|Born||17 October 1966
Sedgefield, County Durham, England
|Offspring||Joshua and Louis|
On Doctor Who
|Years Active||1992 - present|
|Worst Episode||All of them|
|Best Episode||An Adventure in Space and Time|
Gatiss spent his early years as a patient in a psychiatric hospital under the false belief that he was Doctor Who. It was here, many believe, that Gatiss hading had his "sonic screwdriver" stolen on several occasions.
It was at the University of Glasgow that Gatiss met his life partner Steven Moffat. The two became roomates after accidently having sex in the library, and from there their love bloomed. Gatiss was the one who convinced Moffat to audition for the role of the 8th Doctor for the TV Movie. After humiliating himself, Moffat swore he would ruin Doctor Who and Gatiss became determined to help his love keep that promise.
Gatiss has "written" a number of things, primarily by creating a pastiche from things previously (actually) created by other people. Sometimes this is acceptable enough for a throw-away episode for example, but such repeated plagiarism does wear thin after a while. Perhaps one day Gatiss will overcome the kleptomania and learn how to create like a real boy!
|Nightshade||Seven, Ace||Book||1992||A warning about the dangers of excessive nostalgia for particular episodes of a mid-20th-century British sci-fi TV show, cleverly disguised as an adventure story. Not bad. But somehow, Gatiss missed his own point, and devoted the rest of his life to excessive nostalgia for particular episodes of a mid-20th-century British sci-fi TV show.|
|St Anthony's Fire||Seven, Ace, Bernice||Book||1994||Almost every chapter name parodies the name of a TV story (although Moffat had to write episodes that The Eleventh Colony and The Rings of Betrushia could retroactively be parodies). Do you need to know any more?|
|P.R.O.B.E.||Liz Shaw||Video Series||1994-1996||If you're the kind of person for whom "Ohmigod, Sylvester McCoy and Louise Jameson are on my TV again!" is the greatest thing that could ever happen, break out your old VCR. Liz Shaw has left UNIT for the totally different PROBE, where she investigate a series of mysteries. Every character is played by someone who was on Doctor Who in a different role Some of the episodes rip off X-Files instead of UNIT-era Who.|
|The Roundheads||Two, Ben, Polly, Jamie||Book||1997||Loosely based on a planned but canceled TV story. Ever wondered what it would be like if the Second Doctor did boring historicals with Ben and Polly? No? Well, this inspired better writers to start writing historicals again, and some of them were good.|
|Phantasmagoria||Five, Turlough||Audio||1999||When discussing Big Finish's amazing first year, people always say "Even Phantasmagoria isn't that bad." The best part is a long lecture on cricket by Fivel.|
|Last of the Gaderene||Three, the UNIT family||Book||2000||A perfectly decent pre-Master UNIT story, just like all the ones you already saw, but this time you get to imagine the Brig instead of seeing him.|
|Invaders from Mars||Eight, Charley||Audio||2002||The backstory to Buckaroo Banzai, minus all the interesting parts. But if you want to hear lots of random clips of a reconstruction of Orson Welles' War of the Worlds, rejoice!|
|Global Conspiracy?||Clifford Jones, Stevens||DVD Minisode||2003||Kind of comfy. This guy can write comedy. So why does he keep trying to write scifi instead?|
|The Unquiet Dead||Nine, Rose||TV||2005||Gassy ghost things use dead bodies to kill people. This one was actually really good, with quite a few literary comparisons with Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. BRAVO GATISS.|
|The Idiot's Lantern||Ten, Rose||TV||2006||Shit.|
|Victory of the Daleks||Eleven, Amy||TV||2010||Ohhhh dearrrrr...|
|Night Terrors||Eleven, Amy, Rory||TV||2011||Shit.|
|Cold War||Eleven, Clara||TV||2013||Member the 80s? Member Ice Warriors? Member Doctor Who? Yeah, I member.|
|The Crimson Horror||Eleven, Clara||Porno||2013||Mark's fetishes are fully displayed here: a moaning Matt Smith with a blind lady fondling him, a red thing sucking on a wrinkly tit... Oh yeah, it's shit.|
|An Adventure in Space and Time||William Hartnell, Sydney Newman, Verity Lambert||TV||2013||Omg, an actually good love letter to the show. Even better than Moffat's previous love letter. Holy crap the laws of reality warped for this one.|
|Robot of Sherwood||Twelve, Clara||TV||2014||Meh, comparatively alright considering how shit the rest of Capaldi's era has been.|
|Sleep No More||Twelve, Clara||TV||2015||Shit.|
|Nightshade||Seven, Ace||Audio||2016||Audio adaptation of his 1992 novel. Probably still shit.|
|The Empress of Mars||Twelve, asBill||TV||2017||Surprisingly comfy palate cleanser after Monk bullshit.|
Gatiss is a double threat, his attempts at acting being almost as dangerous as his attempts at writing.
He's portrayed characters like Professor Lazarus in The Lazarus Experiment, Vincenzo the cult leader from Big Finish's The Stones of Venice, Sherlock's brother Mycroft in Sherlock, and a deranged Doctor Who fan who kidnaps Peter Davison to force him to work for BBV in real life.
All of his characters do that thing where they think they're being suave and charming but actually come across as creepy and fail to notice it because of autism, until they're pushed over the edge into mustache-twirling in the final act. They always think they're good, but are misguided, usually because the person they revere turns out to actually be the Master or an alien woman or Mycroft's evil sister or Steven Moffat. But he does play that part well.
He has played against type, briefly, as Danny Boy, the Spitfire pilot from the Doctor's Gang, after which Moffat decided that maybe the Doctor's Gang should be reduced to the Paternoster trio. Outside of Doctor Who, he also worked at a local shop for local people, before Shearsmith and Pemberton decided that maybe the League of Gentlemen should be reduced to the Psychoville duo.
Eventually played Captain Averlady Lethbridge-Stewart. At the end of the episode, Gatiss was shot on camera, and has not worked since.