We knew that there has been discussions for a long time about a feature film version of Doctor Who – but always in the context of being within the current franchise. Now Variety is reporting that a Doctor Who film is in the works, but it is going to be a reboot of sorts, and David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is in charge.
According to Yates, they will NOT follow the current series. “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,” he said. And neither Davies or Moffat are at this time involved at all. Not sure how this will fly with the current fanbase.
Doctor Who was re-imagined once before, in a pair of movies starring Peter Cushing in 1965/1966, which were adapted from the serials, “The Daleks” and “The Dalek Invasion of Earth”. However Cushing’s Doctor was human, not a Time Lord, whereas Yates mentions the Doctor being a Time Lord specifically. Once pre-production gets going and there is a script, we may find out more just how much of the mythos we are familiar with will get rebooted.