Rian Johnson wants to direct Doctor Who

Looper director joins Peter Jackson in BBC wish…



Looper finally hits cinemas this Friday. We loved it so much we called it "This decade's Matrix." Which it definitely, definitely is. It's also this decade's Terminator, Akira, and 12 Monkeys

And we love Looper's director, Rian Johnson, even more than all of those things.

So, imagine our excitement when we were scrolling through Reddit's recent AMA with Johnson and came across the following - glorious - quote.

When asked what TV show he'd love to guest-direct an episode of, he said: "What I'd really kill to try, although it would be terrifying because I'm such a big fan of it? Doctor Who."

The director of Looper directing an episode of Doctor Who?

You may well already know how we feel about that idea, because there's every chance you heard the sound of us bellowing: "Yes please, that would be very nice," at the top of our voices about five minutes ago.

The pairing would make complete sense - the current incarnation of Who mixes The Brothers Bloom's hipster quirk with Looper's serious take on time travel SF, and Johnson's Breaking Bad episode is still regarded as a firm fan favourite. 

With Doctor Who's 50th Anniversary around the corner, and with Peter Jackson also expressing a desire to direct an episode, would it be too much to ask the BBC to tear up whatever plans they have for next year and just let these two men do whatever they want for a season or ten? 

Doctor Who fans, will you be calling the BBC to demand Johnson direct an episode? Tell us below!


    • MyNameIsDragon

      Sep 26th 2012, 13:11

      I like how you glazed over his over Breaking Bad episode, Fly, which IMO is the worst so far!

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    • markvenn

      Sep 26th 2012, 16:35

      Id like to throw my name in to direct as well then, I WILL NOT HAVE MATT SMITH AS I WANT TO MAKE A GOOD ACTED MOVIE, Id go back to the time war and have paul mcgann as the doctor

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    • Ali1748

      Sep 26th 2012, 19:36

      He really directed that BB episode ? I wasn't a fan of it but I'd still love to see Johnson do an episode of Doctor Who.

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    • AlfredsDream098

      Sep 26th 2012, 20:03

      Looks like Series 8 of NuWho will be the best so far.

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    • M8goo

      Sep 28th 2012, 17:54

      PAUL MCGANN?????????? Are you freaking kidding? the George Lazenby of Dr Who....in fact no scratch that the Timothy Dalton of Dr Who!

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