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Steven Moffat: Separate ‘Doctor Who’ Film Would Be ‘Silly’

Yet, David Yates seems to still be working on such a plan


David Yates has become a celebrated director, thanks to his stunning work in the Harry Potter universe. But could he really be working on his own version of “Doctor Who” set for the big screen?

Absolutely not. And that’s directly from Steven Moffat, the current torchbearer for the Doctor Who franchise.

“There will not come a time when there’s a separate kind of ‘Doctor Who,'” Moffat told Airlock Alpha at San Diego Comic-Con. “What was talked about there was the there would be a separate Doctor and a different continuity. Of course it won’t. That would be silly. Everyone knows that’s silly. The BBC knows that’s silly, and is not going to do that.”

Yates had told a reporter last November that he was indeed working on such a project, and that it would be outside of the current television form of “Doctor Who.”

“We’re looking at writers now,” Yates said then. “We’re going to spend two or three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”

Soon after that story broke, Moffat tweeted that he was “announcing my personal moonshot starting from scratch. No money, no plan, no help from NASA. But I know where the moon is — I’ve seen it.”

Moffat clarified that statement in December when he said that any “Doctor Who” movie “would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly no be a Hollywood reboot.

“David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You’ve seen the rubbish I talk when I’m cornered.”

Since then, however, chatter about a potential Doctor Who film not involving the current BBC creative group has gone quiet. It was not clear if Yates really was speaking off the cuff, if he really was developing such a project, and if such a thing was even possible.

That is, until he talked to Bleeding Cool’s Hannah Shaw-Williams in March.

“Yes, I’m definitely doing a Doctor Who movie, but I think where everyone got confused was that we’re not making it for five years, or six years — it’s a very slow development,” Yates said. “I’ve got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it’s something I’m very passionate and excited about.”

Yates, however, did say that he would be willing to at least follow up with Moffat on any such plans.

“Steven’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever,” Yates said. “I love what he’s done with ‘Doctor Who,’ love his Sherlock Holmes. He’s such a gifted man. But this is something that’s a very slow burn, and I’m hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It’s just something that we’ve been talking about for a little while.”

But Moffat doesn’t seem to be too interested in that.

“It was really a non-story that took up quite a lot of time,” Moffat said.

San Diego Comic-Con coverage on Airlock Alpha and the GenreNexus sites is brought to you exclusively by Roddenberry.com. Keep an eye out for more “Doctor Who” coverage (and video) from Comic-Con in the coming weeks right here on Airlock Alpha.

See our video interview with Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner by clicking here.

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