The Best Episodes of Doctor Who Confidential

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2018

Specially filmed for BBC Three as a companion piece to Doctor Who, Doctor Who Confidential aims to give a taste of the excitement and the energy that surrounds the show. The programme includes behind-the-scenes filming and interviews with the cast, writers and production team as they bring our favourite Time Lord back to our screens. An abbreviated 15-minute version, concentrating on the production of the new series and without reference to the original show, is also broadcast on BBC Three as Doctor Who Confidential Cutdown.

Behind the Scenes of The Name of the Doctor

#1 - Behind the Scenes of The Name of the Doctor

Season 7 - Episode 14

star 9.50
2 votes
Look Who's Talking

#2 - Look Who's Talking

Season 4 - Episode 10

Doctor Who Confidential takes you behind the scenes of one the creepiest episodes of the series yet! As well as exclusive backstage footage, the show also reveals how the sound team put together the complicated soundscape of the hit show.

star 9.25
8 votes
Here Come the Girls

#3 - Here Come the Girls

Season 4 - Episode 11

Behind-the-scenes look at the making of Doctor Who. The world is in crisis and there's only one person who can save it, but it's not who you might think. Witness the world without the Doctor, travels backstage with the TARDIS, and takes a stroll down the exotic Shan Shen Alley. There is also the return of an old friend to the show in the shape of Rose Tyler. Featuring an exclusive interview with Billie Piper and contributions from Catherine Tate, David Tennant and Russell T Davies.

star 9.14
7 votes
River Runs Deep

#4 - River Runs Deep

Season 4 - Episode 9

Fresh from Stateside success and back in the UK to film her part in Doctor Who, Confidential talks to Alex Kingston and discovers more about her time travelling archaeologist River Song.

star 9.11
9 votes
Finale

#5 - Finale

Season 2 - Episode 13

Behind the scenes of "Doomsday (2)". This episode takes a look back at the second series of Doctor Who and goes behind the scenes of the epic season finale.

star 9.00
12 votes
Bigger on the Inside

#6 - Bigger on the Inside

Season 6 - Episode 4

Acclaimed fantasy author Neil Gaiman takes us on a personal tour of the Doctor's magical machine, and Confidential goes behind the scenes to find out what life is like on a junkyard planet.

star 8.91
23 votes
The End of an Era

#7 - The End of an Era

Season 4 - Episode 13

It's the end of series four and Confidential goes behind the scenes as we see the Doctor's Arch Enemy bring the universe to the brink of extinction. Featuring interviews with David Tennant, Billie Piper, Catherine Tate, Freema Agyeman, Russell T Davies, Julie Gardner and Phil Collinson.

star 8.80
10 votes
The Valiant Quest

#8 - The Valiant Quest

Season 3 - Episode 13

Behind the scenes of "Last of the Time Lords". It's the end of an amazing series and Confidential goes behind the scenes of the nail biting finale to Series Three as we see two enemies square up for a battle of valiant proportions.

star 8.80
10 votes
Eyes Wide Open

#9 - Eyes Wide Open

Season 5 - Episode 4

Alex Kingston, who plays River Song, talks about the highs and lows of being suspended on wires, and there's a look back with cast and crew at the Doctor and River Song's relationship so far. The Weeping Angels get a makeover for their long-awaited comeback and Matt Smith is photographed, scanned and 'rotoscoped' for the new online Doctor Who Adventure Games. Narrated by Alex Price and featuring interviews with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan.

star 8.74
16 votes
Out of Time

#10 - Out of Time

Season 5 - Episode 13

Confidential takes a closer look at the earth-shattering action of the series finale, helping viewers to make sense of the epic series of events that unfold. And in an exciting departure, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan take a bite out of the Big Apple to help launch the new series in the USA. Featuring interviews with Matt and Karen.

star 8.67
18 votes
River Runs Wild

#11 - River Runs Wild

Season 6 - Episode 8

Achtung! Explosions, vintage bikes, cornfields and time travel make for a mind-boggling start to the second batch of Doctor Who adventures.Confidential is back on set with Matt Smith and Karen Gillan in 1930s Berlin. We hang out backstage with the cast and crew and bring you all the behind-the-scenes action as the series gets back into full swing. We also bring you Script to Screen - the making of a mini Doctor Who episode written by schoolchildren and brought to life by Matt Smith and the Doctor Who team. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Steven Moffat.

star 8.64
14 votes
The Italian Job

#12 - The Italian Job

Season 4 - Episode 2

Doctor Who Confidential travels the long road to Rome to witness the making of The Doctor's latest volcanic voyage. Filming at the famous Cinecitta Studios, the production team face an Italian job of colossal proportions and Confidential is on set to feel the heat. Plus David Tennant heads up Pompeii and climbs Mount Vesuvius in this latest Doctor Who Confidential exclusive.

star 8.62
8 votes
Making Manhattan

#13 - Making Manhattan

Season 3 - Episode 5

Behind the scenes of "Evolution of the Daleks (2)". Behind-the-scenes look at the making of Doctor Who. There's a trip to to Manhattan to find out how to recreate 1930s New York in the heart of south Wales. The producer and director of episodes four and five visit the New York locations they plan to reproduce and the visual effects supervisor shows what they need to make Manhattan in Cardiff.

