Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has confirmed that Mark Gatiss is writing a Doctor Who biopic – the story of the world’s longest-running science-fiction television series.
Moffat was speaking to Broadcast magazine. “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 [sic] was launched, ” he said.
However, according to Broadcast, the BBC “refused to confirm plot details or any of the characters that will feature in the biopic”.
The 90-minute drama, which has been rumoured for months, will be produced for BBC 2 in time for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013. Doctor Who executive producer Caroline Skinner will join Moffat as producer of the drama, An Adventure in Time and Space.
Speaking about the commission, Gatiss told BBC News, “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.”
Gatiss, 45, is an author, screenwriter, actor and producer. Since 2005, he has written a Doctor Who stories for all three recent Doctors – Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith – including The Unquiet Dead (2005), The Idiot’s Lantern (2006) and Victory of the Daleks (2010). He is the co-creator, with Moffat, writer and executive producer of Sherlock. A member of the League of Gentlemen, Gatiss has twice appeared in Doctor Who and plays Mycroft Holmes in Sherlock.
Doctor Who is the world’s longest-running science-fiction television series. Since it began in 1963, eleven actors have portrayed the Doctors on TV – William Hartnell played the First Doctor, followed (in order) by Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant. Tennant’s successor, Matt Smith – who has played the Eleventh Doctor since 2010 – will see the series through its anniversary year.