A few months ago, the internet was caught up in a whirlwind as 'Harry Potter' director David Yates announced that he was beginning work on a Doctor Who movie -- one that would recast the Doctor entirely and would exist separately from the long-running BBC series, which currently stars Matt Smith.
Steven Moffat, the showrunner of the series and current captain of the franchise, had repeatedly (and somewhat humorously) dismissed Yates' idea of a movie, but Yates insisted the film was happening. On Tuesday, Moffat finally (hopefully) shut down rumors of any sort of movie spin-off.
“There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television," he assured EW. "It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane.”
Then Moffat delivereda speech not dissimilar from the famous "I am the Doctor!" speech the show's lead character delivered back in series 5: “So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.”
We can only presume that EW cut the part of the interview where he threateningly told Yates to run.
Though he called Yates a "fine director," Moffat said, "The project as he describes it would not happen. It was all a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.”
Let's hope that puts an end to these rumors, but it probably won't. As DoctorWhoTV humorously put it, "Clearly there’s a lack of communication going on somewhere... Yates will probably be telling the world how he’s making it for sure next week, and the cycle continues."
Doctor Who will return for its seventh series later this month.