Peter Jackson has exclusively confirmed that he is still interested in directing an episode ofDoctor Who. The Lord of the Rings filmmaker has also named his fee: a Dalek. The offer came in the course of Jackson’s appreciation of the British science fiction showthat appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Jackson is a diehard Who fan who has been watching the 50-year-old series almost since it began broadcasting and who first expressed his willingness to direct an episode last year. In the EW article, he reveals that he met current Who executive producer Steven Moffat over Christmas and assured him he wasn’t joking. “They don’t even have to pay me,” Jackson writes. “But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).” Jackson already owns two used-on-the-show Daleks — the most famous of the Doctor Who monsters — which you can see in the photograph above.
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One of the most anticipated performances in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” is Sylvester McCoy’s turn as the wizard Radagast the Brown. Though the character did not appear in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Radagast is a key player in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. McCoy, who has been acting on the stage and screen for more than 45 years, joined “The Hobbit” after finishing a Royal Shakespeare Company tour of “King Lear,” acting opposite Gandalf actor Ian McKellen. McCoy is perhaps best known for his role in “Doctor Who.” Hero Complex chatted with McCoy about wizards and Timelords.
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I’m sure most Whovians won’t be surprised to hear that Peter Jackson is a total superfan when it comes to Doctor Who.
Well get this! The Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings director, who is currently hard at work onThe Hobbit films in his native New Zealand, actually owns the costume worn by Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy. It’s set up his house for everyone to see, too.
When speaking with Doctor Who Insider magazine, Jackson’s friend Frances Barber — who we’ve seen as the evil, eye patch-wearin’ Madame Kovarian in several episodes this season — spilled the beans about the purchase, The Press Association reports.
“Sylvester and I were in Peter’s house and he said, ‘Look in that cabinet,’ Barber explained. “In there was Sylvester’s Doctor Who costume. Peter bought it on eBay. Isn’t that wacky?”