Following a comment by current Doctor Who star Matt Smith (seen right in The Angels Take Manhattan), Peter Jackson—director of the two Tolkien trilogies based on The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit—has expressed his interest in directing an episode of BBC TV’s Doctor Who.
Smith, interviewed by New Zealand newspaper The Waikato Times, made clear his wish to film an episode of Doctor Who in New Zealand. ‘I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,’ said Smith, although he recognised the practical problems involved. “There’s clearly a great film industry out there. It’s something I would be very interested in, it’s just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.’
Following up on the story, the newspaper contacted Jackson, who is known to be a fan of the series and has cast previous Doctor Who lead Sylvester McCoy as Radagast (seen left) in The Hobbit trilogy. He also owns one of McCoy’s costumes from his time on the TV show in the late-1980s. ‘I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!’
The BBC and current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat have yet to comment on the idea.