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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.



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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 Bennett Dismisses Save DWC

  1. avatar Simon says:

    I think Christian called it when he said that if we had donated to the making-of show as well as petitioned, we probably might’ve still had it, but we didn’t. There is a site cllaed Kickstarter ( that may help with that; however, if £50,000 is needed for 10mins of behind-the-scenes, this means we need £200,000 for a typical Dr Who documentary!

    There is also the fact that we’ve probably waited far too long to do this and, even if we had at such short notice, the BBC Three Controller still wouldn’t have taken heed.

    If we want a documentary for the 50th Anniversary story, we should focus on that.

  2. avatar Viv says:

    Well that’s not correct at all. He wasn’t provoked. He also didn’t dismiss the campaign, he just didn’t mention it because it wasn’t asked.

    Disappointing article.

    • Viv, he didn’t mention a campaign that has drawn over 50,000 signatures, and support from Doctor Who-related personnel on Twitter?

      That’s a dismissal, in anyone’s language. Vast arrogance… a commercial TV producer in completely the wrong job.

      • avatar Viv says:

        I agree, complete and utter arrogance. Not only on the Doctor Who Confidential stuff but all of it.

        What I’m saying is: If points of view had provoked him to comment on the Campaign then he would have had to have commented on it.

        So far, we have no actual comment about the campaign all we know is he padded out what he said in the papers. He also talked about what was popular with the viewers.

        I’m not sure what he defines as viewers, but completely ignoring over 55,000 people is a disgrace.

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