Peter Jackson, whose big budget adaptations of the J.R.R Tolkien novels The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit have grossed almost $5billion worldwide, might be making a brief switch to small screen to direct an episode of Doctor Who for The BBC.

Doctor WhoPeter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman film scenes for Doctor Who

That is if scheduling issues can be worked out – Jackson is still 6 months away from unleashing the third and final Hobbit film, The Battle Of The Five Armies, and will be embarking on a huge press push once the final tweaks are made. 

“He’s still incredibly busy on The Hobbit,” said showrunner Moffat, according to Entertainment Weekly. “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!”

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But, according to Moffat, Jackson’s fandom for the show is real, and sooner or later, we’ll see a Who episode with the legendary director behind the camera. Moffat also said that Jackson was “a nice guy” and a “sincere” fan of the BBC One sci-fi adventure. “I think it will probably happen at some point. I mean, he can do what the hell he likes - he owns New Zealand! I think he’s sincere in his Doctor Who fandom, to say the least. He’s a nice guy, he quite often drops me a line after a show goes out,” he said.

“He’s into it - it’s just, ‘Can you make it work?’ I think he would also like us to go and make it in New Zealand! And I’m like ‘OK... I’d rather we just flew you to Cardiff!”