Doctor Who: Confidential Is Back! (With a New Name and Host)

The rumours were true! BBC Three’s Doctor Who: Unleashed will go behind the scenes on every episode from November

David Tennant and Steffan Powell in Doctor Who Unleashed
Photo: BBC Studios/Alistair Heap

Proof that fan petitions definitely work! A mere 12 years after behind-the-scenes Doctor Who companion show Doctor Who: Confidential was cancelled due to BBC budget restraints, the powers that be have finally listened to all of our moaning and brought it back!

Or at least, they absolutely didn’t listen to all of our moaning, but Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies is in charge now and has Disney money to spend, so we’re finally getting a new documentary companion series. Hooray and huzzah for that.

Doctor Who: Unleashed is a 30-minute doc series that will air on BBC Three immediately after every new Doctor Who episode from November 2023, as well as being available to stream on BBC iPlayer (and presumably Disney+ around the world). David Tennant let the plans for this revival slip some time ago, but he’s forgiven – the man is spinning a lot of plates right now.

Instead of the Confidential-style voiceover from a Doctor Who-adjacent narrator (Simon Pegg, Anthony Head, Russell Tovey…), this one will have an on-screen host in the form of BBC Gaming Correspondent and former Radio One Newsbeat presenter Steffan Powell (pictured above with a fan of the show). Steffan hails from the Amman Valley in South Wales, and is a familiar voice on BBC Radio and a familiar face on Welsh-language television station S4C.


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