Not since the Time War has there been Doctor Who news that could alter the fabric of reality more than this. Variety is reporting that a big screen adaptation of Doctor Who is currently in the planning stages, with David Yates of Harry Potter directorial fame at the helm.
The Variety article points out that this silver screen version of the Time Lord and the TARDIS will be a full-on reboot, seemingly indicating any continuity from the show’s long history, or the Russell T. Davies and Steven Moffat eras, will not necessarily have anything to do with this project. No writer for the project has yet to be confirmed, but Jane Tranter, who was involved with the 2005 relaunch of Doctor Who, seems to be involved at a production level.
Doctor Who has been adapted for the big screen before. Two films starring Peter Cushing as a human character literally named “Doctor Who” were released in 1965 and 1966. Neither film is regarded as part of the Who canon, nor were they very well received. Will this new effort be good news for fans or will the good Doctor regenerate into Hollywood schlock? Either way, it is happening. And now, dare we ask the question: who will play the big screen Doctor?
Update: Doctor Who Magazine and BBC America have responded in… interesting ways.
Doctor Who Magazine has tweeted, “To those hearing Doctor Who movie rumours, it’s just the same rumours which have been going round for years. Nothing’s currently happening!”
The BBC America Twitter account has gone the opposite way, seemingly, tweeting: “DW film remains in development w/BBC Worldwide Prod. in LA. No script, cast, or production crew in place.”
More detailed updates are available at The Mary Sue.