Big Finish Win Audie AwardBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 23 March 2021 - Reported by Marcus
Hattie Morahan, Rebecca Root, Tom Price, Paul McGann,  Nicola Walker, Tony Whitmore (Credit: Big Finish)

Big Finish has won the Best Audio Drama award at the Audie Awards 2021 with the Eighth Doctor story Doctor Who: Stranded 1

The Audie Awards is the premier awards program in the United States, recognising distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment, with a prestigious annual awards ceremony which took place last night.  

Big Finish Creative Director, Nicholas Briggs said:

It’s particularly gratifying that Stranded 1 has received this award, as it represents some of the most ground-breaking work produced in our Doctor Who range. It puts the Doctor in an entirely new context with a group of new and exciting characters

Producer David Richardson, script editor Matt Fitton and director Ken Bentley have done wonders with this strand of stories, with really strong sound design from Benji Clifford and great music from Jamie Robertson.

Doctor Who: Stranded 1 opens with the Eighth Doctor, Liv Chenka and Helen Sinclair seeking refuge in Baker Street after the TARDIS has gone. Stranded in one time and place, the Doctor and his friends face their greatest challenge yet: living one day after another, in 2020 London. 

David Richardson, the producer of Stranded, said of the win:

I’m so absolutely thrilled to see Stranded recognised with this very prestigious award. It’s a project close to my heart – those actors! Those scripts! All magically woven together by director Ken Bentley, sound designer Benji Clifford and musician Jamie Robertson. It felt very special to me throughout the whole production process, and it feels even more special now. What an honour!

Details of all the finalists and winners at this year’s Audio Awards can be found here:  





RTS West of England Award for Blu-ray FeatureBookmark and Share

Saturday, 5 September 2020 - Reported by Marcus

The Doctor Who Cookbook - Revisited  (Credit: BBC Studios)The Doctor Who Feature - The Doctor Who Cookbook - Revisited has won the 2020 Royal Television Society's West of England Award for best production of Features and Factual Entertainment Programme/Content or Series. 

 

The feature, produced by Moon Balloon Productions, was included in the Season 23 boxset. It featured Toby Hadoke enticing brave cast members, including Colin Baker, Janet Fielding, Nicola Bryant, Frazer Hines, Sarah Sutton and Terry Molloy, to tackle their original recipes from the 1986 cookbook, written by Gary Downie. 

 

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT AND FEATURES - Nominees

  • Countryfile: Evacuee Special (BBC Studios Unscripted Productions)
  • Beat the Chef  (Twofour)
  • Rick Stein’s Secret France (Denhams)
  • Doctor Who: The Doctor Who Cookbook - Revisited  (Moon Balloon Production) - WINNER

The judges described the winner as

Original and clever, an intelligent and fun idea that served a niche superbly 

 

The award was presented at an online ceremony to Chris Chapman, head of Moon Balloon Productions.

 





Katy Manning Named Gay IconBookmark and Share

Sunday, 8 December 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Katy Manning (Credit: The Sisterhood of Karn)The Sisterhood of Karn, the Long-running social group for LGBT Doctor Who fans, has named Katy Manning a true gay Icon of Doctor Who.

On Saturday the group, founded in 1994, held a special celebratory gathering to mark 25 years celebrating Doctor Who.

They were joined by actress Katy Manning, who played companion Jo Grant opposite Jon Pertwee’s Doctor in the 1970s, and were thrilled to present her with an award recognising her status as ‘A TRUE GAY ICON OF DOCTOR WHO’.

Organiser Richard Unwin said:
Katy has been a staunch supporter of LGBT people for decades, and we are honoured to be joined by her for an evening - and to recognise her as a fabulous ally of the community. This is the first award of its kind that we have given out, but hopefully, it won’t be the last.
The Sisterhood of Karn hold regular meet-ups on the third Thursday of every month, in the upstairs bar of The Kings Arms pub in Soho, London. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information and event listings, follow them on Facebook and Twitter




Black Archive Wins AwardBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 2 July 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Full Circle (Credit: Obverse Books)The Black Archive book on the Fourth Doctor story Full Circle has won the prestigious Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Professional Publication.

The Book series, published by Obverse Books, looks in detail at the making of individual Doctor Who stories. The 16th in the series, investigating Full Circle, was written by John Toon and published last year.

