The Doctor Makes A House Call

Will Peter Jackson direct an episode of Doctor Who? In a video shot at his home in New Zealand, Jackson and his daughter Katie converse about Steven Moffatt’s efforts to sign him for the series.

The byplay is described in the Guardian, including the punchline.


Later in the video, the Timelord himself, Peter Capaldi, appears at the door in full costume, with a sealed envelope containing a contract from Moffat and the BBC. The Doctor Who actor has just visited New Zealand as part of a series of fan events.

“I’m the Doctor,” Capaldi says in the video. “Who?” asks Jackson. “Correct,” says Capaldi, in a nod to the perennial schoolyard joke, before being chased out of the room by a Dalek.

The video puts one further tease on the table – literally – in the shape of a bashed-up copy of JRR Tolkien’s book, The Silmarillion, complete with pink Post-it notes.

Fans have long hoped that Jackson might win over the Tolkien estate for the rights to direct a film adaptation of the book

If there are fans who hope for that, they aren’t commenters at File 770, based on what I’ve been reading here…

4 thoughts on “The Doctor Makes A House Call

  1. I’ve only seen this picture in a small version on FB — at this point, my main response is, geez, that’s not very many postit notes! Four (with a fifth card) (Unless there are a lot sticking out on the sides I cannot see).

  2. The post-it notes are an obvious troll given how regularly spaced they are.

    We had comments in the other thread:

    Stuart M on November 30, 2015 at 1:03 pm said:

    I can think of nothing scarier right now than Peter Jackson trying to get his hands into trying to adapt The Silmarillion.

    John Lorentz on November 30, 2015 at 1:39 pm said:

    You know, it wouldn’t bother me a bit–because I wouldn’t pay money to see the result.

    Jack Lint on November 30, 2015 at 2:11 pm said:

    Nothing scarier than Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Silmarillion? Try Uwe Boll’s adaptation of The Silmarillion.

    Then a discussion on how one might adapt The Silmarillion, which stories within it would be worth doing, and general geeking out ensued. Basically just another day at “the 770 blog, that wretched hive of scum and villainy…”

  3. Was going to comment “those aren’t the kind of Post-It flags that anybody really reading would have placed (and has that book even been opened?)” but was beaten to it. Yay Filers for having a skeptical eye.

    Sigh. I used to like Jackson’s work a lot, but I think he’s one of those directors who does better under constraints than when given an almost free hand. The first LOTR film was, IMO, tighter and stronger than the second or third. And I left the theater after watching his first Hobbit movie feeling disappointed and disgusted with what he’d done with it. (After the Troll King bit, I would’ve walked out of the theater if I had been there alone.) Haven’t seen the second or third and don’t intend to.

    Bah and harrumph.

    (And I’m not even a Tolkien geek! My husband can and will talk your ear off about any detail of the Professor’s work; me, I enjoyed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when my dad read them to me as bedtime stories when I was ten or eleven and have had a fond spot for them in my heart ever since, despite only rereading them occasionally. But Jackson’s Hobbit movie was SO WRONG.)

  4. This video is a fraud.

    “Doctor Who” plays on Sundays in NZ, and “The Walking Dead” plays on Mondays.

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