Peter Jackson “will probably” direct Doctor Who Season 9 finale in 2015

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter months of speculation, Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat has finally confirmed that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson “will probably” be involved in the show, schedules permitting. The director is reportedly set to direct the two-part season finale of the ninth series of the hit sci-fi show in 2015.

Peter Jackson has always been a fan of Doctor Who and has dreamed about taking over the controls of the TARDIS for some time. He even appeared in the spoof comedy The Five Doctors Reboot (ish) along with Gandalf the Grey himself, Sir Ian McKellen, for the show’s 50th anniversary.

Moffat confirmed he’d been in talks with the New Zealander when speaking to sci-fi magazine SFX:

“He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time, and it would have to be when he’s available – and I don’t think he’s even been available enough to answer our emails of late! I think it will probably happen at some point. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes – he owns New Zealand! I think he’s sincere in his Doctor Who fandom, to say the least. He’s a nice guy, he quite often drops me a line after a show goes out. He’s into it – it’s just, “Can you make it work?’ I think he would also like us to go and make it in New Zealand! And I’m like ‘Okaaay… I’d rather we just flew you to Cardiff!'”

Jackson has already declared that he would love to direct an episode of the series, stating that: “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.”

The eighth series of Doctor Who will air on BBC One on Saturday 23 August.

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Sources: SFX | The Time Warriors | Wales Online

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