Monday, November 14, 2011

The Doctor in Film?

Odd Doctor Who news today which I first saw on IMDb and then later backed up by the BBC. David Yates, director of the last four Harry Potter Films, is developing a feature film version of Doctor Who. It's still early days and no writers, scripts, cast or production people have been hired yet. However they do say this is to be a new and separate continuity. I'm not convinced that this is a good idea. I'm not a big fan of reboots and remakes in the first place, but to have two continuities going at the same time just doesn't seem right to me. Although of course that is assuming the TV series carries on for another three years or so. One other thing that these articles are forgetting to mention is that this has been tried before. In 1965 Dr. Who and the Daleks was made starring Peter Cushing as The Doctor with Roy Castle as companion. That was followed in 1966 with Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. when Bernard Cribbins got his chance to be a companion. Although they have their moments, neither of these films are particularly great. The main problem is is just doesn't feel like a Doctor Who story due to all the slight differences. So I'm not getting excited for a new film version yet.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with you, it feels a bit weird.
    Bernard Cribbins is looking very young there!