David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, is apparently teaming up with the BBC to bring Doctor Who to the big screen. It’s interesting news but the jump from television to movies doesn’t immediately excite fans. It hasn’t always been done well, especially in the science fiction universe, and that move tends to happen when a television show is on its way out or already ended. Don’t panic. As far as we know, Doctor Who isn’t going anywhere. The series has been airing off and on since 1963. It has staying power. What would a film mean for the franchise though?
Well, consider that Yates said this:
“We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” he said. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”
Radical transformation is a scary phrase. He made it clear his movie adaptation wouldn’t follow the current TV series. It’s taking a fresh approach.
“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.
I don’t see why Yates feels a need to wipe the slate, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad thing. I’m not thrilled, and I think a lot of that is my resistance to change. Nerds in general put a high value on continuity. I bet people had similar thoughts when Davies started the series up again in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston. In another science fiction realm, not all fans were thrilled about the J.J. Abrams Star Trek reboot. In my opinion, that turned out okay. I think before we get our underoos in a twist, we should wait and see. And maybe keep our fingers crossed.