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Published on May 18th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

The Day of the Doctor Wins BAFTA!

The Day of the Doctor has won the Radio Times Audience Award at the BAFTAs!

The award is voted for by members of the public, so it shows Doctor Who‘s massive popularity that the 50th anniversary special has triumphed. And even more impressively, it was up against some much-loved shows, including Broadchurch, Breaking Bad and The Great British Bake Off. John Bradley, Sophie Turner and Jerome Flynn presented the award.

Unfortunately, An Adventure in Space and Time, Mark Gatiss’ masterpiece, reliving the early days of Doctor Who, was nominated for Best Single Drama but lost out to Channel 4′s spy-thriller, Complicit. But at least David Bradley, who played William Hartnell in the drama and Solomon in 2012′s Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, won Best Supporting Actor for his heart-breaking role in Broadchurch (which won Best Drama Series), and Olivia Colman (The Eleventh Hour) won Best Leading Actress for her role in the same Chris Chibnall-created show.

Sarah Lancashire, aka Miss Foster from 2008′s Partners in Crime, got the Best Supporting Actress award for the excellent Last Tango in Halifax too, so it’s been a great night for Whovians!

Special thanks must go to showrunner, Steven Moffat, and lead actors, Matt Smith, David Tennant, John Hurt and Jenna Coleman. You’re all brilliant. And well done to everyone involved in making the 50th anniversary so special.

You officially did us proud!


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

20 Responses to The Day of the Doctor Wins BAFTA!

  1. avatar Harry M VanHoudnos says:

    While I am happy that Doctor Who won these awards, I am just worried, with Capaldi taking over for next year, that the public will NOT see it as well! But, we shall have to see if the public does accept Capaldi as the Doctor, or not.

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      You do know the public have accepted 11 actors before him don’t you?

      • avatar Harry M VanHoudnos says:

        Don’t forget that in a sense Capaldi is both the 13th AND the First Doctor in a new regeneration sequence. Unless that is explained to the fans, they may not understand that.

        • avatar TonyS says:

          I think you will find that the fans will accept that, even if they don’t quite understand it. Casual viewers probably won’t care.

          I am confident Peter Capaldi will be accepted as the Doctor.As Franco says, the others were!

        • avatar DonnaM says:

          He’s the Doctor. That’s all anyone needs to understand, surely.

          • avatar TonyS says:

            Exactly, Donna :)

        • Why would they need to?

    • avatar TonyS says:

      I came across the word “naysayer” yesterday and questioned whether it was used anymore… It took no time at all to turn an article about a Dr Who success into a thread about what might go wrong in the future!

  2. avatar JenniferGW says:

    Quite the opposite! I think it likely that Steven Moffat will again be the Man of The Hour at the BAFTAs in 2015 with Sherlock likely to be battling Who for best drama and Peter Capaldi against Benedict Cumberbatch for best acting award. Peter Capaldi is a BAFTA favourite and multiple previous nominee, as is Steven Moffat, and just as Matt Smith was nominated for his first year in the role as a breath of fresh air after David Tennant, I think it likely Peter will be nominated as a big vote of confidence in the new direction Moffat has promised us for Who.

    Most interestingly, Who will be up against Sherlock in the publicly voted Programme of the Year. Now that will be an interesting battle.

    I’m hoping Arthur Darvill might also get a look in for awards next year for Broadchurch 2 as it appears he will have a larger role in the sequel and with Olivia Colman, Jodie Whittaker and David Bradley, he put in the best performance in the original. Mind you, he would be up against Martin Freeman in the Best Supporting Actor category though.

    Chris Chibnall also mentioned tonight that there will be further big casting announcements for Broadchurch, so knowing his fondness for Who actors, wonder ‘who’ else might come aboard……

    • Sherlock in 2015?

      Seems unlikely.

      • avatar JenniferGW says:

        This would be for the episodes already shown in early 2014 as they will be in contention for next year as they would have missed the cutoff for the awards just held. I think that’s right!

        • Ah yes, they were that long ago I was thinking they were last year!

  3. avatar Mark P says:

    Not forgetting Olivia Coleman was in The Five(ish) Doctors too alongside Sean Pertwee

  4. avatar DonnaM says:

    Fantastic result, and to be honest, given the popularity of reality tv, not necessarily one I was expecting. On the point Harry raises, Peter Capaldi is on of the finest actors in Britain, with the awards (including the Bafta) to prove it. If the audience could accept every previous regeneration, why on Earth would they struggle with this?

    • avatar TonyS says:

      I don’t think the production office were expecting it either. No disrespect intended to them, but I didn;t recognise any of those who went up to accept it.

      So a pleasant surprise then :)

  5. avatar castellanspandrel says:

    “Voted for by the public… shows the massive popularity of Dr Who….”

    Or voted for by masses of Who fans and shows the fans’ passion for voting anything Dr Who-related?

    Or a bit of both the above?

    • Probably both? Anniversary year, after all.

      • avatar castellanspandrel says:

        Just wondered, since other shows in the running such as Breaking Bad are also extremely popular, whether us famously vocal fans swung the balance in Who’s favour.

        But then again, the box office takings suggest it was popular across the board.

        Happy it won; would be nice to get the Hugo Award too.

  6. avatar Geoff says:

    I just love hearing the words Doctor Who and BAFTA (not really a word!) in the same sentence!

    I was going to say “if only Steven Moffat had been around in 1986″ but the whole landscape of TV was different then so it probably wouldn’t have made any difference. In a way though I think the success of the new show is a tribute to the classic era which struggled with production problems and low budgets yet often turned out masterpieces that went largely unrecognised.

  7. avatar Geoff says:

    And I know “masterpieces” might sound very pretentious when talking about what was essentially throwaway entertainment being churned out week after week but th fact is a lit of them were!

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