BAFTA Nominations Snub…

Several sources site Russell T Davies as being unhappy with the nominations received from BAFTA for this years BAFTA Craft Awards. tell us that nominations have been received for the first year of Doctor Who as follows:

  • Best Director: Joe Ahearne
  • New Media Developer: Jo Pearce and Andrew Whitehouse for Attack of

    the Graske

  • Writer: Russell T Davies
  • Break-through Talent: Edward Thomas
  • Full nominations can be found on the BAFTA website. However, thestageonline suggests that according to “a podcast for a national newspaper”, Davies won’t be too happy with the breadth of the nominations:

    “You watch a Charles Dickens adaptation and you’re clapping [at] all those antique lace collars but if you watch a bird woman from the 57th century you don’t imagine that someone put two weeks’ thought and work into it.”

    He added that situation made him angry. “There’s nothing that you can do about it and it always sounds a bit stupid raging about awards, they don’t matter in the end – but if our design, costume, make-up and effects departments aren’t nominated I will be furious.”

    Elsewhere, RTD is chatting again, this time with the Sci Fi Channel’s SciFi Wire, and among other things that British viewers may already know about Series 2, confirms that:

    “There’s also the big end-of-season climax, which seems built into every show these days, and even though it’s a much less British thing to do that, we’ve kept it very much the same.”

    And there’s more from Mr Davies in that quality organ The Mirror where he decalres an embargo on multi Doctor stories (hurrah!):

    “I don’t like past Doctor adventures. I’ve never liked it when Doctors met other Doctors because I think it’s an actors’ parade. You’re not watching the Doctors, you’re watching party pieces – so it won’t happen.”

    Russell is of course 100% correct on this matter. This isn’t the 1980s, and a repeat of The Five Doctors seriously isn’t needed. The Mirror continues:

    A spokesman for official fanclub the Doctor Who Appreciation Society said Davies was correct, though a lot of die-hard followers would be disappointed.

    He said: “I’m sure a lot of fans would like to see multi-Doctor stories. But we agree with Russell. Viewers new to the show can feel excluded by references to 20 years ago. We’d rather see more adventures with the new Doctor, David Tennant.”

    You might be wondering, then, why Sarah Jane has come back? Well, RTD says:

    “We brought back Sarah Jane and K9 to tell a Rose story, and it works fantastically well.”

    So, is this a good thing, or could multi-Doctor stories work? Discuss this matter in our forum

    Christian Cawley

    A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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