Published on November 16th, 2011 | by Alex Giles11
A Doctor Who Movie Mistake!
Hello readers, before I start I am assuming you all know what Doctor Who is and have seen/read about it before, if no I would point you at this time to Wikipedia or Google to go find out.
This article is one of mixed feelings for me because in one hand it is about Doctor Who, the show which I love and some would say have been obsessed with since I started watching in late 80’s, yet on the other hand its about the news which has been going around for a couple of days mentioning a Doctor Who movie, which if the comments are true and it comes to fruition then it will feel like they have ripped out my heart, tore it into a thousand pieces, poured acid over it and then finally burned it in a fire of hurt, pain, agony and sorrow leaving the ashes in a big mount of regret.
Before I carry on let me tell you exactly what I am going on about. David Yates who some of you may or may not have heard of is a 47 (soon to be 48) year old English filmmaker who has made a name for himself lately directing the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth Harry Potter movies, before that he directed/wrote/produced a lot of short films and television serials, one of which was the brilliant ‘State of Play’ starring our very own ‘Master’ John Simm along with James McAvoy, Bill Nighy and a few other great actors/actresses.
David made some comment’s this week stating that he is to be working with the BBC to turn the greatest sci-fi show ever made ‘Doctor Who’ into a “Big Screen Franchise”.
He told Daily Variety that he is working on the movie with Jane Tranter, head of L.A.-based BBC Worldwide Prods and is quoted as saying “We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” he said. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.” he also said “The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time,” and “We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too,”.
But the most worrying quote for me is this,
“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,”
Doctor Who has been running continuously on our television sets since 1963 apart from a 16 year break between 1989 and 2005 (we call this the barren years) where all we got was a very under rated television movie starring the 8th Doctor played by Paul McGann.
I have been reading a lot in the last day or so how the show was successfully rebooted in 2005 by writer Russell T. Davies and subsequently by Steven Moffat but that is RUBBISH. Reboot means to discard much or even all previous continuity in the series and start anew with fresh ideas which they never did, both CONTINUED ON from where the show left off, yes it was faster paced and slicker, yes it was more modern with a higher budget but deep down at the core it was/is the same show, it is the same doctor now on his 11th regeneration played by the brilliant Matt Smith it was never rebooted by either of them.
What is painful to read for me and I am sure a lot of other fans are how it seems that Mr Yates has said he will not follow on from the current TV series and will start from scratch and I say WHY??????
They have tried this twice before with “Doctor Who and the Daleks” (1965) and “Doctor Who: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.” (1966), both of which are starring the amazing Peter Cushing who star’s as the Doctor. Ok it’s not really the same thing but these films were meant to take Who to the big screens and where they are good movies they are not canon or indeed part of the ‘main’ Doctor Who’ bubble.
I personally am not happy or comfortable with the whole ‘starting from scratch’ as it would abandon the nearly 50 years of continuity behind the TV series and a massive part of both my child and adult life. I started to watch Doctor Who when I was a nine year old kid, and then when it came back in 2005 I started watching again with MY kids, my daughter being 5 at the time it came back and now as a 10 year old she is a massive fan of Who, Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood not to mention the last two years my son has started to watch it too, as you can see its been a massive part of both my childhood and adult family life.
If the were to start from scratch/reboot or whatever you want to call it there is going to be a whole lot of people feeling that every Doctor Who memory they have is fraudulent and that BBC has ruined so many of there memories as just so many years of attachment will be gone leaving only the name of the show left.
As you can probably tell i am 100% against this if it is true because to be honest it does seem every couple of years a Doctor Who movie is mentioned but I what makes this different is a very famous director giving specifics about what they are working on and with who.
There are only three options in which I would be up for this film and in which I think it would work.
Option 1 – A full length Time War movie to find out what happened between the time lords and Daleks. Get Paul McGann back as the 8th Doctor and give him the regeneration at the end he totally deserves.
Option 2 – A prequel or Origin story about a young Doctor before any regenerations, seeing him running around Gallifrey getting up to mischief or at University with the Master.
Option 3 – A full length film starring the current cast perhaps with the regeneration into the 12th Doctor.
The three options I mentioned would be great movies specifically options 1+2 because I am all for adding to the Who universe lore but absolutely against scratching what has taken nearly 50 years to build and has every other sci-fi program jealous of.
I am finishing now with a tear in my eye and a hope that this news is as fiction as the Cybermen or Silurian’s.