Doctor Who News Should Peter Jackson direct an episode of Doctor Who?

Published on December 10th, 2013 | by Andrew Reynolds

Peter Jackson “Serious” About Directing Who!

Peter Jackson, the Oscar winning director of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has given the clearest indication yet that he’ll be directing a Doctor Who episode in the near future.

Speaking to Digital Spy, the director explained that discussions about his involvement are ‘actually kind of serious’ in a Ron Burgundy-esque way.

The director, who’s love for the show extends to both casting the Seventh Doctor as Radagast in The Hobbit trilogy and appearing in the hilarious Doctor Who love letter The Fiveish Doctors went on to add:

“I would be very happy to. I’d love to try my hand at television, because I’ve never had the discipline of having to shoot for those impossibly tiny schedules. I think I could do it okay now.”

Sensing the vibrations of quivering fandom joy, Jackson went on to tease that the potential episode might involve a long-haul flight to a now very Tolkienesque part of the world:

“I did suggest that they did a New Zealand story – something to do with the All Blacks versus the Daleks. There’s a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win!”

The Haka of the Daleks, anyone?

Sylvester McCoy in The Hobbit

With talent filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, A Field in England) already confirmed for Series 8 and Jackson waiting at a metaphorical terminal 8 to greet the cast of Doctor Who in my dreams, what other outstanding shooters (that’s directors, not snipers; unless they can do both, in which case, good luck on set) should be allowed to play in the Doctor’s Universe?

I nominate Guillermo Del Toro (Pacific Rim), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Shane Carruth (Primer), and Ed Wood (Plan 9 from Outer Space).

Jackson’s second Hobbit film The Desolation of Smaug is released this Friday in all good stockist i.e cinemas, which is, presumably, why he spoke to Digital Spy in the first place.


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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.

11 Responses to Peter Jackson “Serious” About Directing Who!

  1. I like all the directors suggested, though there’s an issue with one that could be rather insurmountable.

  2. avatar krumstets says:

    He could direct the Christmas special .
    Hour long episode , pull out the stops for some location filming , Ian Mckellen playing a baddie and off we go …..

  3. avatar Geoff says:

    As long as George Lucas doesn’t get his CGI loving mitts on it I’m happy!

  4. avatar Hyncharas says:

    Jackson can make as many “indications” as he likes; ultimately it’s the BBC and the showrunner that decides who does what for the series.

  5. avatar Ranger says:

    I would like to see what Clint Eastwood could make of an episode – gritty, dirty and with great music (though to be fair, we’ve got great music already)

  6. avatar Barry says:

    Alfred Hitchcock

    • avatar TonyS says:

      There might be certain logistical problems with Alfred Hitchcock directing…

      • If any show can get around those, Doctor Who can ;)

        Although a historical adventure with Hitchcock – as played by Toby Jones – would be interesting…

  7. avatar vortexter says:

    Kenneth Branagh would be a good choice.

    I predict if Jackson does direct Dr Who, it will be another 3D episode released in the cinema to maximiise profits.

  8. avatar claws-on says:

    Duncan Jones. Perhaps he could get his dad involved, too.

  9. avatar vortexter says:

    If Jackson does direct Dr Who then this would give Peter Davison an excellent opportunity to make a sequel to’The Fiveish Doctors Reboot’. Imagine Sylvester McCoy scheming to get ‘the boys’ in the show: ‘Don’t worry fella’s, I’m on the case!’

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