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Moffat: Remaking Doctor Who would be Insane

moffat-pointSteven Moffat has said the idea of remaking Doctor Who would be insane.

Speaking to BBC News he said: “If anyone were to ask me [to remake it], I’d say it’s an absolutely insane idea. You couldn’t have more than one Doctor Who in the world. It would just be dreadful.”

He adds: “Sherlock and Doctor Who are both doing rather well but they couldn’t be more definitively British. They’re obtusely British. They’re about as British as it gets. You shouldn’t be afraid of being British because that’s what you’re selling.”

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Scootersfood
Scootersfood

I agree with Moffat. I know lots of fans aren't a huge fan of the way Moffat runs things, but I'm gonna be one of the few people who disagree with them.

CyberHippy
CyberHippy

What about the Movies with Peter Cushing?  The precedent is already set!

SilentDoctor
SilentDoctor

I have to agree with Moffat. An American Doctor Who - it just won't work.

Andrew_Swallow
Andrew_Swallow

There is a whole planet of Time Lords.  If you want to make a new series in France or the USA then use a different Time Lord with her own TARDIS.

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

I am sorry..... All I could focus on in this article was Steven Moffat's Face.......

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

The only Directors who should remake Doctor Who is Peter Jackson or Tim Burton and Staring Heughs Jackman in a gothic magical steampunk gallifrey and the doctor stealing a Gothic style TARDIS. The Doctors personality could be a mix of Willy Wonka, Indianna Joanne's and Vincent Price, Dark,Brooding Dashing and Half Mad. The movie would could have a similar tone to Casper,Edward scissors hands and a bit Hammer a Horror and be set in a weird and Erie New England Town set in the slightly futuristic steampunk-ish1960s. Now I'd like to see that on Screen. Makes it mysterious when it's called Doctor Who ?. What do u think ?

Polyphase
Polyphase

I still don't get it, What does it mean?

“If anyone were to ask me [to remake it], I’d say it’s an absolutely insane idea

Now that is just about the wierdest thing I've ever read

Hibernus
Hibernus

The deadpan tone of this article is just so funny. "Steven Moffat has said the idea of remaking Doctor Who would be insane."

Deus_Ex_Machina
Deus_Ex_Machina

Doctor Who TV has such an array of Moffat expressions and reactions in their photo gallery. RTD was always just sitting there smiling.

NewWho2012
NewWho2012

Rarely any remakes of british shows are ever good. Sure they could commission a pilot of Doctor Who in the US for example, but it would probably be only good for a series or two because the americans wouldn't know how to write for such a british show. Also evident through other series they tried to recreate, US remakes of One Foot in the Grave and Fawlty Towers never took off and that's because you cannot beat the british versions.

Polyphase
Polyphase

Obviously missing something here. Remake? Aren't we already watching a remake?

Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

Kinda off topic but for Hannibal fans we will see David Tennant a deranged serial killer in season 2! Going to be a bit weird as I won't be able to stop thinking of him as the Tenth Doctor :D

bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

Good, I don't want a remake, It should never get any kind of reboot, it should all be one continuous story. In 2004 RTD could have made a reboot with a new first doctor, I'm so glad he continued the story instead of restarting it

Maryanne123
Maryanne123

Thank goodness we have Moff to defend the show. RTD was keen to sell off Torchwood to the US. Look what happened to that. Good thing he left W ho before he got to do the same with it. Sir Steven Moffat - defender of Who!!

Polyphase
Polyphase

@MarlonJBonniciHis actual statement was supposed to be

The US making Doctor Who would be Insane.

It's got me beat why DWTV left that critical piece of info out

AaronMcGahon
AaronMcGahon

@MarlonJBonnici  I would say he was asked a question. I doubt he went onto a BBC News interview and started talking about random topics.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Usually when a proper remake is made , the old show ends that year or has been off the air for many years, they would never co-exist. When the BBC finaly end Doctor Who , then it will be remade in like 10 or 20 years.

Thesilence_1994
Thesilence_1994

@Polyphase  It means that if someone asked Moffat to make a new Doctor Who series, he wouldn't do it as he thinks it's an insane idea.

YgorVale
YgorVale

@NewWho2012"Sure could commission a pilot of Doctor Who in the US for example" they did, it's a movie released in 1996 starring Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor

MarkyBunny
MarkyBunny

@NewWho2012 The only UK show that has really taken off has been the US version of House of Cards, which has been a US twist on a UK classic. I can't comment of the US version of The Office which has done well. The US version of "Life on Mars" was crap.

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@NewWho2012  The Office went on to become more successful than its predecessor, Being Human has become good in its own right, game shows have been adapted successfully, and since the guys doing the remake of Broadchurch are smart enough to cast David Tennant again, they clearly know what they're doing. I've never even heard of the shows you mentioned.

twoheartsonemind
twoheartsonemind

Has this been confirmed? I don't watch Hannibal, but I said I would start if David Tennant was actually going to be a serial killer.

