Jackson to direct Who episode?
Peter Jackson. Picture: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images.

Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson has revealed he would love to make an episode of Doctor Who.

He has offered to work on an episode of the BBC show after current Time Lord Matt Smith suggested the New Zealand filmmaker would be perfect to helm the show.

Jackson, who has just finished filming his adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit in New Zealand, said show bosses should "name a time and place".

Smith told New Zealand's Waikato Times he would lobby "endlessly" for Jackson to make an episode of the show in the antipodes after meeting the director at a US comic convention.

"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who," he 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.

"There's clearly a great film industry out there. It's something I would be very interested in, it's just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over."

Smith said he met Jackson at a US event and it was "very exciting to meet someone of his credence and calibre - a wonderful filmmaker, and he mentioned that he enjoyed the show, so I was absolutely thrilled to hear that".

Responding to Smith, the Oscar-winning movie boss told the same paper: "I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there."

Jackson hired former Doctor Sylvester McCoy to play wizard Radagast in The Hobbit. The director also reportedly owns McCoy's costume from the long-running show.

Doctor Who, which is currently written and executive produced by Steven Moffat, celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The West Australian

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