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Steven Moffat Speaks Out On New ‘Doctor Who’ Movie

Compares movement to efforts by someone outside NASA to reach the Moon


It’s been a few days for “Doctor Who” fans to ponder the news from Harry Potter director David Yates that he is going to bring a new version of the British iconic series to movie screens.

But what does Steven Moffat, the current holder of the flame for the television series, think about the plans? Moffat took to Twitter to kind of share his thoughts, although he was a little cryptic.

“Announcing my personal moonshot, starting from scratch,” Moffat said. “No money, no plan, no help from NASA. But I know where the moon is — I’ve seen it.”

Moffat at first didn’t make it clear that he was talking about Yates project, although his Tweet came soon after the announcement was made. However, when one follower quipped that Yates could do it better than him, Moffat responded, “At going to the moon? I’d like to see him try!”

Moffat has been kept completely out of the loop in this project, however. But he is right — no budget has been announced for the film, which doesn’t have a writer, a cast, or any concrete plans moving forward. Some have speculated that Yates could get a movie going in time for “Doctor Who’s” 50th anniversary in 2013.

Rumors about a potential big screen adventure of “Doctor Who” have circulated for years. But it was widely believe such a project would be connected to the television series, and would heavily involve producers of the show, either Moffat or former showrunner Russell T. Davies.

Yates is getting help from BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles in his endeavor, and is looking for a writer in either Great Britain or the United States (or even elsewhere) to try and bring this story to life.

If the movie is made the way Yates plans, it could really be a major test on how audiences can accept projects with the same name, but based on unrelated concepts. Some, like Airlock Alpha, have speculated that such a move will confuse audiences, and muddy the brand. Others think it just might work, since either audiences that go to movies are different from those who watch television, or that audiences are smart enough to make the distinction.

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