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TV writer Steven Moffat has dismissed rumours of a Doctor Who movie coming soon, despite comments from director David Yates, supposedly in the driving seat for the adaptation. MTV News quizzed Yates, director of four Harry Potter films, on the red carpet last night about Doctor Who's silver screen incarnation, which he had …


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  1. Anonymous Coward 101

    If made, this film would suck

    It would be sentimental, have a plot that is simultaneously simple minded and overly complex, lack thrills, and have plot holes you could drive a bus through.

    Down vote if you want, but you know it is true.

    1. Sean Baggaley 1

      "...and have plot holes you could drive a bus through."

      So, er, just like every Doctor Who episode written by Russell T. Davies, then?

    2. Lamont Cranston

      Given that Doctor Who frequently makes no sense,

      pisses over it's own continuity, and features wild changes in tone, I fail to see what you're complaining about.

    3. Giles Jones Gold badge

      Maybe. But I imagine it would be yet another Dr Who beats the Daleks film. The previous two with Peter Cushing were both Dalek films.

      Christopher Eccleston would be my choice to come back for the film version.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      RE; If made, this film would suck

      Errr. What makes you say such a stupid thing?

  2. Anonymous Coward

    Internal politics

    This is internal politics. The Beeb has a long history with Who of one arm doing one thing while another arm pulls against it, always to the detriment of the series. Right back to the 80's this has been happening.

    For me this is Moffat putting a few people in their place. He's the show runner. If some execs are sniffing around excited by Hollywood he's just put them back in their place.

    1. Grease Monkey

      Indeed Moffat as exec producer has the final say. And this isn't the first time this has happened.

      Earlier this year some BBC exec with no direct connection with who decided to announce that there would only be a handfull of specials in 2012 as there was in 2012. He cited as his reason that Moffat would be concentrating on Sherlock. I, along with many other Whovians, actually saw this as more of a wish by the exec concerned. Basically it appears that he is more of a fan of Sherlock than Who. However anybody of a logical turn of mind would realise that Who makes a lot of money for the BBC, certainly more than Sherlock ever will. So the Beeb would always favour Who over Sherlock. Moffat himself pulled the wayward exec up short by stating that he had plenty of time to concentrate on both shows and other projects and would not be cutting back on Who.

  3. TRT Silver badge

    Not necessarily...

    There's plenty of room for a prequel. Something that might chronicle the Doctor's flight from Gallifrey, For example, the Doctor take up his first job, a post at the Bureau Of Temporal Observation and Monitoring, hoping to rise amongst Timelord ranks to join the Temporal Operations division (Ah, but Doctor, everyone here starts at the BOTOM and works their way up to the TOP!) when he monitors a temporal crime being committed by none other than the arch-chancellor. His discovery has been noted, however, and the complete record of his life erased, including even his name, and replaced with that of a renegade.

    He is pursued across the death zone (plenty of scope for some monster encounters there), his "family" are held to ransom and entirely exterminated with the sole exception of his infant grand-daughter whom he rescues. The President (or maybe Rassillon) observes the arch-chancellor's deceit, knowledge of which would destroy Timelord society and spread chaos throughout the universe. He locks the bad guy in a temporal prison and offers the Doctor a deal - eternal imprisonment, banishment to the anti-matter world of Omega, or his memory of these events is erased and he must go into exile for the "murder" of the arch-chancellor.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      This is already the best Dr Who story I've continue....

    2. Grease Monkey

      Sounds like the sort of cock RTD would come up with. Please stop now.

    3. Chad H.


      Or should I say Fantastic?

      Moffat - give this man a job.

    4. TRT Silver badge


      Nah, I just wondered what would happen if you threw Enemy of the State, Minority Report and Paycheck in a bucket and mixed them up before pouring it into a Dr. Who mould.

    5. TRT Silver badge


      If whatever event occurs at the climax of a prequel was dramatic enough and timey-wimey enough, the Doctor could be fragmented and end up as (1) The one that gets sent back in time by Omega in Lungbarrow, (2) The Valeyard, (3) The Doctor and (4) The Watcher.

      They've done temporal fragmentation stories before (e.g. City of Death).

  4. Ian Stephenson

    Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Productions

    Would that be Pete Tranter's sister?

    Smoke me a kipper I'll be back for breakfast!

  5. goldcd

    I believe it should read:

    Steven Moffat, at this time, doesn't wish to criticise the idea of a Dr Who film whilst he still thinks he has a chance of being involved.

    Should the BBC wish to produce a film based on their IP, but not involve him, he reserves the right to slate it from the moment of conception through to the screening.

    1. Gordon 10 Silver badge

      Given that

      Moffat us probably one of the only writers in the BBC who is a bona fide Hollywood writer (for Spielberg & Jackson ffs!) the chances are that he already has more clout there than any BBC exec could dream of.

      He could quite easily end up as Exec Producer on the film.

      An imagine if Speilberg was on board too.

      1. MJI Silver badge
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        Bring it on

        Writer - Stephen Moffat

        The Doctor - Matt Smith

        Producers - Spielberg & Jackson

        1. NogginTheNog

          Please god NO NOT JACKSON

          Unless you want a 6 hour CGI overloaded meandering fuck up.

