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Doctor Who Movie Magic

So with a Radio Times poll claiming victory for Doctor Who fans everywhere that want to see the series turned into a movie (must we?) and now Steven Moffat discussing the possibility, everyone and his dog is expecting a big screen outing for the Doctor.

BBC Controller Jane Tranter has already refused to rule out such a project, saying:

"I would not rule out a film version of Doctor Who, no"

And this weekend, speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, Moffat – speaking in place of Russell T Davies – revealed that he thought it coule be done.

"As long as it was great and fantastic then yeah. But a film is on [for] 90 minutes and that is not as important as the series. But as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the show we could do it."

Welsh suppliers of Doctor Who set and scenery and prop gear, not to mention Daleks and Cybermen would of course jump at the chance.  I can’t say what the feelings of Neill Gorton or The Mill are, but certainly Simon Hooper, of Specialists Models and Displays in Cardiff, welcomed the possibility of a movie.

“We have provided Daleks and components for the Tardis in the past and I think a one-off move to the screen would be amazing.

“It would take Dr Who to the next level so should be very successful.

“I think David Tenant is an excellent Doctor, who is perfect for the part because he is eccentric and a nice guy too.”

Daleks on the big screen? A huge new TARDIS interior?

Exactly how would a Doctor Who movie work in this day and age? What sort of script could be sensibly conveyed for the big screen, short of a dramatisation of the horrific last stages of The Time War…?

Christian Cawley


A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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