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article imageDoctor Who Confidential ‘regenerates’ as Doctor Who Extra

By Mathew Wace Peck     Aug 20, 2014 in Entertainment
A brand-new “making-of” documentary series will accompany all the new episodes of “Doctor Who,” it has been announced by the BBC.
Doctor Who Extra will be broadcast on BBC iPlayer and via the BBC Red Button on Saturday evenings, immediately after each week’s episode of Doctor Who.
According to Wales Online, each 10-minute instalment will “trace the highs and lows of Doctor Who’s most ambitious run of episodes yet, getting the inside take on series 8 from the people who made it.”
As with the Doctor Who Confidential team before it, the Doctor Who Extra team were given “unparalleled access” to the main stars of the show — Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara) and Samuel Anderson (Danny) — and its guest stars, including Chris Addison, Sanjeev Bhaskar (The Indian Doctor), Michelle Gomez, Keeley Hawes (Line of Duty), Ben Miller (Death in Paradise), the singer Foxes and Frank Skinner.
Members of the production staff, including its directors and Doctor Who supremo Steven Moffat will also “spill the beans on the on and off-screen drama,” Wales Online reports.
By another name!
Doctor Who Confidential ran for seven seasons from 2005 to 2011. However, and despite the series’ continued popularity and sustained high viewing figures, Zai Bennett, then Controller of BBC Three, decided to scrap it, much to the annoyance of Moffat, who publicly criticised the decision: “[It] seems hard to grasp. All shows have their time, and all shows end, but not, in all sanity, while people still watch and love them […] I’m not supposed to say it, but I’m going to anyway: bad day, bad decision.”
Doctor Who Confidential
Doctor Who Confidential
Within hours of the Bennett’s decision, an online petition had been set up by the SaveDWC campaign, quickly garnering almost 60,000 signatures.
In July 2013, it was rumoured that Doctor Who Confidential was to return as a one-off special, in order to announce the actor chosen to replace Matt Smith as the Doctor. What emerged, on Sunday, August 4, was Doctor Who Live: The Twelfth Doctor, in which Peter Capaldi (The Musketeers) was unveiled live on television.
A second edition of this show — Doctor Who Live: The Afterparty — was broadcast on Saturday, November 23, to mark Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary.
Of the return of Doctor Who Confidential all but by name, one supporter, Lws Chrstn, summed up the mood of fans, tweeting to SaveDWC: “Confidential is back! (Just called Extra instead xD) Yay! :D”
A BBC Cymru Wales production, Doctor Who Extra is executive-produced by Steven Moffat, Brian Minchin (The Sarah Jane Adventures) and Jo Pearce (Doctor Who: Attack of the Graske).
Doctor Who Season 8 is due to premiere this coming Saturday, August 23, with the 80-minute feature-length adventure Deep Breath — broadcast in several countries, on television and in selected cinemas.
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