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Who Would You Axe?

The Guardian’s Question of the Week has asked its panel of “experts” which BBC drama series should be axed in light of controller of BBC drama commissioning Ben Stephenson’s warning that some popular series would need to be axed in order to bring new drama.

Somewhat confusingly, one of the so-called experts has chosen Doctor Who – a series that has been on the go for a mere 5 years in its current form, is different every week and makes a lot of money for the corporation.

Kathryn Mitchell, TV consultant and former BBC America general manager Doctor Who should go on a very long holiday. And without him, why more Torchwood? Would it be possible for someone to drop a flask near Survivors? And if Kurt Wallander doesn’t cheer up, he will have to wander on that desolate beach for a really, really long time …

That, Ms Mitchell, is presumably why you’re a former BBC America general manager…? If BBC One was a PC, EastEnders, Casualty and Holby would be discarded as bloat- or malware – how could anyone with the first idea about television suggest losing something as inventive and unique as Doctor Who?

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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