Peter Jackson hasn’t been shy about his desire to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Matt Smith, the current Doctor, was already in favor and now it seems three other former Doctors have expressed that Jackson would do a fine job.
Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, and Paul McGann (the 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors respectively) were recently in Auckland for a Lords of Time convention. They’ve all been to Jackson’s Weta Workshop in Wellington and all had positive and encouraging things to say about the director.
The Waikato Times reported their comments as follows:
“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.”
Then McCoy (who recently worked with Jackson on The Hobbit) said:
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,” McCoy said.
“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 also chimed in with support.
“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.”
Actor Nick Briggs – the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen – chimed in and asked Doctor Who screenwriter Neil Cross to pen a Dalek script for Jackson. Cross couldn’t comment.
I don’t know whether any of this actually has an effect on decisions about whether Jackson will be hired, but I bet it doesn’t hurt! All I can say is that the BBC had better pony up that Dalek.