Oscar-winning Lord Of The Rings helmer Peter Jackson is reportedly being lined up to direct an episode of Doctor Who.

The New Zealand-based filmmaker – who recently wrapped production on the final two Hobbit movies – is said to be ‘serious’ about the idea, according to showrunner Steven Moffat.

“We talked at the Hobbit premiere,” Steven told the audience at an Edinburgh Television Festival Q&A, “He just wants a Dalek.

“So we’ll give him a Dalek and he’ll direct an episode. I think he’d like us to go to New Zealand.”

It is not the first time Peter has been linked with the show, having previously expressed ambitions to direct an episode – saying that he would even do it for free.

“They don’t even have to pay me, but I have got my eye on one of those nice new gold-coloured Daleks,” he insisted. “They must have a spare one.”

Peter Capaldi is set to take over from Matt Smith as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor later this year.

The Thick Of It star, who was unveiled as Matt’s replacement earlier this month, will make his debut in the Doctor Who Christmas special after the current Time Lord regenerates.