Prepare to be disappointed 'Doctor Who' fans! Steven Moffat has denied that a film version of the popular BBC series is in development...
Steven Moffat, showrunner of the BBC sci fi show, has hit back at the claims of 'Harry Potter' director David Yates, who had announced that he was working on a 'Doctor Who' spin-off film.
Moffat explained to Entertainment Weekly that David Yates must have been mistaken in his claims:
"I don't think [Yates] was ever signed to it... I never signed him, so he's not."
"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."
So take THAT, David Yates.
Yates had, of course, suggested that the film version of 'Doctor Who' would not follow the TV show's continuity and would even include a different actor in place as the Doctor himself. Fans were aghast at the claims and Moffat has been quick to dispute them:
"That whole proposal was not true... 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."
He is the VOICE of 'Doctor Who'? There's nothing quite like a good old dose of modesty with your entertainment news, is there?
"The BBC own 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."
Immodesty aside, we're glad to hear that Steven Moffat has no intention of completely rebooting the successful Doctor Who franchise for the silver screen; it would lose the magic if that were allowed to happen.
But, just to hammer the point home for any truly distressed 'Doctor Who' fans out there, Moffat once again insisted that any film version of the show would complement the BBC series:
"[Any future film] will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff," he explained. "It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane."
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