BBC Orders Doctor Who Genesis Drama

The BBC has ordered a special drama covering the creation of Doctor Who to mark the sci-fi series 50th anniversary next year.

The BBC Two drama will centre around the genesis of Doctor Who and will be penned by Mark Gatiss who has written several episodes of the sci-fi series and has also guest starred in the series. The drama will likely be similar in style to BBC Four‘s Road To Coronation Street which marked the 50th anniversary of the Manchester soap in 2010.

Doctor Who made its television debut on BBC One on November 23rd 1963 with Verity Lambert being the show’s first producer and William Hartnell in the lead role of the Doctor with William Russell, Jacqueline Hill and Carol Ann Ford as series regulars.


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 – 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 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 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.

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