Director David Yates, whose Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 has been called the best in the series, is planning to helm a big screen version of the popular British sci-fi TV series Dr. Who.

The film is being produced by the BBC, who hope to turn this intergalactic alien Time Lord into a worldwide theatrical franchise. About the project, David Yates stated the following.

"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. The notion of the time-traveling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time."

The original series aired from 1963 to 1989, and was then rebooted in 2005, and continues to air in the states on BBC America. It is one of the BBC's most lucrative properties.

Both American and British screenplay writers are being sought to properly adapt Dr. Who for the big screen.