The current Entertainment Weekly features a ton great Doctor Who stuff, not least of which is an essay from Lord of the Rings director, Peter Jackson expressing his love of the series as well what he’d take as payment to direct an episode. That’s right, Peter fuckin’ Jackson has interest in directing an episode of Doctor Who. Last fall was when we first heard this, and since then it’s been nothing but coy “maybes” from Jackson and Who showrunner, Steven Moffat. Almost like they’re hiding something, hmm…
Anyway, in EW Jackson has again expressed interest in directing an episode of Who, writing,
They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).
See, he needs a gold one to go with his pair of silvers, pictured above. He’s kind of a Whovian, having been a fan for years, watching the series almost since it began broadcasting.
Of course, EW couldn’t let this go without asking Moffat to comment on the development, to which he said,
You’d never get any information like that out of me!
We’re theoretically on board for anything provided we’ve got a great story.
Okay, that’s better you snarky, British bastard. What do you think guys? Could we see a Jackson directed episode of Doctor Who in the near future? Say, before Moffat and Matt Smith leave? Is this something you’d even been excited about?
All right, on to the next bit of Doctor Who news, which is a little spoilery. It seems the BBC have inexplicably released a spoiler for “The Bells of St. John.” Oops. It’s a casting reveal slip-up. Not as bad as say, had they let it out Jenna-Louise Coleman was appearing in “The Asylum of the Daleks,” but something I’m sure was meant to be a surprise. Hit the jump to find out!
Here’s the official cast list for “The Bells of St. John” as released by the BBC on their website,
The Doctor – Matt Smith
Clara – Jenna-Louise Coleman
Miss Kizlet – Celia Imrie
Mahler – Robert Whitlock
Alexei- Dan Li
Nabile – Manpreet Bachu
Paul – Sean Knopp
The Abbott – James Greene
George – Geff Francis
Angie – Eve de Leon Allen
Artie Kassius – Carey Johnson
Little Girl – Danielle Eames
Barista – Fred Pearson
Waitress – Jade Anouka
Newsreader – Olivia Hill
Child Reading with Comic – Isabella Blake-Thomas
Man with Chips – Matthew Earley
Pilot – Antony Edridge
The Great Intelligence – Richard E Grant
I’ve bolded the one that should stand out and make you say, huh? Grant, if you’ll remember, played Doctor Simeon in the Christmas special, “The Snowmen.” The Great Intelligence was the disembodied voice supplied by Ian McKellen. So, um, what? I don’t know, maybe it means The Great Intelligence returns in the for of Simeon and may play in a role in Great Clara Mystery? Or it’s an innocuous mistake? What d’ya think?
Oh, and don’t forget – ha! as if you can – Doctor Who returns March 30th at 8pm EST on BBC America!