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Doctor Who Big Screen Movie on its way?

Doctor Who Movie on its way


Sources close to show say this is nothing more than a rumour but BBC news is reporting this article giving the impression its fact

LONDON — “Harry Potter” director David Yates is teaming up with the BBC to turn its iconic sci-fi TV series “Doctor Who” into a bigscreen franchise.

Yates, who directed the last four Potter films, told Daily Variety that he is about to start work on developing a “Doctor Who” movie with Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide’s L.A.-based exec VP of programming and production.

“We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” he said. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”

“Doctor Who” follows the adventures across space and time of a super-intelligent alien in human form, who battles a variety of cosmic bad guys aided by plucky human companions.

“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 said.

The series ran from 1963 to 1989, and then was successfully rebooted in 2005 by writer Russell T. Davies and subsequently by Steven Moffat (“The Adventures of Tintin”). Tranter oversaw the revival when she was the BBC’s drama topper in London.

“Doctor Who,” starring Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of the Doctor, is now one of the pubcaster’s most lucrative global TV franchises.

The series airs Stateside on BBC America.

Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would take a completely fresh approach to the material.

“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,” he said.

Yates and Tranter are looking for writers on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too,” he explained.

There are two previous films, based on the TV series: “Doctor Who and the Daleks” (1965) and “Doctor Who: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.” (1966), both starring Peter Cushing.

The BBC has since made a few unsuccessful attempts to develop a “Doctor Who” feature, and shot a one-off telepic in 1996 at a time when the TV series was dormant.

But the combination of Yates and Tranter means this is the most high-powered effort to date to launch “Doctor Who” onto the bigscreen.

Before directing “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” and both parts of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” Yates worked with Tranter on several BBC TV series, including “The Way We Live Now” and “State of Play.”



  • Mr Evil Fez

    September 15th, 2012 - 12:05pm

    Booboo can you reply to my game idea.

  • Commander Strax

    April 22nd, 2012 - 4:57pm

    4. somone could tell the 9th dr did it hurt or somthing and he rembers it then we see his regeration.

  • Leelafan101 (formerly Shihan)

    March 25th, 2012 - 12:00am

    Thank god

  • Commander Strax

    March 1st, 2012 - 5:42pm

    jonney depp

  • Rooners

    December 4th, 2011 - 9:24pm

    Sorry for the typos (I was clearly excited about this update from SM).

    “…or they MAY change THEIR mind…”
    “…it looks like we are SAFE from a Hollywood Re-boot.”

  • Rooners

    December 4th, 2011 - 9:13pm

    When I read the following quote from Steven Moffat…it MADE MY DAY…

    Stephen Moffat:

    “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.”

    Of course, the BBC may be keeping something from him (although I’m sure he went straight to the top when he heard the guff from David Yates) or they made change there mind…but for now it looks like we are dafe from a Hollywood Re-boot.

  • Anonymous

    November 25th, 2011 - 2:18pm

    Roy Cushing?????!!!!!! The mind boggles. And if I remember correctly Barry Nelson was as official a James Bond as anyone else who played him in fact he was in the first (TV) version of Casino Royale.

  • aarondrwhofan64

    November 25th, 2011 - 9:26am

    parody of harry potter! Doctor Potter! LLLLLOOOOLLL!!!!!! 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆 😆

  • aarondrwhofan64

    November 24th, 2011 - 7:21pm

    i would like simon pegg,benidict cumberbatch,james mcavoy,johnny depp,paul mcgann(to come back),harrison ford,john leguizamo ordan castellaneta to play the doctor in that movie. 🙂

  • doctorwho

    November 24th, 2011 - 9:50am

    The David Yates Movie Is Is My Bookmarks And It
    His 36 Parts And I Watched It And It Was Amazing!

  • aarondrwhofan64

    November 23rd, 2011 - 11:25am

    booboo who would you like to play the 12th doctor?

  • Fox Mulder

    November 22nd, 2011 - 10:27pm

    If it happens, It will be Realy american . I just hope to god this movie makes doctor who a household name in America. Gt a good looking Actor and a sexy companion and have a budget of like $250,000 and make it an origin story set partially on OLD Galifrey and MODERN day Earth. I will be waiting in anticipation.

  • Anon

    November 22nd, 2011 - 5:08pm

    well momentum pictures does english film so they could do it cos they did the kings speech.

  • Commander Strax

    November 19th, 2011 - 5:12pm

    oh great the dr is going round with a wizard hat and a sonic wand.

  • Commander Strax

    November 19th, 2011 - 5:10pm

    your right

  • silence wont still fall

    November 18th, 2011 - 12:45pm

    i hear you

  • Dalek Sec

    November 18th, 2011 - 10:51am

    I would like a 8th/9th Doctor Time War movie. There were two other movies, The Daleks remake which i didn’t really like, and the Dalek Invasion on Earth remake which was much better.

  • Silence Will Still Fall

    November 17th, 2011 - 6:43pm

    This sounds naff, it will be over americanised like the paul mcgann movie. Don`t see whats wrong with casting docs 8,9,10,11 or even 12. I do like the idea though of a how it all began film, the silence could be the threat that would be epic!!!

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