Steven Moffat was interviewed during Comic Con by Entertainment Weekly about the rumoured Doctor Who movie being developed by David Yates.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s the word with the Doctor Who film?
STEVEN MOFFAT: There isn’t a film. That was all some weird fantasy going on somewhere. Look, we hopefully will do a Doctor Who film someday. It will be absolutely run by the Doctor Who production office in Cardiff. It will feature the same Doctor as on television. It will not be a rebooted continuity. All of that would be insane. So that whole proposal was not true, did not happen. I can say that with authority because, as far as the BBC is concerned, I’m the voice of Doctor Who. So if I say it, it’s true. The BBC own Doctor Who and, for the moment, I run it for them. So I can assure you definitively that was all nonsense — not the idea of making a film, we’d love to make a film, but the idea of a rebooted continuity, a different Doctor. That’s writing the book on how to destroy a franchise. You don’t behave like that with it. Not ever.
So is David Yates not involved?
I don’t think he was ever signed to it. I never signed him, so he’s not. But I think he’s [expressed] an interest in doing it and he’s a very fine director and I think he’d certainly be someone that would be on the list for directing such a project. I’m a big fan of his. But the project as he describes it would not happen. It was all a bit more off the cuff than it seemed to be.
So it looks like the battle between Moffatt and Yates continues with Yates continuing to say the movie is going ahead and Moffatt squashing all rumours. Either way its good publicity for Doctor Who’s new series. You can also find an EW Interview with Matt Smith here.