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September 28th, 2011 108 comments

No More Doctor Who Confidential: The Finale

Doctor Who Confidential: The Finale

From the BBC official site

For the past seven years, Doctor Who Confidential has put you at the heart of Doctor Who, providing a unique insight into the stars, the show and the entire production.

This journey reaches a fitting finale on Saturday when Doctor Who Confidential premiers a brand new mini-adventure starring Matt Smith as the Doctor. Viewers have seen the story, Death is the Only Answer, being made, watching the entire process from script to screen. Saturday’s episode, entitled When Time Froze, also includes the ultimate feature on River Song, with Alex Kingston providing a brilliant timeline of everyone’s favourite time travelling archaeologist.

The Confidential team captured the rebirth of the show back in 2005 and for over half a decade they have given an unsurpassed, access-all-areas insight not just into Doctor Who, but the magic and mechanics of making successful drama. From an episode directed by David Tennant, to the special edition that broke the news that Matt Smith would be the Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who Confidential has always delivered the very best in must-see behind-the-scenes action.

The final episode of Doctor Who Confidential, When Time Froze, is on BBC Three on Saturday, immediately after The Wedding of River Song.


  • Handbot Scott

    September 28th, 2011 - 9:58pm

    I read that they axed it because it was costing far too much to make. i say HOW?!?! it is only filming backstage of the BBC studios and interviewing some of the stars!!!One word … Pathetic!!!

  • doctor dave!

    September 28th, 2011 - 9:38pm

    silence will fall when the question is asked…when can russel t davies come back???

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      September 28th, 2011 - 10:03pm

      I think the pitiful last series of TW answered that…that guy aint ever coming back…thank goodness. He did his time, it was good to begin with but painful towards the end…lets not be ironic* and get caught in the past – move on πŸ™‚

      *Time Travel joke πŸ˜‰

  • Flumbledryer

    September 28th, 2011 - 9:13pm

    Silence will fall when the question is asked…
    …The Question: WHY AXE CONFIDENTIAL!?!?!?

    • stetsons are cool

      September 30th, 2011 - 5:03pm

      lol yeah best question ever

  • Chandra

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:56pm

    I urge everyone to sign this


    It may do nothing, but there is no harm in signing it! It has got over 1500 signatures in the last half hour!

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      September 28th, 2011 - 9:02pm

      I suggest after signing it, you read my post below for another way of complaining.

  • Anonymous

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:55pm

    I urge everyone to sign this


    It may do nothing, but there is no harm in signing it! It has got over 1300 signatures in the last half hour!

  • 5ybermen

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:51pm

    I swear, i wanna complain to them πŸ™

    • booboo

      September 28th, 2011 - 7:54pm

      you can!/SaveDWC

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:13pm

      Mmmm, those electronic petitions are a waste of time – that wont even reach the desk of the exec who pulled the plug.

      What would be better is if fans emailed the BBC and explained as a Public Service Broadcaster, they should be encouraged to continue to make programmes like DW Confidential, not just for the fans, but because it gives kids (and adults) a real insight into what goes on in making a show like DW. So many kids I know have, as a result of DWC, taken a serious interest in pursuing a career in TV production, whether that be stunts, effects, make up or writing. It has also done a great job at flagging the work the BBC have done with schools – as we will see with the new mini episode in the final confidential.

      From a Public Service perspective, DWC is actually more valuable than DW itself and its a real shame the BBC don’t recognise the value it has.

    • Dark Side of the Moon

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:29pm

      Here is the email address to Points of View – for those who don’t know, this is a programme, where the BBC aires the thoughts (both good and bad) of viewers.

      This is effectively their on-air compaint dept.

      If you do complain, please make it constructive…no swearing, no rants, no text speak abreviations and check your spelling before you hit send…we want them to take us serously…its not a forum, so think about what you say before you submit it.

      Good luck.

      [email protected]

  • doctor daddy cool 67

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:45pm


  • I’m the doctor

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:32pm

    List of programs from bbc that should be stopped:
    Waterloo road
    strictly come dancing

    NOT DWC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • simon w

      September 28th, 2011 - 7:47pm

      My thought exactly.

      Eastenders had gone past its sell by date 10 years ago. The same with casualty if this show was a corpes it would have been buried by now

    • Kieran

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:55pm

      As much as i love DWC , EastEnders and Waterloo Road pull in alot of viewing figures for BBC especially Eastenders which roughly pulls in 7M viewers in the 7:30 And 8:00 slot,besides confidential isnt that much of a big show to be put on BBC 1 , i fear we wont get it back till 2013 for the 50th anniversary

    • sheepinafez

      September 29th, 2011 - 4:39pm

      i also agree doctor who confidential is wayyyyy better

    • DWFAN#1

      September 30th, 2011 - 4:48pm

      I agree with all apart from Casualty, as I love all Med dramas, but it wouldnt help even if they did axe them as the are on BBC1, and DWC on BBC3 and unless they move DWC to BBC3 (which they won’t) and the others get axed then we’ll just get bundled with a load of other rubbish new shows!
      I am as gutted as everyone else, and hope that they find a solution!

    • DWFAN#1

      September 30th, 2011 - 4:52pm

      * Move DWC to BBC1
      sorry for the mistake!

