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How could a New Doctor Who Movie Work?

Guest contributor Brayde Wikaira explores some ideas.

Throughout the modern era of Doctor Who, fans all around the world received some movie attention on their favorite show. From the screenings of past adventures to the fun little trailers you watch before the main event, i.e. Series 5 trailer. And now after the cinematic success of The Day of the Doctor, things are open to get even more theatrical. This article discusses 5 ideas on a new Doctor Who movie and how it might work.

“Remember, popcorn can feel pain”
-Pre-Cinema Scene for 50th Anniversary: Strax

A Reboot

dr-who-and-the-daleks-posterFrom time to time we hear reports of Hollywood mulling the possibility a Doctor Who movie. Harry Potter Director David Yates made headlines a couple of years back when he announced he wanted to reboot the franchise and turn it into his own imaginative world. How might this proposed reboot have worked? I can see a world of mystery, of disbelief, of space nature. Something perhaps darker than Doctor Who (though Series 8 may rectify this) that delivers as a new and exciting adventure to embark on. I see some visuals like those used in Hugo. A reboot could call-back to the original outline, an alien Time Lord that travels through time and space. Though I can sense that Mr Yates might regenerate that synopsis into something scarier and straightforward. Something along the lines of Dr. Who and the Daleks.

A Re-imagining

doctor-who-movie-postersMaybe not a reboot, but a re-imagining of the story that set Doctor Who in its place. Perhaps an alternative route to what we are currently on. With a change of storylines and a change of mood. Maybe something bright and lighter that can leave a stirring effect on our movie-going experience. Maybe a more heartfelt emotional rollercoaster, that takes us on a journey through time and space. Something inspirational. Think of current latest flick, Saving Mr Banks. A story of the story. Answers to why the Doctor loves the human race and their funny looking planet Earth (I did not mean that seriously.) A story set within a story. A movie that looks at our favorite Time Lord in a whole new way.

A Continuation

50th-day-of-the-doctor-cinema-poster-sustralia-nzPerhaps we can do with another TV tie-in movie like with The Day of The Doctor. A episode that also translates on to the big screen. Day often featured big climatic Hollywood-style scenes British style. With the infusion of Hollywood and United Kingdom, Doctor Who can have a international phenomenal on their hands. Not that I’m dissing the 50th anniversary special (which may I say, was an absolute treat) but the encouragement to have more movie-styled episodes go out on cinemas. 3D is a treat, when used in the right hands, cough *Dimensions in Time* cough. Picture a 100th anniversary special in 12D. Yes I am quoting Matt, that easily-confused Doctor. Oh boy. Apparently we’re going to see 57 Doctors. If this is the case, I wouldn’t mind seeing a 70th anniversary special with the 3 latest Doctors, and Matt and David in for a cameo. What might this film look like? It’s easy, just like the television show, it’s a direct shot.

A Re-Visitation

an-adventure-in-space-and-time-batch-bradley-hartnellOne idea I made myself, is the sight of seeing a movie-length adventure with one already established Doctor. An actor to portray, say, William Hartnell, can have a breath-taking effect on all those who watch. Perhaps the sequels will see the next incarnations take on the role. Having a legendary actor play a legendary Doctor might reduce some of our fanbase to tears. Though such a project will have to be well thought-out and planned, in triplicate. With lots of graphs. And diagrams. And complicated sums. On the directors desk. If he has a desk. The mood of the show can be epic, as that would be the main purpose for the movie: To endeavour to produce a movie production that explains its presence by big explodie wodie wibbly wobbly explosions that go boom! We’ve now reached a point in this discussion where I seem to be losing my sanity, in the name of peace and sanity. (One Hour Later) I can see that this movie will have this overarching theme that might correspond with the current theme of that era. For example, Patrick Troughton’s base-under-siege theme mixed with an epic Cybermen showdown. The stakes will definitely have to be high. Oh how this would be great fanservice!

