Doctor Who Unleashed lands on BBC Three this November to bring fans behind the scenes of the 60th Anniversary specials

There are many secrets and mysteries surrounding Russell T Davies’ new era of Doctor Who. Though  perhaps one hasn’t been very secret: the return of a behind the scenes companion show. Fans have seen the team filming the filming in Cardiff and beyond. More than that, David Tennant even referenced working with them months ago. The original Doctor Who Confidential ran for six series. Along the way it gave fans access everywhere from the TARDIS set to RTD’s office. From the makeup room to the BBC canteen, Confidential’s cameras sought out everyone worth talking to. That incarnation was much loved and missed by fans. And now the concept gets a new lease of life and a new title as Doctor Who: Unleashed.

The new show brings viewers

Doctor Who: Unleashed lands on BBC Three and iPlayer this November. The brand new access all areas show aims to give viewers an unmissable insight into the world of Doctor Who. Produced by Bright Branch for BBC Studios, it keeps the 30 minute factual entertainment series format. And each episode will also air on BBC Three straight after the credits roll on the parent show. However, it will gave a host in the shape of BBC Gaming Correspondent Steffan Powell, rather than an unseen narrator. After every episode of Doctor Who, viewers can switch over to BBC Three or iPlayer. There, Steffan will show them just how the Bad Wolf team makes the out of this world drama.

Similar companion shows have been a consistent part of the Disney+ formula for its Marvel and Star Wars content . But there’s no word yet on whether international viewers will get to see Unleashed. It’s even possible they’ll get another Disney+ made program of their own.


Doctor Who Unleashed host Seffan Powell with David Tennant during filming of The Star Beast (c) BBC Studios
Doctor Who Unleashed host Seffan Powell with David Tennant during filming of the 60th Anniversary (c) BBC Studios

The people behind Doctor Who Unleashed share their excitement

Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Showrunner says:

“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.”

Steffan Powell, Host of Doctor Who: Unleashed says:

“When you’re told Russell T Davies is asking for you to present a show, you say, ‘when does he want me?’ Doesn’t matter, I’ll be there…There’s a really fun and fascinating group of people bringing Doctor Who to life – I can’t wait for the audience to meet them. I’m so chuffed to have been trusted to help tell, in all its glory, the story of what goes into making the magic happen.”

Jo Pearce, Bright Branch Creative Director and Doctor Who: Unleashed Executive Producer says:

“This series gives audiences access to all areas, led brilliantly by Steffan Powell, viewers are invited to see what really goes into the making of Doctor Who. It’s been such a privilege to create this show and we’re so grateful to the cast and crew who welcomed us in and allowed us to tell the story behind the drama.”

Fiona Campbell, Youth Audience (BBC iPlayer and BBC Three) says:

Doctor Who is a show that needs no introduction, so it goes without saying that BBC Three and iPlayer are thrilled to introduce this incredible new series that invites viewers into the world of Doctor Who, showing them just what really goes on.”



  1. Story is 40 years old and no matter what crispy her gell and frooo frooo shirts ain’t going to bring the fun of dr who weekly back.


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