It’s all movie news today, it seems – Steven Moffat has Tweeted this morning about the BBC Worldwide project with Harry Potter director David Yates, who has previously claimed that a Doctor Who movie would be a reboot (“we have to put that aside and start from scratch”) revealing they have a three-year project plan.
Moffat has very kindly given fans some considerable clarity on the situation to followers on Twitter. First, he began by restating Doctor Who’s long and valuable history:
“To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot”
He was also very kind to Yates, pointing out that it’s easy to talk nonsense on a red carpet.
“Movie thing: David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You’ve seen the rubbish I talk when I’m cornered.”
The cynical among you might wonder if these statements indicate that the project has effectively been cancelled, however there is no reason to suspect this as the film is in the very early stages of pre-production. Either way, it is encouraging to see that the people who know how to make Doctor Who would be involved in any movie.