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David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie
The Cloister Bell is ringing...

14 November 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Variety

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David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie

You hear that distant clamour? That’s the sound of a million heads exploding across the Internet even as you read this. Why the kerfuffle? The BBC and Harry Potter veteran director David Yates are teaming up to craft a big screen version of Doctor Who.

Yes, Gallifrey’s most famous son (sorry, Master) has been rumoured as a cinematic project before, but this time it’s looking much closer to official – even if “much closer” still means “a few years away.” "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," Yates said in a statement picked up by Variety. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena."

But there’s an added wrinkle. Much like the two 1960s’ Peter Cushing-fronted movies, this will be a totally standalone adventure with nary a whiff of Matt Smith and co. "Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch," Yates says. Yes, folks, it’s real: the Doctor is now a brand and the Beeb is happy to spin off some completely independent version. Anger? Debate? Oh, both of them are kicking off right now.

Oh, and for those furrowing their brow at the screening and muttering “Doctor what?” A) that’s a bad pun and B) Doctor Who features the adventures of a Timelord called The Doctor, an alien who travels through space and time in a ship called the TARDIS, which remains stuck in the disguised form (at least on the outside) of a police box. The series originally ran from 1963 until 1989 before the Beeb cancelled it. But it returned wonkily for a US TV movie in 1996 before storming back triumphantly in 2005. It has been going strong ever since.

"The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time," Yates says about the idea. Yes, but it’s also one that comes with a massive, vocal fan base. So what do we think, folks? Bad idea? Brand-diluting disaster in the making? Or a chance to see some huge-scale adventure with all the wit and charm intact? You may start your arguments both here and on Twitter. Geronimo!

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RE: Geronimo!!!
Unless radical transformation means no more scripting that has dialogue refer to bigger, unseen events outside the budget in order to make a story seem bigger than what is on screen, which for me, betrays a lack of confidence in what is on the screen and can have the opposite effect of making the story we see seem smaller than it really is, and as an example of the opposite: Eps like The Girl Who Waited make for 'bigger' TV than exposition based context can create, because instead of bein More

Posted by jobloffski at 10:07 on 08 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Geronimo!!!
A Doctor Who movie could be brilliant, but I don't like the sound of 'radical transformation'. They really don't need to mess with the set up from the show. Its all there. I'd say just keep it fairly serious in tone, no tongue in cheek, and keep plenty of mystery around the Doctor. Don't do an origin story. I agree with job's idea of recreating the first episode as an opener. But 'radical transformation'.......... More

Posted by Sotto Voce at 06:09 on 08 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Geronimo!!!
My thoughts from an earlier thread on this subject...angry fanboys can go to hell by the way: What the Hell...Yates, and Warner Brothers (if you want in), this is for you: Rework the opening of the first ever series, pick up the pace a bit, and do a 'from the start' movie franchise that has nothing to do with the continuity of the TV series. Same intro, different timeline, with all the rogues gallery available for first ever encounter on the big screen. Maybe kill 'grandfath More

Posted by jobloffski at 01:40 on 08 February 2012 | Report This Post

RE: Geronimo!!!

Posted by OK Fine. Do it then at 23:48 on 07 February 2012 | Report This Post

If they decide to make this crapoy movie Benedict Cberbatch (yes, the amazing actor) should be in it :) even though he said he doesn't want to do Doctor Who :( More

Posted by OK Fine. Do it then at 23:41 on 07 February 2012 | Report This Post


Posted by OK Fine. Do it then at 23:37 on 07 February 2012 | Report This Post

Bad idea!
Just don't think it'll work. Okay the series runs on a much grander scale now, but it's still not suited to a big screen adventure. Like Star Trek, Doctor Who is far too character driven to work well on film. Sure the Star Trek movies have been successful, but the character development has been diluted. The Doctor is one of the most fantastic. multi-faceted characters ever created; don't diminish our beloved time lord by trying to make him appeal to a larger audience that just won't get him! More

