'Doctor Who' Showrunner: Peter Jackson Will 'Probably' Direct a Future Episode
Steven Moffat confirms that he's discussed the possibility with the director and that bringing him on board is a matter of finding the time after he's finished with the final installment of "The Hobbit."
LONDON – The prospect of Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who is looking more likely, according to the BBC sci-fi series' executive producer Steven Moffat.
In an interview with SFX, Moffat confirmed that he had discussed the possibility with Jackson and that the only real issue was finding time in the director's schedule.
"I think it will happen at some point," he said. "He's still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I've spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes — he owns New Zealand!"
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Moffat also added that Jackson had accepted that there was "no money" in it. "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?' "
There has been talk of Jackson — a well-known and die-hard Doctor Who fan — helming an episode of the BBC's long-running sci-fi favorite for some time. Last year, Moffat said that Jackson would be willing to take one of Doctor Who's arch-nemeses as payment.
"We give him a Dalek and then he'll direct an episode," he said. "That's what he wants."
Jackson, who already owns two Daleks, later added that he had suggested a plot set in New Zealand involving the national rugby team, the All Blacks.
"Something to do with the All Blacks versus the Daleks," he told Entertainment Weekly.
"There's a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win!"
The only known projects on Peter Jackson's current slate after the release of the third and final installment in The Hobbit trilogy this December is as producer on the two upcoming Tintin films, starting with The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun, due for release in 2016.