Mark Gatiss is writing ‘50 years of Doctor Who’ drama & new Doctor Who Christmas special 2012 pictures!

Fans of Doctor Who will surely be delighted to hear that writer Mark Gatiss is penning a drama that will relay the show’s origins, its creation and the subsequent global success that the show has enjoyed for five decades.

Announcing the news on Twitter, Mark wrote, “‘One day, I shall come back’. Thrilled to announce I’m writing a long-cherished drama about the creation of Doctor Who!”

To be entitled, An Adventure in Space and Time, the drama will go all the way back to 1963 when the show was first conceived.

It seems that the 90-minute film will also reveal how the very first Time Lord, William Hartnell, became “A hero to millions of children.”

Of the drama, Gatiss added, “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.

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

And fellow writer 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’s expected that An Adventure in Space and Time will be broadcast on BBC2 next year, although of course ahead of that, we have not only the new series to look forward to, but also this year’s Christmas special…

And today, we have some pictures for you of the cast on-set filming for the landmark edition, which will of course see the arrival of the Doctor’s new companion in the form of actress Jenna Louise-Coleman. Here are some sneak peeks from the set, including the now former Silent Witness star Tom Ward during filming…

How exciting!

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