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Doctor Who thing of the day: a BBC TV drama about the creation of Doctor Who?

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Is Mark Gatiss writing a drama about the creation of Doctor Who in 1963? His nondenial denials on a recent broadcast of Graham Norton’s radio show are certainly intriguing. From Bleeding Cool:

The back and forth went like this, between Norton and Gatiss:

Is it true – this is for Alan – are you writing a film about the creation of the original Doctor Who TV show circa 1973?

Am I writing a film about it? No I’m not writing a film about it.

Are you writing a book about it? Are you writing a radio play about it?

[Says something that sounds a bit like “Wait”]

Are you writing a television program about it? You’re writing something about it.

I’m writing on the back of my hand, now, what a good idea that would be.

Charlie Jane Anders at io9 picked up on this, too, and had this to say:

There’s certainly plenty of scope for drama there — and some really colorful characters in the mix, including Verity Lambert (pictured above), a young female producer in the ultra-sexist BBC world, trying to prove herself. And Delia Derbyshire, a pioneer of electronic music who created a theme tune unlike anything anyone had heard before. Not to mention Sydney Newman, the brash Canadian who came into the BBC to shake up a stodgy entrenched culture, by injecting a healthy dose of time-travel and family strangeness. And then, of course, there’s the cranky, larger-than-life William Hartnell himself.

This would be such a great way to honor the show on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. I’d love to see it. Now… whom do we cast in all the delicious roles?

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)

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