“Doctor Who” Season 10 might welcome a well-known director into the Tardis. Peter Jackson, most famous for his work on the “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” films, posted a video that makes it seem like he could be directing for the series.
Jackson posted the video on his Facebook page Monday. The director polishes his Oscars and, along with his daughter, Katie Jackson, criticizes “Doctor Who” showrunner Steven Moffat’s writing. Suddenly, the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) shows up in the Jackson house and hands the filmmaker a contract. The director ignores the contract when he realizes that “Doctor Who” is on right now -- which means it’s time to watch “The Walking Dead.” Watch the video below:
The sketch is very tongue-in-cheek, so it isn’t clear if Jackson is making an announcement. Is he signing on to direct an episode of “Doctor Who” Season 10? Or is he just having a bit of fun? Neither BBC nor BBC America’s Twitter accounts or press websites have mentioned the video.
A Jackson directing gig on the series has been brought up several times over the years. “He’s still incredibly busy on 'The Hobbit,' ” Moffat told SFX in 2014. “I’ve spoken to him face to face, and he would like to do one. He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time, and it would have to be when he’s available -- and I don’t think he’s even been available enough to answer our emails of late! I think it will probably happen at some point.”
Around the same time, Jackson told Entertainment Weekly that the producers “don’t even have to pay me.” It turns out the director is a big Whovian.
It hasn’t been announced if Jackson will actually direct an episode of “Doctor Who” Season 10, but if that video was an announcement, plenty of fans are totally ready:
— Death By Mage (@DeathByMage) November 30, 2015
— Claire (@Claire_Everlong) November 30, 2015
Peter Jackson. Directing Doctor Who. *Has massive geek-gasm, faints*
— Mouth of Sauron (@simon_lindsell) November 30, 2015
Peter Jackson to direct an episode of #DoctorWho? This is rather exciting! Just as long as he doesn't put orcs in it for no good reason ;-)
— Nigel Moss (@nigenet) November 30, 2015
Peter Jackson to direct an episode of Doctor Who...? Now that's exciting news!!
— Graeme Shield (@GraemeShield) November 30, 2015
Several fans also were concerned about the time constraints of television. Jackson is known for his long movies, so quite a few sarcastic comments were found on social media.
Peter Jackson directing a 'full' episode of Doctor Who probably means it'll be three hours long with twenty minutes' worth of story.
— Xander Markham (@xandermarkham) November 30, 2015
Whaaaaat? Let's hope it's not the Christmas one cos he's famous for stretching one instalment into three. https://t.co/DGpAXwRVxE
— Shirls (@holmfirthartist) November 30, 2015
Peter Jackson directing Doctor Who? Awesome! So a trilogy made over three years and extended DVD editions at Christmas? Sold!
— Matt Davis (@DecadentGent) November 30, 2015
If it wasn’t an official announcement, it was at least good publicity. The “Doctor Who” Season 9 finale airs Saturdays at 9 p.m. EST on BBC America.