It’s a sad day for fans of behind the scenes shenanigans and the talking heads of Doctor Who producers, creatives and stars as the BBC have announced that Doctor Who Confidential will not return after the current run.
This may come as a surprise to some readers and viewers, but the writing has long been on the wall for the BBC Three show since the broadcaster announced that changes would be made to the channel. With BBC Four also under threat and a big question over whether or not BBC Three might survive the cuts (calling into question the naming policy!) DWC is sadly a victim of circumstance, and its status as a bit of a rarity on the channel – a long running show that isn’t a past-its-sell-by-date sitcom or a reality show – has done it no favours when it comes to this decision.
BBC controller Zai Bennett has announced that the show will come to an end with the current run. A spokeswoman for the BBC said:
“Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel.”
Hang on: Doctor Who Confidential is both unique and British, so that’s quite a strange piece if reasoning…
Note that there is a chance that Doctor Who Confidential may return on another channel or in a different format at a later date. Also note that Doctor Who naysayers will jump on this as some sort of justification that the series itself is in trouble, something that is simply not the case (and believe us, should it ever be the case, we’ll be pointing the finger).