Via a digital daisy-chain of interviews and sound bytes, it has come to light that Hobbit director Peter Jackson may just fancy a spin in the TARDIS. The world has learned once again that some deals are struck in dark, secluded rooms by shadowy men with long beards, and that some deals are forged in the white-hot fires of the interwebs, in full view of the general public.
While being interviewed by New Zealand newspaper, the Waikato Times, Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith told of his wish to film an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand, and to have that episode be directed by Peter Jackson.
“Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there. I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,” Smith confided in the newspaper. “There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in, it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.”
The newspaper then contacted Jackson, asking if he would be interested in guiding The Doctor and friends through one of their many adventures in time and space. Jackson replied,
“I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”
WETA (Jackson’s effects company) were also involved in the design and build of Paul McGann’s sonic screwdriver (featured as part of the Eighth Doctor’s new costume for Big Finish full-cast audio adventures) which was presented to him while appearing at a New Zealand convention.
So there you have it. The mind literally boggles at the possibilities. Looking at random Doctor Who news and connecting the dots, there is a new Neil Gaiman script in the works for Doctor Who, so could we possibly see a 50th Anniversary special penned by Gaiman and directed by Jackson? Surely Steven Moffat would want to lay claim to writing that particular episode, but Gaiman/Jackson would certainly be a memorable and marketable one-two punch for the series! The addition of Peter Jackson’s rabid fans to the mix of existing Doctor Who and Neil Gaiman fans could propel our favorite time-travel show into levels of popularity we cannot even imagine!
Please comment below and let us know what your dream Peter Jackson episode of Doctor Who would include!