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Mark Gatiss

Mark Gatiss

Birthday: 17 October 1966, Sedgefield, England, UK
Height: 186 cm

Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.He was one-quarter of the award ...Show more

Mark Gatiss
I tried to persuade The South Bank Show (1978) to devote an edition to Kneale [Nigel Kneale], only t Show more I tried to persuade The South Bank Show (1978) to devote an edition to Kneale [Nigel Kneale], only to be told he wasn't a "big enough figure". This was doubly dispiriting, not only because, to anyone interested in TV drama, Kneale is a colossus, but because it seemed to confirm all the writer's gloomy predictions regarding the future of broadcasting. Couldn't the medium celebrate one of its giants? Hide
[on "Nightshade"] I was reacting against the sort of garish Who of the late Eighties that I'd found Show more [on "Nightshade"] I was reacting against the sort of garish Who of the late Eighties that I'd found an increasing turn-off. Things were undoubtedly getting better, just when the programme was cancelled, but there was still a sort of muddled quality, an almost perverse refusal to tell a straightforward story that I found very frustrating. So I wanted "Nightshade" to be an ultra-grim and horrific adventure in the mould of favourites such as Genesis of the Daleks [Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975)), The Caves of Androzani (Doctor Who: The Caves of Androzani: Part One (1984)] and Frontios [Doctor Who: Frontios: Part One (1984)]. Hide
[on his 1992 novel "Nightshade"] What appealed to me enormously, apart from the sheer thrill of bein Show more [on his 1992 novel "Nightshade"] What appealed to me enormously, apart from the sheer thrill of being published, was to have a shot at writing Doctor Who (1963). Not only that, but to write Doctor Who (1963) as I thought it should be done, effectively redressing what I felt to have been wrong with the programme in its later years. Hide
It's a tradition that comic monsters are actually deeply sympathetic. People like Basil Fawlty or Ri Show more It's a tradition that comic monsters are actually deeply sympathetic. People like Basil Fawlty or Rigsby, they are wonderful monsters. Hide
[on Reece Shearsmith] I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reec Show more [on Reece Shearsmith] I just remember thinking, if anyone plays Patrick Troughton, it should be Reece. Like the second Doctor, he's small, saturnine and a comic genius. The complete package. Hide
[on Doctor Who (1963)] TV has created very few original and memorable heroes, but the Doctor stands Show more [on Doctor Who (1963)] TV has created very few original and memorable heroes, but the Doctor stands out as one of the honourable exceptions, and it is no accident that he continues to be a source of fascination for many TV nostalgists. At its height, Doctor Who (1963) was part of the nation's life; 25 minutes of wonder, sandwiched roughly between the end of Grandstand (1958) and the start of Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game (1971). It was scary, funny, unique and, yes, dash it, as British as the flag. Hide
[on An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)] I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can Show more [on An Adventure in Space and Time (2013)] I've wanted to tell this story for more years than I can remember! How an unlikely set of brilliant people created a television original. Hide
[on Nigel Kneale] He is amongst the greats - he is absolutely as important as Dennis Potter, as Davi Show more [on Nigel Kneale] He is amongst the greats - he is absolutely as important as Dennis Potter, as David Mercer, as Alan Bleasdale, as Alan Bennett, but I think because of a strange snobbery about fantasy or sci-fi it's never quite been that way. Now he's gone, perhaps people will reassess - his major works are absolutely of lasting importance. He was a TV giant. Hide
Mark Gatiss's FILMOGRAPHY
All as Actor (39) as Creator (5)
Mark Gatiss Mark Gatiss'S roles
Danny Boy
Danny Boy

Lazarus
Lazarus

Jason Griffin
Jason Griffin

Bamber Gascoigne
Bamber Gascoigne

Gantok
Gantok

Tycho Nestoris
Tycho Nestoris

Giles Winslow
Giles Winslow

Mycroft Holmes
Mycroft Holmes

Tycho Nestoris
Tycho Nestoris

Miss Blight
Miss Blight

Ronald Hall
Ronald Hall

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