In an interview with Larry King, the Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi has waded into the discussion with other TV personalities to defend the BBC. Alongside Armando Iannucci, Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, Capaldi has supported the BBC and its work, but fears that the whole organisation is under threat.
‘With the new government we have, the organisation that makes our show, the BBC, which is one of the great organisations of the world, the most special, special organisation…I think it’s seriously under threat.’
When asked why he thought it was at risk, Peter answer: I think the government doesn’t think that the BBC supports it. [The BBC] is not answerable to shareholders and it entertains ideas – all kinds of ideas about Britain and about history and about the world and about art. I think the government don’t want to pay for it.’
The concern raised over the BBC’s future is certainly a contentious one with the process for the renewal of its Royal Charter just around the corner. However, the enthusiasm and the love of the corporation and its output, as shown by those who are a part of and its loyal viewers, demonstrates the importance of the BBC.
Peter concluded this part of the interview by stating that:
“The BBC represents the spirit of our country. It is so important that people don’t let this magnificent thing vanish.”
What are your thoughts on Peter’s impassioned plea? Do you think the BBC is at that great a risk?