Being interviewed on his new television universe Cucumber and Banana, a listener asked former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T. Davies if he’d change his mind about not returning to the show if he were asked to write a movie. His response?
“Yes please! If we could get the lawyers and contracts flying now. You know, I would do that because I think there’s a big leap to be made. I think it should be in cinemas immediately. It would be glorious. Imagine queueing up at the cinema to go and see a Doctor Who film. Oh, I can hear the Doctor Who office with their head in their hands now going, ‘shut up, Davies, shut up’. I have literally just realised where I am – broadcasting to the nation. I’m in trouble now… They’ll kill me for that!”
Is a Doctor Who cinematic adaptation currently in the works? The premise of Davies’ question was that he denies the chance to write an episode every year, being asked by current showrunner Steven Moffat every year. So he still has connections to the show, and even discusses plotlines with Moffat. This is nothing Moffat’s said, it’s all from Davies. He’s still a valuable source of information, but at the same time he isn’t beyond lying. Even if he’s more reliable than the person currently making the show. He implied that the production office might already have plans for it, but of course they do. It’s an extremely popular show, and they’ll likely have plans reserved for one in case it ever happens, or maybe even are trying to push one now, and are waiting for the right moment to develop it. Davies was probably the person that oversaw the drawing-up of these plans. Or maybe he’s just leading us on, which is equally possible.
Either way, here’s hoping there isn’t going to be one. And if you want to know why I think that, there’ll ironically need to be one announced to inspire such a rant.