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We’ve recently been seeing a war of words between Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Harry Potter director David Yates over prospects of the latter directing a Who movie. Talking to press yesterday, Yates confirmed his plans for the film and spoke about when we can expect it.

Speaking to Bleeding Cool at yesterday’s HP Studio Tour press conference, Yates was asked if he still had plans to bring the TARDIS to the big screen. He responded:

“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. I’ve got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it’s something I’m very passionate and excited about.

Stephen’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever. 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.”

He was also asked whether or not the film would be set within the TV show’s canon after initial claims that it would be a reboot. He seems to have changed stances on that front slightly.

“That’s all to be discussed, because it’s five or six years from now. It’s weird because … what will the series be like in five or six years? But I’m very excited about it, very excited about that world.”

Do you welcome the idea of Yates helming a Doctor Who movie? Or do you think that creative rights over the universe(s) should be left to Moffat while he remains showrunner?

We had learnt in November that Yates was signed onto the project.

  • rdh014

    *mumbles profanities*
    I don’t want to see DW all beefed up and stretched out by Hollywood.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

      I’m almost positive it won’t.  It might have great success.  But BBC, Steven Moffat and David Yates surely wont’ make it a Hollywood spectacle. 

  • Jason

    I think the guy is a fantastic visual director who doesn’t get enough credit. He’s hated by a lot of fans who prefer Cuaron and Columbus and Newell, 
    but I just think for his first four films he did an excellent job. I look forward to him doing more in the future.

    • Azeem

      I agree, I think that he’s seen as an amateur but in fact, he is the genius behind the last harry potter films. 

  • Disraeli

    I still think this is going to fall to the wayside. A canon Doctor Who Film has always been in development since the 1960s. We have yet to see one. And it will probably remain that way.

    And that is a Good Thing. 

    • Katelyn

      Oh, but there was one.  We know it as the Eighth Doctor.  And it was terrible. 

      • MJW

        Well, not the Eighth Doctor himself (because Paul McGann FTW). The movie sucked, but he was cool.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jaredaronoff Jared Aronoff

    If Steven Moffat has any sort of involvement in this than I am significantly more confident in its potential.

    I would love to see a higher-budgeted, more spectacular Doctor Who on the big screen. My only fear is that they will try and make it more accessible for ‘mainstream’ audiences and in doing so ignore the quirkiness that makes us all love it so much in the first place. 

  • DP

    I like Yates, but I don’t like this. First of all, Doctor Who is a very difficult movie to do. First off, the huge amount of backstory and things needed to be explained  would seriously complicate a movie. Second, it wouldn’t feel right if it wasn’t written and acted by those doing the actual show right now (so Moffat and Matt Smith right now, but that’s probably not going to be the case years from now). The whole years away thing makes it slightly better, but I’m still not a fan. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673982809 Irfon Pennant Williams

      Right now the film is 5 years away, who’d know who’s in charge and acting the doctor at that time. 

  • http://twitter.com/TokoMasho Matthew Potter

    “Team Moffat” on this one, lol.

  • http://twitter.com/andrewgoldie16 andrew

    Not a Doctor Who fan however, I loved all of Yate’s Harry Potter films so if they are anything like those I might watch it. 

  • the moose on the left

    NNNNOOOOOOOOOO why are they letting him do this? Have they seen his potter films? They’re just moneymaking instruments that play off the fandbase but are total garbage. Now theyre gonna let Doctor Who become the same thing.

    • moonshoespotter1712

      I have seen so many of your comments bashing Potter, and you make it seem as if your opinion is fact. Most people love his Potter films – especially DHP2.

      • the moose on the left

        thats cause many fans just wanted to see potter ont he big screen regardless of whether it was well written or not, because they just wanted a visual companion to the books, which is fine. What is not fine is when people praise the director’s work for soulless films when all he did was make money off a devoted fanbase. The people who dislike the films (and notice these people do exist) are those who think that the films shoudl actually hold up without the books to be recognized as good, which most of them don’t, and therefore should not be hailed as masterpieces, which theyre not. Only masterpiece in the series was movie 3. The yates films make no sense, and it’s all the fault of direction.

        • http://twitter.com/20619T Craig Thomson

          I’m with Moose on the Left one this, David Yates is not a good director. He delivers to expectations, not exceeding them. The Harry Potter films were carried by the script and the original material and the fact that they have a massive fan base. 

          DP2 was an excellent spectacle, but it’s difficult to go wrong when it’s only the third act.

  • Rroman

    I have to admit I was not very fond of David Yates’ work when I left the theater after Order of The Phoenix. But I think he grew as a director towards the end and am excited to see what he has coming up. 

  • Jen

    He can definitely get stuffed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1683360003 Paige Barton

    as long as Moffat is involved, i’m okay with them doing a movie

  • Leigh

    No.  I am against this and I will still be against it in 5 or 6 years.  I have nightmares of them making this into some horrible Hollywood blockbuster franchise.

  • http://twitter.com/ivangatewood Ivan Gatewood

    If he does this, it has to be a continuation from the tv series (something they sort of attempted with the first movie), and Steven Moffat and the BBC have to be behind it. Otherwise, it would be a big waste of time. 

  • heather157

    I hope they don’t waste one of the Doctor’s regeneration cycles with this movie, he only has 13.

    • MJW

      I’m pretty sure that the Great Space Pimp (Moffat) will get around that pesky “12 regeneration” thing somehow. He usually delivers.

    • Alice

      Actually they have done away with that particular rule. As well as the whole growing a TARDIS from coral thing. 

    • Violet aka DW Fangirl

       I’m pretty sure River gave him all her remaining ones, so i think they would be added to the amount he has left. or something. or the doctor could die less. or maybe they could find the master’s laser screwdriver and add more years to his future equalling longer lives.

  • Glaciusx

    I’m so tired of David Yates right now. First he wants to mess up Harry Potter (prime example: HALF BLOOD PRINCE) and now he wants to mess up Doctor Who?! Hell no.

  • Disraeli

    Edward Russell, the Senior Executive at the BBC who is in charge of the Doctor Who brand has said that Steven Moffat position that no film is in the woodwork “absolutely true and the final word on the matter.” So David Yates is bang out of order and is basically trying some sort of cultural hostile takeover. 

    If he can’t respect the BBC then I think he deserves his passport shredded, quite frankly. He needs to back off.  

  • fruttivendolo

    Didn’t Moffat or one of the heads of DW just say at the convention that there were no plans for a movie? Tom Spilsbury (head of DW Magazine) posted about an announcement to that effect on Twitter. Moffat’s doing a fantastic job, there’s no need for a movie. Especially one by Yates. Not that I’m still bitter about HBP or anything.

  • Katelyn

    What I want to know is why does David Yates have this monopoly on doing a Doctor Who movie?  Who gave him the right?  It just seems like he’s kind of coming out of left field…I don’t think he’s ever been affiliated with the franchise. 

    • Katelyn

      Anyone else think that this “oh but it’s five or six years away!” is more of an excuse to hope that someone different will be in charge of Who and be more open to a movie? 

  • MJW

    No. No, you are NOT doing a Doctor Who movie. I won’t let you. You have ruined your last franchise. *Sets off to ‘take care’ of David Yates*

  • guest

    I am and always have been in favor of a big budget film of Doctor Who…. But within the Canon of the already established Doctor Who… I loath the possibility of anything that dosen’t follow show canon

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