Mark Gatiss to write Doctor Who drama for 50th anniversary

Sherlock’s co-creator confirms he will be penning a documentary about the creation of Doctor Who.

Sherlock co-creator and regular Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss has revealed that he will be writing a drama about the creation of Doctor Who. He wrote on Twitter today, “‘One day, I shall come back‘. Thrilled to announce I’m writing a long-cherished drama about the creation of Doctor Who!”

It will be a 90-minute drama in aid of the BBC programme’s 50th anniversary in 2013, provisionally titled An Adventure In Space And Time. TV chiefs said it will cover “all aspects” of the show and will look at “the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life”.

Mark Gatiss 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”.

Who showrunner Steven Moffat 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.”

Doctor Who Series 7 is coming late August to BBC One HD.