An Adventure in Space and Time - Tardis in Wimbledon
An Adventure in Space and Time - The Doctor's Tardis lands in Wimbledon shopping area

The Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special, An Adventure In Space And Time, being made by Mark Gatiss will use Wimbledon Studios in London as their base.

The choice of Wimbledon Studios for the programme is a coup for the venue which best know for the police television series The Bill.

Dalek in Wimbledon Studios
A Dalek was in reception of Wimbledon Studios last year

The studios has recently played host to a huge number of TV, film and music stars. British rap artist Dizzee Rascal filmed there in December to shoot his new video for Bassline Junkie.

This is Jinsy filmed a second series featuring Rob Brydon, Barbara Windsor, Stephen Fry and Miranda Hart.

Bond girl Gemma Arterton filmed episode of the new dark comedy Inside No 9. Inside No 9 is written by Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton who created The League of Gentlemen along with Mark Gatiss!

We are guessing Mark knew Wimbledon Studios! Shame though that the Riverside Studios up the road in Hammersmith, where Doctor Who was recorded in the 1960’s, could not have been use.

Wimbledon’s Doctor Who connection


On the other side of Wimbledon, near the Tennis Championship courts, Wimbledon Common was twice used for filming for Doctor Who.

In 1966 the TARDIS materialised in the episode The Massacre where Dodo Chaplet met the First Doctor played by William Hartnell.

In 1973 for the Invasion of the Dinosaurs story, Jon Pertwee’s Doctor drove through Wimbledon Common and just missed a Dinosaur! Jon Pertwee lived just a mile away in Barnes.

Doctor Who: An Adventure In Space And Time –
Official Information

The BBC today announces that a special BBC TWO drama has been commissioned to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who next year.

An Adventure In Space And Time will tell the story of the genesis of Doctor Who since its first broadcast on 23 November 1963. Exploring all aspects of the longest running science fiction series to date, the special one-off 90-minute drama will also look at the many personalities involved in bringing the series to life.

Written by Mark Gatiss, it is executive produced by current Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner.

The single drama was commissioned by Ben Stephenson Controller, Drama, and Janice Hadlow, Controller of BBC Two.

Mark Gatiss said: “This is the story of how an unlikely set of brilliant people created a true television original. And how an actor – William Hartnell – stereotyped in hard-man roles became a hero to millions of children. 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.”

Steven Moffat, Executive Producer, said: “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 production and transmission schedule will be confirmed next year, along with casting.

Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online

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