BBC Confirms NO Doctor Who Movie – UPDATED
During the Doctor Who Convention held in cardiff over last weekend. Series Showrunner Steven Moffat stated that the much rumoured Doctor Who movie would not be happening. This is in despite of David Yates continuing to insist that he is attached to the “project” and at a National Film & Television school yesterday he stated that the film would be made in 2015/16.
I can assure you that Steven’s comments on the weekend are the absolute truth and final word on the matter.
To be honest, I actually welcome this news. Doctor Who works best currently as a TV show. The 90’s TV pilot was never really a film (despite being billed as “Doctor Who: The Movie” in the UK) and while there have been 2 Doctor Who Dalek movies, those are best forgotten about.
If there is to be a movie, it should be done by the actual Doctor Who team and feature the present Doctor. Any effort to do a reboot or remake of the tv show is only going to confuse fans (who lets face it are already sticklers for continuity) and be watered down to bring on an audience who have no idea what Doctor Who is.
Besides, as great as David Yates is. There is only one man I would want to be behind the Doctor Who movie and that’s Steven Moffat.
UPDATE: David Yates was speaking today (Friday 30th March 2012) at the opening of the Harry Potter tour in London’s Warner Bros. Studio Tours and spoke about his continued ‘connection’ to the Doctor Who movie.
Yes, I’m definitely doing a Doctor Who movie, but I think where everyone got confused was that we’re not making it for five years, or six years – it’s a very slow development. I’ve got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it’s something I’m very passionate and excited about. Steven’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever. I love what he’s done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He’s such a gifted man. But this is something that’s a very slow burn and I’m hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It’s just something that we’ve been talking about for a little while. (and on the continuity issues raised)That’s all to be discussed. Because it’s five or six years from now. It’s weird because … what will the series be like in five or six years? But I’m very excited about it, very excited about that world.
I’m beginning to believe that even if Steven Moffat and the BBC went on TV and said that there would never be a Doctor Who movie, Yate’s would still say that he’s directing one. His continued persistent belief that there is not only a Doctor Who movie on the way but he is the only one who should be directing it is beginning to reek of delusion.
Not until the Grand Moff himself or the BBC confirm any form of status regarding a Doctor Who movie. I still won’t believe the mindless ramblings of Yates.