Former Doctor Who star Peter Davison has said it is unfair Birmingham has been “left out of the loop” by the BBC .

The Fifth Doctor is no stranger to the city, having featured in All Creatures Great and Small when it was filmed in Pebble Mill .

The Post is campaigning for a fair share of BBC investment with the broadcaster re-investing just £12.40 for every licence fee-payer in the Midlands last year – compared to £80 in the North, £122 in Wales and £757 in London.

Speaking ahead of presenting the Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular at Barclaycard Arena on May 26, Mr Davison said it was unfair the city had lost ground on the likes of Cardiff and Salford.

He said: “Birmingham has been left out of the loop by the BBC and it’s not fair.

“More programmes should certainly be made in the city and more money invested in the region.

“The BBC has to have a proper base there which they don’t seem to have at the moment – certainly nothing like Pebble Mill, where some wonderful programmes were made.

“It sees odd that certain cities, like Cardiff and Manchester, have come up in terms of production while Birmingham gets left behind.

“It is a shame.”

Mr Davison, who starred as the Doctor between 1981 and 1984, joins the likes of Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor of London Boris Johnson in criticising the BBC for ignoring the Midlands.

A total of £942 million was raised for the broadcaster in licence fees last year but it reinvested just £80 million – less than it spends in London in 12 days.

The Post is campaigning for half of money raised in all UK regions to be reinvested there – which would mean an extra £400 million a year in the Midlands.

Mr Davison said he well remembers Pebble Mill, having filmed all the interior scenes of All Creatures Great and Small there between 1978 and 1990.

He played vet Tristan Farnon in the series.

Today, no prime time television is produced in the Midlands.

A BBC spokesman said last week: “Birmingham is really important to the BBC and that’s why we are building up our presence in the city even more.

“We’re investing an additional £23.5 million in Birmingham and moving another 200 jobs here, including the globally respected BBC Academy, which will uncover future talent through apprenticeships and traineeships from the region.

“We expect this to bring real economic benefits to the area so BBC Birmingham will continue to be a strong, vibrant and sustainable operation.”