It's been a few years since we've heard serious rumblings about a Doctor Who feature film. At the time, Johnny Depp was linked to the project, but nothing serious came of it… until now. David Yates, who recently dropped the major motion picture adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand, has teamed up with the BBC to bring the Doctor to a theater near you.
And for some reason, they're ignoring the enormously popular – and enormously good – television series that happens to still be in production.
"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 told Daily Variety. Really? You have to? The film won't be ready for two or three years, which seems like the perfect time introduce a new Doctor after Matt Smith completes his run as the time travelling alien with a god complex and a propensity for dorkiness. Not that we know when Matt Smith is actually leaving the series, but hey, two or three years more would make for a perfectly decent run.
Work on the film is still in the early stages of development. Right now Yates is focused on finding the right screenwriter. "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," said Yates.
Of course Doctor Who was turned into a couple of theatrical, non-canonical films already, which starred Peter Cushing as the Time Lord in the 1960's. Neither Doctor Who and the Daleks nor Doctor Who: Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. have remained particularly important to fans of the hit series, which recently wrapped its 32nd season (or "series," as the BBC calls them) this year.
David Yates is a great director and we have no doubt that he could make a good Doctor Who something-or-other, but the real question – beyond the current issue of the screenwriter – is who will play the Doctor in the new film, which we can only imagine Yates and the BBC would like to turn into an ongoing series. Hmm… We smell a list coming on…
CraveOnline will be back with more Doctor Who movie news before things go all wibbly-wobbly.