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!
With 3D and cinema screening, the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who will be looking to the future. However, An Adventure in Space in Time, which will also be celebrating the show’s half-century, will dramatise its beginnings at the BBC.
Written by Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, An Adventure in Space and Time stars David Bradley as original Who actor William Hartnell and Jessica Raine as the show’s producer Verity Lambert. Steven Moffat, executive writer and producer behind Doctor Who, is also producing the one-off drama.
Gatiss, who is a life-long Doctor Who fan, said that he had wanted to tell the story behind the makings of Doctor Who and the people involved for years. An Adventure in Space and Time is his “love letter to Doctor Who”, he says, and he hopes that the fans, as well as Who rookies, will enjoy “the struggle of talented people (almost) accidentally creating a legend”.
Happy Birthday actual time traveller Mark Gatiss.