BBC Announces ‘Doctor Who’ TV Movie

An Adventure In Space And Time will dramatize the creation of "Doctor Who" from the very beginning.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

In the build up to the 50th anniversary of "Doctor Who" in 2013, speculation has run rampant that several previous actors who portrayed the Doctor may return to join current Doctor, Matt Smith for a brand new adventure. And although "Doctor Who," showrunner Steven Moffat continues to neither confirm nor deny those rumors, BBC has revealed an unexpected project that will celebrate "Doctor Who" from its genesis in 1963.

"Sherlock" co-creator Mark Gatiss will be writing a 90 minute TV movie called An Adventure in Space and Time; which dramatizes the creation of "Doctor Who" and explores the personalities behind the men and women who have shaped the series over the last 50 years. 

“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original," explained Gatiss. "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.”

“The story of 'Doctor Who' is the story of television," added Moffat. "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.”

An Adventure in Space and Time will air next year on BBC TWO (and presumably on BBC America as well). As for "Doctor Who" itself, the plans for the series' celebration of the anniversary are still unknown. But there may finally be an official announcement before the end of this year.