Monday, November 14, 2011

Not canon? Not interested. (An open letter to Mr. Yates, would-be director of a new Doctor Who feature film.)

Yates to direct bigscreen 'Doctor Who' - Entertainment News, Top News, Media - Variety
"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.
Dear Mr. Yates,

Sorry to to say it mate, but you're getting off on the wrong foot. I'm not one of those basement-bound internet trolls, obsessively and mercilessly attacking anyone who tries to do anything. But ...

I'm tempted to go on at length, but I'll keep it simple and brief:

  1. Continuity matters. Not canon? Not interested.
  2. The Cushing movies are an object lesson in how to fail at this. Take note.
  3. Look around at what others are saying. I'm seeing virtual unanimity on this. If you aren't listening, I'm trusting financiers are. Break from the established continuity and fans will ignore it. 
You can fill in a gap. By bringing back Paul McGann, for example. I suspect you could make the story about an unspecified future incarnation of the Doctor. You could use Matt Smith. There are lots of ways to do this (and make it your own vision) without divorcing it from the current production. 
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