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Video: The Hobbit full trailer released as Peter Jackson asks for Dr Who job

Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson has revealed he would love to make an episode of Doctor Who.

He has offered to work on an episode of the BBC show after current Time Lord Matt Smith suggested the Kiwi film-maker would be perfect to helm the show.

Jackson, who has just finished filming his two-part adaptation of JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit in New Zealand, said show bosses should "name a time and place".

The latest trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey has been released as part of Tolkien Week.

Northern Ireland actor Jimmy Nesbitt has brought a little north Antrim charm the latest much-anticipated trailer.

The Broughshane-born actor, reared in Coleraine, is seen with axe and fur hat as dwarf Bofur, alongside The Office star Martin Freeman, who plays a young Bilbo Baggins in JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings prequel.

Sporting a sizeable handlebar moustache with matching chin fuzz, the Cold Feet star delivers the last line — in his own accent — in what is one of the most anticipated trailers to grace cinemas and the web for years.

“Well that could have been worse,” he says.

Due for release later this year, the Peter Jackson-directed production is the Ulster man’s biggest film role to date.

Meanwhile, Matt Smith told New Zealand's Waikato Times he would lobby "endlessly" for Jackson to make an episode of Doctor Who in the antipodes after meeting the director at a US comic convention.

"I think it would be an absolutely wonderful place to film Doctor Who," he said.

"Let's get Peter Jackson to direct one and go and make it in New Zealand. I would love to, I will campaign endlessly to come over and film there.

"There's clearly a great film industry out there. It's something I would be very interested in, it's just whether we can persuade the producers to fly us all over."

Smith said he met Jackson at a US event and it was "very exciting to meet someone of his credence and calibre - a wonderful film-maker, and he mentioned that he enjoyed the show, so I was absolutely thrilled to hear that".

Responding to Smith, the Oscar-winning movie boss told the same paper: "I'm a huge Doctor Who fan, and I think Matt's fantastic. Just name a time and place, and I'll be there."

Jackson hired former Doctor Sylvester McCoy to play wizard Radagast in The Hobbit. The director also reportedly owns McCoy's costume from the long-running show.

Doctor Who, which is currently written and executive produced by Steven Moffat, celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

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