(Update: According to Chris Hardwick (otherwise known as @nerdist): “Wholigans: Don’t stress about David Yates’ Doctor Who comments. I spoke to the BBC myself and nothing has been decided about anything yet.”)
Someone posted a link to an article on Variety today stating that Harry Potter director David Yates is going to direct a big-screen version of “Doctor Who.” Once I got past the initial “oh, here we go with the rumors again,” I realized that if this is posted on Variety.com, then it’s probably closer to truth than the other times we’ve heard about a “Doctor Who” rumor.
After discussing this with my various Whovian friends, we have determined that this should not happen. It’s a bad idea and even worse, Yates’ idea for the movie sounds like he would be screwing with the entire Who universe.
First issue: Yates states, “We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right,” he said. “It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”
Looking at writers? Has he not seen the t.v. show? Those are THE writers. You don’t need new writers. And even worse? He said he would be open to hiring American writers. I’m American, but “Doctor Who” is a British institution and I like it that way. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Hiring American writers destroys that. And also leads me to believe that our beloved who would be Americanized. That is sacrilege.
According to the article: “Yates made clear that his movie adaptation would not follow on from the current TV series, but would take a completely fresh approach to the material.”
Um… are you serious? So now he thinks he’s going to write a whole new “Doctor Who” adventure with a new Doctor and having nothing to do with the current or classic series?
“Doctor Who” does not need a fresh take on things. It is perfect the way it is. Apparently, Yates doesn’t get that.
We can only hope that the BBC tells Yates to go feck off.