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Published on October 19th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Who’s in Matt’s Movie?

Our favourite Doctor Who star Matt Smith has spoken recently about how he would like to star in a movie version of the series.

Of course, we’ve already heard how Russell T Davies teased the possibility of a Doctor Who movie (about which Billie Piper later stated “they’re doing it“), and suggestions for such a production reach back to the Tom Baker era of the show – and beyond if you count the Peter Cushing-starring Dalek flicks.

Smith was talking to the Daily Star on Sunday (me neither) when he was asked about a Doctor Who feature.

“I’d definitely be up for staying on if they did a film – hell yeah. I would be thrilled if there could be a movie version – I want them to do it.

“There is something brilliantly televisual about Doctor Who but I think it could definitely work as a film.”

Smith also suggested that if he didn’t get the job, Johnny Depp would be a great alternative.

Haven’t we heard this one before…?

(Via Digital Spy)


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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+.

3 Responses to Who’s in Matt’s Movie?

  1. avatar Rick714 says:

    In the history of DW, this could be *the* time. Usually, by the time a certain incarnation of the Doctor gets popular enough to warrant a film, he decides it’s time to leave. Smith will likely be here throughout the Moffat era and through that fifth year of specials so I’d say strike while the iron is hot, maybe during his third year, have it hit screens during the barren year of specials, mix it up a bit.

  2. avatar 23skidoo says:

    I can’t see them doing a movie, not while the TV show is still running. Yes, it’s been done (the 1966 Batman, The first X-Files movie, even Dragnet did a movie during its run in the 1950s) but I’d hate to see DW become a once-every-three-years franchise rather than an ongoing series. It was hard enough to endure the “gap year” we just had.

    If in a few years the BBC decides to retire the TV series, then that would be the perfect time to explore new directions.

    Depp and Robert Downey Jr would both be perfect Doctors (we’ve already seen potential previews by way of Depp’s Mad Hatter and Downey’s Sherlock Holmes) if the fanbase could get beyond the two being American, not British. But if the BBC does end up doing a mid-series movie, then the only option would be to cast the current Doctor. The days of doing a wildly different adaptation like with the Cushing films is long gone – the fans would never let them get away with it. Likewise, the idea of doing a McGann, Eccleston or Tennant film is unacceptable (except for a multi-Doctor scenario, of course). Smith is the Doctor, and when he leaves, then John Doe will be the Doctor, and they should do the movie.

  3. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Re: Rick714

    What’s your source for there being another gap year coming up? Or are you trying to establish a pattern?

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