I recently came across some exciting and somewhat troublesome news. There is a Hollywood Blockbuster version of Doctor Who in the works.
I have a couple reservations about the entire thing…
First I must say there is not a better director slotted to working the project.
David Yates, who has directed several of the Harry potter films, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2) as well as Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. His take on a drama, and comedy is unquestionably what helped make the last Potter films a major success. (Who has ever read those crazy books anyway? LOL) He has an ability to truly direct drama with neural surgeon precision.
However he has stated a few things that will drive some of us “Whovians” (A Whovian is a fan of the Doctor Who series, in the same lines as a Trekkie is a Star Trek fan or a Fanboy is a Star Wars fan) a little over the edge.
My first problem is that David said he is currently looking for a writer of the film, which he is expecting to be worked on for the next 2 years, as he wants to ensure that the script for the film is as deep and entertaining in subject as any of the seasons of the Doctor Who Series has ever been.
The doctor has been in one form or another on the television for 47 years, making it the longest running, most successful show in history!!!
For those who still don’t know who the doctor is, here is a little background. Be prepared to be amazed by 47 years, crammed into 6.5 minutes!!!
Ok, I know that was a brief history, but here are the important bits.
- The Doctor (As he is just called) is an alien, in human form.
- He is able to control the ship called the TADRIS, which is able to access any point in space, time, and Dimension.
- The Doctor uses his powers to correct points in time, space, or history which are going off course. To make time run smoothly.
- This is why he is referred to as a “Time Lord”
- It is believed that all other Time Lords are dead.
- The Doctor Protects humans, as he feels closest to them.
- The Doctor is over 500 Years old.
- If the body form he takes gets destroyed, he “Regenerates” in a new form, and in the process brain cells are also newly formed, which is why he has multiple personalities. (This is to help explain the differences in the actors interpretation of the Doctor.)
This is it in a nut shell.
So you ask what my reservations toward a large screen take on it are… Well to me they are simple, and I believe any Whovian out there should also have the same reservations toward the news that has been released so far.
1: OK, the choice for the writer scares me the most. David stated in a press release the following in Variety magazine:
“We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly, so we are looking at American writers too.”
Ok, so Steve wrote the Potter films, great, he did not need to create something from nothing, he simply needed to read a book, and figure out what to put into the film, and what could be left on the pages… Now I am not saying his job was easy, in the slightest, rather his sensibility he captured in the Potter film scripts was simply translating the books sensibility onto the screen. The rest of that came from the director, all of which have been British. So who better knows British sensibility than a Brit?
2: If the American film studios have their grubby mitts into a typically British show, they will be so concentrating on creating something to introduce the American market to the Doctor Who franchise, they are going to insist to David, and Steve that there will HAVE to be a back story to the Doctor. If there is a back story, there will be too much lost to the Doctor.
One of the great things about the Doctor is that there is still allot of unknowns about him. If the Americans get their hands on it, and place in a back story to him, much of who the Doctor is(Or we don’t know who he is), will be lost, FOREVER.
3: They don’t plan on it being tied into the television series at all. Whomever is currently playing the Doctor at the time of the filming, will not be portraying the Doctor in the film. This to me makes absolutely no sense.
- Why make a Doctor Who film, and not include who ever is the Doctor on television?
- Why make a stand alone Doctor film?
- Why not tie the show into the film?
- Why do we need to see another Doctor Who story, with a new Doctor on the big screen?
These are my problems with the news about the Doctor Who film being made, or in the works to be made.
As you can see, I believe that the thought of having a Doctor Who film, unrelated to the television series, and featuring a brand new Doctor, while one is playing him on television seems redundant.
My thoughts are that it may be BBC attempting to remove the Doctor from the small screen, and place him on the big one. I would rather keep running the show on the small screen for another 47 years, with continued stories, even if they are horrible. There have been allot of bad ones, yes, but the number of the absolutely amazing stories greatly outweighs them.
If it were up to me, BBC keep the show only on the small screen, and make a couple movie events for the series, and not a stand alone for Movie theatres.
I believe if this Movie gets made in the way David Yates is wanting to do it, It will signal the end of Doctor Who on television.
Lance M. Goolsby