Seriously, will it never end!? Steven Moffat, current showrunner for the BBC‘s Doctor Who, and David Yates, filmmaker most recently known for his work on the later of the Harry Potter flicks, have been at odds for months over whether or not there’s a Who movie in the works and whether or not Yates is involved. The whole situation is a headache, no doubt.
Now there’s a new development, another instance of Moffat flat out denying any Doctor Who movie is being made, either by the Beeb, himself, or Yates. To Entertainment Weekly Moffat said,
There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane.
So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC owns Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.
I don’t think the man could be any clearer than that. Which has to make you wonder, where is Yates coming from when he keeps announcing he’s working on a movie version of Doctor Who? When asked about Yates’ supposed involvement Moffat said,
I don’t think he was ever signed to it. I never signed him, so he’s not. But I think he’s [expressed] an interest in doing it and he’s a very fine director and I think he’d certainly be someone that would be on the list for directing such a project. I’m a big fan of his. But the project as he describes it would not happen. It was all a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.
The Moff. Always classy. He doesn’t call Yates out as the wanker this argument makes him appear to be.
Of course, we now eagerly await Yates’ reply assuring us he is indeed working on a Doctor Who movie. I’m sure it’ll sound something like what he told Bleeding Cool in March, “Yes, I’m definitely doing a Doctor Who movie.”
What is happening!?! What are you thought on the “mystery” Doctor Who movie David Yates is making? Do you think Moffat’s remarks will be the final word?
Source: Doctor Who TV