Forget the traditional gold: Doctor Who is getting something really special for its 50th anniversary.
To mark the auspicious occasion, the BBC has commissioned a 90-minute event called An Adventure in Space and Time, reports BBC News.
The one-off special, written by regular Who scribe Mark Gatiss, will chronicle the real-life birth of the sci-fi franchise in the early 1960s.
“This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original,” said Gatiss, adding that he plans to explore how actor William Hartnell — the first Doctor — transitioned from hard-man roles to children’s hero.
An Adventure in Space and Time will air on BBC Two in 2013.
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