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'Doctor Who Confidential': BBC cuts to blame for axe, says Zai Bennett

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BBC Three controller Zai Bennett has spoken about his decision to axe Doctor Who Confidental at this year's Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Bennett blamed the behind-the-scenes show's cancellation on BBC cuts, suggesting that it had come to the end of its natural run.

BBC Three controller Zai Bennett

© BBC / Guy Levy

Doctor Who Confidential

© BBC



"Doctor Who Confidential had run for six series," he argued. "It was a show about a show. There wasn't much more to say about how they make Doctor Who."

He added: "We are pulling back from pre-watershed TV because of BBC cuts - I've got to make every pound count."

Bennett explained that his focus as head of BBC Three is on "unique programmes".

"I don't want to make loads of extension shows, a la ITV2," he said.

Since assuming the role of controller, Bennett has axed a number of BBC Three series, including The Fades, White Van Man, Ideal and Mongrels.

Watch a clip from Doctor Who Confidential below:

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