    • videogamemad00

      October 1st, 2011 - 4:35pm

      i agree with all that list exept waterloo road

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    September 28th, 2011 - 7:21pm

    Personally, this final series of Confidential has been terrorble. It seems to not focus on the making of the series what so ever. For example, in the episode shown after ” The girl who waited “, it showed Karen learning to drive, and Arther swimming with Sharks, something what had nothing what so ever to do with the episode. If you compare the first series of confidential to this last one, you’ll see what i mean.

    • james

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:30pm

      i disagree they have been good

  • sheepinafez

    September 28th, 2011 - 6:49pm


  • Barry Rix

    September 28th, 2011 - 6:16pm

    May this be a warning to the Doctor Who Production Team. Carry on making rubbish episodes like Closing Time, and it will not just be Confidential, that’s getting the axe.

    Can we please have Doctor Who back, as a drama series, and not a CBBC series.

    • The Spaceman

      September 28th, 2011 - 6:18pm

      I liked closing time, it was a fun episode and the end was just EPIC!


      September 28th, 2011 - 7:27pm

      I agree with The Spaceman. closing time was cool and the ending was brilliant.

    • Breanna

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:03pm

      Doctor Who HAS drama! But young people do watch the show, so they can’t overload it.

    • Thetasigma

      September 28th, 2011 - 8:25pm

      I completely agree with Barry on this ! Closing time was the biggest waste of the Cybermen since the show returned. And the ending was “tacked on” to say the least. It was like “oh we have to give a few clues to the next ep so we’ll just sick them in here” A poor show and definately the worst of this season…so far…


      September 28th, 2011 - 8:47pm

      No closing time was one of the best why does every ep have to try and kill the doctor you just can’t take it seriously any more James corden is great on doctor who.We need more writters on doctor who and some darker eps in doctor who why can’t doctor who be on at 8 I mean it’s not even a school night and who goes to bed before 9 any way sorry If thats a bit ranty(is that a word)? BTW #saveDWC

  • I Love Cybermen

    September 28th, 2011 - 5:55pm

    The Beeb has gone evil…I think the daleks must be behind this!

  • Harold Saxon

    September 28th, 2011 - 5:21pm

    ps it has not been confirmed how series 7 will be broadcaast,rumours are it will be in the autumn of 2012 and anbother interview with stephen moffat at comic con says there will be a full series in 2012 broadcast.

    • David j

      September 28th, 2011 - 6:15pm

      series 7 broadast has been confiremed!

    • Anonymous

      September 28th, 2011 - 6:39pm

      And it will be an Autumn 2012 full broadcast, the rumours were about a supposed split into Spring 2013 but there is no proof of it.

  • Harold Saxon

    September 28th, 2011 - 5:20pm

    It’s shame,it has been a very good show,will miss it, shame it is part of bbc3’s cuts! Espc when Doctor Who & Torchwood are front line top bbc shows! Hope there is still plenty of behind the scenes stuff for the box sets!

  • Charlie

    September 28th, 2011 - 5:05pm

    WHAT! This is horrifying! Apparently it’s getting axed because of budget cuts, they need to focus on original shows and they want to concentrate on programmes in 9-10pm timeslot. This is outrageous!!! I’m really going to miss Doctor Who Confidential. πŸ™


    September 28th, 2011 - 5:03pm

    Isn’t Confidential one of the cheaper shows to make now anyway because it’s just behind the scenes of everyone’s favourite TV show.

    P.s. Does anyone know of a petition or something similar where we can voice our anger?

  • Kieran

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:57pm

    The reason behind Doctor who confidential was made by BBC 3’S new Controller who has the decission to axe programmes the controller as previously axed shows such as coming of age, 2 pints of larger and a packet of crisps , IDEAL , and Family guy in the future. The controller wrote in a statement for the axing ‘ BBC 3 is trying to get more original content’ so un-original shows on bbc 3 get axed. really sad news all we have now for the whoniverse is doctor who as torchwood , sja , and doctor who confidential are now going , and also doctor who is being stretched through 2012-13.

  • King of the weevils

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:36pm

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttt??????????????????? The news disgusts me!

  • The Spaceman

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:36pm

    Why has it stopped?

    • videogamemad00

      September 28th, 2011 - 7:31pm

      because they can’t afford to make it anymore.

  • Dalek Jake

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:31pm


  • slim line tonic

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:27pm

    i’m so sad, cant believe this, especialy as i dont watch doctor who but do watch confidential

  • gary

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:21pm

    Oh no!!

  • doctor 123

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:13pm

    So No more DOCTOR WHO

    • somebloke

      September 28th, 2011 - 4:22pm

      no doctor who will stay, just confidential will go

    • doctor 123

      September 28th, 2011 - 4:55pm

      ok thanks

  • Anonymous

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:11pm

    OMG WAHHHHHHHHH πŸ™ I LOVE WHO confidential

  • UDWF1

    September 28th, 2011 - 4:07pm


  • Cyberdevil

    September 28th, 2011 - 3:35pm

    It a shame that they have cancled the series as it was realy good. I hope there will be alot more online stuff instead.

  • Dark Side of the Moon

    September 28th, 2011 - 3:11pm

    Mmmm, strange decision – I really enjoyed all the behind the scenes stuff – makes you appreciate how much work goes into each scene.


    September 28th, 2011 - 2:55pm

    What a shame:(

  • JXQZ

    September 28th, 2011 - 1:26pm

    I thought the final show was going to be broadcast at Christmas after the special?

  • ian

    September 28th, 2011 - 1:21pm

    What will they use to pad out the DVD/Blu-Ray box sets now? For me there’s nothing to watch on BBC3 now. Shame.


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