Doctor Who fans you’re in for a treat in the form of a 90 minute made for TV movie called “An Adventure In Space And Time”.
According to website Deadline the movie will be a retrospective on the evolution of the character since his debut in 1963.
This seems to be a fitting way to introduce new viewers to his history while giving old fans a nostalgic look back at Doctor Who’s long history given that since 1963 eleven different actors have stepped into the Doctor’s shoes. Mark Gatiss, known for his work on Doctor Who as well as BBC’s Sherlock, will pen the script. Look for the movie to hit your TV screens next year while the new season of Doctor Who will premier this month in the UK and on BBC America this fall.
Here’s the full press release:
AN ADVENTURE IN SPACE AND TIME TO MARK THE DOCTOR’S 50th BIRTHDAY
The BBC 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.