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BAFTA success!

May 7th, 2006 (10:05 pm)
happy

current mood: happy
current music: Speech radio: Radio 4, 'The Westminster Hour'

Doctor Who has been named as best television drama series at the BAFTAs. I am very, very happy. I am by no means moved to jump up and down and hug people in the street, as football fans do when their clubs win championships. Nothing wrong with that, I'm just more reserved.

I'm pleased too that Russell T Davies has won the Dennis Potter award for outstanding television writing, but am not surprised that Doctor Who won the Pioneer audience award, chosen by voters on the BAFTA website.

Congratulations too to one of my favourite actresses, Anna Maxwell Martin, the brilliant Lyra from the first run of the National Theatre's His Dark Materials, who won best actress for her Esther in the BBC's Bleak House. She was, of course, a Doctor Who guest star last year in 'The Long Game'.

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Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)

Aawwww *chucks you under the chin*

But why is the Doctor having his ear bitten off?!

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

The parrot is leaning forward in front of the Doctor's face. The Doctor's ear is quite safe.... but something does cross my mind, thinking back to the notes which used to appear on the title pages of the early Target novelisations:

THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO
The cover illustration of this book features the tenth DOCTOR WHO who was later forced to change his appearance when his left ear was bitten off by a parrot.

Posted by: Penny Paperbrain (pennypaperbrain)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)

OMG it's a parrot!

Would you believe me if you said I was convinced it was an alligator? I'm afraid I was. It looks like an alligator coming up over the rooftops of Oxford and ripping off the Doctor's ear, which has understandably gone cherry red. It takes some squinting for me to see it as a parrot.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 10:34 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

I had wondered how clear it would be - I might make another version at some point.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 10:42 pm (UTC)

It's a parrot, and my idea, I believe...?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)

Yes, it was definitely your idea.

Posted by: Pellegrina (pellegrina)
Posted at: May 7th, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC)

Anna Maxwell Martin's Esther was good, but Gillian Anderson's Lady Dedlock was better, I think.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 10:48 pm (UTC)

I thought that they were both excellent, in their own ways.

Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 07:32 pm (UTC)

Which one was The Long Game?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 10:23 pm (UTC)
DavidIcon

'The Long Game' was the first episode set on the space station in the year five billion, with Adam 'The Companion Who Couldn't' and Simon Pegg as the Editor, servant of the Jagrafess. Official website here, a good one page summary from Outpost Gallifrey here.

Posted by: viala_qilarre (viala_qilarre)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)

It's just such great news. I felt incredibly proud... until I remembered that I had nothing to do with the show, actually. Didn't contribute or anything.

You know what? It struck me as I was listening to Steven Moffat and Noel Clarke's commentary to The Girl in the Fireplace this morning. Doctor Who is now produced, written and acted, on the whole, by second-generation DW geeks. If only I'd applied myself to my writing years ago, that could have been me!

Mind if I friend you, Parrot Knight?

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: May 8th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
arthurelaineletr

I would be very happy for you to friend me!

I've often wondered whether I'd be writing for the series now if I'd made a few different decisions earlier in life. I wrote for a few fanzines in the '90s and a few years back one of the fanzine writers who ended up writing for last year's series asked why I and gervase_fen were not writing professionally - and the answer was that we were just too busy having other careers.

I think that you can be proud of Doctor Who winning its BAFTAs, because you watched it and supported it in 2005.