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David Yates bringing Doctor Who to the big screen

11.14.2011

He's just finished with Harry Potter, and now director David Yates is going to be bringing another classic character to the big screen. Doctor Who has been a staple of British pop culture for eons, and now he's getting the movie treatment at last with a film from Yates.

The series follows the adventures of the Doctor and his companion (generally a pretty young girl) as they travel across the galaxy and through time battling aliens and other such threats. The show is heavy on camp, but has real emotional weight to it at times. I'm watching the second season right now, and I can definitely see it's appeal, though it might appear goofy to some at first glance.

Not much is being revealed about the film yet, other than the studio will take two or three years to get it right, and that it's going to be a complete reboot of the TV show. Recasting the lead won't really be an issue, as there have been eleven doctors so far over the decades, as one of the character's abilities is to change appearance.

This could actually be pretty damn cool if handled right, and I wouldn't be surprised if an entire film franchise follows it. Are fans excited or concerned about this?

Extra Tidbit: The low-budget effects are part of the show's charm. What will it be like when they actually have money?
Source: Variety

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2:35PM on 11/14/2011
Your tidbit pretty well sums up my concern with the movie.
Your tidbit pretty well sums up my concern with the movie.
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2:47PM on 11/14/2011

The tidbit...

The effects have been getting better...See: The Girl Who Waited, for example. But that's sixth season so you're not there yet. :-p
The effects have been getting better...See: The Girl Who Waited, for example. But that's sixth season so you're not there yet. :-p
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2:48PM on 11/14/2011
I'm willing to let some reboots happen, but I do not want to see Doctor Who rebooted. That sucks
I'm willing to let some reboots happen, but I do not want to see Doctor Who rebooted. That sucks
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2:50PM on 11/14/2011
Really no feeling this at all, I love the tv series and never miss an episode, but a movie version (unless very tightly controlled by the bbc ) will more than likely end up being some hollywoodised, matcho bull-crap with no spirit. Call me cynical but hey, just look at other movie adaptations to see my point..
Really no feeling this at all, I love the tv series and never miss an episode, but a movie version (unless very tightly controlled by the bbc ) will more than likely end up being some hollywoodised, matcho bull-crap with no spirit. Call me cynical but hey, just look at other movie adaptations to see my point..
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3:03PM on 11/14/2011

Moffat only

I agree with Gastro. This is most likely be a watered down hollywood movie for the masses. The only way I'll be down for this if its written by Steven Moffat or even Russel Davies
I agree with Gastro. This is most likely be a watered down hollywood movie for the masses. The only way I'll be down for this if its written by Steven Moffat or even Russel Davies
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3:34PM on 11/14/2011

Not David Yates! PLEASE!!!

Here's my problem with Yates: he sucked all the magic out of the last HP films. Just because the serious got darker and more adult doesn't mean he had to color correct all the films with the most depressing color pallet ever!
I've wanted a DW movie. I love the show, both the classic Doctors and the new Doctors. Maybe if people like J.J. Abrams and Spielberg (who is a fan of classic DW) were making this, then I'd be all over this! But David Yates sucked every good feeling out of the last 4 HP
Here's my problem with Yates: he sucked all the magic out of the last HP films. Just because the serious got darker and more adult doesn't mean he had to color correct all the films with the most depressing color pallet ever!
I've wanted a DW movie. I love the show, both the classic Doctors and the new Doctors. Maybe if people like J.J. Abrams and Spielberg (who is a fan of classic DW) were making this, then I'd be all over this! But David Yates sucked every good feeling out of the last 4 HP films and he's only going to suck the fun and joy and everything that makes Doctor Who great out with this film.
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3:39PM on 11/14/2011

Concerned

Enough said.
Enough said.
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4:16PM on 11/14/2011
Doctor Who is such a brilliant and unique property. Hollywood is just going to ruin it for the sake of making it "commercial".
Doctor Who is such a brilliant and unique property. Hollywood is just going to ruin it for the sake of making it "commercial".
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4:21PM on 11/14/2011
I've never watched any of the Doctor Who incarnations. But just judging by all these comments, Yates is dealing with a very sensitive subject. He should watch where he steps.
I've never watched any of the Doctor Who incarnations. But just judging by all these comments, Yates is dealing with a very sensitive subject. He should watch where he steps.
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4:33PM on 11/14/2011

Only if they use whoever is playing the Doc on tv.