RichardLundy
RichardLundy

@bl0ndie98  You should be aware that New Who is a reboot. Reboots and remakes are independent of each other. Remakes are the recreation of an instance of a license, updated for a contemporary aesthetic. Reboots on the other hand are along the same lines of a Revival in that it's the revitalization of a license on a whole, and this can take many forms whether through a remake, a sequel/prequel, or a spiritual successor. Example: Rob Zombie's Halloween is a reboot of the franchise in the form of a remake of John Carpenter's Halloween. Evil Dead is a reboot of it's franchise through a gaidenesque sequel. Like Evil Dead, it is in fact a reboot, but that doesn't diminish the fact that it is a continuation of Classic Who.

BJAMES
BJAMES

@Maryanne123 I think RTD saw Torchwood as his "foot in the door" to the US television market. The nicer weather and bigger paychecks. He had some projects in development, most notably "Cucumber", with the US cable network Showtime, which is now being developed and due to go into production in the UK, with former Who producer Piers Wenger. It was only due to a personal crisis that he packed up shop (he and his partner had relocated to LA) and came back to the UK. I think Torchwood was sacrificed on the altar of his US television ambitions. I highly doubt it will ever come back to television. It is a shame, but he has the rights and he made the decision. I'm grateful we got what we have, because Miracle day aside (my opinion, I clarify), Torchwood was magnificent.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

A Remake only works as an origin story set before the first doctor steals the tardis, like in Star Trek ,they could have his academy years and him and the master drifting apart and becoming enemy's, all set on gallifrey, it could deal with the doctor dreaming of the stars and The masters increasing mental issues until near the end of the movie they become enemy's.

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@Americanwhovian  There was a plan for awhile, or an attempt to float the idea of making an American film version of Doctor Who and a famous director whose name escapes me right now, seemed to be behind it, but no support from the BBC, I understand. So it was and remains a no go. I think that's why this issue came up in the interview.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

My Point was it would have to different, it is Called Doctor Who not Bond, A Slick 24 style action thriller would not suit a cinema remake of DoctorWho. It needs to magical and gothic and mysterious, If it is ever to remade it needs to be different. That's all

Polyphase
Polyphase

@Thesilence_1994 @Polyphase OK I finally figured it out. For some reason they left out an important bit of information in the heading. Instead of saying

Remaking Doctor Who would be Insane, It should read

The US making Doctor Who would be Insane

Why so cryptic DWTV ?

Scott1996
Scott1996

How can you have never heard of those shows, where do you live? In a cave?

Never cruel or cowardly
Never cruel or cowardly

@Clara Prefect  Why is there still any confusion as to it being one continues story? There is tones of prof through out the episodes, but you only have to give one to prove it's not a reboot. Every doctor featured in the 50th anniversary.




Chronos the Fannibal
Chronos the Fannibal

@twoheartsonemindHe auditioned to be Hannibal but didn't get the part, though the writers were so impressed they wanted to write him to be in the show anyway. So it says he's set to play a character in season 2...

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

Other great examples of reboots sequel is Tron Legacy, it's a remake and a sequel. Terminator 5 is a Reboot,a sequel and a Prequel to the first Terminator. But there's not many series that were rebooted but set in the same universe.

bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

@Harry007 @bl0ndie98We knew before that though, because of the fact that the fantastic Chris Eccleston was the 9th doctor and from other BTS interviews and featurettes and things like that.

TheFirst
TheFirst

Yeah, last year there were rumours director David Yates (who directed the last 4 Harry Potter films) was working on a Doctor Who movie. The movie was supposed to be unreleated to the tv show.

Huknar
Huknar

@Clara Prefect  Reboot most definitely does not describe the show within the common accepted use of the term within media. Revival without a doubt.

Judge Claude Frollo
Judge Claude Frollo

I think you're mistaken. I never said it was a new show.

Reboot (v.)

To boot once again.

Boot (v.)

To start a computer and put it into a state of readiness for operation.

They took Classic Who, edited the style a bit and put it back in the computer (or in this case, BBC 1) and it operated again.

Though, techincally, 'revival' would be a slightly better word, so I see your point there.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

But series one earth stories treated aliens as If it was a new phenomon even thought there were incidents in the 70s . But that was to gain viewers no harm done, they dropped that stick in season 2.

DaireConstantineOReilly
DaireConstantineOReilly

I was a total idiot, I had sort of herd of a show called docotr who, a cheap sci if show from the 70s I thought on some obscure Irish channel in Ireland that I never watched. My mother told me in 2004 that Dr Who was Coming back and told me to check it out. The stupidity of me was that I thought it was a remake and that the episode rose was remake of a 1960s episode also called rose LOL, until I finnaly realised after a year or two that It was continuation. (I found out online about its previous show from the 60s) god was I stupid.

Harry007
Harry007

@VictorWong1 @Harry007 @bl0ndie98 Oh yes, that was wonderful. Before Family of Blood I wasn't sure whether they'd include McGann but Tennant's sketch book featured a very obvious McGann. So that was great too, the confirmation.

bl0ndie98
bl0ndie98

Oh ok, to be fair, I didn't know about doctor who before and the only reason I knew it was a continuation of an old show was because my dad told me. I remember seeing the next time trailer for 'dalek' and my dad saying 'ohhhhhhh they're back' and I was confused because it was just a whisk and a plunger. Haha sorry I'm rambling now.

Harry007
Harry007

@bl0ndie98 @Harry007 I was without the internet back in 2005 and I wasn't reading anything else apart from watching the show so I had no idea. I never heard mention that Chris was the 9th during that first series.