Steven Moffat Wants to Do a Doctor Who/Sherlock Crossover, But No Plans for a Doctor Who Movie

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 - 10:09AM
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Tuesday, 07 April 2015 - 10:09AM
Steven Moffat Wants to Do a Doctor Who/Sherlock Crossover, But No Plans for a Doctor Who Movie
Attention WhoLock fans! Steven Moffat, who has the distinction of being showrunner for not one, but two extremely nerdy BBC shows, really wants to do a crossover between Doctor Who and Sherlock. His co-producers and stars may be against the idea, but Moffat recently stated, "If people want it, we should give it to them."

"My instinct-and this is probably from years of doing Doctor Who-is I'm just such a tart," Moffat said in an interview with EW. "If people want it, we should give it to them. But I got persuaded by [Sherlock co-producer] Mark [Gatiss], Benedict [Cumberbatch], [Sherlock co-producer] Sue [Vertue] and Martin [Freeman] who said, 'Look, it will never be as good as [fans] think it's going to be.' And then I say, 'Yes but we'll just bang it out and make it as good.' Yeah, but you can't give everybody everything they want all the time. But I'm in the camp of giving them everything they want! But I think they're sane and right, and I'm just a tart."

Steven Moffat Says Doctor Who Could Crossover with Sherlock, Will Likely Never Become a Movie

Now we just need Supernatural, am I right?



Although it seems rather unlikely that it will happen when there are several voices against Moffat's, he is showrunner, and his tone seemed a little bit coy, so I don't think we can rule out the possibility quite yet. 

And the co-producers and stars might very well be right that a WhoLock crossover could never live up to fan expectations, but if we could get an interaction like this one, it would all be worth it:

Steven Moffat Says Doctor Who Could Crossover with Sherlock, Will Likely Never Become a Movie

[Credit: Deviant Art - sweetlynumb63]



In regards to a Doctor Who movie, Moffat was much more flatly discouraging. According to Moffat, the film would need to be entirely separate from the publicly funded television show, which presents a whole host of logistical problems:

"No one has ever squared the circle on that. How do we do this? How do we do it without leaching from the television series, which we're not allowed to do because Doctor Who is public funded? If it's going to be a different Doctor are we going to try and sell two Doctors at the same time? I know there's been loads of Doctors but there's only been one at a time. You don't have a James Bond on TV and one in the cinema. If he's the same guy, then when are we going to make that?"

There have been Doctor Who films before, although true to Moffat's word, they diverged greatly from the television show on which they were based. It seems that, if they were to make a movie, it would either be relatively pointless, as it would have little connection to the show, or it would need to happen after the TV show is over.
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