Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the showrunner admitted that the sci-fi drama would be "rubbish" without a sizeable budget from the BBC.
He explained of the proposed action: "It sounds like a punishment rather than a saving.
"Are licence fee payers protesting hugely? No. They shouldn't, we give them lots of rubber green people in Doctor Who.
"Alien invasions are accomplished by at least three of them. Any cut in the licence fee and we'd have solo invasions. That'd be rubbish."
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