Doctor Who: Peter Jackson in talks to direct episode and says he would do it for free (well for a gold Dalek)!

by Anna Howell

One of the biggest Hollywood directors of all time, Peter Jackson, has revealed that he is currently in talks with Doctor Who bosses about the possibility of directing an episode of the epic BBC family sci-fi entertainment show, and that he is so desperate to do so he would even do it for free!

Jackson, whose many prestigious credits include The Hobbit and Lord Of The Ring trilogies, has previously admitted to being a huge fan of the show, which premiers the second half of series 7 tomorrow night, so much so that he even cast former Time Lord Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown in his latest masterpiece, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

However, despite all the glitz and glamour that the British legend is currently lapping up, it would seem that the real prize he has set his sights on is Doctor Who, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a tribute episode and docu-film for BBC2 about how the show was created.

Speaking in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly the director revealed that he thinks Matt Smith, the actor currently playing the iconic Time Lord, makes a great Doctor, whilst adding about the possibility of directing an episode:

“‘Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

He even went as far as to say that Steven Moffat wouldn’t even have to pay him to do so, explaining that he would be happy with a gold Dalek instead of wages:

“They don’t even have to pay me, I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks. They must have a spare one!”

Meanwhile Moffat himself has yet to confirm, or deny, that Jackson’s dreams could come true, but added:

“We’re theoretically on board for anything… provided we’ve got a great story,”

Doctor Who returns to our BBC screens at 6.15pm on Saturday 30th March with The Bells Of St John, watch the promo trailer for it in the clip below: