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.
Cult British sci-fi show Doctor Who is to get a boost for its upcoming seventh season as key cast Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will take to the stage for a Q&A following a preview of the first episode at the British Film Institute’s Southbank center.
The actors will be joined on stage next week at the event by award winning writer Steven Moffat and executive producer Caroline Skinner at the one-off event hosted by broadcaster Richard Bacon.
The British Film Institute event will play host to series seven’s debut episode, Asylum of the Daleks, a return of the Doctor’s deadliest foe.
The BBC caused a fanboy and girl frenzy on the web with a fresh trailer for the new season during the Olympics last week.
It included glimpses of episode content including a story set in the Wild West and one that sees the Doctor and Amy rock up in Times Square, New York.
Filming of 2012’s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One, BBC America, and SPACE and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
Rupert Graves is going to be in an episode of Doctor Who this season. Benedict Cumberbatch is in the new Star Trek Movie. Christopher Eccleston is gonna be the villain in Thor 2.
It’s like everyone accidentally walked into the wrong classroom and are too British and polite to leave the lecture.
Coming this fall to BBC America, BBC One, and SPACE
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For those in the UK, BBC One will showing the trailer on the evening of Thursday, 2nd August:
A 90 second trailer offering viewers a sneak peek of the new series of Doctor Who will be hitting BBC ONE on the evening of Thursday, 2nd August.
We’ve already had a mouth-watering preview of the upcoming adventures and some behind-the-scenes photos of the cast and crew in New York, but this latest trailer will show a bit more of the blockbuster excitement that will be exploding onto our screens when the Doctor returns later this year.
New Doctor Who Series 7 Trailer to be posted this Thursday, August 2nd!!!
You have justified our entire existence.
We’re excited to share this one. A sonic screwdriver television universal remote.
Can we say that one more time? A SONIC SCREWDRIVER UNIVERSAL REMOTE(!!!)
The Wand Company - known for developing the World’s first infrared remote control magic wand and BBC Worldwide today reveal a must-have accessory for Doctor Who fans – the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control. Join BBC Worldwide in the North American unveiling of the remote control at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con, in BBC AMERICA booth #3629 starting preview night July 11 through the end of Comic Con.
A high quality metal replica of the Mark VII Sonic Screwdriver currently used by the Eleventh Doctor, Matt Smith, the new Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control is a gesture-based universal remote control that utilises infrared (IR) technology to manipulate almost all earth-based home entertainment systems - from TVs and iPod docks to DVD/Blu-ray players and beyond.
With a green flashing tip and an impressive four operational modes – including a practice mode – and three memory banks, a total of 39 commands can be stored in the Sonic Screwdriver Universal Remote Control, giving the option of operating multiple home entertainment devices with just a different flick of the wrist.
We just played with it at the BBC America booth and it’s pretty easy to use. It’s also really really cool.
In the meantime, stop by the BBC America booth (#3629) at San Diego Comic Con to check it out.
Because we’ve received lots of questions about the Sherlock merch: this is the exclusive Sherlock t shirt for Comic-Con. You can also grab Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD and Blu-ray if you haven’t already.
And if you’re reading this post, we sincerely hope you’ve seen Season 2.
FYI: the I AM SHER LOCKED shirt is a Comic-Con exclusive so try to get to the BBC America booth #3629 (or ask a friend to pick one up for you.)
The BBC America @ San Diego Comic-Con 2012 Superpost: Doctor Who, The Nerdist, new merch, and more!
BBC America is excited to announce our return to San Diego Comic-Con with a Doctor Who panel in Hall H, new exclusive merchandise, and special events at the BBC America booth #3629!
Here are the full details:
Doctor Who Panel and Q&A
Sunday, July 15, 12:30-1:30pm
BBC AMERICA’s (@BBCAMERICA) Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan make their triumphant return to Comic-Con for a panel and Q&A moderated by Doctor Who pundit and creator of the Nerdist, Chris Hardwick. They will be joined by star Arthur Darvill, who’s making his first pilgrimage to SDCC, along with award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock) and award-winning executive producer Caroline Skinner (The Fades). As fans eagerly await the new season’s premiere, BBC AMERICA has learned that Steven Moffat and team will be bringing something very special with them to reveal to fans in Hall H.
