BBC leaves door open for Dr. Who film

doctor128.jpgSci Fi wire suggests that the British Broadcasting Corporation is thinking of turning their current version of the DR. WHO television series into a feature film, but a close look at the Media Guardian articlethey source is much less definite: basically, BBC controller of fiction Jane Tranter merely does not say the company definitely will not make a movie.

This speculation is fueld by two facts:

  1. The BBC films department recently moved from central London to inside the BBC Television Center – move designed to promote cross-fertilization between the two divisions.
  2. The DR. WHO series will go on hiatus while actor currently playing the title role, David Tennat, goes on stage to play the lead in Hamlet next year. This will create a two-year gap in between the fourth and fifth seasons, which would leave room for a feature film.

Still, nothing is definite. Tranter says adapting shows to the big screen is not the reason for the relocation of the BBC film department:

“This move is not about making feature films about things that are on the television – those ideas are staring us in the face already and may seem too obvious,” Ms Tranter said.

 On the other hand, Tranter does seem open to the possibility of a big-screen Time Lord adventure:

“I would not rule out a film version of Doctor Who, no,” she said.

Also up in the air is the question of whther or not David Tennat will return to the role at all, whether in a film or in the fifth season of the tele-series.

Ms Tranter also refused to be drawn on speculation that Steven Moffat was being lined up as a replacement for Davies – who is believed to be on the verge of leaving the show – or that actor James Nesbitt was being lined up take over from Tennant.

“All we can say is that David is a fantastic doctor and that he is doing Hamlet,” she said.

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