Doctor Who fans are gearing up for one of the most celebrated landmarks in television history tonight.
But the hotly-anticipated 50th anniversary episode on BBC One will come as no surprise to one Wakefield man, who has been the brains behind the science-fiction drama for the past three years..
Marcus Wilson, who grew up in Sandal and went to Queen Elizabeth Grammar School (QEGS), was thrilled to be taken on as the show’s producer ahead of its big birthday.
He uses his creative and technical know-how to realise writer Steven Moffat’s visions.
Mr Wilson, who now lives near Manchester, said: “When Steven comes up with an idea my job is to make sure it works, and I take pride in usually finding a way of pulling it off.
“I always thought it was one of the best-made shows on television when I was a kid. It’s the sheer variety of it. In most shows you’re going back to the same place every week, but Doctor Who has no limits.”
Mr Wilson used to put on shows at the city’s Theatre Royal when he was a teenager, and later got a job with Yorkshire Television.
He also did freelance television work and ended up working on the BBC’s Life on Mars show. And it was that role which won him the invite to work on Doctor Who.
He said: “I was a bit daunted by the challenge because I felt I was working with people at the top of their game. T here was 50 years of history there.
“But it has been a brilliant year, and the anniversary episode will be screened in cinemas all over the world.”
Mr Wilson will be leaving at the end of the year along with current Doctor Matt Smith.
He said: “I’ll be leaving with my Doctor. You work so hard and put so much work into the show, and it just seems like a good time to move on.”
Artwork from 15 different artists will be on show in Wakefield to celebrate the show’s anniversary.
There is an exhibition at Westgate Studios, with a fully-functioning TARDIS and a bar featuring beer made exclusively for the event by Paul Spencer, of Ossett Brewery.
It has been curated by studio holder Bob Milner, and will open on Wednesday.
Mr Milner, who has been a lifelong fan of the show, said: “Having access to the project space at this time, it seemed obvious to celebrate through art a wonderful cultural icon.
“Everyone has been so supportive and generous in helping to put the exhibition together.”
The exhibition will run until Sunday, December 15.
Viewing is by appointment between 5pm and 9pm.
For details visit www.artwalk.org.uk