If you’ve been following the recent news about David Yates directing a new ‘Doctor Who’ movie, then it comes to no surprise that showrunner Steven Moffat is having the last definitive word on the subject. Moffat has been very vocal about his thoughts on this subject and in the latest edition of Entertainment Weekly, has made sure that everyone knows the status of this film.
In an interview with EW for their ‘Doctor Who’ edition, Moffat states it simply:
“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 owns ‘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.”
Moffat continues to say that since he has not signed Yates to film a ‘Doctor Who’ movie, it’s safe to say he won’t be directing one:
“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.”
So there you have it! Straight from the Moff’s mouth. Although it’s good to hear that if a movie is made it won’t be a reboot, it would still have been great to see the Doctor on the big screen.
So what do you think of Moffat’s statement?