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Doctor Who’s Birthday Docudrama?

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Frankie Howerd: Rather You than Me, The Road to Coronation St. and The Curse of Steptoe. All fantastic television specials dramatizing the events surrounding the programmes and TV personalities that have changed the way we perceive the genre and those who helped define its inception.

One such inception that seems absolutely ripe for dramatization is Doctor Who, which according to this recent posting on the BBC Careers page (via Doctor Who News), could soon have its own origins turned into a BBC docudrama.

The posting (now close3d) called for a new producer with a ‘passion for drama and a knowledge of Doctor Who’ and that the applicant should preferably have knowledge of period drama.

The production itself is a single drama for BBC Two and will take place at the Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff Bay for a five-month term.

The possibility of Doctor Who becoming the subject of such a drama was broached on The Graham Norton Show in February when Doctor Who actor/writer Mark Gatiss was asked if he was involved in such a production.

Naturally, there was no direct answer:

“I’m writing on the back of my hand, now, what a good idea that would be!”

Other than similar productions there is precedent for Gatiss’ involvement – he has already contributed to 1999’s Doctor Who Night on BBC2, including a spoof documentary on commissioning the series, The Pitch of Fear.

So who would you like to see involved in such a project? Is Gatiss a good choice? Who would you like to see in the roles of Sydney Newman or Verity Lambert? Would you like to see a former Doctor play a role? Who’d play William Hartnell?


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