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Published on August 1st, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moffat: Doctor Who Film Rumours ‘a weird fantasy’

Steven Moffat has labelled Doctor Who movie rumours as nothing more than a ‘weird fantasy’ and, as far as he is concerned, there are no plans to make a breakaway movie series.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly Moffat wholly scotched rumours that Harry Potter director David Yates was developing a Doctor Who movie that was to abandon established continuity in its quest to bring the Doctor to the silver screen.

While Moffat is a fan of the State of Play director and, like every Whovian, would like to see a movie become an eventuality, he insists that Yates comments were; “A bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.”

Here are Moffat’s comments in full:

“ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the word with the Doctor Who film?

STEVEN MOFFAT: There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.

So is David Yates not involved?

I don’t think he was ever signed to it. I never signed him, so he’s not. But I think he’s [expressed] an interest in doing it and he’s a very fine director and I think he’d certainly be someone that would be on the list for directing such a project. I’m a big fan of his. But the project as he describes it would not happen. It was all a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.”

Those are reassuring, stern words. While it won’t kill the rumours entirely the story has solidified a few concepts about any potential movie that might one day emerge – when that day might be is anybody’s guess.


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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.

5 Responses to Moffat: Doctor Who Film Rumours ‘a weird fantasy’

  1. avatar Francis Cave says:

    Wouldn’t it be hillarious if in a few months someone from the BBC said “actually we have been in discussion with Mr Yates for some time now…”.

    Just saying….

  2. avatar Paddy says:

    My theory – and a theory I’ve seen written elsewhere – is that the BBC did have discussions with David Yates about a potential Doctor Who movie down the line. Mr Yates then assumes he would have total freedom to do whatever he wanted with the film, and started putting out those quotes about a reboot etc. Then he incurred the wrath of the Moff…

    Whatever the real story, I’m glad to hear it. Reboots can be a great thing to revitalise a dead/weak/underrated franchise. Doctor Who is none of those things :)

    • avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

      Well you wouldn’t argue with the Moff in that picture!

  3. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    “Angry Moff”

  4. avatar Carn says:

    That pic of Moffat would make a good image to use on forums when someone is about to reveal a spoiler. NO SPOILERS.

    Don’t even know why I’m here. I want to know absolutely nothing at all about the new series until I’m actually viewing each episode with my own eyes.

    Ok I made an exception for the trailer but that’s cos I’m starved of Doctor Who and Matt Smith’s Doctor in particular. We’ve gone through the whole first half of the year with no new episodes broadcast whatsoever (‘cept that little olympics skit which was cute and I welcomed it but you know what I mean).

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