THE NEW writer behind Doctor Who has given the broadest hint yet that the cult sci-fi series could be made into a film.
Steven Moffat, who has replaced Swansea-born Russell T Davies as writer of the hit series, told an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that he would be happy to see a big-screen adaptation of the show, provided it did not interfere with the television version.
Moffat is taking over from Davies, who revived Doctor Who in 2005, as the lead writer and executive producer for the fifth series of the show – due to be shown on BBC1 in spring 2010.
Meanwhile Davies will remain in charge of four Doctor Who specials to be shown in 2009.
When asked whether he would like to see the series become a film, Moffat said: “I’m not against it. I don’t think it’s the most important thing for Doctor Who.
“A movie is one 90 minutes a year. So yes, so long as it never gets in the way of the show. If it gets in the way of the show, that’s appalling.
“It’s been in the cinema, with Peter Cushing. It would be good to see it in the cinema so long as it’s great and fantastic.”
During his appearance in Edinburgh, he also revealed Steven Spielberg was a Doctor Who fan and that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson had one of ex-Doctor Sylvester McCoy’s outfits.
Moffat has already made an impact on Doctor Who, picking up a Best Writer Bafta earlier this year for the series three episode Blink, which featured a terrifying weeping angel.
His previous work included children’s drama Press Gang and sitcom Coupling.
Moffat also promised that David Tennant’s eventual replacement would be another young actor.
“It’s a practical issue. This is a show that’s hard for even the young, super-fit David Tennant to keep up with. It might kill someone over 60,” he said.
Simon Hooper, of Specialists Models and Displays in Cardiff, helped the new wave of Doctor Who get off the ground.
Last night he welcomed the movie plans.
“We have provided Daleks and components for the Tardis in the past and I think a one-off move to the big screen would be amazing.
“It would take Doctor Who to the next level – the show has a worldwide appeal so should be very successful.
“I think David Tenant is an excellent Doctor Who is perfect for the part because he is eccentric and a nice guy too.”
The first feature-length episode, called Doctor Who and the Daleks was filmed in 1965 at Shepperton Studios, London and starred Peter Cushing, who travelled in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro to battle the Daleks.
The next installment came the following year with Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD, in which Cushing was joined by Bernard Cribbins, who played the grandfather of Donna (Catherine Tate) in the latest series .
A third Dalek film, to be based on the serial The Chase, was planned but never produced due to its predecessor’s underperformance at the box office.
I would love to see a movie....hopefully, with David!
I notice Steven Moffat said 'David Tennant’s eventual replacement'. The word 'eventual' doesn't mean David is leaving after the specials. Maybe the News of the World jumped the gun on saying David won't be in series 5.