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There seems to be conflicting opinions regarding plans for the proposed Doctor Who movie. Whilst Harry Potter director David Yates is expressing his interest in a big screen adaptation, current showrunner Steven Moffat believes it is not going to happen under Yates' guidance.

Speaking to MTV, Yates has said that he is not phased about the pressure of directing a Doctor Who movie;after all, he was under immense fan scrutiny when he worked on the Harry Potter franchise.

He said:

"I've lived with pressure for so long. What's pressure? I don't know anymore! It's fine, it's good. It's such a wonderful character and such a wonderful world. It's exciting!"

He refused to reveal specific details about plans for the film. He did say that the script is more important to him than any casting at the moment.

"We're principally looking for a writer, and we'll start with that. Everything has to start with a great script, so that's more important than (casting)."


However, current showrunner of the television series Steven Moffat is sceptical about the Doctor Who movie. He commented via his Twitter account (@steven_moffat) today:

"To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT a Hollywood reboot."

He added: "Movie thing: David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet. You've seen the rubbish I talk when I'm cornered."


For Whovians, this may be good news because the memory of the American co-production of the 1996 TV Movie still lingers in their minds. Whatever the result, we will be waiting a while to see the outcome.

The next episode of Doctor Who is on Christmas Day at 7pm. It is called The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe. It stars Matt Smith, Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey, Alexander Armstrong and Arabella Weir. You can see the website for the current TV website of Doctor Who featuring an Advent Calendar here

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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