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article imageBAFTA honours Doctor Who’s 50 years of achievement

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Doctor Who is to be celebrated at tonight’s BAFTA awards ceremony in London, marking the half-century of the BBC’s iconic science-fiction drama series.
Making the announcement, Amanda Berry, BAFTA Chief Executive, praised the show. “There are only a handful of programmes that have the quality and longevity of Doctor Who and the ability to put the nation on their sofas – or indeed behind them – year after year,” she said.
The segment, which will be broadcast during tonight’s award-giving, is expected to feature a brand-new Doctor Who minisode, as well as a video montage of highlights from the BBC’s Doctor Who archives. The Doctor’s most famous and long-eduring enemies, the Daleks, are to trundle along the BAFTA red carpet, while Jenna-Louise Coleman – who plays the Doctor’s current companion, Clara Oswald, in the series – will be presenting one of the awards.
Reporting on the BAFTA event, the Northampton Chronicle – the newspaper that covers the current Doctor Matt Smith’s home town – claims that the anniversary in November will include “a number of the Doctor’s regenerations brought together on-screen”. However, that has been put in doubt by Seventh Doctor actor Sylvester McCoy, who said recently, “The 20th-century Doctors haven’t heard anything. We old Who-ers have not been asked to go along.”
What is known for sure is that David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor will joining Smith’s Eleventh in an anniversary special, expected to be broadcast on Saturday, 23, and that Christopher Eccleston turned down the opportunity to reprise his role as the Ninth Doctor. John Hurt, meanwhile, revealed he was playing “part of the Doctor” in the story, penned by Doctor Who’s current showrunner, Steven Moffat.
Speaking about Doctor Who at the BAFTAs, Moffat told Digital Spy, “This is a massive and exciting year for Doctor Who, so I'm thrilled that BAFTA are including a special tribute to the show. So thrilled, in fact, we're sending the Doctor's best friend, Jenna Coleman, to present an award.”
The 2013 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards takes place at London’s Royal Festival Hall, this evening. It will be screened on BBC 1 from 8 p.m., presented by Graham Norton.
Among those up for awards is Olivia Colman, who has been nominated twice: for Supporting Female Actor Award for Jimmy McGovern's Accused: Mo's Story; and Female Performance in a Comedy Programme Award for Twenty Twelve, the doc-com about the planning of the 2012 London Olympics. Meanwhile, The London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which was put together by film director Danny Boyle, is widely expected to receive the Radio Times Audience Award. Norton has himself been nominated for Entertainment Performamnce Award for The Graham Norton Show.
The current season of Doctor Who ends next weekend with The Name of the Doctor. The eagerly awaited finale is described by Moffat as “a game-changing” episode.
The series will then resume later in the year with a number of 50th-anniversary episodes.
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