Matt Smith rues cancellation of Doctor Who Confidential

The star says the BBC3 behind-the-scenes series was one of the channel's biggest shows


Doctor Who star Matt Smith says he’s “really sorry” that behind-the-scenes series Doctor Who Confidential has been axed.


“It’s a pity as I think it’s a show which can reinvent itself year on year and it’s one of the biggest shows on BBC3,” said Smith.

“I guess people come in and have new ideas and want to have their own fresh take on it but, hey, some you win, some you lose,” he told What’s on TV.

The BBC announced the decision to cancel the BBC3 Doctor Who spin-off at the end of September, immediately sparking an outcry from fans that quickly became an organised campaign.

An online petition was signed by over 50,000 people, while Twitter and Facebook accounts gathered around 15,000 followers between them and a Radio Times poll of over 5,000 of our users showed that nine out of ten believe the show should not be cancelled.

The series, which followed each episode of Doctor Who from script to screen, was praised for providing an insight into TV production as well as for its entertainment value, with one viewer calling it “one of the most informative looks at television in development I know”.


The final series of Doctor Who Confidential garnered an average TV audience of around half a million and 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.