Sherlock Writer Confirms Doctor Who Origins Drama

Mark Gatiss has confirmed that he’s writing a drama about the creation of Doctor Who. The man who co-writes Sherlock and has written for the little known British sci-fi show in the past posted the news on Twitter this morning.

“‘One day, I shall come back’. Thrilled to announce I’m writing a long-cherished drama about the creation of Doctor Who,” posted Gatiss, confirming the news that had been rumoured for a few weeks.

The drama – which has been given the provisional title An Adventure In Space And Time – will form part of Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary extravaganza next year. It comes hot on the heels of several other origins dramas, including The Road to Coronation Street and Morecambe & Wise drama Eric and Ernie.

“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original” Gatiss told the Radio Times, “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 for more years than I can remember! To make it happen for Doctor Who’s 50th birthday is quite simply a dream come true.”

It may be one of the most popular shows in the country these days, but Doctor Who nearly didn’t get off the ground back in 1963 so there will be lots of material for Gatiss & Co to work with. Pioneering producer Verity Lambert faced a number of early obstacles, including budgetary problems, the now well-publicised controversy over the show’s scare-factor to name just a few.

No news on casting as of yet, but rumours are spreading that Gatiss will cast Sherlock star Louise Brearley in the roll of Lambert, after she asked him for a role on Twitter and replied “Wait. Wait”.

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