Peter Capaldi: Hobbiton's unexpected visitor
The Doctor has made a house call in Middle-earth.
Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi went on an unexpected journey to Hobbiton film set, near Matamata in the Waikato, as part of his week long visit to New Zealand.
Or was it? Fans of both Doctor Who and Sir Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy have been dreaming of Jackson's involvement in Doctor Who since 11th Doctor Matt Smith suggested it in a 2012 interview. And Jackson accepted the invitation.
Photographs shared on Twitter by Hobbiton Movie Set show Capaldi posing in front of Bag End, the legendary home of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in Jackson's films inspired by the best -selling books by JRR Tolkien.
Capaldi can also be seen peering out of one of the Hobbit hole's front door.
Hobbiton marketing manager Shayne Forrest said Capaldi's visit was pre-arranged and the attraction was asked to keep it quiet.
"He seemed to really like it," Forrest said of Capaldi's private tour. "He was very impressed with the movie set, of the expanse of the set and how much detail there was."
Capaldi is enjoying a well-earned break from his Doctor Who commitments for the year after wrapping with a chat show style event, Peter Capaldi in Conversation, at The Civic in Auckland on Tuesday. He has plans to visit Wellington, where it's just possible he may make a house call on Jackson, and Queenstown.
The extended version of Sir Peter Jacksons last Hobbit movie, The Battle of the Five Armies, has just hit the shelves of retailers and takes its place alongside theatrical and extended versions of its predecessors An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
The last few episodes of Doctor Who Series 9 will air on Prime over the next few Sunday nights.