Doctor Who in New Zealand/Middle Earth? Could it possibly happen? If Matt Smith and Peter Jackson have their way, a Peter Jackson-directed episode of the iconic series could very well be in the works.
Matt Smith is a man with great ideas. And he’s not afraid to share them. In an interview recently, Smith said: “Let’s get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there.”
And then Peter Jackson responded: “”I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”
Well, discussions haven’t ended there. Neil Cross, Luthor creator, is friends with one of Doctor Who’s executive producers, and has offered to write a story that would be set to be shot in New Zealand.
Skinner spoke to the Waikato Times: “”It is beyond wonderful that Peter is a fan of the show and it’s beyond flattering that he’d even think about it. I’m absolutely sure that we couldn’t afford him but, you know, we can always negotiate. His enthusiasm is just fantastic of course.”
She did go on to say that such a collaboration would have to happen AFTER the 50th anniversary of the series: “”I’m with Matt. Of course at some point we’d love to bring Doctor Who down under. It won’t be possible until at least a year after the 50th anniversary. We are already two-thirds of the way through the shoots of series seven and although we filmed a couple of episodes abroad I can confirm for the rest of series seven we will be shooting entirely in Cardiff Bay.”
With both showrunner Stephen Moffat and Cross in L.A. together this weekend, could plans be in the works to make this happen?
We can only hope so. My fingers are crossed on this one. I mean, we got Neil Gaiman not only to write one episode of Doctor Who, but he is now currently working on yet another. So anything is possible, right?