Steven Moffat: Foreign Doctor Who would be 'insane'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 26 February 2014
Steven Moffat

Steven Moffat

'Doctor Who' executive producer Steven Moffat says it would "insane" to remake 'Doctor Who' in other countries

Steven Moffat says it would "insane" to remake 'Doctor Who' in other countries.

The BBC sci-fi drama's executive producer believes it would be misguided to attempt to create a foreign version of the show because there can only be one Doctor.

He told BBC News: "If anyone were to ask me, I'd say it's an absolutely insane idea. You couldn't have more than one Doctor Who in the world. It would just be dreadful."

Steven, who is also the brains behind BBC's hit Sherlock Holmes adaptation 'Sherlock', admitted that he only keeps British audiences in mind when making the shows, despite them being popular around the world too.

He explained: "'Sherlock' and 'Doctor Who' are both doing rather well but they couldn't be more definitively British. They're obtusely British. They're about as British as it gets. You shouldn't be afraid of being British because that's what you're selling."

The 52-year-old TV mogul addressed rival Sherlock show 'Elementary', which airs in the US, admitting he still hasn't seen an episode.

Steven was approached by American channel CBS to remake his version of 'Sherlock' but declined.

He said: "We declined, saying we weren't ready to do that. Shortly after that, they announced they were making an updated version of Sherlock Holmes. Those are the bald facts. I can't comment on how it turned out or the people that made it because I've never seen it.

"We don't own Sherlock Holmes. We don't even own the idea of updating Sherlock Holmes. That's been done before, several times actually. So there's no action to be taken."


1. Forbes Cook27 Feb 2014, 2:32pm Report

Please tell me that the BBC or at least the British own the rights to Doctor Who

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