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Published on October 27th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Moff Slates DWC Axing

Steven Moffat has criticised the BBC’s decision to axe Doctor Who Confidential.

Speaking in his regular Doctor Who Magazine column, The Grand Moff pulled no punches:

“I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m going to anyway: Bad day, bad decision… I know we’re all at sea and the night is colder but you don’t start burning the lifeboats to keep warm.”

It’s a statement that has been reported widely this week in various newspapers. Clearly their journalists are slow to purchase DWM…

Time was called on the behind the scenes show which has followed the cast and crew of Who from Rose right up to The Wedding of River Song last month by the BBC, citing a new emphasis on producing new prime time television on BBC Three.

The decision has already sparked the SaveDWC# Twitter campaign which has nearly 50,000 signatures for its online petition and is set to deliver the collected signatures to the BBC Trust on Friday 28th October.

Moffat went on to say:

“All shows have their time and all shows end but not, in all sanity, while people still watch and love them.”

Kudos to Steven Moffat for speaking his mind on the issue but it remains to be seen whether or not a petition alone can repeat the media wide call  to Save 6Music- what is clear, and what Moffat says, it’s madness to axe a programme that’s loved by viewers, regardless of its faults.


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

4 Responses to Moff Slates DWC Axing

  1. avatar Krumstets says:

    A cut down version of DWC would be sufficient. Maybe an hour long overview of the latest season. Except of course for the 50th anniversary which requires a proper 3 x 1 hour long documentary.

    • avatar Peter says:

      Are you Steven..?

      • avatar Krumstets says:

        I used to be `Stephen’….who are you?

  2. avatar Dan Zee says:

    Well, how much does it cost to produce? It looks like it only requires a camera crew, a director, and an editing crew. It doesn’t have to pay actors, writers, set builders and studio costs, etc. The budget should be fairly cheap. Why cancel it?

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