Doctor Who Confidential axed

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 September 2011
The Doctor with his companions

The Doctor Who cast

'Doctor Who Confidential' has been axed by the BBC as part of its Delivering Quality First initiative cuts initiative

'Doctor Who Confidential' has been axed by the BBC.

The weekly behind-the-scenes show - which airs on BBC Three after the sci-fi series is broadcast on BBC One - will not continue beyond the current series due to budget cuts of 20 per cent across the broadcaster's entire output as part of its Delivering Quality First initiative.

In a statement, a BBC spokeswoman said: "'Doctor Who Confidential' has been a great show for BBC Three over the years, but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel."

The spin-off programme was launched in 2005 when the series was brought back to TV and contains interviews with the cast - which includes Matt Smith who plays the Doctor - crew, writers, special effects team and various on set segments.

BBC controller Zai Bennett is pursuing a strategy of investment in original commissions in post-watershed (8pm) time slots and since taking the position she has wielded the axe to 'Ideal', 'Hotter Than My Daughter', 'Coming of Age' and 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps'.

Speaking at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, Bennett said: "It's about focusing my budget on 9pm and 10.30pm, those are the time slots that count. Budgets are tight, so we have to be sensible with the money we have."

The final episode of 'Doctor Who Confidential' will air this Saturday (01.10.11) on BBC Three, immediately after the Series 6 finale 'The Wedding of River Song' which broadcasts on BBC One at 7.05pm.

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