Lord Of The Rings moviemaker Peter Jackson has restated his interest in taking charge of a Doctor Who episode, inviting Bbc bosses to allow him to create a special in his native New Zealand.

Jackson, who shot the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films Down Under, is urging Doctor Who producer Stephen Moffatt to give him the reins of the franchise, and he admits that discussions between himself and Bbc chiefs are "actually kind of serious".

Jackson says, "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 Ok now.

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

Earlier this year (13), Jackson, a lifelong Doctor Who fan, told Entertainment Weekly magazine he'd be willing to direct an episode of the cult sci-fi show for nothing but a prop Dalek.

The filmmaker revealed his wife Fran Walsh has bought him two Daleks in the past as Christmas gifts.

He explained, "I have a very early one and another from (former Doctor Who star) Sylvester's (MCCoy) time.

"I've also collected a few Doctor Who costumes, including a Tom Baker outfit with a scarf."