BBC wastes thousands by canning Doctor Who Confidential Christmas special?!

by Lynn Connolly

The BBC – who are of course funded by UK TV licence payers – have wasted around £50,000 by canning an already filmed Christmas special of Doctor Who Confidential.

As fans of the show will know, the series was axed by the BBC in September, however, the Sun reports today that while writing for Doctor Who magazine, the show’s producer, Gillane Seaborne, said that a Christmas special had already been completed and was ready to air.

She wrote, “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…”

Doctor Who Confidential has run since 2005, and when it was announced that the show had been axed, dozens of Facebook groups and other ‘Save Doctor Who Confidential’ forums demanded the reinstatement of the show. However, it seems that’s unlikely to happen.

The move to cancel the show was one that shocked many, especially since the popularity of it spawned several further spin-offs, such as Torchwood Declassified, and Heroes Unmasked, which was a similar format to Confidential to accompany sci-fi series, Heroes.

Getting back to the issue regarding the waste of all that money in making a Christmas special which will now never air, a BBC insider said, “This is the first we have heard of it. We’re being told there is no Christmas show.”

And a BBC spokesman added, “While Doctor Who Confidential has been decommissioned, all existing episodes will be shown.

“But there is no Christmas special.”

Oo, the thick plottens! So is there one or isn’t there??

I would have thought that Ms Seaborne would know, given she’s the series’ producer, but we’ll keep you posted if we hear any more on the issue.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.