Peter Jackson wants to direct Dr Who

Actor wants to film in New Zealand

CHRIS GARDNER
Last updated 14:45 18/09/2012
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NEW ZEALAND BOUND? Dr Who actor Matt Smith said he would start a campaign to film an episode in New Zealand with Peter Jackson directing.

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Kiwi director Peter Jackson says he'll be there to direct it if an idea to film Dr Who in  New Zealand goes ahead.

Matt Smith, the 11th actor to play the time traveller in the hit BBC series, said today he would start a campaign to film an episode in New Zealand with Sir Peter Jackson directing.

''I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who,'' Smith, on the phone from the UK to promote the latest series of the show, said.

''I'm told it's glorious. I'm told it's quite similar to England.

'Let's get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there,'' Smith, who has never been to New Zealand, said.

''There's clearly a great film industry out there. It's something I would be very interested in it's just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over.''

The idea is not as far fetched as one of the cult sci-fi series' plots with Jackson telling the Waikato Times today he was keen to help out.

''I'm a huge Dr Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there!''

Jackson, who hired seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy for The Hobbit, is a huge Doctor Who fan and even own's McCoy's costume from the show. Smith said he was thrilled with Jackson's interest.

''I actually met (Jackson) at Comicon, which was very exciting to meet someone of his credence and calibre a wonderful film maker, and he mentioned that he enjoyed the show, so I was  absolutely thrilled to hear that.''

''I have never been to NZ sadly, or Australia, it's on my list of to dos.''

The seventh season of Doctor Who started on Prime last Thursday with Asylum of the Daleks and continues this Thursday with Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.

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