Veteran actor Trevor Eve has spoken of his displeasure at the coverage Doctor Who receives from the BBC publicity machine.
It seems that he isn’t particularly happy how certain shows have caught the imagination of the public been focussed upon by the BBC and their various press agencies, both internally and externally.
“All they are interested in are spinoffs from Doctor Who and [shows similar to] Doctor Who, like Sherlock,” he claimed.
The former star of the increasingly dour Waking The Dead series claimed that “all the budget and all the attention” was aimed at Doctor Who.
Eve has a point – Doctor Who and Sherlock have been hugely successful for the BBC, thanks to writing, production, direction and casting far superior to his own vehicle shows. However both Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss were working successfully in television long before Doctor Who returned, and Moffat was running his own shows before Russell T Davies moved on.
Ironically, Trevor Eve was complaining in one of the very papers that laps up the BBC press releases, owned by one of the companies that sells papers on the back of rumours about the show.
Sadly, his frustration allowed him to make this ill-judged remark:
“It’s fine as far as it goes, but Doctor Who is a 40-year-old children’s programme.”
(Via Digital Spy)