Steven Moffat Nixes ‘Doctor Who’ Movie Rumors

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 17th, 2013 at 10:56 am,

Despite being cut from the opening ceremonies for the London Olympics, there’s no denying the fact that Doctor Who is more popular than ever. The long-running BBC science fiction show returns this fall for its much anticipated season 7, and showrunner Steven Moffat has hinted at plenty of epic action for The Doctor and his companions.

While Moffat has been coy about the upcoming season, he did put to rest rumors of a possible Doctor Who movie that would be unrelated to the current show. Last year, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates mentioned the possibility of working on a stand-alone Doctor Who film that wouldn’t be a continuation of the current series.

Moffat made it clear that, though there may be a Doctor Who film someday, it won’t be a rebooted continuity with a completely new Doctor. Courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, Moffat talked about what a potential Doctor Who film would be like, saying:

“Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true.”

So, while Moffat didn’t exclude the possibility of a Doctor Who movie altogether, it’s comforting to know that, if there ever is one, it will remain true to the show’s 50 year canon.

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Whovians everywhere breathe a sigh of relief, and can now focus on the possibilities for the seventh season. The anticipation is high for the Doctor’s new companion to enter the scene, though most of us aren’t looking forward to saying good-bye to Amy and Rory (especially with the news that one of the main characters will be killed off). Moffat has promised a Dalek-filled season premiere, and plenty of weeping angels, westerns and a large variety of episodes for the rest of the season.

Are you glad to know any Doctor Who movie will stay true to the TV show? What do you expect to see  in season seven?


Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Doctor Who being rebooted would be 10x worse than the DC New 52 reboot. While the new 52 kind of works because they’re comics, I just think if they did it to DW it would be a big hard slap to everyone who has ever worked on the show over the past 50 years. But I look forward to a Doctor Who movie with the doctor (be he Matt Smith or someone else entirely.)

  2. While I do believe what he says, Moffat says that he is the voice of Doctor Who, and rule number one about The Doctor is? Thats right, “The Doctor Lies”.

  3. I would die on the inside if the Doctor Who I know and love was rebooted with a new storyline as a seperate cannon.

  4. I liked the idea of some Dr Who movies, not as a rebooted continuity, but as a way to introduce people to some of the classic stories that are occasionally referenced today. Use Anthony Hopkins for a couple of Harnell stories, Johnathon Pryce for Troughton, Hugh Laurie for Pertwee or Baker… you get the idea. Don’t reboot the continuity, but bring some of the classic stories back to life for today’s fan base (and recreate some that were lost in the BBC tape purge). They could knock off one a year and still be able to go for 20 without even blinking an eye.

    • Thats a cool idea Dano :)

  5. I’m still holding out for a Who movie that fills in the Time War timeskip. It was a seriously big move on RTD’s part and it had its benefits, but I think the story needs to be told rather than left as a convenient plot device (plus, End of Time kinda fell short of capitalising on the War).

    I know people are saying that it might ruin the backstory to try and have it realised, but I think as long as Moffat helms it, and with a proper budget, it’s definitely doable. Come on, Moffat’s shown a sharpness in writing time travel stories, and he gave us the Weeping Angels and the Silence. I totally believe he could do a Time War film well.

  6. Isn’t it just a tad hypocritical of Moffat to call a reboot that denies 50 years of show continuity “crazy” when that’s essentially what he did with his run on the series?

  7. He is a time traveler who can die and come back as another person, this reboots itself all the time!!

  8. I’m glad. I think a movie should be connected to the series.

    I’d like to see THE TIME WAR. That would make a great movie.

  9. If there ever is a movie, it should be connected to the series. Featuring either the current doctor (whoever it may be), or focus on The Time War.

    PS: Found a great fan-fic that you might all enjoy. (Google “The Aresian Saga”) Anyone that enjoys WHO should read it. I couldn’t put it down. Once I started reading it, I had to finish it. The author has a great understanding of the characters.

    • Thanks for the tip!