Doctor Who Hollywood feature film in development

Harry Potter director David Yates says project is several years away

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BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who is being developed into a Hollywood feature film.

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David Yates, the director of the last four Harry Potter films, said he’s working on a feature film with the BBC that will take a fresh approach to the programme.  

The production may take “two to three years to get it right” as the show needs “quite a radical transformation”, Yates told Variety magazine.  

He added: “Russell T Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles.

“The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place.” 

It is understood Yates is working closely on the project with the American-based head of BBC Worldwide Productions, Jane Tranter.

Doctor Who began on BBC television in 1963 and ran until 1989, with seven actors playing the Time Lord during this period.  

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The programme was the subject of a 1996 TV movie starring Paul McGann, before being revived for television in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston playing the lead. The role was subsequently taken by David Tennant and is now played by Matt Smith.