3 former Doctors push for Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Who

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Apr 15, 2013, 12:54 PM EDT (Updated)

Will Peter Jackson finally get to direct an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand? And if so, could it be anything other than EPIC?

It’s no secret Peter Jackson has expressed a desire to direct an episode of Doctor Who, and as recently as about three weeks back.

And now three former Time Lords have basically thrown their support to the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit screenwriter and director.

The campaign, started by current Doctor Matt Smith, may have found more footing as former Sixth (Colin Baker), Seventh (Sylvester McCoy) and Eighth (Paul McGann) Doctors have expressed their excitement at hearing that Doctor Who showrunner and head writer Steven Moffat had met up with Jackson to discuss Smith’s idea.

The three former Time Lords were in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday for the Lords of Time convention at Auckland Girls Grammar School. They also all visited Peter Jackson's Weta Workshops in Wellington.

Colin Baker, who played the Sixth Doctor, said:

“I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it's inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.”

Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy, who worked with Jackson on The Hobbit as Radagast the Brown, thought the idea of having Jackson direct Doctor Who brilliant and said:

"He knows what he's doing. If he was in charge of the budget he'd most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic."
"It's really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he's got my Doctor Who costume, he's also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I'm hanging on to my own clothes because he's not getting his hands on them I can tell you."

Paul McGann, who famously played the Eighth Doctor only once, in the 1996 Doctor Who movie (but went on to play him in a boatload of audiobooks and stories), thought Jackson would produce episodes that would be considered classic or classical and added:

"I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he's above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen."

And we won't argue against that. So do you guys think Peter Jackson directing an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand is getting closer to reality? 

(Waikato Times via Pop Wrapped!)