Save Doctor Who Confidential?
BBC Three’s Doctor Who Confidential, which featured behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast and crew of the popular sci-fi show, has been axed. This is part of the corporation’s on-going cuts programme.
A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "Doctor Who Confidential has been a great show for BBC3 over the years but our priority now is to build on original British commissions, unique to the channel."
However, there has been a response from the fans. Within an hour of this news, on the 28th September 2011, “Doctor Who Confidential” was trending in the UK. Also on Twitter, a page has been created called Save Doctor Who Confidential (@SaveDWC).
As of 8:15am on the 3rd October 2011, @SaveDWC has 7590 followers. Two of these followers are Steven Moffat, the head writer of Doctor Who, and Neil Gaiman, writer of series six episode The Doctor’s Wife. Gaiman retweeted the campaign. Arthur Darvill said during his talk at EMS 2011 that Confidential is his grandad’s favourite show.
Along with the Twitter page, a petition on Petition Buzz Chart has been created. Within 72 hours of the campaign, the petition achieved over 20,000 signings. It currently stands at 26,249 signatures. It is the number one petition at the moment on the site.
The campaign has also gone worldwide with support from various countries expressed on the Twitter page. The countries mentioned were South Korea, New Zealand, Holland, Switzerland, France; plus others. For all you Whovians out there, one tweeter said they were from Utah. Another said, hopefully with tongue in cheek, that they are from Gallifrey. This very well may be the first inter-galactic campaign.
In The Wedding of River Song, we see The Doctor attempt to avoid his death. With this strong campaign, will Confidential succeed it doing this?