Doctor Who News Could The Hobbit's Peter Jackson direct a Doctor Who film?

Published on September 20th, 2012 | by Andrew Reynolds

Lights! Camera! Jackson?

Could The Lord of the Rings Oscar winning director Peter Jackson helm a future Doctor Who movie?

Could The Hobbit's Peter Jackson direct a Doctor Who film?Just imagine it; the various creative bods of Weta handcrafting the various worlds and time periods the Doctor travels to, the head- spinning camera moves, the state of the art special effects – it’s a tempting geek-overload of the perfect choice for the right project.

Although there’s nothing to suggest that this will ever come to pass (Everyone: “You shall not pass!”) Jackson, responding to comments made by Matt Smith in Waikato Times (via Stuff.NZ) that he’d love to take the Eleventh Doctor to the picturesque island of New Zealand – with Jackson helming an episode –commented:

I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!

While he’s not the first Oscar winning director to declare their love for the show – Steven Spielberg commented that the world would indeed be a ‘poorer place’ without the Doctor – Jackson, who hired the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy to play Radagast in The Hobbit Trilogy, is the first to openly offer his services in the name of the Doctor.

And what do Oscar winning film directors do best? Make Oscar winning films!

Stars; start aligning please!


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

5 Responses to Lights! Camera! Jackson?

  1. avatar STLShawn says:

    Ahhh to dream. For even an episode, just a three minute charity special, maybe a Peter Jackson directed episode of confidential,,,,,, such a lovely dream.

    Although if i were at the BBC, i’d be sending someone to NZ now. Not tomorrow, NOW!

  2. avatar daniel says:

    Peter Jackson has a tenous link to Doctor Who already. Back in the late eighties he worked on Jon Pertwee’s Worzel Gummidge Down Under…making models. In fact, its where he met his now wife and writing partner Fran Walsh.

  3. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    That is all very good but the question I keep asking myself is this: Why have we not seen Graeme Harper direct any Doctor Who episodes since The Waters Of Mars? Has Steven Moffat got something against probably Doctor Who’s geatest director. Was Moffat not impressed (like the rest of us) with Harpers work on the brief Moffat-penned Time Crash? Is it simply scheduling conflicts? Whatever the reason is, I’d love to see Harper direct some episodes of our incumbant Doctor, Mr Smith! And i can’t think of a more deserving or perfect choice to direct whatever Mr Moffat has planned for the 50th anniversary.

  4. avatar Drew says:

    I’m surprised this hasnt come up before–Mr. Jackson has the Seventh Doctor’s costume in his closet, after all. Re: Franco’s post: I was also wondering the same thing about Graeme Harper. He was the premiere DW director of RTD’s time (and years before!), and hasn’t been seen since. He’s directed some of the best DW episodes ever–why hasn’t he been involved at all the last few years? Hopefully, they’ll have him back for “The Six Doctors”! :)

  5. avatar stlshawn says:

    Franco; just a casual glance of IMDB seems to indicate that Graeme Harper has been up to his ears in directing Coronation Street and lots of other stuff, but like you, i would like to see him return to Who.

    But Jackson would be fantastic, not only for the notoriety, but for the purely unique perspective he gives his movies. No matter the issues i had with “king kong”, i found the acting to be wonderfully directed. In a perfect world, i would love to see him do a “one off” McGann episode set before the time war (materialization in middle earth perhaps, for some R&R).

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