Dr Who movie? Give it time

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Who boss Steven Mof­fat says there is no movie about the Time Lord on the cards, dis­miss­ing sug­ges­tions of a film as a ‘‘weird fan­tasy’’. It comes af­ter Harry Pot­ter di­rec­tor David Yates de­lighted fans by say­ing a big-screen Doc­tor Who adaptation was in de­vel­op­ment. How­ever, in an in­ter­view with US mag­a­zine En­ter­tain­ment Weekly, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Mof­fat de­nied any­thing was in progress. The BBC tele­vi­sion se­ries is soon to re­turn for a fur­ther se­ries with Matt Smith play­ing The Doc­tor. ‘‘There isn’t a film,’’ Mof­fat says. ‘‘That was all some weird fan­tasy go­ing on some­where. 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.’’ The TV boss – who has also won ac­claim for his Sher­lock adaptations – says Yates had never been signed up to work on any­thing, al­though he had ex­pressed an in­ter­est. Mof­fat says there would ‘‘hope­fully’’ be a film at some fu­ture date, and it would star who­ever was play­ing the Doc­tor at the time. ‘‘It will be ab­so­lutely run by the Doc­tor Who pro­duc­tion of­fice in Cardiff. It will fea­ture the same Doc­tor as on tele­vi­sion.’’

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star Matt Smith.

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