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Perceived Budgets

A lot has been made recently of the so-called “budget cuts” allegedly enforced on Doctor Who since its return to production as an ongoing series in 2009.

Speaking to The Mirror, BBC Director of television Jana Bennett has addressed concerns about the inflation-busting cost-cutting measures imposed across all TV production, not just Doctor Who.

Previously, a figure of 5% has been quoted as being the required saving on drama, with producers encouraged to find the most competitive contracts to make the BBC more efficient.

“We try to make savings so we can invest in other programmes. The one thing we don’t cash in or trade off is quality. If you look at Doctor Who now, with the amazing new title or the new Tardis itself inside, the quality on screen is really terrific and ambitious.”

She added: “We are squeezing the budget but pushing really hard. I absolutely want to be a guardian of quality as a person in charge of BBC television.”

Yet comments online and in the press have continued over recent weeks about a perceived “budget cut” – more than likely a change in personnel, visual style and the use of “virgin” directors new to Doctor Who will have contributed to this.

Certainly little in this weeks episode The Time of Angels indicates any form of cost cutting…

(Via Digital Spy)


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