David Yates to Direct Doctor Who Movie

With so many beloved sci-fi properties being turned into movie franchises nowadays, it’s a bit of a surprise that Doctor Who hasn’t been given the big screen treatment as of yet. True, it’s a very British show and up until the 2005 relaunch it had been seen as somewhat cheesy by outsiders, but the show has a huge fan following and a lot of great material to work with. Well, it appears that the good Doctor is finally about to get a big budget Hollywood adaptation, and the good news is that the BBC will also be involved, helping to ensure some level of faithfulness to the source material. David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, is now attached to helm the film, and they are currently in search of a writer to pen the script. Yates had this to say:


“We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena. Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch… We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too.”

For the uninitiated, the story revolves around a humanoid alien known as the Doctor who “explores the universe in a sentient time machine called the TARDIS that flies through time and space.” It sounds like the movie will not be directly connected to the current Doctor Who TV series, and it’s unlikely that current star Matt Smith will reprise his role. Thus far there have been 11 actors to have portrayed the character over the years, so hey, why not another one? What do you think, will Doctor Who translate well to the big screen and can it attract an American mainstream audience? Who would you like to see play the Doctor this time around?



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  • DukeTogo

    Ehh… I don’t want a Harry Snotter or Twilight treatment, Doctor Who is such that the Movie and TV versions can be different timelines. I haven’t seen any of Yates’ work, but I know he is a Potter director. I’m a little disappointed with the direction of the TV series, we were promised big events changing everything substantial this season and we got the usual reset button where everything ‘substantial’ gets nullified by some variety of a reset button just like almost every season finale since 2005’s revival.

  • Doctor Who was made into a made for TV movie in 1996, so while this will be the first big screen film, it won’t be the first “Doctor Who movie.”

  • I’m not a fan of this news. It would be different if the recent Doctor Who revamp hadn’t happened. It just seems redundant and a money grab, especially with Matt Smith not involved. It’s not like the current show has a low budget. What’s the point?