Harry Potter director's big-screen Doctor Who to ignore TV version

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 15, 2012

Director David Yates, who ably guided the last four Harry Potter films to meteoric success, is working with the BBC to fashion a big-screen adventure for the last of the Time Lords. Good news, yes? Perhaps ... unless you like any of the actors or continuity developed for the TV show.

Yates' plan, being hatched with the BBC's cooperation, is to break Doctor Who down to its components—which presumably include an immortal time traveler, his time machine and an attractive female companion—and rebuild it:

"It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena. ... 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 that transformation (which Yates expects to take two or three years to develop) means that Yates will be ignoring most if not all of the continuity of the current TV series—which has, mind you, become one of, if not the single biggest and most profitable properties the BBC controls:

"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."

So that means that Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvil will definitely not be a part of the Doctor Who film future.

(via Variety)