Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat is back to his time-traveling ways, just months after leaving the TARDIS behind.
According to Deadline, his next project will be a TV adaptation for HBO of Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 sci-fi novel The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Of course, time travel isn’t the only connection between Doctor Who and Steven’s new show, as some Whovians may know. Having read the novel years ago, Steven was inspired to write 2006 episode “The Girl in the Fireplace,” which saw the Doctor (David Tennant) land on a spaceship in the 51st century populated by characters from 18th-century Versailles. The similarities didn’t go unnoticed by Niffenegger.
Moffat explained: “When, in her next novel, Audrey had a character watching that very episode, I realized she was probably on to me.”
Eek. Although any awkwardness is clearly history, now that Audrey has given the go-ahead for Steven to work on this new adaptation.
“All these years later, the chance to adapt the novel itself, is a dream come true,” Steven went on to say. “The brave new world of long-form television is now ready for this kind of depth and complexity. It’s a story of happy ever after — but not necessarily in that order.”
It’s not the first time the novel has been adapted for the screen, of course. A 2009 film also told the story of librarian Henry DeTamble (Eric Bana) and his artist wife Clare Anne Abshire (Rachel McAdams), whose marriage is complicated by a genetic disorder that causes Henry to time travel at random moments.
Who will play those characters in this new show is still up in the air, though we wonder if Steven will call on any of his Sherlock and Doctor Who pals. Only time will tell. Until then, we’re more than happy picturing Benedict Cumberbatch going back and forth in time as Henry.
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