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Peter Jackson says Doctor Who collaboration ‘pretty serious’

- December 11th, 2013

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Peter Jackson may have just finished filming the Hobbit trilogy, but he already has his sights on directing another beloved series: Doctor Who.

Jackson told Digital Spy that the speculative rumours were pretty close to the truth, adding that talks between him and the BBC were getting “pretty serious.”

Even better, Jackson would like to see the British series take a bit of a trip into faraway lands that weren’t the byproduct of CGI. Specifically, the director would love to shoot an episode in his native country, and the home of the Lord of the Rings, New Zealand.

“”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,” Jackson said.

The foray into television would be a first for the fantasy guru, but Jackson admitted it was a medium he was intrigued by.

“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.”

It also makes perfect sense that the first television show he tries his hand at would be Doctor Who. Jackson hasn’t tried to hide his adamant love for the program that just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in November.

Jackson was a cast member in the spoof comedy The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot which aired directly after the anniversary special the Day of the Doctor on November 23.

If the rumours do turn out to be true, it would be the first time that Steven Moffat, the man crowned as the reviver of the Doctor Who franchise, and Jackson worked together. Moffat was originally supposed to pen a script for Jackson and Steven Spielberg centering on the Adventures of Tintin, but due to the writers’ strike of 2006, could not.

Perhaps after he directs an episode of Doctor Who, he and Moffat could team up for an episode of Sherlock, Moffat’s other BBC show. Wouldn’t that be grand?

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