Leaked Sony e-mails reveal why we haven't seen a Doctor Who movie...and whether we still might

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Apr 17, 2015

There was an intriguing report released by The Telegraph earlier today that claims plans are currently underway for a Doctor Who movie. Their source? The leaked Sony e-mails published by WikiLeaks.

The e-mails disclose that the studio is (or was? who knows right now) putting plans in motion to get that very British sci-fi property, Doctor Who, made into a big-screen Hollywood blockbuster movie franchise within the next eight years by their production team. Here's the report:

The plans for Doctor Who were put in an email sent in January [2014] from Andrea Wong, president of International Production for Sony, to the company’s chief executive Michael Lynton.

The email says: "[Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC Television] said that while there has been tremendous interest (and pressure from [BBC Worldwide]) to do a Dr Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don’t want to do one at this moment.

"That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand – laying out all that will happen with it.

"He says that a film will certainly be a part of that timeline. So the answer is that a film won’t happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon.'

Lynton’s response was: "Sounds like we need to meet with the show runners."

A follow up email from Wong reads: "Spoke to Danny and he doesn’t think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause.

"He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted."

Current Doctor Who showrunner extraordinaire Steven Moffat recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the whole Doctor Who movie conundrum that’s been going around for a couple of years now, and from what he said, it didn’t seem to be something the powers-that-be over at the BBC were actually really envisioning for various reasons. But Moffat’s comments seem at least to corroborate the leaked Sony e-mails. Here’s what he said in early April:

"I don’t think there is one. No one has ever squared the circle on that. How do we do this? How do we do it without leaching from the television series—which we’re not allowed to do, because Doctor Who is public funded? If it’s going to be a different Doctor, are we going to try and sell two Doctors at the same time? I know there’s been loads of Doctors, but there’s only been one at a time. You don’t have a James Bond on television and one in the cinema. If he’s the same guy, then when are we going to make that?

We’re talking one of the biggest TV shows in the world. It can’t just be a medium-size movie—it’s gotta be a colossal movie. I’ve sat with people, saying—and in the end it’s not my decision or my choice, I don’t own Doctor Who—‘Okay, explain to me how it’s going to work.’ And nobody has an answer."

What do you guys think? Do you believe those Doctor Who movie plans are still underway at Sony, despite the email leaks and the BBC not being open to it? Do you even want to see one?

(via Doctor Who TV)

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