This just in from Empire magazine
: David Yates (of Harry Potter fame) is working with the BBC on a Doctor Who movie.
Excerpts from the article:
[quote]Yes, Gallifrey’s most famous son (sorry, Master) has been rumoured as a cinematic project before, but this time it’s looking much closer to official – even if “much closer” still means “a few years away.” "We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," Yates said in a statement picked up by Variety. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena."
But there’s an added wrinkle. Much like the two 1960s’ Peter Cushing-fronted movies, this will be a totally standalone adventure with nary a whiff of Matt Smith and co. "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," Yates says. Yes, folks, it’s real: the Doctor is now a brand and the Beeb is happy to spin off some completely independent version. Anger? Debate? Oh, both of them are kicking off right now.[/quote]
While I am slightly excited by this, I'm also terrified. The phrases "radical transformation" and "start from scratch" are worrying - are they implying they will disregard all of the (admittedly sometimes wonky) canon to date, and reinvent the Doctor? Maybe that's a good thing though, so we can play the alt-Universe card and pretend it never happened..
Can a big budget Who work? Sure, the new series has a fairly large budget, but it still has flaws and shortcuts, which give it a lot of charm.
And who will play the Doctor? (Benedict would be a choice I could endorse here) Will they bring in some of the traditional villains and attempt to jazz them up for the big screen?
Freaking out a little.