50,000 Doctor Who Confidential fans petition BBC on Matt Smith’s birthday

Save Doctor Who Confidential Day will see the delivery of an online petition in support of the axed BBC3 show

A campaign aiming to save BBC3 series Doctor Who Confidential from the corporation’s axe will send an online petition signed by over 51,000 people to BBC bosses following today’s culmination, which has been dubbed Save Doctor Who Confidential Day.


The announcement that the Doctor Who spin-off would be a casualty of BBC cuts came on 28 September, provoking an outcry from fans which quickly formed itself into an organised campaign.

The petition went live the same day and a Twitter account, @SaveDWC, was set up, along with a Facebook group. They currently boast around 8,000 and 6,000 followers, respectively. Meanwhile, a Radio Times poll of over 5,000 of our users showed that nine in ten believe the show should not be cancelled.

On the same day that incumbent Time Lord Matt Smith celebrates his 29th birthday, campaigners will prepare the petition for BBC bosses. But it will remain open and supporters are encouraged to continue adding their names.

Doctor Who Confidential, which aired its final instalment at the end of September, charts the making of the series episode by episode, following each story from script to screen. 

Fans have praised it for being educational, as well as entertaining, with one calling it “one of the most informative looks at television in development I know”.

The latest series of Doctor Who Confidential garnered an average TV audience (on first showings) of around half a million but was watched by many more on catch-up, the final episode reaching the top of the BBC iPlayer chart the day after it was first shown.