Steven Moffat says rebooted Who movie would 'destroy' the franchise

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Dec 17, 2012

Steven Moffat has once again sounded off on that whole David Yates-wants-to-do-a-Doctor-Who-movie-but-we-won't-let-him saga, and the Who showrunner offered a dire warning: Doing a Doctor Who movie with a rebooted continuity and a different Doctor that's NOT associated with the BBC TV show would "destroy" the franchise.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner Steven Moffat once again found himself on the very touchy-feely subject of Harry Potter director David Yates' interest in making a Doctor Who movie that has nothing to do with the BBC series.

Steven Moffat told EW:

There isn't a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. 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. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we'd love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That's writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don't behave like that with it. Not ever.

However, he added this little interesting tidbit:

I don't think [David Yates] was ever signed to it. I never signed him, so he's not. But I think he's [expressed] an interest in doing it and he's a very fine director and I think he'd certainly be someone that would be on the list for directing such a project. I'm a big fan of his. But the project as he describes it would not happen. It was all a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.

What do you guys think about all this? Do you believe Steven Moffat's view that doing a Doctor Who movie not affiliated in any way with the BBC and the Doctor Who cast and crew would indeed destroy the beloved sci-fi franchise?

(via EW)

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