Doctor Who Confidential is dead, but it will live on in spirit with Doctor Who Extra: a brand-new series, airing on BBC iPlayer and the red button.
The 10-minute ‘making of’ show will be available right after each episode of Peter Capaldi’s debut series airs on BBC1.
According to the BBC, Doctor Who Extra is “much more than a ‘making of’ show, as we follow Peter Capaldi every step of the way throughout the creation of his first season as the Doctor. Over the course of 12 programmes we 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.”
The show will go behind-the-scenes to interview stars such as Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Samuel Anderson (series regular Danny Pink), plus guests Frank Skinner, Keeley Hawes, Michelle Gomez, Ben Miller, Foxes and more. Writers, such as lead writer/executive producer Steven Moffat, and directors will also contribute.
The tone of Doctor Who Extra is apparently “fun, fast paced and lighter” while there being “plenty for fans too, as we take a quick dip into the archive for every edition, reflecting on how Doctor Who’s history is echoed in this current series.”
The similarities between Doctor Who Extra and Doctor Who Confidential, BBC3’s behind-the-scenes show which was axed in 2011, will not be lost on fans, who have been campaigning the revive the show. It remains to be seen if this will be an adequate replacement.
Doctor Who will return with feature-length series 8 opener Deep Breath on August 23.