Peter Jackson and “Doctor Who” — sounds like a geeky dream come true. That geeky dream is about to come true, with a funny video out over the weekend confirming the interesting collaboration.
Word of “Lord of The Rings” and “The Hobbit” director Peter Jackson wanting to helm a “Doctor Who” episode had been reported way back in 2012. At that time, though, the filmmaker still had “The Hobbit” left to direct and had no time to sit for the sci-fi TV series, which he admits he is a fan of. It seems like some movement towards the completion of that rumour had been in motion, as is made apparent in a video posted on Jackson’s own Facebook page.
Yesterday, Jackson posted a very funny almost three-minute video on his Facebook page hinting at a possibility of him directing a “Doctor Who” episode (or two, based on season nine’s tradition of churning out two-parter episodes) very soon. It’s a small skit involving his daughter and, of course, the Doctor (currently played by Peter Capaldi). Go to the video to sneak a peek at Jackson polishing all his Oscars and keeping tabs on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Silmarillion.”
In a July 2014 article by GamesRadar, the same sentiment had already been aired out. Executive producer Steven Moffat was then quoted as saying, “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…. I think it will probably happen at some point…. 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!”
Other known creative minds have expressed their desire to work on a “Doctor Who” episode. Among them is author Neil Gaiman, who is also a self-confessed Whovian. He even told Vanity Fair that he wants to write an episode while Peter Capaldi is still the Doctor.
While waiting for further news on Peter Jackson’s and Neil Gaiman’s involvement on the BBC show, fans can catch the “Doctor Who” season nine finale this December 5. A Christmas special with River Song is also airing on Christmas day.