Matt Smith as The Eleventh Doctor
Feel free to cry foul Whovians: Doctor Who will be hitting the big screen. It will be helmed by David Yates, who directed multiple films in the Harry Potter franchise, but the biggest problem is just how this adaptation will fare in comparison to the series. Well, Yates definitely revealed that Matt Smith won’t be affected.
When talking with Variety
, Yates revealed that work on the adaptation, including finding the writers, are about to go underway.“We’re looking at writers now. 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.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. We want a British sensibility [in a screenwriter], but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too.”
The film will be out of complete continuity with the television series, meaning whatever actor who will be in the role two to three years from now will not be playing The Doctor. Taking American writers onto a series that has been British for nearly 50 years, and who’s only venture into America is the setting earlier this year, may be the most hostile topic. If American writers are brought on, could they do the original series justice; one that fans worldwide hold to a standard?
No word on what studio will pick up the series just yet. Whatever information comes forward involving the feature film, we’ll give you in further updates.What do you think of an allegedly upcoming Doctor Who feature? Let us know in the comments.