Steven Moffat, the award winning scriptwriter considered by many to be the new creative power behind Doctor Who is reportedly keen to see Doctor Who make the transition to the big screen. Moffat, who is credited with driving the series since the departure of Russel T. Davies, apparently told attendees of a recent festival that he is keen to see Doctor Who hit the big screen: “It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it is great and fantastic….so long as it never gets in the way of the TV show. If it got in the way of the show that would be appalling.”
Doctor Who premiered on television way back in 1963 and despite the immense popularity of the re-imagined modern take on the series, talk of a big screen debut have never been serious. For the millions of fans that the series has around the world combined with the growing number of fans that the series is now attracting in the US, talk of a big screen movie story with the good Doctor is creating quite a stir of interest.
At Sci Fi Scoop our hope is that any Doctor Who big screen movie would be produced with a more serious adult sci fi audience in mind – that is, don’t do to Doctor Who what George Lucas did to Star Wars. We’d like to see a believable storyline believable with depth, plenty of alien based action, and most of all, don’t follow the guidelines of ham-humor that many of the modern re-imagined television episodes have suffered – keep the Doctor’s traditional humor of course, but don’t go overboard. Oh yes, and our biggest request of all (Stephen Moffat, are you listening?)do not, absolutely do not, allow any second of a Doctor Who movie to take place in the UK, or on Earth for that matter……do all that and we’re there with bells on. In all honesty, if we heard that a Doctor Who movie would include another Earth story, we’d wait for DVD.
All that negativity aside, the prospect of a Doctor Who movie is good news and if done well, could be a real winner. And the news comes hot on the heels of the series winning the trophy for Best Programme Of 2008 at the Edinburgh TV festival’s annual awards. This is a good week for Doctor Who news.