Doctor Who show runner/head writer Steven Moffat has spoken personally to Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, and says that Jackson—a longtime fan of the program—is willing to do an episode. Moffat told the Radio Times, “I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one”.
The idea started after Jackson cast former Doctor Who star Sylvester McCoy in the Hobbit films, and told journalists he’d be happy to direct an episode of the long-running BBC show. He also says he’d enjoy the challenge of directing on a TV budget, after being spoiled by the massive budgets he usually gets for his movies. Jackson says, “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.”
In an interview with SFX Magazine, Moffat said of Jackson, “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.”
While Jackson is game to do the job, the timing will be hard. He has a lot on his hands just now and it will be six months before the last of the Hobbit franchise is released. “He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit”, Moffat says. “He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time, and it would have to be when he’s available , and I don’t think he’s even been available enough to answer our emails of late! I think it will probably happen at some point.”
Jackson told Entertainment Weekly he would waive his salary for the project, and instead accept his own new Golden Dalek, to go with the two classic series Daleks he owns already. Jackson commented, “They don’t even have to pay me. But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one.”
Moffat adds, “I think he would also like us to go and make it in New Zealand! And I’m like ‘OK… I’d rather we just flew you to Cardiff!”