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Published on December 2nd, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Yates on Doctor Who Movie

If you have been spending the last few weeks expecting the Doctor Who movie rumours to die down, think again. With Harry Potter helmer David Yates apparently attached to the project in some capacity, it seems unlikely that this one is going to go away just yet.

Speaking to the LA Times recently, Yates revealed that he has a few other projects on the boil, and that the Doctor Who feature is a three-year development.

“I’m developing ‘Doctor Who,’ so that will be three years, I will be directing a couple of things [before that]. There’s a wonderful comedy I’m looking at. I really need to make a decision this week. I’ve been pushing it away and pushing it away. The problem is I love three or four things and they’re all great and I have to really make a commitment.”

Naturally when the news came out that this project was underway – and we’re using these terms very loosely as no one outside of the BBC seems to know exactly how concrete plans are – there was considerable consternation at the seemingly pointless idea of resetting the show’s 50 years of adventures and continuity for the big screen. Equally, fans were concerned that Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies – even Neil Gaiman – were being overlooked.

“Steven Moffat has done a wonderful job and Russell T Davies who kind of reinvented it the first time around. They’re great. David Tennant was great. Matt Smith is brilliant, he’s marvelous, and very, very clever.”

So we’ve got a director who may or may not be directing the proposed movie which doesn’t yet have a writer or a star attached. In the grand scheme of things we’re not likely to hear any concrete plans for at least 18 months, so in the mean time, let’s keep calm and carry on!



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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 Yates on Doctor Who Movie

  1. avatar Paddy says:

    Aaaand breathe.

  2. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    Time to be realistic.

    There will eventually be a movie, whether it’s in 5 years, 10 or 20. One way or another, it will happen.

    While I understand and respect Moffat’s pronouncement to ease the fans worries, the movie won’t feature the current TV Doctor of the time. a movie that does well will have a contract built in for the star to appear in two sequels as trilogies are the normal accepted practice.

    If a movie comes out, at the earliest, two sequels would mean a span of 7 to 8 ears with one Doctor attached to the project. The TV Doctors don’t stay 7 or 8 years with the role. Not any more. so saying that any movie would feature the current TV Doctor would be unrealistic.

    I’m all for A) the BBC team, like RTD and/or Moffat in charge of the film and not rebooting, just working the movie adventures like a separate entity, just moving forward every couple years with excellent adventures–no reinvention but just great stuff separate from the TV show.

  3. avatar Alex says:

    I’ve got a great idea – every 3 years the TV series does a gap year and we get a movie instead. Some people will grumble, but it’s a way to get the job done without having to reinvent the wheel/TARDIS. If Yates does it it’ll probably be 3-D anyway, so I won’t bother going to see it on that basis alone (I can’t watch 3-D movies).

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