PETER JACKSON ON DIRECTING A ‘DR. WHO’ EPISODE: “NAME A TIME AND PLACE, AND I’LL BE THERE.”
Matt Smith, the current Doctor Who in the long-running BBC science-fiction series, commented to New Zealand newspaper The Waikato Times, that he recently met director Peter Jackson and he’d love to have PJ helm an episode set in New Zealand. Responding to Smith, the Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings and the upcoming Hobbit trilogy told the same paper:
Can you just imagine how bonkers a Doctor WHO episode directed by Peter Jackson would be? I mean, this is a guy who – before he crafted three of the most beloved epic fantasy films of all time – made movies where puppets shot heroin and had bad Vietnam flashbacks, and people chopped zombies up with a lawnmower, covering the camera in gallons of red gore.
I don’t want to even imagine the freakish, disturbing creatures Jackson would populate an episode of Dr. WHO with. I’m sure whatever he conjured would make the creepy WWII gas-mask people, the 18th-century clockwork robots and the weeping angels look like cute and fuzzy bunnies. Despite the nightmare fuel, I’d love to see PJ direct an episode of the show. His particular brand of quirkiness and energy seems perfectly suited to the madcap world of the doctor. If this actually happens, we’ll report it here immediately, right after we’ve finished mopping bits of our brains off of the floor.