Posted by ARN1701D at 22:54 on 30 November 2011 | Report This Post

colin farrell as 'doc'...kiefer sutherland as the master...guest appearance from jean-luc picard playing bernard get rid of the blue police box and replace with the see through variety....just so we don't freak anyone out More

Posted by Sion Pen at 20:59 on 23 November 2011 | Report This Post

Happy if its Benedict Cumberbatch
If Cumberbatch played the role I'd be happy. If a foreign actor plays him I'll be fuming. More

Posted by cazzybbb at 23:07 on 22 November 2011 | Report This Post

Will either be very good or very bad!
As a long term Dr Who Fan ( personal fav is Jon Pertwee closely followed by Tom Baker ) my opinion is someone like Benedict Cumberbach or Gary Oldman as the Doctor and maybe Mark Strong as the Master. They need to also do away with the comedy feel that the new series seems to have ( as much as i enjoy the Matt Smith seasons ) and give it a slightly darker and more serious tone. More

Posted by dannyfletch at 13:01 on 22 November 2011 | Report This Post

Dr Depp & Ben Davros Kingsley ?
well it will be a reboot and have an "origin story" yanks like to do that and have a trilogy of films where the 2nd one the hero doesn't want to be a hero anymore and then the 3rd they try to throw everything fanboys want in so that it becomes a complete mess of a film...... so 1st one; nicks a TARDIS fights some Daleks, 2nd a companion dies and he doesn't want to do it anymore but has to save the new companion from the Cybermen and the Daleks and starts over, 3rd one would be the m More

Posted by metalig at 16:15 on 19 November 2011 | Report This Post

Matt Smith needs to be the Doctor in it,presuming he's still the Doctor by then.Otherwise,it'd be unfair on him and could affect the TV series. More

Posted by Dalekbuster523 at 21:18 on 18 November 2011 | Report This Post

Only if it involves an "unseen adventure"
They'd have to cast one of the actors who've played the Doctor at some point in order not to mess up the timeline. That way, they could produce a film relating to an "unseen adventure" (mention is often made by the Doctor or his companions in the series of visits to places that the BBC obviously couldn't afford to film). Using a current or previous actor to flesh out a different adventure whilst keeping well within the timelines would be the only way DW fans would accept a new film. Ad More

Posted by angel2loveu at 20:03 on 18 November 2011 | Report This Post

Benedict Cumberbatch
He'd be perfection in this role. More

Posted by lorib at 10:43 on 18 November 2011 | Report This Post

Great idea
Great idea, if it happens. I would love to see Doctor Who on the big screen, but I certainly would not want to see a movie that does not fit in with the TV Series. Two ideas. 1. Do the young version of Hartnell's Doctor. (Stealing the tardis, the first adventure, etc.) 2. Do the Time War, starring McGann (first half) and Ecclestone (second half), assuming that they would want to do it, of course. More

Posted by seawalker at 22:23 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

There is no movie
Let's clarify: There is no Doctor Who movie. It exists as a possible future project the BBC are investigating. It is not greenlit, there is no studio involved, no project in active development. The BBC have been knocking around a movie version for the last 20 years More

Posted by iain99 at 19:15 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

I'd like to see Christopher Ecclestone as The Doctor again... I think he was the best out of the new lot. More

Posted by DeppBurtonAlliance at 16:57 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

A world of no
Especially since the TV series is hitting something of a golden age at the moment. It would be typical of the BBC if it's so starstruck that it screws up the one bona fide success it's had in recent years.... More

Posted by artilleryman at 16:51 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

David Tennant - no thanks
Do not bring David Tennant back, he's had his go at the role and he certainly isn't the be all and end all of the part. He was okay but he's no Matt Smith plus I don't think there's room for his ego. The only way to go is for a new face for the big screen. Although I could see Cumberbatch doing the Doctor some serious justice. More

Posted by jem0013 at 15:39 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Sorry, but this is just stupid. You can't just disregard 50 years of tv history; actually no, you can if you do it Star Trek style, but you've got to do it very well. Which you can bet they wont for the Doctor. And the fact that this is being organised by the LA based part of the BBC is highly significant...Americanisation here we come! If they do it will be simply awful... More

