Flattered Who producer ready to negotiate with Peter Jackson

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Dec 17, 2012

It was already exciting enough to know that Peter Jackson wanted to direct an episode of Doctor Who, so it's thrilling to learn that the BBC and the Doctor Who bosses are ready to make that all work out!

This follows Matt Smith's earlier comment last week that:

"Let's get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there."

And the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit director saying back:

"I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there!"

(Isn't that just so bloody cool?) It could have stopped there but noooooo! Things just got even better!

Now the creator of Luthor, Neil Cross, is getting in on the amazing scheme. Cross is friends with Caro Skinner, one of Who's executive producers, and has offered to write a story that COULD be shot in New Zealand, urging her to speak to the Times.

And hooray, because she did!

Skinner told the Waikato Times:

"It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it's beyond flattering that he'd even think about it. I'm absolutely sure that we couldn't afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course."

If such a collaboration between the Who people and Peter Jackson were ever to take place, though, it would have to happen AFTER the 50th-anniversary celebrations:

"I'm with Matt [Smith]. Of course at some point we'd love to bring Doctor Who down under . . . it won't be possible until at least a year after the 50th anniversary. We are already two-thirds of the way through the shoots of series seven and although we filmed a couple of episodes abroad I can confirm for the rest of series seven we will be shooting entirely in Cardiff Bay."

The Times have pointed out that both Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Neil Cross (who's also penning an episode for the second half of season seven) are in L.A. together this weekend because of the Emmy Awards. Could dastardly plans be formulated?

"Let's see what those two very brilliant writers come up with whilst they are in LA. Rest assured that we are thinking about it. The landscapes and just the world of New Zealand is of course phenomenal and many movies are set in your beautiful country. It is also an extremely long way from Cardiff Bay so the logistics and the sheer scale of moving Doctor Who to New Zealand is something that would take an awful lot of planning and time."

Still, let's make this happen, right, guys? Doctor Who and Peter Jackson would be a match made in TARDIS heaven.

(Waikato Times via SFX)