  6. Anomalous Cowherd Silver badge

    Aw, an American Doctor Who could be fun!

    Jones: Doctor, the Cybermen are attacking. What do we do?

    [Doctor pulls automatic pistol from belt, slams in magazine]

    Doctor: Well Jones, this shit just got real.

    [Cyberman appears from arount the corner. Doctor blazes away firing several hundred shots form his pistol without reloading. Many unnamed ancillary characters are shot and killed immediately without screaming, bleeding or begging for their families]

    Doctor: Fuck yeah, have that you motherfucking tin-can.

    [Cyberman shouts something in language other than english before stealing a motorbike from a passerby and taking off]

    Jones: Doctor, he's heading straight for the Superbowl! And that bomb only has seconds before it explodes.

    Doctor: Cor blimey Jones, don't get your knickers in a twist! [pats tardis] this old girl has a few tricks yet, what what.

    [Cue Hard Rock soundtrack. Tardis leaps into the air and transforms spectacularly into a Chevy muscle-car. Doctor gives chase in largely straight line, weaving only to knock over as many improbably-sited market stalls and water-filled bollards as possible. Several police follow only to fly into the air and land upside-down for no obvious reason...]

    1. KirstarK

      OMG :)


      And directed by Michael bay

    2. Vulch

      Gold bullets in the automatic of course.

    3. Why Not?
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      Missed a few key plot devices

      Good start!

      The doctor needs to be in his vest showing off airbrushed muscles.

      The Automatic should be the size of a house. It should be shot from the hip allowing the Doctor to take out snipers 3 miles away (he is a skilled alien after all). The 200 round magazine does have to be refilled ostentatiously by slamming the butts of both your automatics together behind your back think Lara Croft.

      The Doctor needs to be assisted by a cute kid & the day saved by a female. Extra points if the Kid/female are from an ethnic minority / disabled / or an adult male with alternative sexual orientation.

      The villain should have a posh British accent even if they came from outer Venoa major.

      The Doctor needs to have a buddy from an ethnic minority who has a traditional family which whilst dysfunctional is very cute. Cut to loving scenes with parent & child as the world ends.

      Of course the Cybermen (who will have Gold legs and a curious crescent motif) will be defeated by either a hairclip, the attractive assistants glasses (removed with a lingering cleavage shot and hair flick) or the cute Brat's science project a pocket fusion reactor made out of waste coke cans (demonstrated to attractive assistant such that the gratuitous cleavage shot can be achieved).

      Of course large screens showing a command line interface controlled by handsome hero wiggling his Pecs.

      Don't forget the courageous Mexican who sacrifices his life so his family & friends can live.

      It must include Global warning and the Aliens being invited to take over the world by Maggie Thatcher & Ronald Reagan / Bush lookalikes.

      Oh and senseless but brave sacrifice of the Green Berets.

      Chuck a few helicopters & fighter jets in there and we have a Blockbuster.

      Agree the time war could do with expanding on (sorry Timothy Dalton in Aztec robes was not the detail we were looking for) , the relationship with the master is still a good seam to be mined.

    4. Dave 15 Silver badge

      Get Arnie out of California for that role, right up his street...

      Brilliant script - missing a couple of minor explosions as well... sure we can add them in somewhere for effect.

  7. Chris 3

    I believe...

    ... there's a huge Time-war shaped hole, just waiting to be filled with a nice film. Oooer - I suppose that would that mean they would need to get Christopher Ecclestone or Paul McGann back in. So that's probably not a goer.

    1. Grease Monkey

      FFS no! Of all the stupid inventions on the edges of the Who canon the timewar is by far the worst. You'll notice that appart from the occasional fairly oblique reference Moffat wisely steers clear.

  8. Dinky Carter

    It's already been done...

    There's already been an American made Doctor Who film (1996)

    It had some good aspects (Paul McGann was an excellent doctor, the TARDIS was wonderfully steampunk, plus it was totally canonical) but featured typically American trashiness (car chases, gang shootings, references to the Doctor's "Britishness" etc.) And the music was a bombastic, full orchestra, god-awful version of the beloved theme tune along the lines of "Star Trek - The Next Generation."

    1. mafoo


      "I'm half human, on my mothers side"

      No no no no no no no no no...

      1. Adam Foxton

        Said as an aside

        potentially in jest, to an ancillary character who was asking about some big secret of the Doctor's that he was about to tell the surgeon (Grace?).

        ...please tell me no-one took that as Canon?!

      2. Grease Monkey

        "I'm half human, on my mothers side"

        And that's totally canonical is it? That and quite a few other references in the TV movie are best forgotten. It started out with a decent premise that would have made a good Who story, but unfortunately it got battered about by the usual production committee and turned into utter dross. Bear in mind that it was originally intended as a pilot, but the option was not taken up. Wonder why?

  9. Tony Paulazzo

    After watching The Thing prequel I wouldn't trust Hollywood to...

    No, just no.

    America didn't help torchwood at all, tho' the actors were great.

  10. John70

    Who Movie

    Lets hope the movie is not written by those that do the TV version.

