K-9 returns to our screens this week as part of the new series of Stargazing LIVE. The Doctor’s faithful metal friend will be appearing in all three ‘Back to Earth’ shows as the new question master, posing a ‘space brainteaser’ to a number of special guests…
Stargazing LIVE is back on BBC Two for a third three-night series from tomorrow (Tuesday, 8 January) and aims to encourage everyone – from the complete beginner to the enthusiastic amateur – to make the most of the night sky.
Professor Brian Cox (who many will recall from his cameo appearance in The Power of Three) and Dara O Briain will broadcast from the control room of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, interacting live with the audience and calling on a starry collection of the country’s finest astronomical minds to explore the wonders of the cosmos. You can find out more about the series at the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE pages.
Immediately after each episode of Stargazing LIVE, Brian Cox, Dara O Briain and their guests return for an extra half hour of chat, debate and audience participation in three shows called Back to Earth. And that’s where K-9 will be on hand to give the benefit of his experience traveling amongst the stars!
The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.
An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who - first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest-running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.
Written by Mark Gatiss, it is 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.
Mark Gatiss said: “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. 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, Executive Producer, said: “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.”
The production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.