Steven Moffat Says There Isn't Any 'Doctor Who' Movie in the Works
So what's going on? Another denial? Yes indeed, more bad (or potentially good) news. I was alerted recently that producer/writer Steven Moffat, the current showrunner for BBC's "Doctor Who" sci-fi series, had written a few tweets of interest related to the movie. If you recall, just a month ago, we covered a story from Variety saying that Harry Potter director David Yates was developing a feature film version of the sci-fi show. They even had quotes! Now Moffat is claiming that, "any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot." Are we so sure about that?
The original news story on the movie included quotes from Yates, who said he was working with BBC's Jane Tranter, based in LA. "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," Yates told Variety. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena." But Moffat, in one of his tweets over the weekend, fired back a rebuttal. "Movie thing: David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You've seen the rubbish I talk when I'm cornered." Did he just call everything Yates said rubbish? Apparently so, but he's pretty confident this movie stuff is just a bunch of rubbish. He even issued a more reassuring statement to UK newspapers, found via MTV's post on the news.
Moffat's statements (via Radio Times) say that Doctor Who is "a vitally important BBC brand with a huge international audience" and one which "not even Hollywood can start from scratch." I love the swipes he's taking at Hollywood while he can. He continues: "There simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment" but "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." Which, at current the moment, is Matt Smith. Finally, he mentions: "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." There you go, confirmed in full by Moffat himself.
Though I should say, interestingly, his statements for the paper seem to be a bit more vague—"no developed plans", "at the moment"—but from the sounds of it, a Doctor Who movie isn't happening anytime soon, so don't get your hopes up. Plus, when/if one ever is coming, Moffat will be telling you all the details and will be making sure it stars the current TV Doctor anyway. We'll let you know if we ever hear any other updates.