David Yates, who directed some of the Harry Potter movies, is working on a Doctor Who movie. I learned this from Variety and approximately 98% of my Twitter feed.
Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would take a completely fresh approach to the material.
“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,” he said.
As someone who spends his free time dreaming up terrible movies, this news fills me with glee. Will it be like the 1996 made-for-TV movie, which explained that the Doctor is actually half-human? If it’s going to be a disasterpiece, we need to start by re-casting the Doctor.
P.S. Yes, yes, I know Jim Broadbent has already played the Doctor, albeit for about two minutes.
P.P.S. Actually, Keira Knightley could probably pull off the role with a lot of panache.