Doctor Who is one of the biggest television shows in the world, but is the Doctor great enough to attract one of the world’s most talented directors, Peter Jackson, better known as the Oscar-winning filmmaker of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies? Apparently so, according to Doctor Who showrunner, Steven Moffat, who says that the epic BBC sci-fi series is getting closer to making Jackson directing an episode become a reality.
“I think it will happen at some point,” Mfofat said in an interview with SFX, citing Jackson’s hectic film schedule as the reason why the collaboration has not happened sooner. “He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes – he owns New Zealand!”
Jackson is an avid Doctor Who fan, and there have been numerous rumors about him directing an episode of the long-running series for years.
“He’s a nice guy, he quite often drops me a line after a show goes out,” Mofat said about Jackson. “He’s into it – it’s just ‘Can you make it work?’”
Although Moffat says that Jackson understands that this would not be a big pay day for him and is not expecting a lot of money to direct the episode, the Lord of the Rings director does have one non-negotiable request.
“We give him a Dalek and then he’ll direct an episode,” he said. “That’s what he wants.”
Additionally, Jackson has already pitched the storyline for his episode, and not shockingly at all, it involves New Zealand. Jackson wants to see the Doctor interact with the national rugby team, the All Blacks.
“Something to do with the All Blacks versus the Daleks,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win!”
It truly seems that Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who could very likely happen. The only commitment that the producer has after completing The Hobbit trilogy, which will wrap up with its third and final movie this December, is producing the next two Adventures of Tintin films. Surely, Jackson could find some time to hop in the TARDIS once he’s out of Middle Earth.
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