Watch Doctor Who Visit Peter Jackson; Will He Direct an Episode?
Season 9 of BBC's Doctor Who comes to a close this weekend with the season finale Hell Bent, airing Saturday, December 5, followed by the annual Christmas Special on December 25. It isn't known when production will begin on Season 10, but it seems likely that the beloved series may have enticed a big-budget filmmaker to come on and direct an episode. Over the weekend, Peter Jackson posted a video on his YouTube and Facebook pages, which reveals that he has been asked to direct an episode of Doctor Who, presumably for the show's upcoming Season 10.
The video features Peter Jackson polishing his numerous Oscar statuettes, when his daughter Katie informs him that Doctor Who head writer Steven Moffat has emailed him, asking the filmmaker to direct an episode of the hit series. While the director pokes fun at the writer-producer pulling double-duty on both Doctor Who and Sherlock, Katie informs him that Steven Moffat wants the filmmaker to come to Cardiff, and shoot the episode in 12 days, as opposed to the six months he's normally given on one of his movies. While commenting on just how "pale" Steven Moffat has become, the Time Lord himself, Peter Capaldi, arrives in character.
The Doctor gives Peter Jackson an envelope from Steven Moffat, which presumably contains a contract to direct Doctor Who. The filmmaker must sign it so the Time Lord can return it to Steven Moffat. The director ponders what to do with this contract, when suddenly one of the Dalek's appears and chases the Doctor away. While the director himself doesn't specifically state that he will direct an upcoming episode, he added on both YouTube and Facebook that, "This was an interesting weekend..." In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Steven Moffat himself revealed that he wants to bring Peter Jackson on board.
"He's mentioned it, and then we e-mail him and he doesn't reply! I think his plan is we'll go to New Zealand and spend six months making it, and our plan is he comes to Cardiff and makes it in 12 days, so there's that disparity! He's a genuine big old Doctor Who fan, I think his schedule is difficult. I don't know - maybe [it'll happen]. But I'm not quite sure what a movie director who can do anything he likes gets out of our budget and our schedule, because the skillset required is pretending you're Peter Jackson, without a budget."
If the filmmaker does in fact come on board, it will mark his first foray into episodic television in his 30 year career. The director hasn't announced what he will be tackling next, after The Hobbit trilogy came to an end last year with The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. Would you like to see the director move away from Middle Earth and direct an episode of Doctor Who? Let us know what you think after checking out the video below.