Peter Jackson still holding out for Doctor Who

untitledYesterday director Peter Jackson confirmed that he still has every hope of directing Doctor Who and that ‘kind of serious’ discussions were taking place.

During a press junket for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the director went on to say:

“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.”

Known for his painstaking perfectionism, Jackson is a well-established Whovian having made an appearance in the 50th Anniversary Spoof ‘The Five(ish) Doctors reboot’. The director is also known to exploit his home country of New Zealand when it comes to shooting locations. So could the TARDIS be materialising in this stunning country any time soon?

images 3“I did suggest that they did a New Zealand story – something to do with the [rugby union] All Blacks versus the Daleks. There’s a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win!”

Former executive producer Caroline Skinner was reported as saying back in September 2012 that she would “love to bring Doctor Who down under” but stated this would not be possible until after the 50th anniversary.

Recently Doctor Who has attracted its fair share of silver screen talent. Most notably ‘The Boat that Rocked’ (2009) writer Richard Curtis who provided the script for series 5 episode ‘Vincent and the Doctor’. While nothing is confirmed it not unlikely the Doctor could be visiting New Zealand in the near future. It was back in 1979 that the Doctor Who production team left British soil for the first time to shoot on location in Paris for the very originally titled episode, City of Death. Since the show’s revival in 2005 the series has been shot on location in Rome for the Fires of Pompeii, New York for The Daleks Take Manhattan, Utah for The Impossible Astronaut and Croatia for the Vampires of Venice.

One thing is for certain, if Peter Jackson does direct an episode of Doctor Who, then the BBC is going to need a budget the size of the TARDIS.

Peter Jackson’s latest instalment of The Hobbit series, The Desolation of Smaug, is in cinemas this Friday.

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