Peter Jackson Wants to Direct ‘Doctor Who’

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As Doctor Who fans eagerly anticipate the premiere of season 7.5, and an all new companion adventuring with the Doctor, BBC has been releasing one exciting piece of information after another. Following confirmation of the season 7.5 premiere date, the network unveiled the first official poster for the upcoming run of episodes – including a tease at the enemies that will challenge the Doctor. After the poster fans were treated to new images from upcoming episodes and, finally, a full length Doctor Who season 7.5 trailer.

While official channels have provided a lot of intriguing details about the upcoming series, expect showrunner Steven Moffat to keep a few twists close to the chest – especially ahead of Doctor Who‘s high-profile 50th anniversary celebration. But what surprises await the Doctor after 2013? Maybe an episode directed by fan-favorite filmmaker Peter Jackson?

According to an interview conducted by EW (as part of a special Doctor Who issue), Jackson met Moffat over the holidays and made it clear that he was interested in directing an episode of Doctor Who – offering to do it for free (if Moffat throws in a gold-colored Dalek prop):

“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 (hint, hint).”

As the EW article suggests, Jackson has long been known to be a fan of Doctor Who, which shouldn’t come as a shock to entertainment lovers, given that his adoration for adventure stories helped him create one of the most beloved live-action fantasy series in Hollywood history – The Lord of the Rings (along with the prequel Hobbit trilogy).

Check out the image below, featuring Jackson along with a pair of used-on-the-show Dalek props, a classic Cyberman, Seventh Doctor umbrella, and Fourth Doctor scarf - all part of his personal collection:

Peter Jackson Doctor Who Fan Peter Jackson Wants to Direct Doctor Who

Certain entertainment fans still consider Doctor Who a niche sci-fi show with limited global appeal but more and more high profile filmmakers, writers, and actors are asking to be part of the growing series. Season 7.5 alone will see the return of fan-favorite writer Neil Gaiman for episode 13, “The Last Cyberman” along with a possible short story contribution from Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary celebration.

Coupled with confirmation that the 50th anniversary episode will be shot in 3D, it makes all the more sense that Peter Jackson might soon get a crack at directing a Doctor Who episode – given that the show’s production has evolved from cheesy rubber suits and budget CGI effects to near-blockbuster quality visuals and action. That said, even if fans respond with enthusiasm to the idea of a Jackson-led Who episode, Moffat still gets the final word and remained tight-lipped on the possibilities:

“You’d never get any information like that out of me! We’re theoretically on board for anything – provided we’ve got a great story.”

A Doctor Who episode directed by Peter Jackson would certainly help raise the show’s profile in certain demographics, so it’s good to see that Moffat isn’t simply jumping at the idea for the sake of marketing potential – instead claiming, as he usually does, that it would depend on finding the right story.

Doctor Who Mid Season 7 Poster Premiere Peter Jackson Wants to Direct Doctor Who

Still, given that the Doctor Who can travel nearly anywhere in time and space, why not just go right for a Lord of the Rings crossover and send the TARDIS to Middle-earth? What Doctor Who fan wouldn’t want to see the Doctor partake in a game of riddles with Gollum – over the course of three full episodes? Kidding, maybe.

Regardless, the idea of future Doctor Who stories from brilliant writers shot by fan-favorite Hollywood directors is certainly intriguing – dependent on a great story, of course. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for further updates! In the meantime, check out our Doctor Who Viewing Guide: Tips, Suggestions & Complete Episode List!


Doctor Who returns Saturday, March 30th 2013 with “The Bells of St John.”

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Doctor Who as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

Source: EW

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  1. DO IT!!! Neil Gaiman was a perfect addition to the franchise. Letʻs see what Peter Jackson has to offer.

  2. Would his episode be 3 hours long? We know he liked to be bloated

    • …And the episode itself will be offered in a limited released Collector’s edition on DVD or Blu-Ray, along with one with one (of two) book-ends representing something in the episode, six hours of making of, including costume and Big-atures. :)

    • Better that than the rushed 45 minutes we have had forced on us. I would like to see a return to the 5 episode format with the cliff hanger at the end of each episode. Also can we please stop running every where and turn the lights on so we can see more clearly

  3. They’ve mentioned in the past about filming an episode in Australia! This could be a perfect opportunity. Go to New Zealand and make the most of the beautiful landscapes! This HAS to happen! Of course it’ll be split into three parts of 3 hours each but it’ll be AMAZING!

