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Friday, August 10, 2012

How Doctor Who Was Made

A special one-off drama about the creation of Doctor Who has been commissioned to mark the show's 50th anniversary.

"An Adventure in Space and Time" will tell the story of the genesis of the BBC sci-fi show in the early 1960s.

"This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original," said its writer Mark Gatiss.

The 90-minute drama will air on BBC Two next year.

Gatiss said the drama would also examine how actor William Hartnell - who played the first incarnation of the Doctor - moved from hard-man roles to become "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," he said.

Steven Moffat, Doctor Who's 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."

Further details about the production, including the casting, will be confirmed next year.
Doctor Who was first broadcast on 23 November 1963 with a four-part adventure known as An Unearthly Child.


Mark Hubbard said...

Superb. And the other good news for those who enjoyed the Bourne franchise - on the tenuous link that I enjoy Dr Who and Bourne, so everyone else must - there's a fourth Bourne (Bourne Legacy) out. Didn't even know there was plans to make one.

Peter Davidson still my favourite Docter (last of the amatuers before it went professional).

Judith said...

Good stuff, I hope we get to see it here in NZ. Peter Davison is my favourite doctor too, I loved the little touch of the celery buttonhole.

Mark Hubbard said...

Yes, he was the last doctor who had the 'warmth of old England' feel to him: gingernuts dunked in hot chocolate after school, and that type of thing.

(This post partly to show I know how to spell doctor, and that 'was' were not right as I used it :) )

... cheers for your book name reminder on Graham's thread.

Joan Druett said...

I really liked Tom Baker, but David Tennant was so go-o-od; those manic eyes were perfect. And he had real female companions who could project personality, not a daddy-long-legs catwalk model. Billie Piper was terrific. And we loved Harriet-Jones-M-P. I do hope we get to see them all again -- plus the lost episodes that were floating about in space.

Shayne Parkinson said...

I feel just the same way, Joan. Tom Baker was my favourite Doctor, and I never thought any could come close to taking that place - until I saw Tennant's Doctor.

And Harriet-Jones-M-P is a firm favourite in this house, too. :)