A Time War Epic

day-of-the-doctor-tv-trailer-(3)-gallifreyDon’t get all fed up. I’ve saved the best for last! As we all know, the Last Great Time War is perhaps one of the, if not, the BEST, Doctor Who ideas since 1963. The 2005 show had a new premise: the Doctor, last of the Time Lords, goes travelling through time and space with his trustworthy companions. Maybe not the official synopsis, but a good enough plot to bring back Doctor Who, without all the baggage. Russell T Davies managed to totally refresh the show for its modern audience. We all know that the Time War has the Daleks come up against the Time Lords. We know that both races died, well, the Daleks did, but they survived, but then, wow, hard to explain. It’s a glorious moment for the fans of Doctor Who, and with Paul McGann and John Hurt at the wheel, we’ll be all right. The Night of the Doctor gave us hope that this may happen, as we see a smashing Doctor bounce around as if 1996 was yesterday. Maybe not John Hurt, but I’d love to see him back. With old companions returning, and new revelations made, this is maybe the best idea for Doctor Who. The Time War is such a grand endeavouring idea, that it just spells Hollywood all over! I’m sensing a Man of Steel presence, something big, something epic, something that has action all over. The film could play out with time and space, as we might see some ingenious ideas on how they can fight. Imagine time shifts that incinerate parts of space. Best of all- in IMAX 3D! Not only can it play out physically, but also emotionally, and since the Daleks are back, mentally. This could be a blockbuster hit!

Concluding Thoughts

Now we have some fans out there that just love the show the way it is, and rightfully so. But movie screenings capture new minds, capture new people, and cultivate new fans. The Day of the Doctor was seen by whole new audiences. Doctor Who is still the fans to keep and preserve, so a movie must be done with care, but what do you think? Do you want to see a new Doctor Who movie? Do any of these ideas appeal? State in the comments.

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stevenjuly23
stevenjuly23

What of a parallel doctor, a human scientist who creates a devise conjacient with a TARDIS?.

While aware this was the premise of the Peter C movies, which I thought the concept clever in its self, their only failing being they lacked originality by using previous TV story lines.

avbryce
avbryce

1. The doctor needs to be funny, just, weird, secretive, and rebellious with a dark past full of mystery. 2. The villains need to be scary. 3. The companion needs to be helpful to the doctor instead of just taking a ride (Taking a ride works for a show but not a movie.)




ThatGuywiththeBowTie
ThatGuywiththeBowTie

I think the right person would do a pretty good job with a good story. David Yates would be a poor choice, maybe someone like JJ Abrams, though I don't know if he's a fan or not.

JohnPhillips5
JohnPhillips5

What about a prequel?  The time war is great, but what about the Doctor as a teen or young adult before the time war?  The first doctor is already traveling with a granddaughter...you wouldn't even have to make him a teen...why not simply tell his story from the end of the time war until the first episode?  from when he first steals the tardis?  you could even lead up to him traveling with his granddaughter (which would also create the option for a love interest, as obviously he had to have a child with someone).  His first adventures flying a machine he apparently has difficulty navigating after 900 odd years would be entertaining as hell.  Honestly, you could make an entire new series out of it.  Just a few thoughts I had rattling in my brain.  

Jasper_CH
Jasper_CH

I don't think we'll get a Doctor Who movie for a while. To be honest, at this point I see it like Star Trek; the show is successful now, but it will have burnt out in a decade or two and the show ends. A few years later, a movie studio (I think Warner Bros or Disney would work best for Who) starts developing a big-screen reboot of the show and it then finds a whole new audience and life in the cinema. Since it's all about time travel, you can even have a plot (maybe in the first movie) where the Doctor crashes into an alternate universe consisting of the events and Doctors we all know and love. Tons of potential.

Craig Bickerstaff
Craig Bickerstaff

I like the idea of somewhere between a re-imagining and a revisiting, they could take the missing stories and then adapt them into feature length films, I was thinking Marco Polo but The Power of the Daleks and the Daleks Master plan would be pretty good for epic doctor who films. 

Jaylcookie
Jaylcookie

I just don't see the point of a movie. What stories could it tell that the TV show can't? It would, as the Time War example demonstrates, just be a big fx heavy blockbuster. Doctor Who isn't about Hollywood & action. Its about real emotional stories that deal with important issues in a family friendly way set in a fun sci-fi genre. A movie would ruin this!

frazledazle
frazledazle

I think that if they were to make a doctor who film they'd have to do it with who ever the current doctor is or as a prequel with Paul McGann where there is so much story not seen and lots to be told eg. The start of the time war what caused it to break out into war or even just an adventure with the 8th doctor. Also Paul McGann is a superb actor with big screen experience and deserves more screen time as the doctor.

