An unprecedented level of support finally underlined the impact that Doctor Who has made on the television screens of 2005 last night as what most of us reading this consider to be the “Greatest Show in the Galaxy” won awards in all three categories it was nominated in!
Billie Piper won the award for Most popular actress, defeating Zoe Lucker from “Footballers’ Wives”, Patsy Kensit from “Emmerdale” and “EastEnders” star Jessie Wallace, while Most popular actor Christopher Eccleston – unable to attend – pipped Martin Clunes, “EastEnders” actor Shane Richie and “Coronation Street’s” Bradley Walsh.
The series itself rightfully won an award for Best Drama – the first award of this type it has received while on air – beating off opposition from US slapper-com “Desperate Housewives” and “The Bill”.
Billie Piper, accepting her award, said:
“Usually soap stars win everything so Iâ€™m shocked, I didnâ€™t think Iâ€™d get a snip. Thank you to everybody who voted for me, and to the British public for their encouragement over the last 17 years.”
Russell T Davies collected Christopher Eccleston’s award on his behalf, and read out a message from the actor:
“Thank you to everybody who voted for me, and to the British public for their encouragement over the last 17 years…They have always been honest with me and I’m very grateful.”
On a downside, however, the online version of industry paper The Stage claim that the audience was less than happy that the winner of the Most Popular Actor, Christopher Eccleston, was absent from the event. While the actor was reported to be ill, it should be emphasized that not all actors enjoy these events; indeed, those in any high profile industry that consider themselves to be professionals and not “celebrities” on the whole avoid awards events like the plague. Eccleston’s absence is totally in character with a man who has given consistently good performances throughout his career and attempted to vary his work while eschewing chatshows and interviews where possible. Congratulations Chris, and best of luck with your future work.
unitnews.co.uk last night reported that this news has made the front pages of early editions of todays The Sun, The Star and The Mirror; incidentally, ITV’s first casualties in the Saturday night war, Ant and Dec, won the Most Popular Entertainment Presenter award…
More information about the awards and the other winners is reported on the BBC News pages.