Mark Gatiss Reveals Unmade Tenth Doctor Episode With An Indiana Jones Twist
Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss has described the plot of an unmade episode of Doctor Who from 2008 that would have starred David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor. Mark talks about the episode in 'The Empire of Mark Gatiss', an exclusive interview in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine (Issue #515) which is available in stores and online today.
The episode, The Suicide Exhibition, was originally intended to feature in series 4 - David's third series - and was subsequently considered as part of the Specials series in 2009. Set in a World War II museum, the plot was inspired by the removal of museum exhibits from large cities to safe stashes in remote areas and inside mines. The limited number of items left on show were known as suicide exhibitions, as they would be lost if a bomb fell on them.
Mark describes how showrunner Russell T Davies added his own twist to the idea:
"After the first draft, Russell said, ‘Let’s make it the Nazis and do the full Indiana Jones on it.’ The whole museum was a puzzle box of sliding doors and traps and stuff."
"I would have liked to have done it," Mark adds, "But it was not to be."
Mark also reveals that the series two episode The Idiot's Lantern was originally written for Christopher Eccleston. However, he describes how amazing it was to have his friend David Tennant to star in the episode.
On Sunday it was announced that Mark Gatiss was to star in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time alongside Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and David Bradley.