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If you’re a time-tested “Doctor Who” fan, the past month may have found you in an emotional tumult of sorts. In mid November it was revealed that David Yates—director of the “Harry Potter” franchise since “Order of the Phoenix”—would be the main man behind bringing “Doctor Who” to the big screen within the next 3 years. With no actors or plot details attached to the project, fans wanted to know if a “Doctor Who” film would fit in the universe that had spent decades—along with a good few years worth of reprisal—adding to its vast continuity.

When we shared footage of our chat with Yates on the red carpet of the BAFTA Los Angeles 2011 Britannia Awards, the director was non-committal to any real news on the subject, saying only that a search is underway for a writer and a great script. But it was the director’s mid-November comments to Variety that fueled rumors that his silver screen “Doctor Who” would be a drastic re-imagining of the series.

Cue “Doctor Who” head Steven Moffat, who took to his Twitter this morning to quell fan speculation and outrage by quashing the rumor.


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"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]."


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News that David Yates, director of the final four "Harry Potters" movies, plans to make a big-screen "Doctor Who" movie that ignores the Time Lord's television continuity has been received with mixed reactions. Some fans welcome the opportunity to bring The Doctor to a wider, mainstream audience through the power of cinema. Others are insulted by the idea of ditching the ever-elastic continuity of the previous incarnations of "Who."

To explore those positions and more, we reached out to "Doctor Who" experts across the blogosphere to gauge their reactions to the Yates news.


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The man who brought you the final adventures of the Boy Who Lived is about to pay a visit to the Doctor.

Director David Yates, who stepped behind the camera for the final four installments of the "Harry Potter" series including the two-part "Deathly Hallows" finale, is teaming with BBC to adapt another major franchise for the big-screen in the form of "Doctor Who," reports Variety.

The details are still murky at the moment, but here's what we do know…


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When it was first revealed that Neil Gaiman was writing an episode of "Doctor Who," I know I wasn't alone in thinking it was a perfect match. One of my favorite authors writing an episode of my all-time favorite television series? Yes, please!

Fortunately, the Gaiman-penned episode "The Doctor's Wife" managed to be even better than everyone hoped when it premiered earlier this year, and earned rave reviews from newcomers and longtime fans alike. So, when the author dropped by MTV News HQ to discuss the 10th anniversary of his award-winning novel "American Gods," I made sure to ask him about the experience of taking on 47 years of "Doctor Who" history and taking fans on a journey deep inside the TARDIS.

"Approximately three and a half years ago, I had dinner with Steven Moffat in a very nice Chinese restaurant in London. Red wine was drunk [and] I was saying things like, 'Hypothetically speaking, should anybody ask me to write an episode of 'Doctor Who,' I would really quite like to,'" said Gaiman of the episode's origins. Read More...

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Yes, you read that headline correctly, and yes, it is possibly the most ridiculous headline I have written in my entire career. The best part? It happened.

Apparently, "Doctor Who" star Matt Smith was one of several actors who participated in a recent event called "24 Hour Plays" in Los Angeles. For his part in the event, which tasks writers with scripting a play in one night and having actors perform it the next, Smith played a "very confused Batman" who wakes up on an autopsy table.

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There's a full report on the event and Smith's performance over at The Telegraph, while The Daily Mail has a bunch of great photos of Smith and some of the other actors. Oh, and Smith's take on Batman wasn't the only comics-friendly performance during the show. Read More...

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Doctor WhoMarvel's god of thunder isn't the only space-traveling hero on director Kenneth Branagh's radar these days, as the "Thor" filmmaker recently spent most of a recent interview with Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson discussing "Doctor Who."

Apparently, the Shakespeare-friendly actor and filmmaker is a big fan of the British science-fiction series and its new star, Matt Smith, which makes us like the guy even more around Splash Page HQ. (I wonder what he thought of 2007's "The Shakespeare Code" episode...)

You can check out the full interview over at Craig Ferguson's YouTube channel, but I've clipped the portions of the interview that include talk of "Doctor Who" below, since there's a big chunk of back-and-forth about James Bond sandwiched between them. Read More...

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We're three episodes into the new season of "Doctor Who," and it's pretty safe to say that the series' popularity is at an all-time high. As the MTV Newsroom's resident Whovian, I've brought you a steady dose of "Doctor Who" interviews, news, and updates on MTV Splash Page, but it's great to see the series receive some attention elsewhere around the mainstream media-verse, too.

Earlier this week, former Today show co-host Meredith Vieira recently visited the Cardiff set of "Doctor Who" for a fun segment on the series. You can watch it in full on the show's website, but I've clipped a particularly funny exchange with star Matt Smith that you can check out below:

In other "Doctor Who" news, next week's premiere of "The Doctor's Wife" is getting a lot of extra attention thanks to the involvement of noted comic book writer and novelist Neil Gaiman. Read More...

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The "Doctor Who" season premiere aired last weekend, and we warmed up for its arrival with some exclusive video featuring the cast of the long-running BBC series. Last Friday, we heard from The Doctor himself, Matt Smith, and then we kept things rolling with his companion, Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan.

This time around, we have some choice bits of "Doctor Who" brilliance from executive producer Piers Wenger, who spoke to MTV News from the set of the series, and received an unexpected drop-in from The Doctor midway through our chat.

"Planning this season of 'Doctor Who' has been a different experience to the previous season," Wenger told MTV News. "This is Matt's second season as The Doctor, and it's the Eleventh Doctor's second outing, and I think this time we were allowed to make the series more complex and darker and more surprising than maybe we were able to last year." Read More...

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Doctor WhoEpisode Title: "The Impossible Astronaut"

Written By: Steven Moffat

Directed By: Toby Haynes

Story: The Doctor reunites with Amy Pond, Rory, and River Song in a Utah desert, only to have a deadly encounter with a mysterious astronaut. The experience prompts the companions to seek help from — who else? — The Doctor, and begin an adventure that takes them all the way to a 1969 meeting with U.S. President Richard Nixon in the Oval Office. New enemies make their presence known, and then make their presence unknown, too. Read More...


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