Sony Really Wanted To Make That Doctor Who Movie

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Remember those rumors of a big-budget Doctor Who movie? The one that was going to be directed by David Yates? Well, in the recently release batch of hacked Sony emails, it appears that Sony was pushing hard for this movie — and only Steven Moffat and the other Doctor Who producers stood in their way.


Doctor Who TV found the relevant portion of the emails on Wikileaks

The plans for Doctor Who were put in an email sent in January [2014] from Andrea Wong, president of International Production for Sony, to the company's chief executive Michael Lynton.

The email says: "[Danny Cohen, the Director of BBC Television] said that while there has been tremendous interest (and pressure from [BBC Worldwide]) to do a Dr Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don't want to do one at this moment.

"That said, over the course of the coming months, the show running team is coming up with an 8 year timeline for the brand – laying out all that will happen with it.

"He says that a film will certainly be a part of that timeline. So the answer is that a film won't happen in the next year to 18 months, but it is expected that it will happen after that within the 8 year horizon.'

Lynton's response was: "Sounds like we need to meet with the show runners."

A follow up email from Wong reads: "Spoke to Danny and he doesn't think it makes sense right now and actually might hurt our cause.

"He said that the creative team on the show have been having the movie conversation with BBC Worldwide in recent weeks and are very hot under the collar that their position on it is not being listened to or accepted."


Obviously, the most interesting takeaway here is that apparently there are still plans for a Doctor Who movie being kicked around, and possibly coming to fruition in the next seven years or so. Moffat's Who isn't perfect, but if it came down to him being in charge of a Doctor Who or Hollywood, I'll pick Moffat every time.

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It will, of course, star Paul McGann and be broadcast on Fox in 1996, because time travel.