David Yates to direct Doctor Who movie

Plans to create stand-alone plot

David Yates, veteran of the last four Harry Potter movies, has revealed he’s working with the BBC to produce a movie version of long-running and much-loved sci-fi series Doctor Who.

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

However, hardcore fans of the series might be perturbed to learn that Yates’ vision for the Doctor might be quite different to what they are used to. Indeed, Yates plans to create a film that won’t follow on from the series, and can instead be consumed as a standalone piece.

“Russell T Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic,” he explains, “but we have to put that aside and start from scratch.”

Matt Smith’s name is conspicuous by its absence, and one can only assume that Yates will be looking for a new leading man to take on the Timelord. However, the director is keen to ensure that his version will retain some of the TV show’s classic ingredients.

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

One can only hope Yates will stick to tradition in a visual sense as well, and ushers in a host of naff villains clad head to toe in ill-fitting latex. No release date has been attached as yet, so expect plenty of debate to rage over who should play the Doctor, which villains should feature and whether Tom Baker should be involved, over the weeks to come…

Are you pleased that there will be a movie, or disappointed that it won't follow on from the TV show? And who should play the Doctor? Tell us your thoughts.


    • ConorEngelb

      Nov 15th 2011, 8:12

      Technically, the character is called "The Doctor" and neither Peter Cushing nor Rowan Atkinson are considered canon, so they don't count as Doctors. The idea of separating the movie from canon is...well, not a good one. If they could tie Matt Smith's regeneration into the film, kind of like Sylvester McCoy's regen in the 1996 movie, and then bring us the Twelfth Doctor in the film, that'd be great. But leaving established canon aside and just picking up the Doctor Who name (which screams "Hmm...people like this. Let's buy the name and make money") does not appeal.

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    • FBGLambert

      Nov 15th 2011, 9:14

      "...a host of naff villains clad head to toe in ill-fitting latex"??? When did this writer last watch the show, 1977???

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    • Garyian

      Nov 16th 2011, 17:05

      This could work, they would definitely have to split it off from the TV series and would have to be a future regeneration. If, like Harry Potter they use British actors they could keep the feel of the series while making it massive. I think Benedict Cumberbatch would be perfect, but I think I'd rather have him in the TV series as the next regeneration.

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    • FBDBullock

      Nov 18th 2011, 13:08

      Hasn't this been dismissed by the BBC already? Who own it....

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    • NettaUK

      Nov 18th 2011, 14:10

      I would much prefer it to be made into a film,TV can only do so much.Johnny Depp does a marvelous British accent,and it's his kind of role.

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    • MattyVanHorn

      Nov 18th 2011, 15:10

      As a longtime american fan, I welcome the opportunity to expose The Doctor to younger american audiences in a way they can appreciate fully enough to return to the original series (with all its glorious trappings). It's natural for some to this exposure as "exploiture" - valid opinions - but as far as source material for a new hollywood franchise, they could do much, much worse.

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    • Dalekbuster523

      Nov 18th 2011, 16:02

      Matt Smith should play the Doctor in the movie,if he's the current doctor at the time.It's only fair that the current Doctor at the time gets to play the Doctor in the movie otherwise it's jeopardising not only the TV series,but the TV actor's convincing-ness as the Doctor.

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