To mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who BBC Two are treating us to a special docu-drama called An Adventure In Space And Time, showing the making of the phenomenal BBC sci-fi series that has kept out families entertained for half a century, and the genius behind the show, Mark Gatiss, says it has been ten years in the making!
Mark Gattis, who has written this one-off BBC Two documentary in honour of the massive landmark the show is about to achieve, revealed in a recent Radio Times that the idea behind An Adventure In Space And Time, was originally created to mark Doctor Who’s 40th anniversary!
Speaking to the publication, Gatiss explained: “I’ve been trying to do this for years – I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really – it’s taken about 12 years.”
“It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th…It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.”
Starring as William Hartnell, the original Doctor in the documentary will be David Bradley who played Mr Filch in the harry Potter series, and according to Gatiss Bradley has always been the one to play this part, since the idea was first developed ten years ago. Joining him in the cast will be Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine, who will play founding producer Verity Lambert.
Also speaking to Radio Times about his hopes ahead of the 50th anniversary is Gatiss’ co-writer, Steven Moffatt who confessed that he was “mostly excited” but “a little bit nervous and aware of trying not to let people down.”
Following An Adventure In Space And Time, Gatiss has also penned the next eight-episode series, due to air in March this year.