The docu-drama will chart the origins of the veteran BBC sci-fi series as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations. Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss has penned the drama and has revealed to the Radio Times the piece has been in the works for many years! At the magazine’s cover party the writer stated “I’ve been trying to do this [project] for years – I tried to do it for the 40th anniversary! And before that, really – it’s taken about 12 years”
Gatiss also discussed the writing of the drama and its timing as part of the 50th anniversary “It’s a real labour of love for me and I’m just really thrilled that everything’s come together for the 50th. It just seems exactly the right time, and a wonderful cast and it’s a very lovely story.”
The BBC revealed earlier this week that veteran actor David Bradley – who appeared in Doctor Who last year in the episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship – will play First Doctor actor William Hartnell in the drama. Of the casting Gatiss told the Radio Times “I’ve had David in my head for years”
Call the Midwife actress Jessica Raine will play Doctor Who’s first producer Verity Lambert in the drama while Brian Cox will play Lambert’s BBC boss Sidney Newman with Sacha Dhawan as Waris Hussein; the very first director of the sci-fi series.
An Adventure in Space and Time will air on BBC Two later this year.