Posted by Radical_Duck at 15:35 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Bill nighy as William Hartnell's Doc!
If they aren't going to tie in with series continuity they could at least harken back to the classic series by actually portraying one of the original Docs (no anger fellow fans, I'm just making a suggestion...) And as they'll want some americanization in there so they can sell the idea to Hollywood, no doubt, they might have an american companion. I'd rather not but if they are going to then why not someone like Emma Stone or Hayden Pannetiere (or however you spell her bloomin name)? All in an More

Posted by Cyberleader at 15:28 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Wasn't this done before... Didn't seem to break it before... More

Posted by Revstar at 14:16 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Good idea TV show went stale three series ago.
Get Bill Nighy in that Tardis pronto! More

Posted by Loosecrew at 13:49 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

The BBC haven't confirmed this
The BBC have only released a statement saying that "A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles." which doesn't mention David Yates or even address this current rumour. It simply states that they were already thinking about it and still are. Obviously I don't know whether they've spoken to him or not but until they release a statement we should avoid saying things like 'Yes, folks, it's real' BAD EMPIRE! Johnny Vegas could say he's doi More

Posted by bobthegrinch at 13:02 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Meh!!! This would only be interesting if
Smith, Gillan and Darvill were on board. The characters are already established and it has a following. A big screen standalone adventure without Moffat involved is the good idea with this - just like the series only the standalone episodes are good but Moffat keeps ramming his garbage "overall lack of plot" story arcs into them. More

Posted by potemkin1925 at 12:46 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

a very good idea
I think that a standalone reinterpretation of the source material is exactly what this franchise needs, especially to take it to a worldwide market. Not everyone likes the current interpretation! I also think that as David Yates is the man who carried Harry Potter through half of its movies without any major hiccups and finished a franchise Britain can be proud of, I think he'll respect the cannon. Trust in David Yates. I'm looking forward to it muchly. More

Posted by lovegrove7196 at 12:27 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Not Long Left?
The biggest problem I have with this is that unlike other television/movie franchises which at some point have weirdly changed the lead actor, Doctor Who found a novel way to explain this problem. Regeneration. Current Doc Matt Smith is the eleventh Doctor (although I count twelve, David Tennant regenerated but kept his face!), therefore the Movie doctor would be the twelth, as Paul Magann's counted as the eighth, so he's only got one regen left, unless they find a way to bypass this (they proba More

Posted by BoudaSmoke at 11:13 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Fans are going to hate this. Non fans are not going to want to see it at all. This film will die. More

Posted by finitribe at 11:03 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie
ws and the thinking behind it with it's 'vision' makes me so sad More

Posted by JIm R at 10:28 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie
That's what you build a franchise towards, not where you start one. Movies have to draw people in who aren't already fans, or they die on their arse. The appeal, if any for this sort of movie is to show on the big screen what the small one can't afford. And you gotta have the foreplay and not go straight for the bang. More

Posted by jobloffski at 09:55 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie
Personally, I can't stand Dr Who... I think it's garbage. However, if David Yates is involved, it may get my interest. His State of Play series is one of the best things to ever feature on the BBC. If Yates gives DW that kind of treatment, then fans of the show will be pleasantly surprised. More

Posted by jmebaby25 at 09:54 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: David Yates On For Doctor Who Movie
Although we all know how it ends, a Dr Who movie telling the story of the "time wars" could be a good one. More

Posted by Discodez at 09:23 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Doctor Who - The Motion Picture
As far I'm concerned (in a metaphorical, intellectual property kinda way) the owner of the brand and the canon is the TV show-runner at the time.  There's a very clear route of escalation here. In the first instance you go to Steven Moffat and ask him if he wants to do it, or thinks it at all feasible.  If he says no to either one of those, then you wait until he steps down...or dies...] I suppose you can rape away at the canon with impunity.  If Moffat was a More

