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Gatiss, Mark

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1966-    ) UK actor and author, best known in his sometime capacity as a member of The League of Gentlemen, a comedy team on BBC radio and television since 1995, acting in and co-authoring a spin-off film, The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse (2005). Although not strictly science-fictional, The League of Gentlemen's work – mainly focusing on the fictional Northern English town of Royston Vasey – makes frequent reference to film and television works of the fantastic. The film is a metafiction: characters from Royston Vasey, aware that their creators are weary of the town, cross into their reality to pitch them script ideas, with violence. Among other sf- or fantasy-related shows, Gatiss acted in the BBC revival of The Quatermass Experiment (2005). As a writer, he is known mainly for his Doctor Who Ties, beginning with Nightshade (1992), in the Doctor Who New Adventures subset of the whole; he also wrote eight episodes of the series in its post-2005 revival. The Lucifer Box tales combine occultism, mannered decadence, and Victorian/1920s international thriller tropes told in period lingo. [JC/GS]

Mark Gatiss

born Sedgefield, County Durham: 17 October 1966



Doctor Who

Lucifer Box



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