star 8.60
10 votes
Welcome to Torchwood

#14 - Welcome to Torchwood

Season 2 - Episode 12

Behind the scenes of "Army of Ghosts (1)". In a break from the normal programming, this episode takes a look behind the scenes of next year's spin-off series Torchwood.

star 8.58
12 votes
When Time Froze

#15 - When Time Froze

Season 6 - Episode 13

Actress Alex Kingston provides an explanation of River Song's complex timeline with the Doctor, and The Script to Screen contest draws to a close with Death Is the Only Answer, a three-minute episode written by the pupils of Oakley Junior School in Basingstoke, Hampshire, in which the Doctor make use of a little-known Time Lord weapon before helping a fellow time-traveller find his way home.

star 8.57
14 votes
The Born Identity

#16 - The Born Identity

Season 6 - Episode 7

Confidential goes behind the scenes for the epic series finale set on the asteroid, Demons Run. We discover how the Doctor Who team create the newest baddies, turn a small platoon of clerics into an army and transform an alley in Cardiff into Jack the Ripper's London. Features a day in the life of a Doctor Who enemy and in-depth interviews with Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Alex Kingston, Frances Barber and lead writer Steven Moffat.

star 8.53
17 votes
Breaking the Silence

#17 - Breaking the Silence

Season 6 - Episode 2

Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill take us on a wild west tour, deep in the heart of the American desert. The Doctor Who crew are filming in a very unusual location of super-size scale and Confidential covers the entire journey from the States to the stars. Alex Kingston speculates about the mysterious River Song and The Silence have their say on one of the scariest monsters to date. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.

star 8.50
16 votes
Coming to America

#18 - Coming to America

Season 6 - Episode 1

Doctor Who Confidential travels Stateside with the cast and crew to show how Doctor Who created its very own American Dream. In Utah, Confidential follows the director's quest to find the perfect movie-style backdrop to one of the most ambitious scenes to date. Matt Smith dons his stetson and gives us a run-down of the USA filming and the crew talk us through the thrills of filming in the Utah desert. Back on home ground, we bring you the creation of the Oval Office, the much-debated return of River Song and a whole load of backstage action from this spectacular two-parter. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Alex Kingston.

star 8.50
20 votes
Behind the Scenes of Nightmare in Silver

#19 - Behind the Scenes of Nightmare in Silver

Season 7 - Episode 13

star 8.50
4 votes
Heartbreak Hotel

#20 - Heartbreak Hotel

Season 6 - Episode 11

Confidential is on set with David Walliams as he makes his Doctor Who debut. Find out what made writer Toby Whithouse set his latest Doctor adventure in a hotel with a difference and discover how to make heads turn in a room full of ventriloquist dummies. Spend 'A Day in the Life' with the writer on a very revealing set visit when he finally gets face to face with his very own creation, plus more teasers on Death is the Only Answer - an exclusive three-minute Doctor Who episode written by schoolchildren. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and David Walliams.

star 8.50
14 votes
Do You Remember The First Time?

#21 - Do You Remember The First Time?

Season 3 - Episode 10

Broadcast alongside "Blink". This week, David Tennant directs his very own Doctor Who Confidential. TV’s top Time Lord has been given complete control to film his own very personal account of the making of Doctor Who. David takes a nostalgic voyage of discovery to find out the secret behind the success of Doctor Who.

star 8.46
13 votes
Directors: David Tennant
Writers:
Stage Fright

#22 - Stage Fright

Season 3 - Episode 2

Behind the scenes of "The Shakespeare Code". Behind-the-scenes look at Doctor Who. The production team recreated some of the most breathtaking scenes to date as Martha's first trip in the TARDIS takes her to Elizabethan England to meet William Shakespeare.

star 8.44
9 votes
Take Two

#23 - Take Two

Season 6 - Episode 6

Confidential hangs out with the stars in the 'Tent of Fun' and takes a look at how filming with doppelgangers can mean double the trouble. We discover whether playing The Doctor has given Matt Smith an insight into another world, while writer Matthew Graham takes a journey of discovery and sees one of his most powerful new characters coming to life. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill and Sarah Smart.

star 8.43
16 votes
About a Boy

#24 - About a Boy

Season 6 - Episode 9

Series going behind the scenes of Doctor Who. Confidential is on location, presenting action from a 17th century estate in the Gloucestershire countryside and a high-rise housing estate in Bristol. The cast have a bit of a sing-song, there's a long night with the one of the assistant directors and the special effects team show how sometimes good old-fashioned green gloop is the only way. Mark Gatiss talks about writing for three consecutive TV Doctors and, in script to Screen, find out who plays an all-important historical figure. Featuring interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat.

star 8.42
12 votes
All about the Girl

#25 - All about the Girl

Season 5 - Episode 2

Behind-the-scenes series looking at the making of Doctor Who features new companion Amy Pond and her adventures with the Doctor onboard the Starship UK. Find out just what makes the sinister smilers tick and get right in the thick of the action with actress Karen Gillan. Also, the show goes behind the mask to explore the secret of Liz Ten as Oscar-nominated actress Sophie Okenedo talks about creating this extraordinary character. Narrated by Alex Price.

star 8.40
18 votes
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