"We're looking at writers now. We're going to spend two to three years to get it right," he told Variety. "It needs quite a radical transformation to take it into the bigger arena.
"The notion of the time-travelling Time Lord is such a strong one, because you can express story and drama in any dimension or time."
The Doctor Who series ran from 1963 until 1989. After a one-off TV movie in 1996, the series was rebooted in 2005 to great reviews. It is currently in its sixth season since its return (and eleventh doctor since the series began, Matt Smith).
"[Series writers] Russell T. Davies and then Steven Moffat have done their own transformations, which were fantastic, but we have to put that aside and start from scratch," Yates said, explaining that movie will follow no canon from the show.