Mark Gatiss’ Christmas Spooks

Veteran Doctor Who and Sherlock writer, Mark Gatiss, is about to unleash a little horror upon us all on Christmas day! The actor/producer/writer is responsible for two separate horror programs to debut Christmas evening: an adaptation of The Tractate Middoth by MR James and a documentary exploring the life of MR James, entitled, MR James: Ghost Writer.

The Tractate Middoth is an adaptation of James’ book of the same name, and tells the story of a man who is searching for a very rare Hebrew text in an academic library. However, his motives aren’t exactly scholarly. The drama features an excellent cast, including Doctor Who alum, Louise Jameson (also known as the leather wearing warrior companion of Tom Baker’s Doctor, Leela), and Sherlock star, Una Stubbs. It will also be Mark Gatiss’ (television) directorial debut!


The documentary, MR James: Ghost Writer, focuses on life and background of James and is hosted and narrated by Gatiss himself. It also includes a trip to many of the locations where James lived and drew his inspiration. Gatiss has already acheived success in the docudrama genre and this will be his first BBC Two documentary following a couple of successful previous outings A History of Horror and Horror Europa on BBC Four.

The Tractate Middoth will air on BBC 2 at 9:30 on Christmas day, followed by MR James: Ghost Writer at 10:05. Any one fancy a bit of horror after the regeneration festivities have ended?

(With thanks to Mark)


“That’s bacon! Are you trying to poison me?” And from that line on, I’ve been unable to stop watching, reading, musing about the Doctor. As a recent transplant to the Whoniverse, I’ve been trying to soak up as much Who-related knowledge as possible. That journey has taken me from the Tenth Planet to the Fields of Trenzalore and gently set me at the edge of my seat for what’s next. It’s an honor to be here and I plan to bring a unique perspective. I hope you’ll enjoy the journey alongside me.

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