RadioTimes.com readers voted in their tens of thousands to crown 50th anniversary special Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor the winner of Radio Times Bafta Audience Award tonight – an honour, according to executive producer Faith Penhale, that was a “really, really special moment for the show.”
Penhale, who picked up the award tonight alongside ex-producer Marcus Wilson and director Nick Hurran, said afterwards that, “it’s always wonderful to win an award that is voted for by the people who watch and love the show. Also it feels really fitting after 50 years of the show to win an award like this.”
Asked whether the audience plays an important part of Doctor Who, she also added:
“It’s a huge part. We make the show for the audience. We want the show to be loved by as big an audience as possible. You can never forget the fans.”
The only award at the TV Baftas decided by the public, the Audience Award was voted by readers of RadioTimes.com during April and early May. In a keenly fought race, the Doctor Who special, written by showrunner Steven Moffat, saw off stiff competition for the prize in the shape of Broadchurch, Breaking Bad, Gogglebox, Educating Yorkshire and The Great British Bake Off.
The Day of the Doctor aired on 23 November 2013, exactly 50 years after the first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child starring William Hartnell, was screened and introduced the Time Lord and Tardis to the world for the very first time.