Published on December 6th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds
Bennett Dismisses Save DWC
Zai Bennett, the Controller of BBC Three, sat down with contractually obliged armchair complaint-a-thon Points of View where, cornered by the pincer like grip of Jeremy Vine and a handful of your concerns (i.e. two) , he was force to concede relatively little about the ongoing Save Doctor Who Confidential campaign.
Bennett, who while boss of the gilded house of nothing that is ITV2, practically invented the vapid behind the scenes show with The Xtra Factor and Britain’s Got More Talent, did comment in this clip (via YouTube user dWHOFan9) that there was nothing left to explore with the popular behind the scenes show which, when you consider there were documentaries about the catering, is a fair point albeit one that seems strange coming from the man who made nothing the staple TV diet of millions.
Still, cagey answering aside, it did clarify the status of the fabled ‘lost’ episode – a contested amount of footage that The Sun laughable claimed cost the Licence Payer (that’s right, you!) £50,000!
Well the lost episode is little more than ten minutes of footage that may end up on a DVD or even on the BBC’s site – so unless it was the only time DWC was shot on IMAX pretty much confirms how much of an expert The Sun’s source was.
So until the BBC officially give word to Save DWC about their online petition (which gathered over 50,000 signatures) Doctor Who Confidential is left, if you’re an optimist, in a Schrödinger’s Cat like state of non-death.
Still if you’re feeling bitter about the whole thing take heed in the knowledge that the last person to fill the Controller role at BBC Three left the job and was never heard of again. Yep, no-one knows what happened to old Danny Cohen….its not like he set precedent and took over control of your favourite show, ha ha! No siree… no siree.