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From The One Ring To A TARDIS: Peter Jackson to Direct Doctor Who?!

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04/14/2013 5:09 pm
From The One Ring To A TARDIS: Peter Jackson to Direct Doctor Who?!

Clare Sidoti


Staff Writer

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has made no secret of his love for Doctor Who or for his desire to direct an episode. He has even joked that “they don’t even have to pay me. I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks. They must have a spare one!”.

Now it seems like some of the Lords of Time have thrown their two cents in and backed the campaign, initiated by current Doctor, Matt Smith, and have even declared that it must be filmed in New Zealand. This Saturday (13 April), three former Doctors are in Auckland, New Zealand for the Lords of Time Convention and spoke to the Kiwi press about their hopes and dreams regarding a Who-New Zealand collaboration.

Colin Baker (the 6th enigmatic time traveller) has stated that he “could only think [Jackson] would make an epic Doctor Who story”. Though he knows his time as the Doctor has passed, he feels that an opportunity to combine Jackson and Dr Who would be too good to miss. “I would like to be cast… even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain”.

Sylvester McCoy (Doctor number 7) has previously worked with Jackson on The Hobbit trilogy (playing wizard, Radagast the Brown) and he thinks that the addition of Jackson would result in a brilliant episode. “He knows what he’s doing… It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor Who for years”.

Paul McGann (the 8th incarnation of the Doctor) imagines that Jackson would produce an episode that had a classic, old-school Doctor Who feel. “I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it… He would make the best thing we have seen.”

While in the land of the long white cloud, the three have also paid a visit to Wellington where they toured Jackson’s Weta Workshops. McCoy paid tribute to the amazing work done at Weta saying that “if [Jackson] was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic”.

Jackson has met with the show’s executive producer and head writer, Steven Moffat, to discuss the idea. However, Moffat has refused to confirm or deny Jackson’s involvement in the franchise, but said he was open to it.

Stay tuned to Popwrapped tonight for a recap of the third episode from the current series and for all the latest Doctor Who news.

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