Steven Moffat says ‘Doctor Who’ movie ‘will happen’

But executive producer says that any big-screen plans musn't disrupt TV show

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has revealed that he is confident a movie adventure for the Time Lord “will happen” – but insisted any plans for a big-screen outing shouldn’t disrupt plans for the TV series.

In December, the showrunner reacted angrily to comments made by director David Yates when he seemingly announced plans for a movie version that would “start from scratch” and that the show would need a “pretty big transformation to work in a bigger arena”.

Moffat insisted that any Doctor Who film would “be made by the BBC team, star the current TV Doctor and would certainly NOT be a Hollywood reboot.” Now, in an interview with Vulture, he said of plans for a movie:

The thing that I would find intolerable is that you get a film instead of the TV series because the TV series is more important.

He went on to add: “I don’t think any showrunner or future showrunner of Doctor Who would tolerate the idea that David Yates was talking about, of rebooting it and having a second continuity. That’s just nonsense. Absolutely insane and a straightforward insult to the audience. We’d never, ever do that. The question would be how could we do it without delaying or harming the TV show?”

However, Moffat said that he did expect the project to take shape at some point in the future. “I think it could be incredibly exciting to see that TARDIS fly on the big screen. It would just be how do we arrange it?” he said. “And how do we make sure we have… no offence, but you suddenly take American money and they expect to tell you what to do and all that. I wouldn’t be happy with that. But it will happen someday, I’m reasonably confident.”

Doctor Who will return to BBC One on Christmas Day, with Matt Smith set to reprise his role as the Time Lord and Jenna-Louise Coleman to feature as his new companion, before the second half of its current series is shown early next year.