WHILE residents and businesses have shown their support for a bid to have Doctor Who filmed in our region, a bitter battle has broken out.

Member for Dawson George Christensen yesterday launched the bid to invite the makers of the series to film an episode in the Whitsundays.

But New Zealand wants the British TV show to film an episode in their country instead of ours.

"It appears our friends across the ditch fancy themselves as potential hosts for the Doctor too," Mr Christensen said.

"This is shaping up to be the Bledisloe Cup for sci-fi geeks."

He said our region would make a far better backdrop for filming.

"I'm pretty sure the production team would prefer to spend some time in the gorgeous sunny Whitsundays over the wind, rain and snow of the South Island," Mr Christensen said.

"While Australia offers a fearful range of foes, such as cybercrocs, killer kangaroos and drop bears, the best New Zealand can muster are frightened sheep and a bird whose special power is an inability to fly."

But the rivalry shouldn't overshadow the outpouring of support, Mr Christensen said.

"Hundreds of people have joined the Facebook page and we're also getting close to 400 signatures in the online petition," he said.

"Any business owner who wants to put the petition out for people to sign can jump on the website doctorwhodownunder.com.au."