Posted by demoncleaner at 09:23 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Or Bobby Carlyle. He was apparently clse to starring on TV but did Stargate Universe instead. More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 09:22 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Matt Smith is great but they have to bring back David Tennant. And make The Master the villain. More

Posted by JimmyThe Saint at 09:21 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Why must we have a Hollywood version of the show, it works as the TV show. How many other TV to Hollywood movies have worked, not many, they are all generally pretty awful. More

Posted by Pete Apperley at 09:19 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Doctor Who - The Motion Picture
I thought the last series of Doctor Who was awful (the fantastic Matt Smith aside!) so any improvement on that and I am on board... Edit: THAT SAID I hope they don't cast some American kid as the Doctor; I'm still holding out for Gary Oldman to pick up the screw driver and Christian Bale as The Master More

Posted by waltham1979 at 08:53 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Doctor Who - The Motion Picture
So, actually happening or the possibility of a recently hyped more than often show (in America) coming to the attention of the suits and the possibility of moolah worldwide raising their morning glory up a bit? If it's going to be a 'alternative' universe thing, here's an 'insane' suggestion: Whoever is cast, open the movie with a potted version of the original first series opener, and then just go wherever, using any and all of the iconic stuff that already exists, whenever it suits, More

Posted by jobloffski at 07:42 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Doctor Who - The Motion Picture
Story-wise it would be sensible for Yates to play Jim Abram's Star Trek parallel universe card. The fans would be appeased and the newhovians none the wiser. With such big names attached though, whether the movie will be good or not is besides the point. As with the Potter films, whoever puts up the money will want franchise rights and control over any Who-related product, so the chances of a British TV show being broadcast alongside a string of Hollywood blockbusters would consequently be very More

Posted by The Whisper at 05:25 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

I don't like his comment about "starting from scratch".  More

Posted by mattdomville at 05:00 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

Casting Shoo-in
Two words for you .... Benedict and Cumberbatch More

Posted by rwillis122 at 01:41 on 15 November 2011 | Report This Post

I'm looking forward to three years of casting speculation personally! The arguing, the hurt feelings, the 'Fuck Johnny Depp he's past it', the Robert Downey Jr rumours, it's going to be fun!  More

Posted by TheSpleen at 23:49 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Great news....Always felt that if done right, you could have a great Who movie. BBC have the cash to make a big budget, big screen adventure for the time lord. There are plenty of names to throw about for the lead role, but personally the only person for this part is David Tennant...He brought such energy, wit, and comedy to the role, and he deserves a chance to carry the lead role in a movie. Really excited about this news. Fingers crossed they get it right. More

Posted by clonard at 23:47 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Mind. Blown. More

Posted by Spaldron at 23:04 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

I think all us whovians are too busy worrying it will be rubbish to notice that the movie i being directed by David Yates. This is the guy who brought us the masterpiece that was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. If one person can bring us an amazing Doctor Who movie, it's Yates. Although I wish that they wouldd include Matt Smith and Stephen Moffat so it would tie into the show. It could then b released at the 50th anniversary and answer all the plot lines. Here's for the Daleks and More

Posted by pottyaboutpotter1 at 21:46 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

The Brand Manager for Doctor Who, and its official Twitter account, have both tweeted to say that this isn't happening anytime soon. More

Posted by deedeetee at 21:29 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Shame it's non-canon. With a character as iconic as the Doctor it's not really necessary to start from scratch, so I'd like to see a story within the same continuity- which, with him being a time traveller, does leave a lot of scope and anyone can play it at any stage. More

Posted by sweetladybrick at 21:13 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Terrible, Terrible idea.
No No No No NO. Stay away from it. I hate expressions like 'radical transformation' That tends to mean, change everything in order to do it my way not the fans' way. More

Posted by lil_loner93 at 21:13 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

Terrible, Terrible idea.
No No No No NO. Stay away from it. I hate expressions like 'radical transformation' That tends to mean, change everything in order to do it my way not the fans' way. More

Posted by lil_loner93 at 21:10 on 14 November 2011 | Report This Post

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