A few months ago Harry Potter director announced that he was doing a Doctor Who movie. Further he told everyone that his movie would ignore all established Doctor Who lore and basically reboot the Who universe from scratch. Nearly everyone, except for David Yates, agrees that this is one of the most horrible ideas anyone has ever had.
But at the time there seemed to be no cause for alarm because everyone currently involved with Doctor Who, like showrunner Stephen Moffat, was quick to come out and say that Yates his off his rocker, he’s not doing a Doctor Who movie, he’ll never do a Doctor Who movie, and that there was nothing to any of it.
Yates doesn’t appear to have gotten the memo.
He’s started talking about his horrible Doctor Who movie again and he continues to insist that he’s actually making this abortion. Here’s what Yates had to say as picked up by Bleeding Cool…
Yes, I’m definitely doing a Doctor Who movie. But I think where everyone got confused was that we’re not making it for five years, or six years – it’s a very slow development. I’ve got projects backed up between now and about 2015, and it’s something I’m very passionate and excited about.
Stephen’s a genius. I love his work, I think he’s incredibly clever. I love what he’s done with Doctor Who, love his Sherlock Holmes. He’s such a gifted man. But this is something that’s a very slow burn and I’m hoping to sit down with him at some point and have a chat. It’s just something that we’ve been talking about for a little while.
Let’s run this through the bullshit translator a little bit. In the first paragraph he attempts to assert that the only reason everyone says this isn’t happening is that it’s so far off. That doesn’t make a lot of sense.
In the second paragraph he attempts to hint that Moffat just isn’t in the loop. He spends a lot of time complimenting him like crazy, but what Yates is really trying to intimate is that Moffat, even though he’s in charge of the entire Who empire right now, doesn’t know anything about what’s happening with Doctor Who and won’t know until he sits down to tell him. If true, boy that would suck.