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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.
The best Doctor was undoubtedly Tom Baker, and I've watched all of them from the first episode with William Hartnell.
[edited by: Leosghost at 4:28 am (utc) on Dec 4, 2011]
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.