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Published on May 1st, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Welsh BAFTAs Fill Gap on TARDIS Mantelpiece

Missing out on the UK BAFTAs this year has done nothing to sap the enthusiasm of those involved with the production of Doctor Who, and why would it when they have their very own Welsh BAFTAs to make up for it?

The BBC News site reports that Russell T Davies won the award for Best Screenwriter on Friday night, while David Tennant was voted Best Actor; meanwhile Eve Myles of Torchwood won Best Actress and the spinoff show itself was voted Best Drama.

But there were more awards for Doctor Who behind the scenes:

Its accolades this year included: best lighting director – not camera; best editor; best original music soundtrack; best make-up; best costume, and best director: drama.

Sci-fi thriller Torchwood also picked up best director of photography: drama, and best design.

According to Elaine Penn of TV Choice, speaking to icwales.co.uk:

“Doctor Who had better watch its back as Torchwood is gaining momentum,” she said.

“Part of that is that when it came out at the end of last year, Torchwood was on BBC3. It had amazing ratings on there, but rumour has it that when it comes back it’s going to go on BBC1, the home of Doctor Who. So it’ll be interesting to see how it does there.”

Good news for hi-tech Doctor Who fans comes from the news that the BBC’s iPlayer service has been given the go-ahead by the BBC Trust, reports BBC News. Shows such as Doctor Who will be available for viewing for seven days after initial broadcast through the system, which begins as a Windows-only service. The BBC Trust has stipulated that Mac users are catered for within a reasonable time frame.

Sad news comes our way with the revelation that Kylie Minogue’s rumoured appearance in Doctor Who held as much water as those rumours about Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. Still, it didn’t stop us from printing a picture of the pop pixie first time round, and it certainly won’t today!

Russell T Davies is reported by Digital Spy to have said:

…there is no possibility of Minogue taking part at the moment.

“Don’t be stupid,” he laughed. “I haven’t even written the script yet, and a woman like that is booked up two years in advance.”

As an NHS employee myself, I find this next piece of news to be pretty upsetting, but endemic of the atmosphere within the health service at this time. It seems that Doctor Who is quitting the NHS, blaming the Government’s National Project for IT (or so it says in The Spoof), and frankly I know exactly how he feels.

I think we’ll finish with this quote fromthe above satire:

Doctor Who has been a junior doctor for over 40 years, for some reason never passing the exams that would make him a Consultant and allow himself to be called Mister Who.

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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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