Steven Moffat on the Doctor Who film
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Steven Moffat has dismissed rumours that a rebooted Doctor Who film is on its way as a “weird fantasy”…
This won’t come as a great surprise to those who followed Steven Moffat’s reaction to David Yates’ announcement he was in talks to direct a Doctor Who feature film, but the Who showrunner has once again denied any such plans exist.
In an interview with US magazine Entertainment Weekly (in Doctor Who’s inaugural EW cover edition no less), Moffat put it in no uncertain terms, “There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere.
“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.”
Asked whether Harry Potter director David Yates was involved at any stage, Moffat replied, “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.”
Moffat’s last word on the mooted feature film was an assurance that, “…we hope to 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.”
We'd say he's made his position on that fairly clear, then.
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