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Two Doctors at Once? Madness.

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 24, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | July 24, 2012 |

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.”

Screw reality television, the only cat fights I need are between science fiction directors.

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Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.