Editor Philip Purser-Hallard said
Both of John's books for the Black Archive have been a joy to edit -- really sharp and clear-headed, approaching the Doctor Who stories they analyse from fascinating angles. This recognition of his work is well deserved.
This is Toon’s third SJV Award, having previously won for the award for best fan writer in 2013 and 2016, but this is his first award in a professional category. Asked about this victory, he said
This thrilling win - against strong competition! - wouldn't have been possible without Phil's editorial input, Blair and Cody's stylish cover design and Stuart's professional touch. They all deserve credit for this award, although I'm sure they'll understand that I'm totally keeping the trophy!




Candy Jar's The Lucy Wilson Mysteries Nominated For Scribe AwardsBookmark and Share

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse Of The Mirror Clowns (Credit: Candy Jar Books)Welsh indie publisher Candy Jar Books is pleased to announce that The Lucy Wilson Mysteries: Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Chris Lynch has been nominated for the prestigious Scribe Awards.

The Scribe Awards, from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, acknowledge and celebrate excellence in licensed tie-in novels and audio dramas based on TV shows, movies, and games.

The Lucy Wilson Mysteries is a licensed Doctor Who spin-off novel and features the granddaughter of the Doctor’s best friend, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Based in Ogmore-by-Sea these YA sci-fi books tackle prejudice against differences and promote diversity, self-confidence and acceptance for young people.

Three books have already been published by Sue Hampton (Avatars of the Intelligence), Chris Lynch (Curse of the Mirror Clowns) and John Peel (The Midnight People), with two more on the way by Wink Taylor (The Bandril Invasion) and Tim Gambrell (The Brigadier and the Bledoe Cadets).

Curse of the Mirror Clowns by Cardiff-based film and comic writer Chris Lynch is fighting its corner against some of the biggest TV and film franchises in the world including Star Wars and Small Foot, as well the New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Maberry. Chris says:
I was delighted to discover I’d been nominated for this award. I’m certainly in illustrious company! Hopefully my clowns are up to the challenge.

Originally created by Shaun Russell and Andy Frankham-Allen, the first Lucy Wilson novel was brought to life by YA author Sue Hampton. Shaun says:
Sue’s instinct with the first book Avatars of the Intelligence was spot-on. She got the characters straight away and delivered a book reminiscent of the popular Sarah Jane Adventures, also based on Doctor Who.

Sue really enjoyed working on the first book. She says:
Lucy is dauntless, loyal and whip-smart. She’s a modern girl with strong values and opinions, which means that she feels the injustices in the world even more strongly than most and always stands up for what’s right. I wish Chris good luck with the awards.





Doctor Who Nominated for Must-See MomentBookmark and Share

Friday, 29 March 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Doctor Who has been nominated for a BAFTA award as the Must See moment on television in 2018.

The episode Rosa has been nominated for its portrayal of the moment in history when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. The episode won plaudits when first shown last year.

The episode is competing against The Bodyguard, where Julia Montague was assassinated, Coronation Street and Gail’s monologue on the suicide of Aidan Connor, Killing Eve where Eve stabs Villanelle and the finale of Peter Kay’s Car Share.

The award will be presented at the Virgin Media BAFTAs on 1st May. It’s the only award voted for by the public, celebrating the massive television moments that got the whole country talking.

For more details and to vote view the Virgin Media website
Rosa Parks, the Doctor and her companions make sure historical moments remain

After paying her bus fare, the driver stops Rosa walking through the bus towards the ‘coloured’ section, telling her to use the rear door. As she’s leaving, Rosa momentarily sits in a ‘white’ seat to pick her purse. Once she’s disembarked, the bus pulls away before she’s able to re-enter.
Virgin Media's Must-See Moment Nominee: Doctor Who




Rosa Wins Visionary Arts AwardBookmark and Share

Saturday, 9 February 2019 - Reported by Marcus
Malorie Blackman / Chris ChibnallThe Doctor Who episode Rosa has been awarded the Visionary Arts Organisation Award for Television Show of the Year.

The new awarda are given to celebrate culture, media and entertainment that have made a positive social impact via film, television, music, theatre, literature, radio/online and grassroots community.

Rosa, the third Doctor Who episode starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirtenth Doctor, featured Vinette Robinson as the American civil rights icon Rosa Parks, who changed history when she refused to relinquish her seat in the colored section of a Bus to a white passenger.

