With the fiftieth anniversary fast approach for the beloved U.K. series, Doctor Who, it wasn’t a complete shock that the BBC was going to do a movie about the creation of their biggest and longest running television series surpassing Star Trek.
They announced a 90-minute film, titled An Adventure in Space and Time, will chronicle the creation of the series which started with the original Doctor William Hartnell in 1963. The film will be written by current Doctor Who and Sherlock writer, Mark Gatiss, and Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner will both be on board as executive producers.
“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original,” Gatiss told The BBC. “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.”
“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,” Moffat said. The film will focus on how Hartnell went from playing “hard man” characters to becoming a child’s hero.
The film will be set to air next year, which is the fiftieth anniversary of the series and we can only assume that the BBC will air it on BBC America shortly thereafter. The latest season of Doctor Who is set to air later this month in the U.K. and probably air in September in the U.S. Looks like 2013 will be a great year to be a Whovian.