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Director DAVID YATES on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.' 'PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION
Director DAVID YATES on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures' fantasy "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.' 'PHOTOGRAPHS TO BE USED SOLELY FOR ADVERTISING, PROMOTION, PUBLICITY OR REVIEWS OF THIS SPECIFIC MOTION PICTURE AND TO REMAIN THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDIO. NOT FOR SALE OR REDISTRIBUTION
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A TOP movie director from St Helens has been signed up to transfer Doctor Who back to the big screen.

David Yates, best known as the director of the last four Harry Potter films, has told how he is about to start the lengthy process of bringing the Time Lord back to cinemas.

But he admitted to an American entertainment magazine that it would take “two to three years” to get it right.

The iconic, long-running sci-fi show has already spawned two films - Doctor Who And The Daleks from 1965 and Doctor Who: Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD from 1966, which starred Peter Cushing as the Time Lord.

Yates said: “We’re looking at writers now. We’re going to spend two to three years to get it right. It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.”

It is not yet clear who will play the Doctor, currently played in the BBC show by Matt Smith, but Yates suggested that the film will not involve current writer Steven Moffat.

Yates, who started out making creaky films in Taylor Park and his native Rainhill, did not rule out bringing in an American writer.