10/12/2013 02:51 GMT | Updated 10/12/2013 03:36 GMT

'Hobbit' Director Peter Jackson: 'I'd Be Very Happy To Direct Doctor Who'

He might be at the helm of one of cinema's biggest and most expensive film franchises but 'Hobbit' director Peter Jackson has revealed he'd love to direct an episode of 'Doctor Who'.

And the director also revealed that discussion about his involvement were "actually kind of serious" during an interview with Digital Spy.

Peter Jackson

"I would be very happy to," he said. "I'd love to try my hand at television, because I've never had the discipline of having to shoot for those impossibly tiny schedules. I think I could do it okay now."

He also joked that if he did direct an episode then it might be shot on location in New Zealand, given his reluctance to work outside of his native country.

"I did suggest that they did a New Zealand story - something to do with the [rugby union] All Blacks versus the Daleks. There's a good story in there, although obviously the All Blacks would have to win," he joked.

Last week the BBC released new photos from the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special.

The snaps show Matt Smith in his last episode as the Timelord alongside his assistant Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.

Take a look at the new pictures in the gallery below...

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