Producers Mulling Peter Jackson Episode

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Last week news broke that The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit director Peter Jackson was interested in working on an episode of Doctor Who.

Now, there has been a follow up to the story and it looks like the idea is one step closer to becoming a reality.

Waikato Times reports that Series 7 writer Neil Cross has spoken about scripting a potential story that could “only be shot in New Zealand,” presumably with Jackson in the Director’s chair.

Cross prompted Doctor Who producer Caroline Skinner to respond to Jackson’s previous comment, and her reply: “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 added: “I’m with Matt [Smith]. 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 7 and although we filmed a couple of episodes abroad (Spain and the USA). I can confirm for the rest of Series 7 we will be shooting entirely in Cardiff Bay.”

“The brilliant thing about Doctor Who is that it’s a show that can take you absolutely anywhere in space and time and at some point I would really love for Doctor Who to take us to New Zealand.”

The report also states that Steven Moffat is “enthusiastic” about the whole idea and is due to have a meeting with Cross soon. Skinner said: “Let’s see what those two very brilliant writers come up with whilst they are in LA.”

“It won’t be for a while but rest assured that we are thinking about it. The landscapes and just the world of New Zealand is of course phenomenal and many movies are set in your beautiful country. It is also an extremely long way from Cardiff Bay so the logistics and the sheer scale of moving Doctor Who to New Zealand is something that would take an awful lot of planning and time. It’s an enormous thing to move an entire production down there for an episode or two.”

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