Mark Gatiss to pen drama about early days of Doctor Who for its 50th anniversary

The BBC reports that a special one-off drama is planned about the early days of cult TV series Doctor Who to mark its 50th anniversary in 2013.

The film will show how the series was brought to life, looking at the key figures in its development. The story, called An Adventure in Space and Time, is being written by Doctor Who scriptwriter Mark Gatiss.

Details about casting – including who will play the actor who first starred as the Doctor, William Hartnell – will be announced next year.

Writer Mark Gatiss explains “This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original.”

Mark Gatiss will be Special Media Guest of Honour at the upcoming FantasyCon in September.