Sunday 12 May 2013, 06:00
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will celebrate half a century of Doctor Who during tonight’s prestigious British Academy Television Awards.
Jenna Coleman (Clara) will present one of the evening’s awards and a celebratory video montage featuring moments from the show’s history will be included as part of the ceremony.
Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of BAFTA, said, ‘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. BAFTA raises a toast to Doctor Who on its 50th birthday this year.’
Steven Moffat, Doctor Who’s lead writer and executive producer, commented, ‘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. We're also sending the Doctor’s worst enemy, the Daleks, to exterminate lots of innocent people. Sorry, it's just what they do. Let us know if it's a Health and Safety issue.’
The awards ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and broadcast on BBC One at 8pm tonight (Sunday, 12 May).