In an era when making of features about films and TV shows seem in shrinking supply, Doctor Who Unleashed is doing something about it.
When Doctor Who was revived in 2005, one of the companion shows that went with it was Doctor Who Confidential. Effectively, if you never had the pleasure, the show took you into the making of the episode that you’d just watched, and gave you a behind the scenes glimpse into things.
Doctor Who Confidential was interesting if you simply liked the show, and for some, an eye-opener if they were considering working in television. And now, with the return of Doctor Who this autumn for its 60th birthday, a new variant of Doctor Who Confidential is coming with it.
The show will be called Doctor Who: Unleashed, and it’s set for BBC Three and iPlayer. Hosted by Steffan Powell, it’ll be showing how the episode that’s just screened was made, and include interviews with the cast and crew as well.
Russell T Davies is back in charge of Doctor Who of course, and he’s clearly really rather happy at the news. “Over the years, I meet so many people who were inspired to find careers in TV, because of the behind-the-scenes material the BBC would show. And now it’s back, in the grand old tradition of Doctor Who Confidential, but in a brand new form, Unleashed! So a whole new generation – and faithful fans of old – can see what the stars and the crew get up to behind the cameras.”
By the sounds of it, Davies was the driving force behind bringing such a show back. However it came about, the news of its existence – in a world where making of features on DVDs and such like seem in quite short supply – is really rather good. And yeah: hopefully it might just make the world of film and TV making a little bit more accessible…
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