Dannie Madsen
Dannie Madsen

A movie would be great. It would of course have to be about the current Doctor, like ''Doctor Who: The Movie'' in it's time.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

The movie should be about The Doctor and the master on a steampunk gallifrey in university and the doctor eventually stealing a TARDIS.

WhoLocked
WhoLocked

A Time War movie (or even trilogy) has got to be done - it would be the ideal way to bring back McGann and would serve as suitable compensation for denying him a number of TV series. It would also allow the return of John Hurt, give cameos to Capaldi, Smith and Tennant, and C.E. if he wanted, as well as Piper as the Moment, (not Rose Tyler please) and maybe even a few of the past companions.  I would love it if Martha Jones, The Ponds, Capt Jack and River Song could return. Throw in Doctor Donna and you would have a film series that would rival Star Wars, Harry Potter, Bond and Star Trek combined, and blow them out of the water. It would never happen, but I can dream :)  Oh and don't forget The Impossible Girl - Clara's storyline could be a movie in itself!






Richy Woo
Richy Woo

The .... Of the Doctor shows were so epic it would of been pretty easy to switch them up into full movie releases, the problem i see is Doctor Who is a show for the people, paid for by the TV license, I dont wanna have to pay my local Googleplex to see WHO!!! 

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

The current Doctor in a standalone movie is all I want to see. Two sequels would be nice if necessary too but only one movie if any is needed.

Melkur
Melkur

I'd love to see Gallifrey realised on the big screen just like Krypton and Asgard have been recently, that's one of my biggest reasons for wanting a big budget movie. Perhaps David Bradley as the Doctor in the moments before he left in the big ol' metal cylinder with Susan, with the occasional flashbacks to his youth getting into trouble with the High Council and then even flash forwards to points which have relevance as the plot progresses. Play on the time travel aspect and show us something big that may have happened that caused him to leave Gallifrey in a hurry. No huge amount of mythology needs to be spoilt and it could totally fit in with current continuity. In a sequel you could have the Master played by a splendid well-known actor, who regenerates into Roger Delgado at the end as the ultimate tribute. There's so many things that could be done without spoiling continuity in my opinion.

LeightonWestwoo
LeightonWestwoo

I hope they do a Recreation of the tenth planet , the daleks and the war games with new actors and make it with 2014 technology

JoehWh0
JoehWh0

I wouldn't see it if it was a reboot. I think if they do make a movie, they should use the actors that are in the show the time the movie is being made. Obviously if that happened they'd have to stop filming for the series (as they wouldn't have enough time to do both at the same time), but I could work with that if it meant that we'd get a fantastic movie with the TV series cast.

Whovian_Brownoat
Whovian_Brownoat

I like it the way it is, but I'm not against maybe one or two more films in the next fifty years or something. But not a blockbuster, not a Man Of Steel type epic, something closer to what Doctor Who is, something smaller and cleverer.

AlessandroArsuffi
AlessandroArsuffi

My preference would be a spin-off where the Doctor is absent or just mentioned or makes a cameo. Rather than a full series on Capt. Jack Harkness and River Song, why not produce a "Hermits United" spin-off trilogy? Add in some classic and new series companions (dunno, maybe Ace, Grace, Martha, Jack and River, maybe even Clara) and put them against some special foes designed explicitly for the blockbusters or taken from the classic series and never explored in the New Series before. If the story is set after SJ's death, Mr Smith might even become the guide to the group.

cyberbrayde
cyberbrayde

Alot of people seem to think this article is hinting upon the "reboot" section of the article. I said these are FIVE ideas. So, yeah. Thanks Dr Who Tv, never thought this article would pop in on surprise!

JFrance
JFrance

A reboot would be interesting to see but I think prefer a continuation movie like The Day of the Doctor.    

SeanBennion
SeanBennion

Paul McGann movie would be perfect :)

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

Just don't do a movie, already. There have been 3 doctor who movies now and they've all been rubbish.

craig33
craig33

A continuation of the tv series is the only one id like to see. Starring the current doctor.

