Because Steven Moffat isn’t sure everyone has heard his thoughts on David Yates’ planned Doctor Who movie yet, he’s talking about it again. I swear, he’s almost saying, “Over my 13th regenerated body…”
Late last year, we were astounded when Harry Potter director Yates revealed he was working on a Doctor Who movie saying it would need a “radical transformation” to bring the franchise to the big screen. He made it clear the film would not follow the television series and was working with Jane Tranter, BBC Worldwide’s L.A.-based exec VP of programming and production.
“To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot,” Moffat tweeted (while he was still on twitter).
But Moffat was recently asked by Vulture if it would ever happen. He said.
Well, first of all, when? We spend all year making the series. The thing that I would find intolerable is that you get a film instead of the TV series because the TV series is more important. And I don’t think any showrunner or future showrunner of Doctor Who would tolerate the idea that David Yates was talking about, of rebooting it and having a second continuity. That’s just nonsense. Absolutely insane and a straightforward insult to the audience. We’d never, ever do that. The question would be how could we do it without delaying or harming the TV show?
He doesn’t find a movie offensive though, “I think it could be incredibly exciting to see that Tardis fly on the big screen,” he said. “It would just be how do we arrange it? And how do we make sure we have … no offense, but you suddenly take American money and they expect to tell you what to do and all that. I wouldn’t be happy with that. But it will happen someday, I’m reasonably confident.”
So it seems Moffat would like to have a movie but has no intention of letting Yates get his hands on The Doctor. Yet the fact remains, the BBC America Twitter account wrote, “A Doctor Who feature film remains in development [with] BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles. As of yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place.”