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Published on September 6th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Doctor Who has “All the budget”

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.”

Trevor, children’s programmes don’t win Hugos.

(Via Digital Spy)


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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+.

21 Responses to Doctor Who has “All the budget”

  1. avatar bobbygaga says:

    Boo! Hiss! What a grumpy old sod.

  2. avatar Rick714 says:

    So, Trevor’s a bit of a jealous, bitter dink.

  3. avatar hawkeye says:

    He’s fine as far as he goes, but Trevor is a 59-year old actor, best remembered for playing a DJ/private eye 30 years ago…

  4. avatar garoo1980 says:

    We don’t really have to pick this apart do we? Alright, really quickly

    1) Doctor Who is very popular now, some people won’t like that. Period
    2) DW was for years far more popular than lots of other shows and given far less money. Does anyone still talk about Sink or Swim? No, but everyone knows Peter Davison from DW.
    3) As perviously mentioned, this guy is best known for starring in a show 30 years ago (created by the man who created the Zygons, but I dygress) so its just bitterness.
    4) How can Sherlock be like DW? Was Jekyl? Or Coupling? How about the production of A Tale of Two Cities from 1980 because Barry Letts produced it? Come on

  5. avatar Bow Ties Are Cool says:

    Doctor Who IS a children’s programme. That’s part of the magic.

  6. avatar Leosw4 says:

    And its just won the TV Choice FAMILY drama award-never mind Trev.

  7. avatar Jez Noir says:

    Oh dear, I was thinking earlier today that Trevor Eve would be brilliant as the Master, silly biscuit that I am.

  8. avatar Lazarus77 says:

    I particularly like that his attempt to trash the show in saying that it’s a 40-year old children’s show actually becomes a statement about how good it must be. How many children’s shows do you know that make it to 40 years? Or 30? Or 20? not many… and the ones that do deserve it.

  9. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    Sir Trevor Eves is right. Dr Who is rubbish. I don’t even know why I’m on here.

    He probably preferred it when it was made on a shoestring budget. That’s: a “Shoestring” budget.


    The paper in question has probably made something out of nothing here, a bit like how I made that ‘Shoestring’ joke out of a few old words.

    So, Sir Trevor probably didn’t even say it, but what he probably didn’t even say was right. There are hundreds of better children’s programmes than Dr Who, like Mysterious Cities of Gold, Ludwig, and Ultimate Child Chimney Sweep Challenge.

    Except he didn’t say that. I did.

  10. avatar krumstets says:

    Now now….He was only speaking his mind about the excessive publicity that he feels DR Who gets.
    He has got a point. Recently the BBC have been plugging the Adventure Games incessantly, it is a case of overkill.
    Waking the dead was not that dour, I enjoyed it and did you see Trevor as Hughie Green in `Most Sincerely’? He was fantastic.
    I would love to see him in Dr Who someday.

  11. avatar bobbygaga says:

    Yes, he is only speaking his mind… and so am I. For too long Doctor Who was the BBC’s deformed child in the attic mocked for it’s wobbly sets and even more wobbly acting. No more. Doctor Who is brilliant, we should be shouting it from the rooftops.

  12. avatar amber says:

    Pretty rich coming from someone currently starring in a remake of an ITV aga saga from 35 years ago. Don’t be bitter, Trev.

  13. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    “Now now….He was only speaking his mind about the excessive publicity that he feels DR Who gets.
    He has got a point. Recently the BBC have been plugging the Adventure Games incessantly, it is a case of overkill.”

    -I agree, despite the flippancy of my earlier comments, though it’s still possible that his comments were taken out of context and misquoted.

    I was embarrassed to be a Who fan in the 80s because it was like having a bad skin disease. People would look at you funny. Now I find the hype embarrassing. The BBC should be concentrating on quality programming, Who being a general exception to the turgid crap it produces, and forgetting about promoting Dr Who games, having Dr Who Proms (which never fails to make me cringe), sending Dr Who baddies to supermarkets across the UK, etc, and anything else that doesn’t relate to its TV/radio output. The BBC tries too hard to do everything, and it can’t succeed.

    A lot of people don’t like Dr Who. They’re weirdos, of course, but it’s their perogative. But pay their license fee, and an inordinate amount of it goes on Dr Who-related guff. I used to get hacked off at the amount of my license money that went on Eastenders- related guff, so I know how they feel.

  14. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    ….and overkill can’t be good for Dr Who.

  15. It’s a fair point, and one that could arguably be made about all of Doctor Who since 2005.

    Since it returned, Doctor Who has been like an illicit substance to the slavish press – but it is a two-way relationship.

    They can only feed if the content is there, and Doctor Who is very in your face publicity wise. The best thing about the “gap year” was that we had less of it, but sadly of course we had less Doctor Who.

    Surely one can exist without the other?

  16. avatar castellanspandrell says:

    Hands up, I loved the hype for the first season (or S27), because there was no guarantee that revamped Who would be a success, although there was a good will towards it from various quarters and the Beeb were pulling out all the stops.

    I still liked the hype for the next few seasons, because I still couldn’t believe it was all going so well.

    More recently, have become disenchanted with Proms, tour buses, etc, which are just taking it too far, and I can’t see the need for half of it, as the large viewing audience will still be there without some of the excessive plugging and hype – which surely is the main point of the hype in the first place, to get an audience that will watch anyway.

  17. avatar Byron says:

    As an American viewer, we’ve never had the issue of Doctor Who being labelled as a children’s program. Here, it’s always just been considered a sci-fi/fantasy show. The first major impression of DW in the States was of Hinchcliffe-era Tom Baker stories, which didn’t in any way resemble what were considered children’s programs at the time. As for the budget, Doctor Who had to struggle along for many years and make-do with the same budgeting and recording time of a standard drama/soap opera even though it had many more technical and special effects requirements. It’s about time the tables were turned.

  18. avatar iggy1965 says:

    Doctor Who’s budget comes out of BBC Wales and not from the same purse that makes mr Eve’s programme hence the BBC wales logo at the end of the programme!

  19. avatar Dalek Space Marine says:

    Besides, Mr Eve’s programme is just another cops and docs series, do we need any more of those? Channel 5 show almost nothing but CSI. Almost all the other channels have given up on Sci Fi shows (apart from US imports and that awful Misfits), we need our own Sci Fi show!

  20. avatar Professor Kettlewell says:

    Wow. The bitter old eejit. He can’t even get his arithmetic right. After all, the show was first transmitted in November 1963, *not* September 1971.

  21. avatar Mr. Brum says:

    The beauty of Doctor Who is that – while described as a children’s show – it is watched, loved, and even discussed here, by an obviously huge adult audience from around the world…
    Just look at the plot line directions suggested, and some of the comments made here… mainly examples based on unresolved story lines from the 70′s and 80′s, Sink or Swim and Sir Trevor Eve!
    No offense to anyone – I am 44 years old – but I don’t see anyone here who would actually get a free Ferris wheel ride in the park, if accompanied by an adult.
    It’s full fare or senior citizen’s discount at best here. We do share something, though. We are all kids-at-heart…

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