​Peter Jackson Shows Interest in Directing Doctor Who

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August 25, 2013

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Peter Jackson is expressing big interest in directing an episode of the BBC’s long-running time travel drama, Doctor Who. While talking about his wish to direct Timelord antics, Jackson wants to do an entire episode.

“They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one,” The Lord of the Rings director told Entertainment Weekly.

However, there has now been a development to Jackson’s aspirations: it seems that Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat has given a one-off episode the nod. During a recent interview in Edinburgh, the showrunner addressed Jackson’s request.

“He’s serious about it. We talked at The Hobbit premiere – he just wants a Dalek. So we’ll give him a Dalek and he’ll direct an episode. I think he’d like to us to go to New Zealand. I think it’s entirely possible,” he said.
 
The Hobbit director probably has his hands full at the moment with other projects. The project is a short story reportedly commissioned and organizing the transition from 11th timelord Matt Smith to his recently announced successor, Peter Capaldi.

“I can’t confirm that…, right now,” said Moffat mysteriously when quizzed about JK Rowling’s involvement in the series. That’s right, it seems that the Harry Potter author wants in on the action too.

Moffat also addressed the questions regarding whether Scottish actor Peter Capaldi would drop his accent as fellow Scotsman and 10th Doctor David Tennant did. “I’d be very surprised if he didn’t,” replied Moffat.

The prospects of an episode set in New Zealand is certainly an exciting one, but some fans wonder why Moffat isn’t already on a plane to the other side of the world with Capaldi, companion Jenna Louise Coleman and a golden dalek in tow.

British comedian Frank Skinner had said he hoped having an older Doctor would reduce any sexual chemistry between the Doc and his companion: “I hope it will stop Steven’s temptation to make it all flirty between The Doctor and the companion,” to which Steven Moffat replied “Yeah, ’cause older blokes – they just don’t ever flirt with girls, do they?”