Published on January 30th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley
Billie Bags Another Gong!
Just another news report about another award… I don’t remember this sort of thing happening to Lis Sladen, but anyway…
Ex-Pop Princess and current Doctor Who companion Ms Billie Piper has again underlined been the recipient of an industry award that underlines not only her contribution to Doctor Who but confirms recognition of her until recently unseen acting ability.
While the Channel 4 drama based on Elizabeth I won the award for top TV drama, thus dealing an initial blow to Doctor Who, Billie was quite reasonably installed as the winner of the South Bank Show Awards breakthrough award, reports BBC News. This award of course recognises rising stars, and with Rose’s future in doubt, it further highlights Billie’s ability and her profile within the industry.
Meanwhile, the Times Online has two very similar articles which claim that Billie’s career was saved by Doctor Who. Both are of course derived from Billie’s award at the South Bank Show Awards, and note that Billie’s award was voted for by readers of The Times:
She impressed audiences with her portrayal of Rose, the Doctorâ€™s sidekick, playing alongside Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor in the first and David Tennant in the second series written by Russell T. Davies.
Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter movies, handed Piper her prize – The Times Breakthrough Award – at the South Bank Awards today.
She said yesterday that she was dedicated to acting. “I care so much more about acting than I do for music,” she said.
“Iâ€™m having the time of my life at the moment and this (prize) just makes it even better. Doctor Who has affected me personally. The stories are amazing, but itâ€™s bloody hard work.”
Finally – the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site reports that Doctor Who has won another award – the 2006 Broadcast Award for Best Drama Series or Serial, between “Blackpool” and “Shameless”. According to the judges of the award:
“The fact that the BBC took an abandoned concept and reinvented it as a huge Saturday night entertainment hit is brilliant. To start from scratch and produce 13 episodes and to maintain a 40 per cent audience share is highly impressive.”
Well done, I say, to us – the fans who over the last 17 years have kept Doctor Who’s spirit alive, and also got ourselves into such positions within the industry that bringing Doctor Who back was considered possible.