While Peter Jackson has a bit more to do this year to finish up his Hobbit trilogy with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, he might be taking a trip to the small screen in the near future. Which TV show, you ask? Well, Jackson has expressed an interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who. Jackson would have done the show already if it weren’t for his insane schedule over the last few years. Perhaps things would go a little easier if the Good Doctor took a trip to New Zealand where Jackson spends much of his time. I jest, but according to Steven Moffat, that’s not exactly out of the question. Hit the jump for more.
“He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit. I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. 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. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes – he owns New Zealand! 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. He’s into it – it’s just “Can you make it work?” I think he would also like us to go and make it in New Zealand! And I’m like “Okaaay… I’d rather we just flew you to Cardiff!”
So it’s not exactly a hard commitment, but we at least get an idea of where Jackson’s career may lean after the last film of his Hobbit trilogy opens on December 17th. I’d love to see Jackson’s work on Doctor Who, not just because it’s an endlesslly creative world that will let him cleanse his palate from Tolkien’s creations, but because the budgetary restrictions should actually force him to make sacrifices for the sake of storytelling. That’s when Jackson’s best, not when he has mega budgets and ability to build characters and settings within a computer.
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