As predicted in this space, a big-screen adaptation of Doctor Who has been confirmed.
Interestingly, it sounds as if Matt Smith will not play The Doctor and Steven Moffatt won’t be writing, so it doesn’t explain the odd gap in next year’s “Who” schedule. Fans will remember that their were two big-screen efforts in the 60’s, starring Peter Cushing, and a Fox TV film in the 90’s starring Paul McGann. None were overly successful creatively, but this movie will continue the trend of film “Who” being non-canon and somewhat autonomous from the TV version.
The film is going to be directed by David Yates, best-known for helming several “Harry Potter” films.
Let the guessing games begin – who will play The Doctor? His assistants? My hope is that Yates goes with a slightly older actor, someone along the lines of the long-rumored Bill Nighy (though he may be a little too long in the tooth now). Anthony Steward Head is another name that pops up every time a regeneration happens, and I think he’d be fantastic. And please, Mr. Yates – no Americans! The Doctor needs to be a Brit.