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17 октября 2017, 21:57

Happy Birthday, ‘Doctor Who’ Writer, Actor, Superfan Mark Gatiss!

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Happy birthday, Mark Gatiss!

From avid Doctor Who viewer to avid Doctor Who contributor, Gatiss (pronounced “Gay-tiss”) is a lifelong fan of the BBC program, to which he has lent his talents in acting and writing.

A teen from North East England (where most people speak with a distinctly regional accent Gatiss masterfully keeps hidden), he found his calling at Bretton Hall drama school, where he joined sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen.

One quarter of the award-winning troupe—including Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, and Jeremy Dyson—Gatiss earned prestige for his work on the black comedy television series of the same name, which lasted three seasons on BBC Two.

This Whovian is all smiles (via BBC)

It was Gatiss’s childhood interest in Doctor Who, though, that may have truly shaped his career.

His earliest published work, 1992 novel Nightshade, follows Seventh Doctor companion Ace. And the first television scripts he wrote (for a direct-to-video series called P.R.O.B.E.) featured four actors who played the titular Time Lord—Jon Pertwee, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, and Sylvester McCoy.

Since the show’s reboot in 2005, Gatiss has written nine episodes, acted in three, penned 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time, and served as a Doctor Who Magazine columnist (under the pseudonym “Sam Kisgart”).

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

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Gatiss as Professor Richard Lazarus in ‘Doctor Who’ (via BBC)

Gatiss returns to the sci-fi saga this Christmas, as a World War I soldier who needs the Doctors’ help in “Twice Upon a Time,” written by frequent collaborator Steven Moffat.

The sort-of-odd-couple pair have worked together since 2007, when Gatiss appeared as Robert Louis Stevenson in Moffat’s BBC serial Jekyll. Three years later, they partnered for a modern retelling of Sherlock Holmes, in which Gatiss plays big brother Mycroft.

And, they will return to the small screen in the upcoming adaptation of Dracula—”a stablemate of Sherlock Holmes,” Gatiss said in July.

Mark Gatiss completed Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehman’s unfinished script, ‘The Blind Man,’ for BBC Radio (via BBC)

Named one of the most influential gay people in the UK in 2010 and 2011, the actor, writer, and comedian married Ian Hallard (the willing beneficiary of nepotism who has appeared in Doctor Who episode “Robot of Sherwood,” Sherlock story “The Reichenbach Fall,” and An Adventure in Space and Time) in 2008.

Raise a glass to this decorated Whovian, who turns 51 today.

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Source: https://www.geek.com/television/happy-birthday-doctor-who-writer-actor-superfan-mark-gatiss-1719899/?source=news