Christmas Doctor Who Confidential scrapped?
The Sun newspaper claims that the BBC has scrapped the Christmas Special episode of Doctor Who Confidential even though it has already been filmed.
The BBC Three behind-the-scenes series which gives fans an insight into how a Doctor Who episode is produced was axed in September by Zai Bennett, the digital channel’s controller. Doctor Who Confidential has accompanied each episode of the BBC sci-fi series since it was revived in 2005 and performed well for BBC Three but Bennett axed the documentary series to concentrate money elsewhere in the station’s schedules.
The Sun newspaper claims that a further instalment of Confidential had been filmed prior to its axing; covering this year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special. The newspapers report is based on an article in the Doctor Who Magazine in which Confidential producer Gillane Seaborne writers “The biggest regret is the episode of Confidential we’ve filmed for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special which now won’t be shown. So I guess in the fine traditions of Doctor Who, we now have our very own missing episode.” However, a BBC source told the tabloid ‘This is the first we have heard of it. We’re being told there is no Christmas show.’
A campaign to save Doctor Who Confidential was launched by fans and quickly amassed thousands of signatures online petitions. The documentary series was not the only victim of Zai Bennett’s axing spree with other casualties including Ideal (lead star Johnny Vegas was critical of Bennett’s decision), Lunch Monkeys and Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps.
This year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special is titled The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe and is once again penned by show-runner Steven Moffat. The theme of this year’s episode is Narnia; the magical world created by C.S Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia books with the most famous novel being The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Amongst the guest cast for this year’s special is Claire Skinner, Bill Bailey and Alexander Armstrong.