Scottish television writer and producer Steven Moffat was, born 18 November 1961 Moffat’s first television work was the teen drama series Press Gang. His first sitcom, Joking Apart, was inspired by the breakdown of his first marriage; conversely, his later sitcom Coupling was based upon the development of his relationhip with television producer Sue Vertue. In between the two relationship-centred shows, he wrote Chalk, a sitcom set in a comprehensive school inspired by his own experience as an English teacher.A lifelong fan of Doctor Who, Moffat has written several episodes of the revived version and succeeded Russell T Davies as lead writer and executive producer when production of its fifth series began in 2009. He co-wrote The Adventures of Tintin for directorSteven Spielberg, a project he left for his new senior role on Doctor Who. He co-createdSherlock, an adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes detective stories.Many of the programmes upon which he has worked have won awards, including four BAFTAs and four Hugo Awards. In 2012, he was awarded the BAFTA Special Award.
DALEK CREATOR HONOURED WITH BLUE PLAQUE
Dalek creator Terry Nation is to have a blue plaque unveiled in his honour at the house in Cardiff where he was born.Nation, who died in 1997 aged 66, was a screenwriter on Doctor Who when he came up with the ideas for the aliens who are almost as famous as the Time Lord himself.The unveiling comes during the week of the 50th anniversary of the BBC sci-fi series.The Daleks made their first appearance in December 1963.Nation was born in the suburb of Llandaff, close to the city’s cathedral, and near to the childhood home of fellow writer Roald Dahl.The plaque has been arranged by the Llandaff Society whose chairman Geoffrey Barton-Greenwood once met Nation when the writer, who had by this time moved to Hollywood, was visiting friends in the Cardiff area.He said: “I knew immediately who he was. I had been watching the Doctor Who series from the very beginning. I didn’t at that stage know that he was a Llandaff boy.Continue reading the main story“Start QuoteThere are stories of neighbours seeing him, as a boy, sitting on the back step jotting down story ideas in his notebook”Geoffrey Barton-GreenwoodLlandaff Society”He was obviously a very impressive character. He had stature and gravitas.”Four years ago, the society unveiled a blue plaque just yards away in memory of another local writer, Roald Dahl.’Play on words’Mr Barton-Greenwood believes there may be a connection between the name of the famous writer and the name Nation gave to his armoured mutant creations.He said: “There is a connection in that they are ‘Daleks’ and Roald ‘Dahl’ was only from around the corner.”I think Terry Nation might well have been having a play on words.”It would be an extreme coincidence that these guys came from such a short distance apart and yet came up with this sort of affinity.”
DOCTOR WHO MONSTERS AND VILLAINS WEEKEND
Doctor Who: Monsters and Villains Weekend aired on BBC Three, between November 15 and 17, allowing fans to vote on the ultimate monsters and villains from among The Daleks, The Cybermen, The Sontarens, The Silurians, the Zygons, The Master, The Judoon, the Weeping Angels, The Silence. The Ice Warriora, The Clockwodk Robots and The Oood
Doctor Who: The Ultimate Guide
This show used archive footage to introduce unfamiliar viewers to the show. The Culture Show will air a one-hour special entitled “You, Me and Doctor Who” which will explore the cultural significance of the programme.Professor Brian Cox presented a one-hour special, “The Science of Doctor Who”, which explores the scientific questions and accuracy of the show, on BBC Two. The show aired at 9pm on Thursday 14 November on BBC Two and was specially recorded at the lecture theatre of the Royal Institution of Great Britain, featuring celebrity guests
The Day of the Doctor
The 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who is called Day of the Doctor. It is written by Steven Moffat,who also serves as executive producer alongside Faith Penhale. It has been described by series producer Marcus Wilson as a “love letter to the fans” and by the controller of BBC One, Danny Cohen, as an “event drama”.It will be shown on BBC One on 23 November 2013 in both 2D and 3D. The special is due to be broadcast simultaneously in several countries, and will also be shown concurrently in 3D in some cinemas.David Tennant and Billie Piper, who previously starred in Doctor Who as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler respectively, have been lined up to appear in the special.John Hurt will also star as a previously unknown past incarnation of the Doctor, the “War Doctor”, introduced at the end of the Series 7 finale “The Name of the Doctor”.Joanna Page is also due to star in the episode. Jemma Redgrave will reprise her role as Kate Stewart. The special will feature the return of the Daleks as well as the return of the Zygons, shape-shifting aliens which up until now have only appeared in the 1975 serial Terror of the Zygons.
The Day of the Doctor” is planned to be released on DVD and 3D Blu-ray on 2 December 2013 in the UK. It will be released on 4 December 2013 in Australia. The 50th Anniversary will also be released on 10 December 2013 for North America.
An Adventure in Space and Time,
As a part of the worldwide celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who the BBC will broadcast An Adventure in Space and Time, a docu-drama written by Sherlock and Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss, , chronicling the inception and early years of Doctor Who. and starring David Bradley as the first Doctor William Hartnell, the drama follows the series’ first producer Verity Lambert- who was also the BBC’s first female producer – and director Waris Hussein as they struggle to get the innovative children’s show off the ground through the decision to introduce the idea of regeneration, allowing the series to live past any one actor’s portrayal.
An Adventure in Space and Time will air on 21 November 2013 on BBC Two and BBC Two HD and be repeated on BBC America in the United States on 22 November 2013 . “The Night of the Doctor”, an additional 7 minute special was released on 14 November 2013, and featured the Eighth Doctor’s (Paul McGann) regeneration into the War Doctor(John Hurt). Another 4 minute special, entitled “The Last Day”, was also released.On 4 November, 2013, the BBC released the official synopsis: “The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him
English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre and films, Neil Richard Gaiman was born 10 November 1960.Gaiman also wrote an episode of the long-running science fiction series Doctor Who, broadcast in 2011 during Matt Smith’s second series as the Doctor. Shooting began in August 2010 for this episode, the original title of which was “The House of Nothing but which was eventually transmitted as “The Doctor’s Wife” The episode won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)In 2011,