Doctor Who Movie: Moffat & Davies Out, Malfoy In..

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Doctor Who and his time-travelling antics need to be given a Hollywood-style makeover if they are going to make it on to the big screen, a leading director has said.

News emerged last night that the BBC were working with Harry Potter director, David Yates, to develop a feature film based on the hit series. But Yates has made it clear that changes need to be made and marching orders may need to be given.

“We’re looking at writers now.â€? What about current writers Russell T. Davis and Steven Moffat? “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.â€?


Yates added, “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.â€?

So far there has been no mention of a leading man but we’re guessing this puts current time-lord, Matt Smith, out of the picture.

We like the sound of Jason Isaacs as an early favourite to play the Doc. He has history with Potter director – having played Lucius Malfoy in the pre-Yates early films – should make him top of the list for the director.

Last night David Yates was trending on Twitter after the story about the DW film broke in Variety magazine. Fans were expressing their nervous excitement about the project all over the social networking site.

Kitta tweeted: “#DoctorWho to be made into a Hollywood blockbuster. If it’s bad I will travel back in time and punch them in the face.â€?

While a Doctor Who fan club asked loyal fans to vote on whether they thought the time was right for another DW film. Forty per cent of fans are currently keen to see the project reach fruition while sixty per cent cyber-shouted “NO!â€?.

Despite the internet furore surrounding the movie plans, the BBC is keen to keep eager fans calm. A BBC spokesman said: “A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles. The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place.”

Doctor Who began in 1963, and seven actors played the Doctor before the show was dropped in 1989. After a TV movie in 1996 – starring Paul McGann – the TV series returned in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role. David Tennant took over in the same year.

Matt Smith has made a popular tardis-dweller but is he Hollywood material? The answer to that is of course ‘Yes!’ (He’s been talking of the place for over a year) ..but at this stage it looks like it will be someone else who takes the TARDIS to the big screen.