Matt Smith to appear on TV Guide’s Fan Favorite Panel
Saturday, July 14, 1:00-2:00pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront - Indigo Ballroom
TV Guide magazine returns with another all-star panel. Moderated by editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum, Fan Favorites brings together stars from TV’s hottest shows for a lively discussion filled with behind-the-scenes scoop. Panelists (subject to change) include Nathan Fillion (Castle), David Giuntoli (Grimm), Joel McHale (Community), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Maggie Q (Nikita), Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and others.
BBC America & Tumblr Present The Doctor Who Tumblr Meetup
Saturday, July 14, 2:00-4:00pm
Basic - 410 10th Avenue, San Diego
Tumblr loves Whovians and Whovians love Tumblr! Join us Saturday for a celebration of the Doctor Who community at the first ever Official Doctor Who Tumblr Meetup. There will be Cosplay! Giveaways! and (of course) an animated gif photo booth! For details and RSVP, check out the Official Doctor Who Tumblr.
The Nerdist Celebrates Comic-Con on BBC America
New world premiere specials of BBC AMERICA’s The Nerdist kick off with two back-to-back programs on Saturday, July 28 - The Nerdist: Comic-Con at 9:00pm ET/PT and The Nerdist: Tribute to Toys & Games at 10:00pm ET/PT. Host Chris Hardwick joins special guests in a comedic roundtable discussion of all the things that nerds love, from pop culture to news, tech trends and more.
The Nerdist continues in August with premieres of The Nerdist: Tribute to Science on Saturday, August 4, 10:00pm ET/PT. In The Nerdist: Tribute to Nerd Girls on Saturday, August 11, 10:00pm ET/PT and The Nerdist: Tribute to Time Travel featuring COPPER’s Tom Weston-Jones, premiering Saturday August 18, 10:00pm ET/PT.
Announcing a new series of Doctor Who specials!
Ahead of the new season of Doctor Who, BBC AMERICA will premiere new Doctor Who specials - The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who, and The Destinations of Doctor Who - as part of the Supernatural Saturday programming block starting Saturday, August 4, 9:00pm ET/PT.
New and exclusive merchandise at the BBC America Booth (#3629)
Fans of Doctor Who will find an assortment of contemporary and classic licensed merchandise at Comic-Con, available at the BBC AMERICA booth, in addition to officially licensed Doctor Who partners’ booths. The BBC AMERICA booth will also offer fans several product launch exclusives including: bobble heads, a lunchbox with travel mug and multiple t-shirt styles.
Liveblogging, Livetumblring, and Livetweeting all of Comic-Con
The Doctor Who Tumblr, Anglophenia, and @BBCAmerica will continue their tradition of liveblogging the BBC America experience at Comic-Con! Follow them on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for real time updates and announcements from Doctor Who, The Nerdist, Copper, and more!
We will be updating this post with new events as soon as they’re confirmed so come back.
The installment, which will air in 2013, is currently filming in Cardiff and will star new Who companion Jenna-Louise Coleman, Doctor Who Magazine reports.
Cross created hit Idris Elba crime drama Luther in 2010 and also served as head writer on Spooks between 2006 and 2008. He is also developing ten-part pirate series Crossbones for NBC.
Mark Gatiss has also confirmed that he will write a 2013 episode of Doctor Who.
“It’s for the new companion, Jenna-Louise Coleman - that’s all I can tell you or I will actually be shot!” he joked.
Can’t wait for the seventh series of Doctor Who to finally hit screens this fall? A mini-episode will be premiering next week, which should certainly help bridge the gap!
British children’s magazine show Blue Peter will exclusively air the episode, written by the winners of this year’s “Script to Screen” competition. The contest was launched back in January by Karen Gillan, and the winning entry was submitted by “three Blue Peter viewers.” The as-yet untitled episode will début during next week’s edition of the show in Britian, on BBC One at 5:45 p.m., May 24.