And in continuity, none of this "Reboot" shit. The show is still on and rocking hard.
And in continuity, none of this "Reboot" shit. The show is still on and rocking hard.
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4:42PM on 11/15/2011
Agreed!
Agreed!
5:24PM on 11/14/2011
Doctor Who is enough like Harry Potter nowadays on TV without it becoming a new cinematic "franchise" (ugh) that will probably just 'borrow' all of its ideas from 40 years worth of TV history anyway.
Yates and Hollywood should find some other "lucrative property" to screw into the ground instead.
Besides, DW might have been Mary Sued to death in two or three years' time if Moffat's still shoving his smug little rape-fingers in the barely-warm pie at that stage.
Doctor Who is enough like Harry Potter nowadays on TV without it becoming a new cinematic "franchise" (ugh) that will probably just 'borrow' all of its ideas from 40 years worth of TV history anyway.
Yates and Hollywood should find some other "lucrative property" to screw into the ground instead.
Besides, DW might have been Mary Sued to death in two or three years' time if Moffat's still shoving his smug little rape-fingers in the barely-warm pie at that stage.
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6:40PM on 11/14/2011
Way too smart for Americans & not hollywood enough, so it would totally bomb here
Way too smart for Americans & not hollywood enough, so it would totally bomb here
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7:55PM on 11/14/2011
Well the TV movie in 1996 was absolutely terrible. Hopefully there will be input from the current series writers.
And Paul..Series 3, Episode 10 - "Blink"
Well the TV movie in 1996 was absolutely terrible. Hopefully there will be input from the current series writers.
And Paul..Series 3, Episode 10 - "Blink"
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10:26PM on 11/14/2011
i was excited but just read that it will have nothing to do with the series so....EPIC FAIL
i was excited but just read that it will have nothing to do with the series so....EPIC FAIL
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10:53PM on 11/14/2011
they better fucking bring back Matt Smith
they better fucking bring back Matt Smith
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4:40PM on 11/15/2011

Doctor WTF?

It was rebooted in 2005, although it keeps with the 'canon' of the classic series. No need for a reboot, it reached it's peak during the David Tennant years and I suspect that if there is an actual boig screen production of DW, it will be for the 50th anniversary of the series in 2013. The BSG reboot to the big screen real boils my shit, but I'm not as worried about DW, Cushing did ok in his 2 Who flicks in the late 60's (although not canon) and the TV Movie was horrible (no offence to Paul
It was rebooted in 2005, although it keeps with the 'canon' of the classic series. No need for a reboot, it reached it's peak during the David Tennant years and I suspect that if there is an actual boig screen production of DW, it will be for the 50th anniversary of the series in 2013. The BSG reboot to the big screen real boils my shit, but I'm not as worried about DW, Cushing did ok in his 2 Who flicks in the late 60's (although not canon) and the TV Movie was horrible (no offence to Paul McGann Fans). There is NO need for a reboot of who when it is still on the air and immensely popular. Do a 50th anniversary special/movie type thing, that'd be cool with fans, but if you plan on rebooting it with a movie, you are going to piss off millions of people, just saying hollywood idiots. Fox already fucked it up, leave it in the hands of the people WHO know what they are doing, the BBC.
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9:31PM on 11/15/2011
Anyway, it won't be an American film. It will be an English (or at least European produced) film with an American distributor (Think Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy). IT WILL BE Dr. WHO and not an americanised Dr. Who... And I second the 5Oth birthday movie, it seems logic, good call Nikk !
Anyway, it won't be an American film. It will be an English (or at least European produced) film with an American distributor (Think Hitch-hiker's Guide To The Galaxy). IT WILL BE Dr. WHO and not an americanised Dr. Who... And I second the 5Oth birthday movie, it seems logic, good call Nikk !
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6:06PM on 11/16/2011
I think it would be pretty cool if they did a full on origin story or something set in between the 8th and 9th doctor that shows how Gallifrey was distroyed. Or if they insist on "rebooting" it, they could do it like they did with Star Trek and start over in a alternate timeline, which for Doctor Who wouldn't be much of a stretch anyway.
I think it would be pretty cool if they did a full on origin story or something set in between the 8th and 9th doctor that shows how Gallifrey was distroyed. Or if they insist on "rebooting" it, they could do it like they did with Star Trek and start over in a alternate timeline, which for Doctor Who wouldn't be much of a stretch anyway.
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9:44PM on 11/16/2011
I agree I'd love to see how Gallifrey was distroyed that I'd go for but a reboot without Matt Smith as The Doctor...nope
I agree I'd love to see how Gallifrey was distroyed that I'd go for but a reboot without Matt Smith as The Doctor...nope
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