Big news for Doctor Who fans: Variety has officially confirmed big news for fans of the quirky Time Lord… in the shape of a motion picture! That’s right, the BBC is officially working on a big screen version of the Doctor’s time-traveling adventures. The BBC has also announced two popular faces at the helm of the big screen adaptation: David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter films, as well as Jane Tranter, head of BBC Worldwide Productions.
Perhaps the most shocking (and bound to be most controversial) part of the announcement revolves around Yates’ declaration that the team behind the upcoming Who film will be entirely rebooting the series and starting from scratch:
“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 and Tranter are currently in search of writers for the flick and will not have any bias against non-British writers, with Yates citing the brilliant writing on the British-themed Harry Potter films by American writer Steve Kloves. The famed director has also stated that they will be taking their time with the Whovie, stating:
“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.”
We won’t beat around the bush here: we’re worried. The phrases “radical transformation” and “start from scratch” have us on edge, especially considering how passionate we and millions of fans are when it comes to the current BBC production of Doctor Who. Sure, Davies and Moffat have been able to brilliantly curate a decades-old franchise with their now six-series Who run, but can Yates manage to capture the essence of Doctor Who in a fresh reboot, without any of the players from the current production on board?
What are your thoughts about this mega-announcement? Are you excited, apprehensive, or terrified?