Variety is reporting that David Yates, director of the final 4 Harry Potter movies, has been hired by BBC Worldwide to direct the long-discussed Doctor Who film adaptation. There have been rumors of a new Who film ever since the BBC brought the show back in 2005, with some reports indicating Johnny Depp was to take on the iconic role. No writer has been brought on yet.
As a fan of Harry Potter I thoroughly enjoyed Yates’ first go, The Order of the Phoenix, and hated the final three; however, The Girl in the Cafe was fantastic so I am on the fence about this. Doctor Who is one of the greatest sci-fi series ever but part of what has made it so damn amazing has been the nature of television itself. Can this concept thrive on the big screen? The two Peter Cushing films were based on original Terry Nation/First Doctor stories that suffered from the show’s poor production values, but the show in its current state doesn’t have the same restrictions. This will be interesting, to say the least. What are your thoughts?