How do you celebrate a show’s 50th birthday? The BBC will be airing a special Doctor Who movie, called An Adventure In Space And Time, documenting the origins of the iconic series.
Deadline reports that the first episode of Doctor Who was aired on November 23, 1963. William Hartnel was the original Doctor, but the character has been portrayed by at least 10 actors since Hartnel left the series. Currently, Matt Smith stars as the famous time traveler.
The made-for-TV Doctor Who movie will be written by Mark Gatiss, who has penned several episodes of the hit series.
“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.”
Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat added:
“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 last season of Doctor Who was the most watched series in the history of BBC America and was the most downloaded on iTunes. The next season will air on BBC America next Summer. A release date for the Doctor Who movie has not been announced yet, but it will most likely air next fall around the iconic series’ 50th birthday.
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