With the end of ‘Deathly Hallows,’ ‘Harry Potter’ fans looking for another grand British adventure may get their fix in ‘Doctor Who.’ Variety reports that David Yates — the director behind four of the ‘Potter’ movie adaptations, including both parts of ‘The Deathly Hallows’ — is looking to develop a big-screen version of the time-traveling Doctor.

If you don’t have three hours to kill reading one of Wikipedia’s largest pages, consider this the CliffsNotes version: ‘Doctor Who’ is the longest-running, most successful sci-fi show in history, and a touchstone of British pop culture. The Doctor is a universe-exploring alien who travels through the cosmos in his TARDIS, a time machine shaped like a police box. He is usually accompanied by a spunky female companion and his greatest enemy is the Daleks, a race of cybernetic aliens housed in roaming personalized tanks. Doctor Who also has the ability to regenerate his body when close to death, which is a handy way of explaining away the eleven actors who have portrayed the part since 1963. The show currently airs on BBC One in the UK and stateside on BBC America, with star Matthew Smith.

Now that you’re all caught up, you’ll be happy to know that this planned movie version will be a completely new version not connected to the TV show’s long mythology. Yates explains that you “have to put that aside and start from scratch.” ‘Doctor Who’ was adapted for movies twice before in the 1960s with Peter Cushing (and some liberal changes to the mythos), but the BBC has struggled to get a cinematic version off its feet for years.

Yates is currently working with BBC Worldwide on finding a screenwriter, hinting that ‘Harry Potter’ scripter Steve Kloves might get the job: “We want a British sensibility, but having said that, Steve Kloves wrote the Potter films and captured that British sensibility perfectly.”

If ‘Doctor Who’ turns into a full-blown ‘Potter’ reunion behind-the-scenes, expect the “Daniel Radcliffe as the Doctor!” fan-campaign to start up pretty soon (if it hasn’t already).

This also gives us an excuse to post the theme song, which we’ll gladly take.


[Photo courtesy of BBC America]



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