It's been rumored for a long time, but now it appears all but confirmed: Peter Jackson will be directing an upcoming episode of Doctor Who.
He doesn't come right out and say it, but a new video that Jackson has posted at his Facebook page offers some pretty broad hints that Jackson will indeed be taking the TARDIS out for a spin sometime soon.
In fact, the video actually plays out as a mini-episode of Doctor Who itself. The clip opens with Jackson sitting at his dining room table polishing his Oscars, while his daughter Katie says that Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat keeps trying to email him.
Jackson seems intent on ignoring those emails, but a surprise visit from the Doctor himself (Peter Capaldi), bearing a contract of some kind from Moffat and the BBC, may force his hand. Will he sign or not?
The clip is all done in jest, of course, but the implication is real. Moffat and Jackson have worked together before, with Moffat writing the screenplay for Jackson's The Adventures of Tintin, and the two have both spoken about Jackson directing an episode of the show. The problem? “I think his plan is we all go to New Zealand and spend six months making it, and our plan is he comes to Cardiff and makes it in 12 days. There’s that disparity," Moffat joked in a recent interview with Metro.
It'll be interesting to see whether Jackson gets assigned a two-part episode and turns it into a triple-header, but for the moment this is exciting news and there are sure to be more concrete details in the near future.
Meanwhile, is that a copy of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Silmarillion on the table in front of the Jacksons? Surely not ... (And yes, before we inadvertently start any rumors, it's another joke: The Tolkien estate still owns the rights to that one and is not giving them up anytime soon.)