We’ve been hearing a lot about the desire for Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who. We’ve been hearing it from Matt Smith. From Jackson, himself. Hell! Even Steven Moffat expressed interest in the idea. So why hasn’t it happened? Maybe they all just need a bit more nudging.
At the recent Lords of Time convention in Auckland, New Zealand three former Doctors, Colin Baker (Sixth), Sylvester McCoy (Seventh) and Paul McGann (Eight) all gave their support for Jackson to direct an episode,
Baker: I could only think he would make an epic Doctor Who story. I would like to be cast, not as the Doctor, even if it’s inside a furry suit. Maybe I could be a villain.
McCoy: He knows what he’s doing. If he was in charge of the budget he’d most likely want to film it on the moon and has the ability to do it. If he was using the resources of Weta they would make some amazing magic.
It’s really exciting and would be great fun and Peter Jackson has been a fan of Doctor who for years. I have been told that he’s got my Doctor Who costume, he’s also got my Radagast the Brown costume and I’m hanging on to my own clothes because he’s not getting his hands on them I can tell you.
McGann: I think he would be above trying to make anything trendy. The story would be strong. He would be ideal to make it he’s above the kind of pressure, who could lean on him. He would make the best thing we have seen.
Could this rousing approval and yearning for Jackson to direct an episode from not one, not two, but three former Doctors be what’s needed to jump start some serious talks?!? No. Definitely not. You’re mad if you think the Beeb gives a shit about what these guys say. As long as they’re not badmouthing current Who. But! That doesn’t mean their comments aren’t important. If the desire for Jackson to direct and episode of Who becomes strong enough through the fanbase, just maybe there’s a chance. Though slim, I’ll admit.
I’m a supporter of Jackson having the chance to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Are you?