    1. wibbilus maximus


      This guy is trolling cause there's no way anyone with the slightest interest in Doctor Who would make a statement like that

  11. Chad H.

    Didn't hollywood already restart it with Cushing?

    Hello I'm Doctor Who and these are my daughters Barbara and Susan Who and this is my invention the TARDIS...

    1. Mike Richards Silver badge

      They were made by Amicus in the UK

      And two of the few movies from that long-lost and fondly-remembered studio not to feature Doug McClure.

      1. NogginTheNog

        Wilfred Mott

        Though the second one did also star a very young Bernard Cribbens, which is kinda cool :-)

        1. Grease Monkey

          Those two were terrible movies, but their premise was ridiculous. The laughable premise was that the lead was a human doctor who's surname happened to be Who had invented the TARDIS more or less in his garden shed.

          BTW back in the nineties I used to have a GP who's surname was Oo. He said it used to cause all sorts of problems particularly with telephone conversations where people would request that he pull the other one because it was endowed with bells. I bet he has even more bother since the series' popularity has blossomed.

    2. graeme leggett

      Ive said it before and I'll say it again

      The Amicus productions are Dalek films more than Doctor Who films.

      In evidence I submit the posters. A search engine of your choice will show who are the focus of the film.

      If there's a spin off to be made it should be Absalom Daak: Dalek Killer......

  12. Anonymous Coward

    One at a time?

    "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"

    Only ever one at a time?

  13. CmdrX3

    Don't let America anywhere near it

    They've already completely fucked up Torchwood, God knows what they'd do to Doctor Who. Not that all American shows are bad, Breaking Bad for example is outstanding, it's just that they don't really translate British TV shows very well. Skins is another example that they screwed up.

    1. mittfh


      RTD was in overall charge of that operation. Apparently he likes the idea of Torchwood being mini-series (like the past two) rather than extended "monster of the week" series like the first couple. He claimed Miracle Day was still firmly rooted in Wales despite being largely set in America. Since Eve Myles said in a Radio Times interview that if recommissioned for future series she'd move to LA, it looks as though the US is the future of Torchwood, with RTD capitulating to the requests of Starz.

      Why oh why couldn't they have put Moffat in charge of Torchwood? He'd probably also be able to produce a decent replacement for SJA while he was at it...

      1. Tony Smith, Editor, Reg Hardware (Written by Reg staff)

        Re: Torchwood

        No. God save us from DW spin-offs. Bloody awful, the lot of 'em, from 'K-9 and Company' onwards.

  14. The Grump

    Great movie...

    I just came back from 2016 (don't ask), and the Dr Who movie was great with the new Doctor. The "Children" of the Master were very well done, possibly the most frightening enemies in the Dr Who universe. No, the movie didn't have a big plot hole, but it did have... ok, I'm giving away too much. I have a reliable source who told me that if they do not make the Dr Who movie which already exists in 2016, the temporal consequences will be severe.

    Paris, because she would made a great Dr Who companion.

  15. unitron

    On behalf of my fellow Americans...

    ...just let me say let any country in North, South, or Central America have a go at it.

    Except these United States, we'll just screw it up.

    Seriously though, keep it British-ish.

    Icon what's needed for this project, an Englishman with a clue.

  16. Msan

    BBC, please don't take your love to town

    Let's say a $US 100 million budget for such a movie, which would require approximately $150 to $200 million in box office to break even taking into account payments to cinema's, profit share and marketing.

    I think we can all figure out where such a flick would have to go to make a profit and that place has a especially vile fecal smell to it.

  17. Robert E A Harvey


    I still want Emma Watson to be the doctor one day.

  18. Dana W


    Another American "I started with Doctor 4" saying KEEP IT BRITISH!

    Hollywood kills any Science Fiction it recycles, and by the time they got through with Doctor Who, it would be full of car chases, and the Doctor would be a streetwise rapper..........

  19. John Fielder

    Change history?

    That is unless it's a fixed point in time, in which case time can be re-written.

  20. Hooksie


    Almost completely nailed it my friend. There is no reason on Earth or any other planet that they couldn't do an origins story with a different young Doctor in his first incarnation. That's actually the story I would love to see but at the same time it's the mystery surrounding that story that keeps Doctor Who so interesting. I suspect, however, that Mr Moffat has some plans in that regard 'the question that must never be answered' (because whatever the answer was it would be more boring that what you can imagine yourself)

    I would definitely like to see an origins story and talk about how he stole the TARDIS and why but it would have to be delicately done. I actually really liked the Paul McGann TV movie (except for Eric Roberts who was utter gash) but the Peter Cushing ones were either a remake of an already done episode or, again, utter gash.

    I like your idea for the story TRT, you should send that to Mr Moffat. Seriously, it's really good. No need to wipe his memory though, that can just happen with old age. There's no need to worry too much about canon either, as long as they don't piss all over it then it's fine.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      "I always

      dreeesssss for the occasion."

      What do you expect from an actor who ended up in Sharktopus?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Be careful...

      I also suggested TRT's idea was good, and got down voted for the privilege - go figure.

      Dr Who - origins....bring it on


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