The BBC have confirmed that a special ninety minute drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. An Adventure in Space and Time will explore the creation of the series in 1963, looking at all aspects of the process and the variety of personalities involved in bringing the longest running science fiction show to life.
It has been written by Mark Gatiss, who 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.
The show was commissioned for BBC Two by its Controller Janice Hadlow, and the the Contoller of Drama, Ben Stephenson; the role of producer has yet to be announced, but was advertised in July. Executive producers for the drama are Caroline Skinner and Steven Moffat, who added:
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.
Details about the programme, its casting and transmission will be confirmed next year.
You can follow our own articles on Doctor Who's inception in The Story of Doctor Who.