'Doctor Who' film rumors 'a weird fantasy'
Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat has told EW that, contrary to rumors, are no current plans to turn the British sci-fi show into a movie. According to Moffat, “That was all some weird fantasy.” You’ll find a full transcript of Moffat’s thoughts on the subject below.
Last November, the hopes of Doctor Who fans that their Time Lord hero might soon be hitting the big screen were raised when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates told Variety he was developing a Who movie. “We’re looking at writers now,” the filmmaker was quoted as saying. “We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”
However, Moffat insists that, while he is an admirer of Yates and would love to see a Doctor Who movie at some point, the director’s comment was “a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.” The Who overlord also made clear that any film would not be a reboot.
In the ’60s, Peter Cushing starred in two Doctor Who films — Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks—Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. — and in 1996 Fox broadcast a Who TV movie starring Paul McGann.
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.
You’ll find a preview of the new Doctor Who season, which debuts on BBC America later this summer, in the cover story of the current Entertainment Weekly.