Doctor Who Confidential voted best BBC3 show of all time

A poll of 1,200 users named the behind-the-scenes series the best in the channel’s ten-year history, ahead of Pramface, Being Human, Torchwood, The Mighty Boosh and Gavin & Stacey

In the week that BBC3 celebrated its tenth birthday, a poll of over 1,200 people has named Doctor Who Confidential the best show in the channel’s history.


The behind-the-scenes series garnered 23% of the vote, more than twice that of its nearest rival, teen comedy Pramface. Supernatural drama Being Human – cancelled this week after five series – was marginally further behind in third place, followed by another Doctor Who spin-off, Torchwood, and Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt’s surreal comedy The Mighty Boosh.

James Corden and Ruth Jones’s critically-acclaimed comedy Gavin & Stacey, which graduated from BBC3 to BBC2 and then BBC1, came in seventh place.

Doctor Who Confidential took viewers on a script-to-screen journey through the making of the BBC1 sci-fi series following its revival in 2005, but was axed in September 2011 as part of the corporation’s cost-cutting measures.

A petition aimed at saving the show collected over 50,000 signatures, with campaigners calling it “educational, informative entertainment” and praising it for its unique insight into TV production. Doctor Who star Matt Smith said he was “really sorry” at the news of the cancellation.

The top ten best BBC3 shows

1. Doctor Who Confidential (23%)

2. Pramface (11.4%)

3. Being Human (11.2%)

4. Torchwood (10.48%)

5. The Mighty Boosh (7.76%)

6. Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (5.92%)

7. Gavin & Stacey (4.56%)

8. 60 Second News (3.2%)

9. Russell Howard’s Good News (2.56%)


10. Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents (1.68%)