Steven Moffat scotches rumours of a Doctor Who Hollywood reboot

Programme's executive producer insists any Who film will feature the star of the TV series

Doctor Who head honcho Steven Moffat has dismissed rumours that the planned Who movie will be a drastic re-imagining of the TV series.


Taking to Twitter this morning, the writer said: “To clarify: any Doctor Who movie would be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot.”

His words come a fortnight after Harry Potter director David Yates told Variety that he was in line to direct a film based on the popular science fiction series, which would see him “start from scratch” on a “radical transformation” of the programme.

Moffat contextualised Yates’ remark in another tweet, saying: “David Yates, great director, was speaking off the cuff, on a red carpet.”

In a statement issued to a national newspaper, Moffat said that Doctor Who is “a vitally important BBC brand with a huge international audience” and one which “not even Hollywood can start from scratch”.

The producer also revealed that as yet “there simply are no developed plans for a Doctor Who movie at the moment” but “if and when the movie happens it will need to star television’s Doctor Who – and there’s only ever one of those at a time.


“Whatever happens, the BBC and BBC Worldwide will work together to ensure that we don’t just get a movie, we get the movie that everyone wants,” he added.