The Press Association is reporting a triple victory for Doctor Who in the National Television Awards.
The series has won ‘Most Popular Drama’, with Billie Piper voted ‘Most Popular Actress and series star Christopher Eccleston ‘Most Popular Actor’.
The wins are further evidence of the show’s reversal of fortunes since it made a spectacular return to BBC One after an absence of 16 years (exlcuding the one-off TVM in 1996), and are further testament to the vision and hard work of Russell T Davies and Phil Collinson.
For 13 weeks the show led BBC One to a ratings victory and killed off ITV’s highly publicised ‘Celebrity Wrestling’.
Christopher Eccleston was unable to attend in person so Russell T Davies collected his award and read out a note from Chris which said:
“Thank you to everybody who voted for me, and to the British public for their encouragement over the last 17 years.”
Billie used her acceptance speech to thank BBC and show bosses for taking a “huge gamble” with her casting.
Last month Chris was named ‘Best Actor’ at the TV Choice/TV Quick awards ceremony.
The ceremony will be screened on ITV at 8pm on Wednesday.
Update | 23.29
Doctor Who’s victory makes the front pages of early editions of Wednesday’s ‘Mirror’, ‘The Star’ and ‘The Sun’.