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Shrinking Budget

The Stage has drawn attention to the reducing budget on Doctor Who – in light of BBC policy to reduce spending by 5% on an annual basis.

Following criticism over junkets and leaving parties, the BBC introduced a policy of cost cutting in its broadcast output, and TV drama is seen to be suffering due to this. The Stage – admirably, draw attention to this as well as the success of the commercial activities of the expanded Whoniverse and the future development of BBC Wales – however the article is a bit on the meandering side, veering from budgetary commentary to a brief review of Matt Smith’s debut in The Eleventh Hour.

“There is less money overall – the BBC don’t make a special exception for Doctor Who,” confirmed Wenger. “Steven’s writing often takes account of that. We just have to be clever, less spending on one episode, more on another, to make the money go further.”

So what does this mean? Basically, that Doctor Who remains in individually show paid for from the BBC licence fee, and no amount of DVD and toy merchandise sales are going to end up directly funding the series. The production team have to box clever in an era where almost universal overspending has lead to problems in all aspects of society.

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