Nothing in their statements really contradict anything David Yates was saying, not really, but it seems like certain parties at the BBC are keen to underplay all this talk of a Doctor Who movie. Why? I suppose they fear that it will dent the appeal of the TV show.
First of all, BBC Exec Edward Russell tweeted:
And then Doctor Who Magazine tweeted:
So. An Exec in charge of managing the company’s brands and a PR-spinning official publication are quick to throw water – no surprises there, and when the time comes, they’ll be the ones fanning the flames the hardest. The substance of their tweets don’t really change anything: David Yates talked about the film being in development and needing some years to come to fruition; these comments are just another slice of that, from a more downbeat angle.
Next, BBC America were a lot more specific:
Okay, Yates already said there was no script, so that’s taken care of, and we know that nobody could cast a film three years out from production without a screenplay, but no production crew? I guess that means Yates hasn’t actually signed anything.
And that they’re not counting Jane Tranter.
Over on the BBC’s website, the news was reported just as you’d expect. Here’s how their story begins:
Dr Who is to be taken to the big screen by Harry Potter director David Yates.
Let’s see if that gets updated. I expect it won’t.