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Two Doctors at Once? Madness.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | July 24, 2012 | Comments ()


So David Yates has gotten it into his head that he wants to make a "Doctor Who" movie. And he wants to make it in a separate canon from the television series. Yeah, the one that is currently still running and popular. Somebody had some Bryan Singer in their Cheerios this morning. Wait, do the British have Cheerios? Because the Russians don't have peanut butter, and my world is still reeling from that.

David Yates has argued that he wants to make the movie, that he had support for it, and that the hell if he cares about your opinions on the subject. Since fans of "Doctor Who" are rather fond of Moffat's work to date, they were not particularly enthused about Yates' enthusiasm. That's nice buddy, you did fine work on those Harry Potter films, that doesn't give you the moral right to shoulder in on a different franchise that other people have labored on all these years.

Yates may have realized that he was at least being tone deaf and so had this to say:

"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."

"Steven'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."

Translation: "no I totally love Moffat, he a genius beyond all geniuses. Except for me. So I'm going to take his toys, make a movie with a big budget, and even offer to sit down and talk with him about his ideas. That I totally will not be recording."

And then Steven Moffat went to Comic-Con and was having none of it:

"There will not come a time when there's a separate kind of Doctor Who. What was talked about there was the there would be a separate Doctor and a different continuity. Of course it won't. That would be silly. Everyone knows that's silly. The BBC knows that's silly, and is not going to do that."

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  • Mr_Zito

    I don't know how that will affect you, Steven, but I have to say in Brazil we don't have neither Cheerios nor peanut butter.

  • Becca

    Russians don't have peanut butter because they hate it. My Russian parents didn't taste the stuff until they immigrated, and they couldn't stand it.. They also can't stand root beer or donuts, apparently because they are, "too sweet." I'm convinced that being born on American soil gives you the taste buds of Willy Wonka.

  • koko

    firs of all i want David Tennant as Doctor WHo and second of all i want bbc to make a movie ab the doctor cause they know best..u don't need to change something awesome..what can he change and still keep the Doctor as we love him? really David Yates be careful Who yo're dealing with..

  • SA ROE

    I'd love to see them do the current Doctor messing with his past without his past self knowing alÄ the Deep Space Nine/Trouble with Tribbles crossover episode. Color would limit it to Doctors 3 thru 7, I believe.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    See, they are bringing Tennant and Billie Piper back and they are going to go over to that alternate universe and tell stories that happened when the Copied doctor and Rose ended up living out there lives in an Alternate Universe type thingy. That actually happened right? So, it will be a different Continuity, but still the Same Dr. Who.....

    Of course, I think that Doctor was part Human or something, and I am not sure that they had a TARDIS....but I am sure it will all work out somehow.

  • BWeaves

    The alternate universe Tennant Doctor was half Donna, which EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW . . .

  • Bennetttt

    Another Doctor Who might be nice if it weren't being considered by a Director known for kid's movies. I'm really tired of the industry packaging everything for kids. I want an R-rated Star Wars, Star Trek everything....and if you can't handle good story with sexual content that is NOT porn, go back to Bible school. I want new material for MATURE audiences. Novel concept, I know, but long over due.

  • Tinkerville

    Except.. that's not what Doctor Who is. Your argument would hold more weight if they decided to make a kid friendly version of Jason Bourne when he was a teenager in spy academy or somesuch, but Doctor Who has always been for kids and frankly, it always should be.

  • Bennetttt

    Until someone does a sophisticated successful adult version.

  • Milly

    You do know that Doctor Who is a programme aimed at children, right? An 18/15 certificate film would fly in the face of such a sofa-cowering institution.

    Yes, I am English. It's almost as if my colloquialisms gave me away.

  • Bennetttt

    Yes I know. Kid friendly entertainment, forever and ever and ever and ever........

  • bleujayone

    If you want to put the kibosh on this twaddle from David Yates, just announce a new upcoming American-ized television series of Harry Potter.

    "It will be great because it will completely ignore all the bombastic, big-budgeted special effects and concentrate on the actual humanity of each of the characters. Stories will rely on the story, dialogue and acting rather. And because each season (series) will have 22 to 26 episodes, we don't have to settle for movies that omit small but significant details for time."

    How do you like them celery stalks, Yates?

  • Irina

    I want to upvote you 47 times but damn Disqus won't let me.

  • VonnegutSlut

    Might I suggest a title for this ill-fated ship of fools...

    Doctor WHAAAAAAA?

  • We have cheerios.

  • BiblioGlow

    Cheerios AND Doctor Who? Man, I need to move to England...
    Though I did hear you only have three flavors of ice cream. What's the lowdown on that? Because over here we've got roughly six squillion, and I don't think I could give that sort of dessert experience up (which, I also hear, is charmingly called 'pudding' in British).

  • bleujayone


  • Actually how old are cheerios? Are there other cereals out there named after outdated greetings? I want a bowl of "alright?" to start my morning. It'd fit my gloomy nature.

    Yeah we have a full compliment of ice cream flavours. We also have whippy's developed partially by margaret thatcher during her run as a food scientist. Ice cream vans multiply during warm weather. So any temperature over about 15degrees celsius.

    Pudding is generally used to refer to the final course rather than a specific type of pudding. Always confuses me on American shows when people eat pudding like it's a specific thing. Especially when JD and Turk steal all that "pudding" just seems like they've pilfered some gloopy mess.

    Alternative names for that course are afters and afters.

  • BWeaves

    Peter Cushing, cough cough!

    The only way I would accept a movie, is if they backup and show stories from Paul McGann's Doctor.

  • Green Lantern

    Here, here, BWeaves.

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