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BBC2 orders feature-length story of Dr Who for 50th year

BBC2 orders feature-length story of Dr Who for 50th year
Staff Reporter
10 August 2012

The BBC is producing a 90-minute Dr Who special An Adventure In Space And Time which will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who.

Dr Who first broadcast 49 years ago on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the feature-length drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is being 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.

 "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, " says Gatiss. "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 added: “The story of Doctor Who is the story of television.”

The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.

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