Day 10: Favourite story
Day 11: Favourite TV contribution
Needless to say, he is making a great contribution to TV. Now I take up about Doctor Who. As you know, if it hadn’t been for Doctor Who, Sherlock probably wouldn’t be here. Also his passion produced “An Adventure in Space and Time”. I think this is his best effort to date. He sliced off from many anecdotes of DW’s birth and spun the beautiful story. This is exactly the love letter he wrote for TV and DW.
Mark Gatiss on the set of An Adventure in Space and Time.
Speaking of Mark Gatiss, tune into BBC America at 11pm ET this Saturday after the premiere of Deep Breath to see Mark Gatiss on Doctor Who: After Who Live, hosted by Chris Hardwick!
BBC AMERICA Announces Special Programming To Launch Doctor Who’s First Season Starring Peter Capaldi - Season Launches with Live Pre-Show and Post-Show Hosted by Chris Hardwick on BBC AMERICA on August 23
It’s a new beginning for the iconic series that explores all of space and time, as award-winning actor Peter Capaldi takes on the role of the mysterious time traveler, the Doctor. BBC AMERICA will launch Peter Capaldi’s first season of Doctor Who with special programming on the channel.
In the lead up to Doctor Who’s new season, BBC AMERICA will premiere a series of specials including Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion on Saturday, August 16, 9:00pm ET followed by The Real History of Science Fiction: Time at 10:00pm ET and Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord on Monday, August 18, 10:00pm ET.
The Doctor Who Takeover Week marathon will kick off Monday, August 18, 8:00am ET. Starting August 6, BBCAmerica.com will give fans a chance to vote for their favorite Doctor Who episodes – the top selections of this “Make Your Own Sunday” poll will run in a BBC AMERICA marathon on Sunday, August 24.
Announced today, comedian and Doctor Who superfan Chris Hardwick will host Doctor Who: Live Pre-Show at 7:30pm ET and Doctor Who: After Who Live at 11:00pm ET following the premiere of Intruders on August 23. The pre-show and post-show will feature an array of guests in the studio including writer and actor Mark Gatiss along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. [x]
Robots are the topic of the premiere of The Real History of Science Fiction, airing tonight, Saturday, April 19th, following the season premiere of Orphan Black.
Narrated by Mark Gatiss, The Real History of Science Fiction will definitely cover Daleks and Cybermen!
Airing at 10/9c on BBC America.
-Tom Riley (@ThisisTomRiley)
DOCTOR WHO CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT! POWER UP THE SIGNAL BOOST.
As filming progresses on Doctor Who series eight, news of Peter Capaldi’s first series in the Tardis is steadily beginning to drip through. This time it has been confirmed that Mark Gatiss will write two episodes for the new Doctor.
The Sherlock show-runner revealed that “I am writing for Peter Capaldi – two episodes, in fact” while on a promotional BBC Worldwide tour of Brazil.
DAVID BRADLEY & MARK GATISS on DOCTOR WHO’S origins - An Adventure in Space & Time (by BBC America)
Writer and executive producer of An Adventure in Space and Time Mark Gatiss talks about the joys and challenges around creating the 90 minute drama of Doctor Who’s genesis.
An Adventure in Space and Time premieres:
BBC Two (UK) 21 November 2013, 9p
BBC America (US) November 22, 2013 9p ET
Space (CAN) November 22, 2013 9p ET
ABC1 (AUS) November 24, 2013 8.45pm
William Hartnell once said: “If I live to be 90, a little of the magic of Doctor Who will still cling to me.” I don’t know what it is, but there is something in the fibre of the programme that is rather magical. Although Sherlock Holmes is in its DNA, and HG Wells is a source, what’s fantastic about the show is that it is a TV original, not an adaptation. It is one of the greatest single ideas that television has produced.
There’s something rather wonderful about the creation of Doctor Who, something very smoky and Novemberish. I imagine people on buses with wet raincoats, that kind of Britain. And going through it like a typhoon are two young people, Verity Lambert and Waris Hussein, with fantastic ideas, and an older man, William Hartnell, who sort of becomes young by association.
Written by Mark Gatiss, An Adventure in Space and Time features David Bradley as Hartnell, the first actor to play the Doctor in 1963.
Jessica Carney, who was six when her grandfather took the role, said he would have been “thrilled” by the show.
She was clearly overcome with emotion after a screening in London on Tuesday.
Some fans had queued up for hours for return tickets to the preview, held at BFI Southbank, which was attended by a number of former Doctor Who stars.
Afterwards, Carney thanked Bradley “for playing my grandfather so wonderfully”.
An Adventure in Space and Time is set in the first half of the 1960s and focuses on the people who created the sci-fi show, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next week.
@Markgatiss: Thrilled and overwhelmed by the reaction to ‘An Adventure in Space & Time’ at the BFI last night. Can’t wait for everyone else to see it!
Doctor Who: An Adventure in Space and Time airs Thursday 21 November on BBC Two and Friday, November 22 on BBC America and Space Channel.
A second movie poster for ‘An Adventure in Space and Time’.
An Adventure in Space and Time is premiering Friday, November 22, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA.
On November 23, 1963, a television legend began when the very first episode of Doctor Who was broadcast on BBC One. Fifty years later, the genesis story is retold in a new BBC AMERICA co-production film celebrating the 50th anniversary of the franchise.
Travel back to witness the genius that was the first Doctor, William Hartnell (David Bradley) and the unlikely production team behind the series.
“An Adventure in Space and Time is principally a human interest story you can enjoy even if you know nothing about Doctor Who,” says writer and executive producer, Mark Gatiss. “You’ll see the story of some amazing people who come together under extraordinary circumstances to create this wonderful thing that is still with us today.”
Mark Gatiss, writer of ‘An Adventure in Space and Time' shares his thoughts about the film and 50 years of Doctor Who.
This is my love-letter to Doctor Who! In this 50th anniversary year, I hope fans will enjoy and be thrilled by it and all the kisses to the past it’s laden with. But my greatest wish is that it appeals to people who know very little or nothing about Doctor Who and see the struggle of talented people (almost) accidentally creating a legend!