David Yates made some enemies in the Doctor Who fan community when he announced that he was interested in developing a movie that would be entirely independent of the TV show. The Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and 2 director said that his movie would have a completely new Doctor and would not follow the same continuity that the BBC series has established over the years.
Now, the current writer and producer of the series Steven Moffat has spoken about a potential movie, saying that if there is a movie adaptation it will be set in the same continuity as the show.
“To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot,” said Moffat on his Twitter feed. He went on to put Yates’ comments into context, explaining: “David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet.”
“[Doctor Who] is a vitally important BBC brand with a huge international audience [that] not even Hollywood can start from scratch,” he says. “There simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment. If and when the movie happens it will need to star television’s Doctor Who – and there’s only ever one of those at a time.”
“Whatever happens,” he continues, “the BBC and BBC Worldwide will work together to ensure that we don’t just get a movie, we get the movie that everyone wants.”