Doctor Who was the recipient this weekend of a British Fantasy Award for Best Television at an Awards ceremony held at the annual FantasyCon event in Nottingham at the weekend.
Qualifying the award with the legend “head writer: Russell T Davies (BBC Wales)” it is clear however that this award is for the 2009 series of special episodes starring David Tennant, rather than the 2010 series starring Matt Smith.
Nevertheless, given the quality of the episodes, particularly Waters of Mars, the award is certainly deserved.
Meanwhile, big congratulations to Telos Publishing who scooped the British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press at the ceremony!
Telos’ range of Doctor Who-related books have over the years featured the superb The Target Book which analyses the range of TV novelisations from the 1970s and 1980s and more recently Wiped! Doctor Who’s Missing Episodes.
Telos’ Publishing Director David J Howe was on hand to receive the Award, which is sponsored by PS Publishing, which seems to have come as a very welcome surprise!
When I heard ‘Telos Publishing’ … it didn’t sink in. I heard it. I couldn’t quite believe it … and then I welled up with tears. Oh goodness me!Â So I got from my seat and up onto the stage … accepted the Award, nearly knocking it to the floor in my blurry clumsiness … and then I tried to say some words.
Those who know me will know that I am rarely lost for words, but I was … and confronted by all my friends in the BFS in a packed room, I kind of lost it.Â In a mass of emotion and blubbering, I managed to thank the most important people … and then headed back to my seat as I couldn’t say any more.Â A proper ‘Paltrow’ moment. Thank you to everyone who voted for Telos. It means a lot, especially in the year of our tenth anniversary.
The full list of Award Winners can be found at www.britishfantasysociety.org, andÂ you can find out more about Telos Publishing and their exceptional range of sci-fi, fantasy, horror and cult publishing at www.telos.co.uk.