The episode, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall won plaudits on its transmission last October. The writers were there to accept the award this evening at a ceremony at BAFTA in London.

Malorie Blackman wrote on twitter.
What a lovely birthday present! Chris Chibnall and I won a Visionary Honours award at BAFTA this evening for Doctor Who - Rosa. I love my job! Thanks to all those who voted for us.
The episode beat Save Me, Kiri, First Dates, Eastenders and There She Goes to win the award.

The Visionary Arts Organisation and Visionary Honours were founded by Adrian Grant, creator of the hit Michael Jackson musical, Thriller Live. It is his goal to see a more unified peaceful society that works together to create diverse opportunities, break down barriers, and allow young people to dream, achieve and succeed.

Grant said
The Visionary Honours are not about awarding egos or fame. They are about recognising culture, media and entertainment that has inspired, created awareness and advocated social change. Through the Visionary Arts Organisation, it is my long-term goal to inspire creatives to produce work that can make a positive difference.




I Talk Telly AwardsBookmark and Share

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 - Reported by Chuck Foster
Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan (Credit: BBC Studios)Doctor Who picked up two awards in the 2018 I Talk Telly Awards, an annual Twitter poll which this year saw some 266,400 votes registered. The series won the Best Returning Drama category, whilst Mandip Gill was voted Best Newcomer.

The actress said of her award:
I want to say a massive thank you to everyone that has voted for me as best newcomer at I Talk Telly awards. I've never won anything before - apart from some peapods in French, which is really random - so I just to say a massive thank you to everyone who actually took the time out to vote for me, I really really appreciate it.

The full list of winners can be found on their website.




Doctor Who wins Ally Award for LGBT inclusivenessBookmark and Share

Friday, 20 October 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Pearl Mackie - Pink News AwardDoctor Who has been awared an Ally Award by PinkNews for its long-standing policy of LGBT inclusiveness.

The award was collected by Pearl Mackie, who played Bill Potts in the most recent series, accompanied by the outgoing executive producer Brian Minchin.

Since the return of the series in 2005, Doctor Who has featured a string of one-off and recurring LGBT characters.

In the first series Russell T Davies introduced the omnisexual Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, who traveled with the Doctor on and off until the regeneration of the Tenth Doctor. This year Steven Moffat gave us Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, who became the series first openly gay companion.

Speaking to PinkNews, Mackie said:
It’s lovely to be able to accept this Award on behalf of Doctor Who. I feel quite honoured to even have been invited, let alone for Doctor Who and the character of Bill.

It’s testament to how well she was received. I met a couple of young girls who were BAME, and talked to me about how watching Bill on Doctor Who enabled them to come out and feel comfortable with their own sexuality. For me, that’s a massive achievement.

The thing that I liked most about Bill was that she wasn’t grappling with her sexuality, she didn’t need to come out, it wasn’t an issue! It was always just about, I’m gay and happy and this is who I am, this is who I like and this is who I’m in love with.
The PinkNews Awards celebrate the contributions of politicians, businesses and community groups towards LGBT equality in the UK and around the world.

The event was attended by British Prime Minister Theresa May, Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan.




Russell T Davies Given Lifetime Achievement AwardBookmark and Share

Friday, 25 August 2017 - Reported by Marcus
Former Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

The writer, whose hits include Queer As Folk, Casanova and Cucumber as well as being the man who brought Doctor Who back to BBC One, used his speech to defend the BBC which he said was being treated with contempt by the current UK Government.
We actually have a government which is warding off the BBC with one hand while xxxxing off Rupert Murdoch with the other.
Davies went on to say how important it was to tell the young people watching that working in Television was great fun and that it was a brilliant industry.
I have worked with Daleks, Casanova, I’ve worked with gays, I’ve worked with Penelope Wilton, I worked on children’s programmes, I’ve worked in documentary, I worked on a quiz show with Terry Wogan, I worked with Jesus, I worked in Cardiff, Manchester, at Granada, I’ve worked with all sorts of shows, I’ve worked with David Tennant, Billie Piper, Freema Agyeman, I’m so lucky.

I’ve been a presenter on Playschool, I’ve actually been to Norway with Keith Chegwin, I love my job and I hope you all grow up and get in the industry and love the job too.
At the TV festival, BBC One was named channel of the year.