Peter Jackson Names Fee For Directing An Episode Of Doctor Who

Other than writing, producing, and directing the TV movie Forgotten Silver, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey director Peter Jackson has not really been part of the TV world. However, the 51-year-old director has been a fan of Doctor Who since around the time of its inception and some months ago, the man mentioned he would be keen to direct an episode of the long-running series. Now, it seems the offer from Jackson still stands, but there may be a fee attached.

Jackson spoke to EW recently for the magazine’s spectacular Doctor Who issue, telling the outlet he really is serious about directing the episode. However, the man jokes that it will only happen if the show can give him a leftover Dalek (he already owns a couple of used props).

“They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-colored Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).”

In fact, Jackson is so serious he even took a meeting with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat during the holidays to staunchly let the man know he is invested in the directing an episode and would totally do it. Since Doctor Who is turning 50 this year, 2013 seems like a good time to throw some celebrity power behind an episode. Even if Jackson’s foray into British TV doesn’t pan out like he wants it to, there’s plenty of stuff planned for the series in year 50, including an anniversary special. New episodes from the second half of Season 7 are set to begin airing at this end of this month on BBC America, with the first new episode hitting the network on March 30.

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