Doctor Who thing of the day: An Adventure in Space and Time to tell the story of the show’s creation

Doctor Who William Russell Carole Anne Ford Jacqueline Hill William Hartnell

So that creation-of-Doctor Who teledrama that Mark Gatiss hinted at last winter? It’s happening. From the official BBC Doctor Who Web site:


The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.

An Adventure in Space and Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one off 90 minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is Executive Produced by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner. The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC TWO.

Mark Gatiss, Writer, said:

“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true Television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became 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”.

Steven Moffat, 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.”

The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.

Of course, there’s a lot of real-life drama behind the creation of the show, including the controversial involvement of women such as Verity Lambert at a high level, so this should be a juicy story.

Now: casting! Commenter Karl Morton IV suggested back in February that Peter Davison would make an excellent Hartnell — this was also floated on Twitter yesterday — and I have to say that that would make my head explode. I also saw on Twitter the fantastic suggestion that Juno Temple would be great as Carole Anne Ford; she would be. Who else could play these iconic roles?

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