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 11:28 pm on Dec 2, 2011 (gmt 0)

However, Steven Moffat, current head writer of the TV show, said in an emailed statement to The Register that Yates "was talking off the cuff and a little prematurely".

"There simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment," he started off – but he wasn't quite willing to let the idea die entirely.

"It's an incredibly exciting idea to get that magic blue box flying across our cinema screens, so stand by for further developments," he added.

However, he did fully pooh-pooh the idea that a Doctor Who movie would be a Hollywood reboot.

"If, and when, the movie happens it will need to star television's Doctor Who – and there's only ever one of those at a time," he said. "And it would need to come out of the same production operation that makes the series.


As a Proud American, I hope to gollies we get our mitts slapped if we are allowed to fiddle phart with Dr. Who!



 1:52 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Couldn't they have done this 30-plus years ago in the era of The Real Doctor? :(


 3:08 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Haven't there been at least 10 Real Doctors? (Have watched most, enjoyed all)


 3:22 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Not many people know that..they could cast Michael Caine in the part ..

now try not to think of him playing the doctor :)


 3:32 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

Whoa! I had trouble with Alfie playing Alfred (Batman)---so that's an image I won't get out of my mind tonight. Thank you very much. :(


 5:18 am on Dec 3, 2011 (gmt 0)

There exists one of those "I could have told you that" polls revealing that most people's favorite Doctor is whoever happened to be playing the role when they first started watching. Duh.

For people in the States this is disproportionately Tom Baker because of the particular order in which public TV chose to start showing the series. For me, this means that the very first Dr Who episodes I ever saw were-- hold onto your hats everyone-- the ones with Lalla Ward as sidekick, from the season when Douglas Adams was script editor. Some things of course did not make sense until much later. ("Princess Astra?! What are you doing here?")

Oh, and the first TV show I ever recorded-- I've still got the tape-- was The Five Doctors. Which was really the Three and a Half Doctors, but never mind that.


 3:37 am on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

If there is a new movie produced outside of the TV production team it will end up as bad as the two dreadful movies where Peter Cushing played the Doctor. He actually called himself "Dr Who". The writers didn't get it at all.

Since Russel T Davis left in my opinion the plots have become a lot weaker and Dr Who is now nowhere near as good as Torchwood.

I also despise the trend to make the Doctor appear younger with every incarnation. This is so wrong it is pandering to the cult of youth, I believe the upper echelons of the BBC also think that it is childrens programme (as they did with Star Trek which is why they put it on so bloody early) so a younger looking Doctor seems right to them. If this trend is followed the next but one Doctor will be about 6 years old and the one after will be a foetus.

The best Doctor was undoubtedly Tom Baker, and I've watched all of them from the first episode with William Hartnell.


 4:15 am on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

The best Doctor was undoubtedly Tom Baker, and I've watched all of them from the first episode with William Hartnell.

Agreed ( actually I agree with your entire post :))..and me too..

ps ..do any of you remember "Emerald Soup" [en.wikipedia.org...] which was kids Sci-Fi on TV from 63, and which for kids Sci-Fi TV at the time was quite well done, IMO ..

[edited by: Leosghost at 4:28 am (utc) on Dec 4, 2011]


 4:28 am on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I believe the upper echelons of the BBC also think that it is childrens programme

William Hartnell is laughing heartily in his grave, because in the beginning it was conceived as a children's show. Something about teaching history, but then they got sidetracked.


 10:43 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

Bill Hartnell was by far the best Doctor in my view. The low budgets and sausage machine production (each show started rehearsing on Monday and was in the can by Friday) meant that the overall product was pretty poor.

The best combination of Doctor and production was in the Pertwee era, with the great Roger Delgardo as The Master.


 10:56 pm on Dec 4, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've been a fan since the 80's. I have a DVD with the original Hartnell series.. ie those with the cardboard dials pasted on cardboard for 'instruments'.

My favorite was Tom Baker especially with Lalla Ward (Who by the way is an English Lady). The best was the Jaggeroths episode. The image of lalla in a schoolgirl outfit flitting down the boulevard with the eiffel tower in the background is amazing.

I do like the newer who's as well. My son and I try to catch them whenever we can.



 1:52 am on Dec 5, 2011 (gmt 0)

Emerald Soup

Was that the program on ITV in which British space travellers exploring the moon found a previous space traveller from the civilisation of Atlantis who had preserved himself in death thousands of years before by standing under a stalactite? In terms of acting, special effects etc. it was sub Blake's Seven let alone Doctor Who but to me at the time it was cutting edge TV and I'd love to get hold of a DVD of the series.


 12:36 am on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

The BBC has announced that two of the “missing” 1960s-era Dr Who episodes have turned up and been added to the Beeb’s archives.

The latest recoveries, the first since 2004, made their way somehow from Australia to the BBC via Southampton.

Like most broadcasters, the BBC had trouble storing bulky pre-digital recordings of years gone by, and as the BBC notes, tapes were routinely recorded over.

The two “new” episodes are number three in the William Hartnell Galaxy 4 series, and episode two of Patrick Troughton’s The Underwater Menace. They have just been shown at the British Film Institutes’ “Missing Believed Wiped” event in London.

While delivered up to the BBC by a Brit, Terry Burnett, who bought the tapes at a village fete in Southampton in the 1980s, the episodes have been identified as originating from Australia’s ABC.

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