Steven Moffat Says ‘Doctor Who’ movie is a “weird fantasy”
‘Doctor Who‘ executive producer Steven Moffat has officially confirmed that the rumours of a Doctor Who movie are false.
Plans to turn the sci-fi show into a movie were originally muted by ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ director David Yates in an interview with Variety. However according to Moffat, although an admirer of Yates’ work his comments on a movie were “a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.”
David Yates was reportedly quoted as saying at the end of 2011: “We’re looking at writers now,” adding: “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.”
In the interview with EW Steven Moffat said about the word on Doctor Who film:
“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.”
When asked if that meant David Yates is not involved, he answered: “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.”