Doctor Who News Could Peter Jackson be directing Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special?

Published on December 20th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Peter Jackson for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary?

All Doctor Who fans should already know that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is one of us. Among his Whovian credentials is casting Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown in the latest trilogy of movies set in Middle Earth.

Could Peter Jackson be directing Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special?

McCoy also screen tested for Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, a part that eventually went to Ian Holm. Tom Baker was also considered for the part of Gandalf, but turned it down because of the long months away from home. So it should come as no surprise that following Steven Moffat’s work with Jackson on The Adventures of Tintin (Peter Jackson was a producer on the Steven Spielberg-directed movie) that the two might plan to work again some time – especially with all of the recent rumours.

Quizzed by the Evening Standard at the BBC preview screening of The Snowmen, Peter Jackson was asked if there would be a future collaboration in the works.

“Well, you never know, we may well do…”

Now, you don’t just bring in Oscar-winning directors of international blockbusters for a Doctor Who episode set on a council estate terrorised by Blue Meanies, do you? If someone of Jackson’s stature is going to come anywhere near Doctor Who, it’s surely got to be for a big event episode, right?

Such as, for instance, a 50th anniversary…

The shooting schedule for The Hobbit trilogy takes a break in early 2013 to allow Martin Freeman to return to the UK and record Sherlock. Could Peter Jackson be following his star back to Britain to start work on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which is believed to go before cameras at around the same time?

It’s intriguing, isn’t it – but we won’t know for sure until next year.


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to Peter Jackson for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary?

  1. avatar kopicbloodaxe says:

    Damn you, Kasterborous! I knew PJ was a Doctor Who fan but I never even considered the possibility that we would be lucky enough to have him direct an episode, let alone the 50th Anniversary Special. Now you’ve got my fan sense tingling with the faint hope that it might just happen… :-)

    It would have been awesome to see Tom Baker as Gandalf, as well, but unfortunately I think his somewhat ‘stout’ build might have precluded him from that. Sadly. Just once though, I’d like to hear him cry “Fly! You fools!” Maybe Big Finish could work that into one of their audios? :-D


  2. avatar James says:

    The special needs to be a genuine special, 90 minutes not the usual miserable 43 minutes or Christmas hour. To paint the bigger canvas for such a 50 year milestone, it needs at least 90 minutes.

  3. avatar Shadowfather says:

    As much as I appreciate the dedicated (more like rabid) enthusiasm of people, a “break” from filming a theatrical movie is usually 2 months. If people want a full, 13 episodes for the anniversary, that needs 9 months…

    So, no.

    • Sorry, Shadowfather, not sure what you’re talking about. This article is talking about a special episode. You’re talking about a full series? Of 13 episodes? With one director?

  4. Considering PJ’s got two more huge Hobbits that have to be released in the tiny window of the next year and a half, and extended cuts for all three released in between and after, I fear he might have a bit too much on his plate right now, even if it is the 50th. :( Here’s hoping he’ll make us a nice serving of Who after though!

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