‘Doctor Who’ exec still keen to get Peter Jackson directing an ep

The makers of Doctor Who haven’t given up their hopes of persuading The Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to film an episode.

Showrunner Steven Moffat had previously revealed: “I’ve spoken to [Peter Jackson] 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… I think it will probably happen at some point.”

In a new interview with Omelete, executive producer Brian Minchin commented: “Peter Jackson should … come talk to us to direct an episode soon.”

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In a hilarious video uploaded to Peter Jackson’s Facebook profile last November, Peter Capaldi appears in character as the Doctor in Jackon’s kitchen, with a very important letter to deliver.

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Would you like to see Peter Jackson direct an episode of Doctor Who? Let us know below…

  • Dr. Moo

    I wouldn’t mind if he did one but my concern is that the story would be about two instalments longer than it needs to be.
    Seriously though, make it happen BBC.

  • scarvesandcelery

    I’d be thrilled if Peter Jackson was able to direct an episode, but I’m even more keen to see another episode directed by Rachel Talalay. For my money, she’s the best Director they’ve managed to get – her direction for “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent” was nothing short of stunning, and I suspect that, while Peter Jackson would be a bigger coup for the show, Talalay’s style and approach is a better fit for Doctor Who.

    • Daniel

      Really gutted that Talalay didn’t get a BAFTA nomination for her work on Who last year. The direction in both HS and HB was stunning. Certainly as good as anything else on last year. Unfortunately there remains a lot of snobbery in relation to sci fi and fantasy for these kinds of awards. Still, pretty sure we’ll see Peter Capaldi’s name on the nominations for the main awards which are due to be announced in the next week or so. Doesn’t make up for the major snub for both Talalay and Steven Moffat (for writing those two magnificent episodes). I guess Steven will just have to console himself with his usual Hugo award and possibly another Emmy for Sherlock.

      • Dr. Moo

        When this year’s list appears it should have Peter’s name on it, a travesty if he’s not there. Both Steven Moffat and Rachel Talalay (for Heaven Sent) should get mentioned too.
        Hopefully Steven’s impending replacement with Mr Cyberwoman will draw some attention to him.

        • daniel

          They have already released the technical nominations and unfortunately Rachel Talalay didn’t make the short list for direction. Who has been nominated for SFX though. A real pity as her direction in Heaven Sent was phenomenal. The main awards for acting, best drama, etc are going to be announced next week I think. I understand Peter just missed out last year for the short list of Best Actor BAFTA and based on how beloved and respected he is in the industry and that last year’s Who was the best reviewed since 2005, I am pretty certain he’ll be there along with Ben Whishaw and Mark Rylance who are the other ‘no brainers’ on the list. I would love him to win as I think it’s inarguable that he gave the most diverse, thrilling and accomplished performance of any actor on television last year but it will be hard to beat Mark Rylance after his Oscar win – fingers crossed though! I am also hoping that the show makes the Best Drama shortlist too which it really deserves but the competition is a bit stiffer there.
          Steven Moffat is the most successful writer and show runner in the UK and I would be pretty certain he’ll get some kind of recognition next year when he leaves to mark out the fact that he has made the show such a huge international success for the BBC and raised its artistic level. I would almost guarantee that the show will get a Best Drama nomination for series 10 based on the fact that Moffat is leaving but it is also shaping up to be the best we’ve ever had if the teasers we are getting are correct and fortunately Moffat has a lot more time to get everything right this year while everyone waits for Chibbers to produce another tedious and unwanted series of Broadchurch (that’s one silver lining of the changeover – sigh). At least we can be confident that there won’t be anything coming out of Broadchurch 3 which would threaten nominations for Who next year. Should be good for more laughs though based on last year’s hilariously bad effort!

  • Tom42

    I would like to see him direct Neil Gaiman’s next episode

  • russell

    Having PETER JACKSON direct an episode of WHO, would be a COUP. One of the greatest film-makers of fantasy- EVVVEEERRRRRRRRR- attaching himself to the show. The interest, and publicity his involvement would create, would be massive: opening new doors for the programme and widening its appeal. But beyond ticking a box for a fan, what would Peter get out of it? Here is a man of vision.Spectacle…Ingenuity. No gobbledegook storylines, or bottle shows for him. Any story to bear his name, would have to promise much. Location-scale-emotion-action. An increased budget by the BBC, would be wise-as so not to squander the opportunity. An extended episode, or tv movie, within the normal run. Surely, Peter would want some creative input into any production he helms…Plot, design, whereabouts,creatures…? Would he incorporate his own Weta Workshop into proceedings? The more you think about it, the more you realise,that any involvement by him, would only be out of an act of PURE LOVE- or charity. Bring it on, I say….If such an “event” is more likely, because of the Moff’s presence, then it looks like it will be series 10 – or bust.