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It’s been said before that Peter Jackson wanted to direct an episode of Doctor Who, and now it looks like the theories are becoming a reality.

It seems that current show runner Steven Moffat’s latest Q&A at the AdLib comedy event in Edinburgh is a news goldmine for Doctor Who fans.

In that one session he’s hinted at J.K. Rowling’s involvement with the 50th anniversary special short stories and now he’s told us that Peter Jackson is “serious” about directing an episode of Doctor Who.

Not only may Peter Jackson direct an episode, but it’s possible the episode will feature one of our favorite villains: The Daleks!

Moffat hinted at Jackson’s involvement when asked if there were any chances of it happening. He said, “He’s serious about it. We talked at The Hobbit premiere – he just wants a Dalek. So we’ll give him a Dalek and he’ll direct an episode. I think he’d like to us to go to New Zealand. I think it’s entirely possible.”

It’s no secret that Jackson is a fan of Daleks. He’s previously joked he’d even direct the episode for free if they gave him a golden Dalek in return, and now it looks like he’s one step closer to getting the golden Dalek of his dreams.

Now, whether Moffat is literally giving the Dalek as a gift to Jackson for directing the episode or if he wants him to direct a Dalek-themed episode of Doctor Who we’re not sure.

Details are sparse but with the recent news of Neil Cross, a New Zealand native, penning another episode of Doctor Who for season 8 it’s entirely plausible that Cross may be working with Jackson on the same episode, and the possibilities of the episode taking place in New Zealand are great.

We’re incredibly excited to see what Jackson comes up with and when his episode will air if this idea gets off the ground. We hope Moffat was referring to the upcoming season 8, and seeing as they haven’t filmed the Christmas special yet this gives Jackson plenty of time to prepare.

It should be interesting to see how Jackson will work his Doctor Who involvement into his schedule, seeing as he’s still working on The Hobbit.

Are you excited for Peter Jackson’s involvement?

Thanks to Blogtor Who, who was at the event.

  • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

    Knowing Peter Jackson his 1 episode will turn into 5, each 2 hours long. Jackson aside, I think it will be spectacular to have them film an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand!

    • ElfMaidenArcherofRivendell

      I disagree. The BBC would never let anyone change the 45 min. time limit for each episode. I hate how everybody has to think that all of PJ’s stuff has to be 3 hours+…
      Also, I hate how he’s only linked to just Middle-earth stuff. He’s produced tons of other sic-fi/adventure films, and have you seen his old stuff? I can totally see him doing DW!

      • http://www.youtube.com/mapthestars Mapthestars

        1) I wasn’t saying I don’t want him to do a Doctor Who episode. I think he’d be great.

        2) I made no reference to him only having done middle earth films, it was you who added that to my comment, ElfMaidenArcherofRivendell.

        3) The “5 episode, each 2 hours” comment was done as a joke because, lets face it, it is the first thing people think of when they hear Peter Jackson. I honestly don’t think he would go beyond 90 mins for Doctor Who (meaning he does a 2 part episode).

        4) There has also been the occasional extensions on the 45 min time limit for Doctor Who. Some, yes, are special occasions (Christmas, the 50th, or “The Eleventh Hour”) but others, like “The Vampires of Venice” were in the middle of the series. There are also other BBC series that have been allowed run times of 60 mins (i.e. Luther), and even examples with 90 (Sherlock). Frankly, I think if Moffat made a case for a particular episode to run longer then the expected 45mins, the BBC would make accommodations for it.

  • Carolyn Heine

    I’m both excited and “meh” about this. I don’t want another Dalek episode, but I want Peter Jackson to direct something! I can’t decide whether to cheer or pout.

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    • Sara

      I think the Internet would explode.

  • Sophiesquirels

    When two fandoms collide, will be interesting to see what he does.

  • Amir

    I’M HYPED. People say they get tired of Daleks but how can you? Remember Oswin (Clara) wiped the doctor from the dalek database? I’d LOVE to see a new dalek episode were they still don’t know who the doctor is. I’d love to watch them grow a hatred for him all over again. But from the looks of the 50th (I’m just specualting) it seems they’re gonna ignore the asylum of the daleks. -_- but I could be wrong. My problem with if they did ignore it would be that it was SUCH A BALLSY move that ignoring it would be a total cop out.

    • Amir

      By asylum of the daleks I mean the whole database wiping thing.

    • CliveRogan

      I don’t understand how that worked though. The Daleks aren’t robots. They’re beings with minds so how could they all instantly forget?

      • http://twitter.com/JonHike jghike

        They have a hive mind, meaning their minds are all connected. Also, it’s like a psychic web that’s only accessible to Daleks. Oswin hacked into the mind and deleted all mention of the Doctor.

    • Carolyn Heine

      Well, I think the 50th anniversary has Daleks in it, and so that’s why I would rather wait until season 9 (!) for another Dalek episode. I would love to see Peter Jackson work with Neil Gaiman’s writing (if he’s penning an episode for season 8).

  • Sjls

    Oh PLEASE bring it here…..and let us know when you’re shooting so I can make my move in the Companion stakes!!

  • Azeem

    He should pen an episode and direct it! Cannot wait! PJ ROCKS!

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    Awesome news! Sick to death of Daleks though, I don’t even think PJ can make them interesting again.

  • tiney

    Yes! I hope he goes to NZ – and while he’s down this way he could could shoot an ep or two in Aussie.

  • Jack Machiela

    Looking forward to short Daleks with hairy feet!

  • CliveRogan

    “Not only will Peter Jackson direct an episode of Doctor Who, but it’s possible the episode will feature one of our favorite villains: The Daleks!”

    Well it’s only like a 1 in 6 chance for an episode be about them so it wouldn’t be suprising.

  • http://ravenclaw1991.tumblr.com/ ravenclaw1991

    Cool! :) I really hope he does. I can see it now.. The Doctor accidentally goes into another universe and ends up in Middle Earth… Kidding, obviously. Though, it would be kind of interesting.

  • http://www.doctorwho-fansite.blogspot.com/ James Grayh

    Did you really just say Neil Cross & Peter Jackson may be working together… because they’re both New Zealanders…??


    • Firebird

      Well obviously everyone in New Zealand knows everyone else ;-)

      • http://www.doctorwho-fansite.blogspot.com/ James Grayh

        This fact had passed me by, but it must be true. ;)

  • firebird

    Meh. As for New Zealand, an episode might be theoretically based there but not FILMED there. They avoid filming in London to keep costs down. What has New Zealand got that they can’t recreate perfectly well in Wales? And isn’t it slightly insulting to imply that Neil Cross couldn’t write an episode based on an alien planet?

  • A.P.W.B.Dumbledore

    Just one word: EPIC… Combining the amazing show Doctor Who with the directing and writing genius of Peter Jackson would be incredible!

  • http://shanadebusschere.tumblr.com/ Shana Debusschere

    “he just wants a Dalek, so we’ll give him a Dalek”

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