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:
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.
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.”
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