Talks of Hollywood Doctor Who movie shot down . . .

A while back it was widely reported that Harry Potter director David Yates is slowly but surely working on a big screen Hollywood Doctor Who movie that will reboot the franchise with possibly a new actor.

Now Steven Moffat, the current show’s head writer and show runner, has shot down such talk as “twaddle.”

Here are some of Moffat’s statements on Twitter and to the media:

“To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot… David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You’ve seen the rubbish I talk when I’m cornered.”

“[Doctor Who] is a vitally important BBC brand with a huge international audience [that] not even Hollywood can start from scratch”.

“There simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment, [cut] if and when the movie happens it will need to star television’s Doctor Who – and there’s only ever one of those at a time… Whatever happens, the BBC and BBC Worldwide will work together to ensure that we don’t just get a movie, we get the movie that everyone wants.”

All this has led to speculation in the media that the BBC sees Moffat as a “problem” and wants to go ahead with a big screen movie once he leaves. In the meantime the next season of Doctor Who starring Matt Smith is only due autumn next year.


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