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And So It Begins

Feel Free to Keep Panicking About A Doctor Who Movie, If You Like

Last month the Doctor Who fandom exploded with the news that Harry Potter helmer David Yates was pushing a Doctor Who movie, and saying things like “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena,” and “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.” This seemed to many to simply be somebody making a Inspector Spacetime movie but calling it Doctor Who. This seemed to many to be a potentially terrible idea. It didn’t help that Yates apparently announced his intentions quite a bit more firmly than the BBC was ready for, and for a day or so “official” accounts of what was going on conflicted.

Well, Yates is still talking about it, and how he’s looking for a writer.

MTV Splash Page caught up with him, and asked him to talk about who he’d cast as the Doctor.

I can’t really talk about that because its such a long way away. We’re looking principally for a writer, and we’ll start with that. Everything has to start with a great script, so that’s more important.

Yates confirmed that he would not be adding his writing talents to the script. He also stated, when the news broke, that he’d be considering American writers.

Hey, you know who’s a great writer, whose books and screenplays have been made into Oscar nominated films? Who is also a life-long Doctor Who fan, has written for the show, and isn’t afraid to do things that have subtle but far reaching implications for canon? Neil Gaiman. He’s a Brit with American citizenship! Granted, he might be kind of busy writing a book next year, but it’s damn well worth a try.

(via MTV Splash Page.)

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  • Sean Seger

    Atomic batteries to power. Turbines to speed. Engage Panic Mode………………..NOW…

  • Dux K-S

    (Gaiman actually isn’t an American citizen, he told Craig Ferguson he retained his British citizenship) Hey, if Joss Whedon can balance The Avengers and a million side projects, perhaps Gaiman can fit one more project into his busy schedule!

  • StreetSpirit Photo

    If Neil Gaiman was writing it, I’d feel slightly less afraid.  His was the only story from the last series of Doctor Who that was any good.

  • Joshua MacDougall

    I am going to do my best to not be the internet and judge it before I actually see it, but if for some reason it is so painstakingly horrible that I can tell before I see it I’ll simply show my negative opinion of it through my wallet. On the other hand, if this impacts the show in a negative way I’ll go into riot mode.

  • ainok

    I tried watching some of the 11 eps. Color me underwhelmed–but the Gaiman episode was TOPS. I’m sort of lukewarm about Gaiman most of the time, but that ep was not one of those times.

    I’d pay to watch that movie, is what I’m saying.

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    They did two great Doctor Who movies before with a different actor. I don’t see why it can’t be done now. Especially if we have a chance to see the loose cannon rebel who stole the TARDIS in the first place. Get Simon Pegg as a companion and Benedict Cumberbatch as The Doctor.

  • Anonymous

    Are you counting the Doctor Who flick with the most camp Master ever? Please say no.

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  • Anonymous

    Okay, OFFICIALLY panicking. The only thing that could slightly redeem this project would be the prospect of Neil Gaiman writing it. But otherwise, color me terrified. 

  • Anonymous

    Judging by how Gaiman describes his conversation with Moffat about writing “The Doctor’s Wife” (for those who didn’t see it – he went all fanboy on the poor man) I think he’d at least seriously consider it. ;)

    One question though – how does this project fit into Who canon? If they’re casting a new Doctor and “starting from scratch” the whole thing looks like the high-budget piece of fanfiction…

  •!/ David R. Schmitt

    YES! Oh wait, you’re talking the 90′s movie. No, I meant the ones with Peter Cushing in the 60′s. Although I did like Paul Mcgann’s Doctor.

  • Kate Karlson

    The only reason this could possibly not be terrible is if Neil Gaiman did it. Otherwise, my expectations are very very low.