Alright, we should probably be clear that there is no Doctor Who movie, at least not yet. But showrunner Steven Moffat made some on-the-record comments about the prospect to Entertainment Weekly recently, and they were encouraging, if only dimly so. Moffat was mostly responding to comments made last year by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows director David Yates that Yates was working on a Doctor Who script that would be developed for 2013 or 2014 production (If he is, he’s doing it by himself because there’s no official attachment between Yates and any Doctor Who project). Here’s the rundown of what Moffat said:
1) He’s perfectly happy with the idea of a Doctor Who film.
2) It’s not in the works now, so it won’t be out any time soon.
3) It wouldn’t be a reboot.
4) It wouldn’t use a new actor as the Doctor.
Despite any disappointment about not getting a film soon, I think we can all agree that this is pretty good news (and that the prospect of a new Doctor/reboot movie would be absolute poison for the franchise). Moffat’s prohibitions got us thinking—what else should be banned from any future big-screen Who projects? We have a couple suggestions below, but we want to know how you’d fill out the list.
No Silly Aliens: Adipose, we’re looking at you. Also on notice—farting Slitheen and the “Abzorbaloff” with a talking face on his butt. There’s nothing wrong with a goofy alien from time to time, but for a feature film, we hope they’ll keep it scary and intense.
No CGI Atrocities: Remember the Dobby-Doctor (or Gollum Doctor) from the end of Tennant’s second season? I guarantee that somebody, somewhere believes that the reason that abomination didn’t work was because there wasn’t enough money for digital effects. A feature film would mean a feature film budget and there’s going to be a temptation to pour a bunch of that into CGI. We hope they resist (at least as far as creatures go). Doctor who is best when it’s monsters are done practically. As evidence we offer the multivore, Prisoner Zero? In its human-mimicking practical form it was unsettling and menacing. In its natural, digital form it had no weight and seemed cartoonish.
There’s a lot to love in the Whoniverse, but not all of it needs to find its way to the big screen. What bans would you like to see put on any Doctor Who movie plans? Let us know below!