Steven Moffat: You can’t have a Doctor Who movie that damages the TV series

The BBC1 series' showrunner says, "I'm sure there's money to be made out of it but that's not the point, is it?"

Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has spoken out about the importance of maintaining the integrity of the BBC1 sci-fi show if a potential film were to be explored. 


“You can’t make a movie that damages the TV series,” he told at Wednesday night’s Bafta TV Awards nominations party. “That’s the only thing I’d say about it. I’m very happy for there to be a movie, very happy [for there] to be a theatre show – anything you like – but the TV show is incredibly important and must not be hurt. Everybody knows that.” 

His remarks follow Wikileaks’ publication of leaked Sony emails earlier this week which detail conversations between the BBC’s director of television, Danny Cohen, and senior Sony execs about the “tremendous interest” in a possible Doctor Who movie. 

Asked whether he would like to see the film eventually happen, Moffat replied: “If someone can work out how [a movie] actually works, I’ve got nothing against it, but no one’s ever been very clear about how it actually works. It’s not really got that far and it’s not my job. I can neither action it nor stop it.

“We haven’t really, to be honest, got an answer to it. All this story is nothing – there’s not been a story for years.

“I’m sure there’s money to be made out of it but that’s not the point, is it? We are British, the BBC. We are there for the art.”

Doctor Who series nine is currently in production and will see Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman return as the Doctor and his companion Clara Oswald. It’s expected to be back on BBC1 this autumn with Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and Rufus Hound already confirmed to guest star. 


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