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Published on July 3rd, 2010 | by Andrew Reynolds

Now, About Those Rumours…

Well if you can’t trust unconfirmed, speculative internet rumours what can you trust?

In a cataclysmic shock, it turns out that Johnny Depp won’t be piloting the TARDIS in a Doctor Who movie.

io9 have spoken to the BBC who have said there are ‘no plans’ to bring the Doctor to the big screen and that any rumours about such an idea are ‘pure speculation.’

Former Doctor Who boss Russell T DaviesFormer show runner Russell T. Davies, the man supposedly going behind the backs of people he has worked with on Who to produce this movie, has also spoken out to SFX confirming its all gubbins:

“Someone sits in New Zealand”, he wearily told us (except with a few more expletives), “Types out a rumour, and I spend the next three days dealing with that rumour!”

A muted and illiterate “fake Davies” was quoted in a long since deleted article from Pubarticles, saying:

“There will be brand new concepts and the film will be just as adventurous, scary and humorous as the television programme. But none of us working the film will forget what makes the character great and interesting and the long-time fans will not be disappointed because yes, the Daleks make an appearance.”

Not only is it disrespectful to Russell T. Davies but it’s a slap in the face to anyone who put their heart and soul into bringing the past seasons of Doctor Who to our screens.

The rumour with its uninspired choice of the ‘quirky’ Depp, is so lacking in imagination its not too difficult to believe a desperate studio would turn to him.

So the net result of this insane rumour is that one unimaginative person, imitating another causes a thousand news agencies to go ape, lose all common sense (who would announce a movie rumour on a website whose top articles include “Better and Effective Ways to Grow Taller” and “The History of Hello Kitty”!?) and report any old rubbish just so they don’t appear to be out of the loop/noose.

Sigh… if there are any poor souls out there still clinging to this rumour or any other Who Movie speculation; please, seek help- go to the iPlayer and watch hour after glorious hour of genuine, lovingly crafted Doctor Who and, for God sake, don’t go near the internet, you’ll hurt yourself.

(Via io9)

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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.




4 Responses to Now, About Those Rumours…

  1. Bow Ties Are Cool says:

    “Sigh… if there are any poor souls out there still clinging to this rumour or any other Who Movie speculation; please, seek help- go to the iPlayer and watch hour after glorious hour of genuine, lovingly crafted Doctor Who”

    Er… better do it quick. All episodes get removed today, except for The Pandorica Opens and The Big Bang which have another few days left.

  2. Carn says:

    Matt Smith so easily does the quirky kind of character Depp constantly fails to.

  3. Bow Ties Are Cool says:

    “Matt Smith so easily does the quirky kind of character Depp constantly fails to.”

    Agreed. I’ve never been a fan of Depp, sometimes it seems like he’s trying too hard to be quirky. So it really grinds my gears when he’s the first name that pops up in the “If you could cast any actor as the Doctor…?” discussion.

    For starters, I’m against an American playing the part anyway. But if you’re going to do it, then the only actor from the other side of the pond for the job is Neil Patrick Harris.

    No, seriously. I think he’d be great. What? Stop looking at me like that!

  4. Andrew Reynolds says:

    Neil Patrick Harris is my kind of crazy. Good Call.

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