    • Find me a Doctor Who fan that would complain about 3 3-hour episodes…

      • …and it wouldn’t be a REAL Dr. Who fan!!

  4. you know, thinking of doctor who and middle earth, it makes me want to see a jungle based episode of DW. we havent seen anything like that in the new run and i think it would be interesting to see the doctor in that environment.

  5. Wow!

    Is Jackson going to direct the Anniversary show? I wonder……

    • I actually wondered the same thing – given the 3D filming. Anthony seems to think that’s a stretch though.

  6. sure…. he will probably demand a lot of money though is he wants it really bad im sure they could hit a deal good enough for hte both of him. no offence to matt but i wish it was david he would be directing.

    also the show is getting more and more big in its audience and i can see this show even being made by americans and even have an american actor as the doctor which i wouldnt welcome but america is a better place to get into.

    • I’m American and I never want to see Doctor Who leave the UK (production team-wise). It’s a genuine British show, and that’s what makes it worth watching. The thing I like about the show is that they’ve refused Hollywood in the past so that they can keep production to themselves.

      • thats what im thinking too. but anything crazy like that can happen, money does rule the world. i think though shows that are british and then get american version most of the time fail. i think the shows that made it for you guys were the office and shameless.

    • Well Peter Jackson is neither British or American :|

      • i know… dont need to tell me.

    • If he’ll demand a lot of money, why would he say “They don’t even have to pay me”? :/

  7. why this show works is because its british. I hope it never ends up in america. look what happened to torchwood. though im one of the few that didnt mind the fourth season i do admit a drop in quality and a loss of its britishness

  8. Why a episode? What the man do a Doctor who movie!

    Regardless yes. Do it.

    • i think it would fail. i think keeping it series based is the only way to do it. a movie could be too hard unless they do something like his origins but we already know sort of how he came to be.

      maybe they could do the story before christophers doctor, he was extremely hostile and we still really dont know what happend fully in the great war. it would be hard but they would need to keep it in the series universe and thats where the problem would be.

  9. Will the doctor find himself in Middle Earth??

  10. LOTR, King Kong, The Hobbit, The Adventures Of Tintin and a muddled adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, and now Doctor Who….

    Is Peter Jackson even capable of directing anything ORIGINAL?

    • Peter Jackson has done many original films… What are you taking about? Bad Taste, Meet the Feebles, Braindead, Heavenly creatures, Forgotten silver, The Frighteners…

      • Of all the films you cite, The Frighteners was the most recent ORIGINAL story he Directed.

        Do you know how long ago that was? Seventeen years.

        If he gets his wish to direct some Doctor Who – and by the time he’s FINALLY done with Middle Earth and The Hobbits and Tintin 3 – it will be well over 2 decades.

        So, yeah…. THAT’S what I’m talking about.

  11. Absolutely not, i say this cause he could do any film he wants but he stays in his comfort zone. I have only liked his LOTR films, and the lovely bones is one of my least favorite films of all time. The man plays it safe and is afraid to leave middle earth. After the hobbit he may just do an aragorn origin story who knows

    • +100

      Exactly my point.

    • “The man plays it safe and is afraid to leave middle earth.”
      And when he tries to go out of his comfort zone and do something different (like Doctor Who), people like you bash him.

      Do you see the irony there?

  12. I love this show, but calling it Sci-Fi is a mistake. It’s not. If you try to think of it as Sci-Fi the show is crap. It’s Fantasy, the Tardis is powered by magic, and The Doctor is a wizard. It’s really the only way to overlook the horrible inconsistencies in the science.

  13. I’m just waiting for Jackson to apply his abilities to take a story and stretch it to unwatchable proportions on the Dragon Ball series… which is already padded with recycled footage and pretty much unwatchable.

  14. I love Dr. Who and I don’t want Peter Jackson to direct it.

  15. I’d love to see an episode (or better yet, a special) directed by Jackson.
    He’s a great director and Doctor Who is a great series… it would be a terrific combination.
    I really don’t get all the hate the man is getting on this thread.

  16. NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NOOOOOOOOOOOOO please Gods, for Odin’s sake don’t let this happen, he will add a weed smoking companion, and a lot of bad CGI with really stupid things, “The Hobbit” has almost nothing to do with the book, is a terrible, horrible job he has done with that story.