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Peter Jackson’s Next Stop: ‘Doctor Who’?

‘Hobbit’ director says he’d be interested in doing BBC series


“Doctor Who” is no stranger to pulling in some big names to write, but how about a big name to direct? Like one Peter Jackson?

Fans are starting to organize a bit to try and convince Jackson, who is busy at work on his Lord of the Rings followup trilogy “The Hobbit” to stop by Wales and film a little “Doctor Who.” And if he’s not willing to travel, then it seems “Doctor Who” might be interested in packing up the Tardis and heading to New Zealand.

“I’m a huge ‘Doctor Who’ fan, and I think Matt [Smith]’s fantastic,” Jackson recently told reporters. “Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there.”

Jackson made the comments after learning of Smith’s interest in including the popular director in some way, even traveling to New Zealand.

“I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film ‘Doctor Who,'” Smith said.

But how real is all this? Apparently real enough that “Luther” creator Neil Cross said he would love it if the episode he’s writing for “Doctor Who’s” second half of the season could be directed by Jackson. And he even approached executive producer Caroline Skinner to help make it happen.

“It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show, and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it,” Skinner recently told the Waikato Times. “I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him, but you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic, of course.”

It’s not unusual for film directors to be interested in directing television as well. J.J. Abrams has gone back and forth between television and movies, as has Bryan Singer, McG and even Michael Rymer. Joss Whedon is probably the more recent to jump back and forth between the large and small screen, so Jackson would have great company if he were to make such a move.

Jackson is not a complete stranger to television. He directed a television movie “Forgotten Silver” in 1995 that also featured Leonard Maltin, Sam Neill and Harvey Weinstein.

“Doctor Who” returns on Christmas.

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