Blubskunker
Blubskunker

A hollywood reboot would be an absolute travesty.

SouffleBoy
SouffleBoy

Oodfellas :') I'm still laughing.

Creepy_Ghoul
Creepy_Ghoul

To be honest, I'm writing a movie script for Doctor Who myself. If it's done, I might send it to the BBC and see what they think of it.

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I'm opposed to the concept of a Time War movie simply because we've already seen how it ends, and know how it begins, so filling in the middle with a stand-alone plot would be difficult (and likely boring).

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

I'd rather not do a movie. It robs us of getting more episodes in most cases, and would generally cheapen the show.


Unless it was a new Paul McGann movie. If it's that, then go for it.

Oncoming_Badger
Oncoming_Badger

I think the best way to do a Doctor Who movie would be to kick off a new era. Say in 5 years Capaldi steps down and Moffat steps down at the same time. You have a new show runner, new doctor, new everyone, and you do a year long break before doing a big blockbuster movie that opens the new series. That would be the dream...

microbat98
microbat98

I disagree with having another 'The Daleks' film. I disagree with recreations in Doctor Who as it is, because they'll more than likely ruin the original story. But if it were to happen, they should do a very unpopular one, which could in fact improve it. I definitely disagree with 'The War Games'. Why mess with the most perfect Doctor Who story of all time? It needs to reimaginings. That'll just ruin the perfection that was originally captured.

Tardis Stowaway
Tardis Stowaway

@TheOncomingStorm I completely agree, something like this for a celebration or event would be great, but Doctor Who has always been a Saturday-night television show, it doesn't need to become a Hollywood franchise. :)

microbat98
microbat98

Two theatrical films. Both were reimaginings. They weren't terrible, but they certainly weren't good. Aiming for a continuation is always best. It's how Doctor

who works.

MeglosProductions
MeglosProductions

@Blubskunker If Hollywood got their hands on it, they would probably turn the doctor into a stereotypical Brit, completely miss the point of his character and change too many things causing continuity errors.......Oh wait a minute, that was the 1996 movie.

LeeFerrier
LeeFerrier

@Creepy_Ghoul  No point in sending it to them. They don't read scripts of already established material both as a rule and for legal reasons. You wouldn't even be able to get the show's tea runner to read the script in case any elements of your story (or anything similar) ends up in an episode which would allow you to claim they stole your ideas and sue. I know this because I met the script editor of the show about a year and a half ago after winning a competition to talk to him about a vampire script I wrote. At the end of the session I went total fanboy on him and we ended up talking about the show and I mentioned that I had written a few fan scripts and he offered to read one, only for him to be told later that he couldn't read it for legal reasons. I wish he had found out earlier because by the time he informed me that he couldn't read it I had already announced on Facebook that he had offered to. Oh well.



cyberbrayde
cyberbrayde

@Malohkeh  Boring is a possibility. But perhaps other incarnations would be brought together by some ghost effect. Oh, and Weeping Angel origin story anyone?

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Oncoming_Badger Gee I was hoping Moff would move on well before then. I'm looking forward to something fresh

Malohkeh
Malohkeh

@Polyphase @Oncoming_BadgerI understand the need to keep creative forces moving, but I'm personally still very happy with the work Moffat has been producing and would love him to continue.


In addition, there's hardly a clear candidate for succession at the moment.

PeterThompson
PeterThompson

@WhoPotterVian @Jaylcookie @Richy Woo  I don't know about movies, but I think doctor who would definitely benefit from more time, at least an hour - an extra 15 minutes could do wonders for some of the stories that seemed to fall flat at the end due to a rushed ending, often missing things out.  

WhoPotterVian
WhoPotterVian

@Jaylcookie @WhoPotterVian @Richy Woo  I have loads of times. Especially with the TV Movie, The Stolen Earth/Journey's End, the End Of Time parts 1 and 2 and Asylum of the Daleks. I saw Day of the Doctor at the cinema and doubt it would have worked quite as well on TV.

microbat98
microbat98

As a general rule, people working on Doctor Who shouldn't stay on for too long. The quality decreases. Five years is a good amount overall. After that things go bad.