"Doctor Who" fans were in for one heck of a shock last month when it was revealed that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" filmmaker David Yates would be bringing a new vision of "Who" to the big screen in the next three or so years. Few details were known at the time: no actors or writers were attached, plot details were completely under wraps, with only the vaguest sense that Yates' take on "Who" wouldn't hinge on the Doctor's previously established continuity.
MTV News staff writer Kara Warner caught up with Yates on the red carpet at the BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards, and the director confirmed that the search is very much on for a writer to tackle the "Doctor Who" script.
"I can't really talk about that because its such a long way away," Yates told MTV News. "We're principally looking for a writer, and we'll start with that. Everything has to start with a great script, so that's more important than [casting]."
So if you're hoping for Yates to already have his eye on one of his many "Potter" friends to play the Time Lord, no such luck—at least at the moment, Yates isn't talking about putting Alan Rickman, Ralph Fiennes or any other number of his famous actor pals in the Doctor's shoes. One can hope, though!
Of course, not everyone is on board with Yates' plans for "Doctor Who." But having directed the final four installments of the "Harry Potter" movie franchise, Yates says he isn't too worried about pressure from the fans.
"I've lived with pressure for so long. What's pressure? I don't know anymore! It's fine, it's good," he said, looking only at the positives. "It's such a wonderful character and such a wonderful world. It's exciting."
For now, Yates is taking his time with "Who," and enjoying some much earned rest after finishing his work on the "Potter" films.
"It's a long journey and we're going to take our time with it," said Yates. "Right now I'm looking forward to a vacation, frankly!"
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