‘The Hobbit’ director Peter Jackson still wants to shoot an episode of ‘Doctor Who’

Jackson is a huge fan of the show and says 'they don't even have to pay me'

Peter Jackson has revealed he is still keen to direct an episode of Doctor Who.

Jackson, director of Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit, expressed an interest in the show last year (2012) after hearing that star Matt Smith wanted to shoot an episode in New Zealand. He said at the time: “I’m a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt’s fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I’ll be there!”

Now Jackson has revealed he met Doctor Who‘s executive producer Steven Moffat over Christmas and assured him his offer was entirely serious. The director writes in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly: “They don’t even have to pay me. But I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks. They must have a spare one (hint, hint).”

Asked by EW whether the show could hire Jackson to direct an episode, Moffat replied coyly: “We’re theoretically on board for anything provided we’ve got a great story.”

In the meantime, Doctor Who is set to return to BBC One on March 30 after it went on a mid-season break last year (2012). Upcoming guest stars include Warwick Davis, Dame Diana Rigg and old favourite Alex Kingston as River Song. A new trailer for the second half of season seven has recently appeared online and you can watch it here.