, what I’m getting at is he’s a PERFECT choice and you should be really, really, excited.
Here’s the official press release, bolding is mine,
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 since its 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.
I’m so excited they’ve chosen to tell this story, and I’m so happy they’ve given it to Gatiss to write. It’ll be brilliant, I just know it! It’ll be especially interesting to see how the good ‘ole Beeb is portrayed in this docudrama. See, for many, many, MANY years the BBC hated Doctor Who. The higher-ups didn’t understand the show and they didn’t understand the people making it. It’s by no coincidence that even as the show lasted into the 70s and 80s their budget allowed them no better effects than what had already been accomplished in the 60s. Sometimes I’m still shocked they even attempted another reboot after the 1996 movie didn’t perform as well as expected.
I believe now the most important bit of news we’re waiting for is who they’ll cast as the First Doctor, William Hartnell. It won’t be the first time some one else will have to play the role. In the 25th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors,” the First Doctor was played by Richard Hurndall since Hartnell had already passed. It worked fairly well, but somehow I don’t believe Hurndall is still with us either. Who do you think they could cast as the crotchety yet endearing First Doctor?
Source: Doctor Who TV