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.