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A 'Doctor Who' Film Is Coming Whether Moffat Likes It or Not

By Cindy Davis | Industry | April 17, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Industry | April 17, 2015 |

Those Sony email leaks are still wreaking the kind of havoc that not even a Time Lord — nor a Moffat — can escape.

Despite the showrunner’s recent assertions that a future Doctor Who film is not in the cards,

“I don’t think there is one. No one has ever squared the circle on that. How do we do this? How do we do it without leaching from the television series—which we’re not allowed to do, because Doctor Who is public funded? If it’s going to be a different Doctor, are we going to try and sell two Doctors at the same time? I know there’s been loads of Doctors, but there’s only been one at a time. You don’t have a James Bond on television and one in the cinema. If he’s the same guy, then when are we going to make that?”

higher powers seem determined to make it happen. When Sony’s chief executive, Michael Lynton pushed for a meeting with showrunners to talk about moving forward with a Who movie, Andrea Wong (president of international production) relayed her conversation with Director of BBC Television, Danny Cohen:

“He said that while there has been tremendous interest (and pressure from BBCWW) to do a Dr Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don’t want to do one at this moment.

…he doesn’t think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause. He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted….”

Moffat, hot under the collar; imagine that! I guess he enjoys being in charge.


Further emails reveal that Moffat and Company are working on an eight-year plan for the series, and might be open to a film somewhere within that timeline, but they don’t want to be rushed.

“He says a film won’t happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon.” (Wong quoting Cohen)

Can’t wait to see how this all plays out. Now, if only those Sony folks would start badgering Moffat about our female Doctor…

(via The Telegraph)

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