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Published on May 9th, 2006 | by Christian Cawley

BAFTAs & Weekend Roundup

The success of Doctor Who’s return was firmly and finally cemented on Sunday evening as the show picked up 2 BAFTA awards!

As the BBC News reports,

Doctor Who’s Billie Piper, who plays the Time Lord’s sidekick Rose Tyler, accepted the award for best drama series on stage with a dalek.

The BBC One programme also took the Pioneer Audience Award, which was voted for by TV viewers, which Piper described as “a treat”.

Speaking afterwards, Doctor Who writer Russell T Davis said: “It’s lovely, it’s gobsmacking, it’s a programme that children watch and the family watch.”

According to This Is Swindon, Billie was non-committal on stories of her “impending departure”:

Billie, who was accompanied on stage by a Dalek, refused to reveal whether her character Rose was soon to be killed off.

“You’re just going to have to wait and see,” she said.

Russell T Davies, creator of the new series of Doctor Who, said the success of the sci-fi show proved viewers still wanted family entertainment.

“We were told that bringing it back would be impossible, that we would never capture this generation of children. But we did it,” he said.

The awards ceremony was attended by David Tennant and Billie Piper (sadly no Christopher Eccleston) and you can see them together in picture 11 of the BBC News:In Pictures gallery of the event. Doesn’t David look dashing in beard and kilt. He’s Scottish you know, from Paisley.

And he’s 35.

According to DWAS, Episode 4 of the current run of Doctor Who, The Girl in the Fireplace, garnered initial overnight ratings of 7.4 million viewers. This represents 37% of the available audience, and will of course be revised when recorded and repeat viewings are factored in.

The episode seems to have received considerably mixed reviews across the board, and if our reviews here at Kasterborous aren’t enough to satiate your need to reconcile your own thoughts on the adventure, SFX’s Dave Bradley has reviewed the episode and this is available on their website. Bradley also seems to aptly sum up the feelings of many Doctor Who fans:

This is a baffling, beautiful story which adds bittersweet new elements to the mythology of the Doctor. One word of warning: you have to watch to the very last second in order to get your answer to the question, “Why?”

And if you liked the lavishness of The Girl in the Fireplace, a visit to BBC Wales’ webpage will give you some information about where you can visit these real-life sets.

And fans of 35 year old David Tennant from Paisley, Scotland, might be interested in finding out that the Doctor Who star is appearing in the next series of the BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are” family hostory show, reports The Daily Record.

He’s a Scot, d’ye ken?

And finally the BBC’s Official Doctor Who site has comments from Class 5 at Upwell School in Cambridgeshire on Justin Richards new Tenth Doctor novel, The Resurrection Casket.

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About the Author

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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