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Doctor Who set for big screen debut

David Yates, director of Harry Potter & The Order of the Phoenix

Story by Jack Foley

DOCTOR Who is set to make his big screen debut, according to a leading British director.

David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, told trade magazine Variety that he is currently developing a feature film version of the popular TV show with the BBC.

However, the film won’t be ready just yet as it’ll take “two to three years” to get right as the TV format will require “a radical transformation” for the big screen.

“Russell T Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch,” he said.

His comments were backed by a BBC spokesman, who said: “A Doctor Who feature film remains in development with BBC Worldwide Productions in Los Angeles.

“The project is unlikely to reach cinemas for several years and as yet there is no script, cast or production crew in place.”

Doctor Who first appeared in 1963, since when several high-profile actors have played the lead character.

However, its newfound popularity stems from the 2005 revival, which saw Christopher Eccleston take on the iconic lead role for one season, followed by David Tennant and now Matt Smith.

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