David Yates says he's STILL doing that Doctor Who film

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Dec 16, 2012

Seems like the impending wrath of Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat is not enough to deter Harry Potter director David Yates from bringing his own version of the Time Lord's story to the big screen. 'Cause like it or not, he says he's still making the film.

That's what David Yates revealed to Bleeding Cool when the director—who'll soon reunite with Potter star Emma Watson for Your Voice in My Head, a film adaptation of author Emma Forrest's memoir of the same name—was asked if he was still planning that (reviled by all fans) Who movie; despite Steven Moffat's claims that it'll never happen on his watch, that it won't be a reboot, that the BBC team would be involved in the movie, and that it would star whoever is the current Doctor at the time.

Here's what Yates said:

"Yes, I'm definitely doing a Doctor Who movie. But I think where everyone got confused was that we're not making it for five years, or six years—it's a very slow development. I've got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it's something I'm very passionate and excited about.

Stephen's a genius. I love his work, I think he's incredibly clever. I love what he's done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He's such a gifted man. But this is something that's a very slow burn and I'm hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It's just something that we've been talking about for a little while."

So, David Yates wants to sit down and have a chat with Steven Moffat? Really? Is there something we don't know? Has David Yates finally seen the light of the Time Vortex and instead of making his own Who version willy nilly of (almost) 50 years of rich, wonderful and brilliant Doctor Who history, he's now planning to make it fit in with the TV series?

" "That's all to be discussed. Because it's five or six years from now. It's weird because ... what will the series be like in five or six years? But I'm very excited about it, very excited about that world."

So, do you believe David Yates will actually sit down with Steven Moffat in order to make the best Doctor Who movie that could be done—one that actually intersects with the beloved sci-fi TV series? And do you think Steven Moffat will now be open to taking Yates' olive branch (if he does)? Let's just sit back and see what Moffat will have to say about this, shall we? Should be fun.