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Doctor Who team 'refuse BBC plea for big-budget film'

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THE team behind Doctor Who is fighting plans by BBC boss Danny Cohen to turn the global hit series into a Hollywood blockbuster, leaked Sony emails have revealed.

The director of television wants the long-running sci-fi series, which stars Peter Capaldi and is screened in 50 countries, to be turned into a movie to capitalise on its worldwide success.

But the emails show Doctor Who's creative team are reluctant to rush into making a film that could flop and tarnish its reputation, despite pressure from Sony and BBC WorldWide (BBCWW), the corporation's commercial arm.

The messages between Andrea Wong, president of international production for Sony, and its chief executive Michael Lynton were among 173,000 hacked by North Korea after the firm made The Interview, a comedy about the state.

Miss Wong wrote: 'He (Cohen) said that while there has been tremendous Interest (and pressure from BBCWW) to do a Doctor Who film, the show runners feel very clear that they don't want to do one at this moment.'

She said the team was planning their next eight years and, according to Cohen, 'a film will be part of that timeline'.

She also warns Lynton off meeting the Doctor Who team, saying 'it might hurt our cause', adding that the creative team 'are very hot under the collar that their position Is not being listened to'.

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