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Peter Jackson strongly hints in new Facebook video that he’s directing ‘Doctor Who’

So, can we confirm that Peter Jackson is directing an episode of 'Doctor Who'? Or is this an elaborate joke?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on Nov 30, 2015   Updated on May 27, 2021, 2:11 pm CDT

For more than a year now, Doctor Who fans have been speculating that Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson will direct an episode. The idea seemed almost too good to be true, but a new video from Jackson’s Facebook page suggests that it’s finally happening.

The clip shows Jackson hanging out at home, polishing his Oscar statuettes while his daughter checks his email. Apparently, he’s been ignoring a lot of emails from Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat.

“Put it this way,” says Jackson. “I reply to the ones I can understand. Some are a bit incoherent. You know, like his scripts. I mean, there’s great ones, and there’s ones that are… not great.” It all seems to be shaping up into an unexpected geek-culture feud between Jackson and Moffat—until the Doctor himself appears in the room.

So, now that Peter Capaldi has handed Jackson a contract to direct an episode of Doctor Who, can we confirm this rumor to be true? Or is the skit just an elaborate joke? After all, Jackson never actually signed on the dotted line.

Screengrab via Peter Jackson/Facebook

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*First Published: Nov 30, 2015, 9:39 am CST