Here is another story to file under sounds quite mad, but has just been confirmed as true by a movie studio. The reason why Russell T. Davis stopped doing Dr. Who for the BBC, was so that he could go away and re-do it in America as a film with a big movie studio.
Yes, my US publisher Tor has just got a confirmation on this very strange story from their own sources in Hollywood.
This story first popped up over at pubarticles.com – and someone cared enough about it to serve a takedown notice on the website and the story which originally appeared here, moved to here, before being deleted in its entirety.
When – if – this new Dr. Who movie does get made I just hope that they make a better fist of it than the original Dr. Who movie. Although it has to be said, many of the elements that put off us fans from the film, such as the doctor getting all jiggy with his assistant, we’ve now been inoculated to, by years of simmering romantic plot lines between the new doctors and his many assistants under Russell T. Davies’s reign.
Here’s a snippet from the original PubArticle piece.
Long-time producer of the television series Russell T. Davies reported that the reason he moved on from the show was due to the opportunity to transform the Doctor to the big screen. “Bringing the Who franchise to the theaters is a regeneration for the character beyond the usual one. A theatrical release has a greater range and can reach millions of more people than just the fans. There will be brand new concepts and the film will be just as adventurous, scary and humorous as the television programme. But none of us working the film will forget what makes the character great and interesting and the long-time fans will not be disappointed because yes, the Daleks make an appearance.”
Given that the confirmation from Tor’s sources was a little vague on the actual nature of where Depp was going to be deployed, I can’t help but wonder if he might actually be appearing as the Doctor in the forthcoming American Torchwood re-boot, rather than in a stand-alone USA-made Doctor Who movie?
Time, as always, will tell.