Mark Gatiss to write one-off Doctor Who drama – Daily TV round-up

Anniversary: Mark Gatiss is to write a drama about creation of Doctor Who (Credit: PA)

'Doctor Who' writer Mark Gatiss is to pen a one-off drama about the creation of the programme to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Called 'An Adventure In Space And Time', it will dramatise how the show was originally conceived in the early 1960s and how the first Doctor, William Hartnell, became a household name and 'a hero to millions of children'.

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Gatiss, who also writes 'Sherlock' and was among the team behind 'The League Of Gentlemen', said: “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.

“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original.”

Executive producer Steven Moffat added: “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.”

It will be cast and filmed next year. [BBC]

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