When word got out that Harry Potter director David Yates was taking Doctor Who to the big screen, Who's TV boss Steven Moffat lambasted the idea. He's still lambasting it (parts of it, anyway), but Moffat admits he does think a Who movie of some type will happen "someday."
In a new interview with Vulture, Moffat again addressed the idea of Yates rebooting the Whoniverse for the big screen, and called the concept (the reboot, not the simple idea of a movie) "insane."
"The thing that I would find intolerable is that you get a film instead of the TV series because the TV series is more important," he said. "And I don't think any showrunner or future showrunner of Doctor Who would tolerate the idea that David Yates was talking about, of rebooting it and having a second continuity. That's just nonsense. Absolutely insane and a straightforward insult to the audience. We'd never, ever do that. The question would be how could we do it without delaying or harming the TV show?"
So, Moffat's policy seems to be that a movie is never out of the question, but the show comes first. So what about a movie set inside TV series continuity? Well, there are issues with that, too, but it seems Moffat is resigned to it happening eventually.
"I think it could be incredibly exciting to see that TARDIS fly on the big screen," he said. "It would just be how do we arrange it? And how do we make sure we have ... no offense, but you suddenly take American money and they expect to tell you what to do and all that. I wouldn't be happy with that. But it will happen someday, I'm reasonably confident."
So, even if he's not the one to see it through, Moffat seems hopeful that one day the BBC will find a way to make a big-screen Who happen without all of those horrible outside influences. What do you think? Is Moffat right?