Does TV work at the movies?
Finding an audience has never been a problem for the most famous sci-fi show to crossover. Star Trek only ran for three short seasons from 1966 to 1969, but spawned seven big screen adaptations starring the show’s original cast, including the most famous and eminently quotable, The Wrath of Khan.
The first of them, Star Trek: The Movie (1981), made magnificent use of its new medium and much bigger budget than the show ever had, with a suitably bizarre story about the Voyager probe returning to our galaxy as a beautiful bald alien.
Fan power, which brought Star Trek back from TV death, was also harnessed by director Rob Thomas and actor Kristen Bell to revive their show Veronica Mars.
When the pair created a Kickstarter to fund the project, the fans approved, providing the production with a US$ 5.7 million budget from more than 90,000 backers.
They had initially asked for $200,000.
Making the move to the big screen is such a popular idea that even the mega popular Game of Thrones might do it. Author George RR Martin has been talking about turning the television show based on his books into a film – to capture the cinematic scope of the big finale perhaps?
Whether Martin will get his way remains to be seen.
But what’s certain is there has always been an audience for television at the movies.
The Doctor was definitely ‘in’ in 1965 when Dr Who’s time travelling mastermind went from black and white telly to Technicolour Timelord.