Could Peter Jackson be directing Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special?

Peter Jackson for Doctor Who 50th Anniversary?

All Doctor Who fans should already know that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson is one of us. Among his Whovian credentials is casting Sylvester McCoy as Radagast the Brown in the latest trilogy of movies set in Middle Earth.

Could Peter Jackson be directing Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special?

McCoy also screen tested for Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, a part that eventually went to Ian Holm. Tom Baker was also considered for the part of Gandalf, but turned it down because of the long months away from home. So it should come as no surprise that following Steven Moffat’s work with Jackson on The Adventures of Tintin (Peter Jackson was a producer on the Steven Spielberg-directed movie) that the two might plan to work again some time – especially with all of the recent rumours.

Quizzed by the Evening Standard at the BBC preview screening of The Snowmen, Peter Jackson was asked if there would be a future collaboration in the works.

“Well, you never know, we may well do…”

Now, you don’t just bring in Oscar-winning directors of international blockbusters for a Doctor Who episode set on a council estate terrorised by Blue Meanies, do you? If someone of Jackson’s stature is going to come anywhere near Doctor Who, it’s surely got to be for a big event episode, right?

Such as, for instance, a 50th anniversary…

The shooting schedule for The Hobbit trilogy takes a break in early 2013 to allow Martin Freeman to return to the UK and record Sherlock. Could Peter Jackson be following his star back to Britain to start work on the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, which is believed to go before cameras at around the same time?

It’s intriguing, isn’t it – but we won’t know for sure until next year.


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