Doctor Who’s triumph in the National Television Awards has received major coverage in the mainstream press.
As previously reported, the UK’s three major tabloids, The Sun, The Mirror and The Star, covered the story on their front pages. The Daily Mail echoed the sentiments of many fans and our own earlier report, stating that the result marked ‘a remarkable comeback for the sci-fi show’.
The broadsheets also continued their new found love-in with the show, Owen Gibson told Guardian readers how the show “beat a host of light entertainment shows to win three awards”.
Writing in The Independent Ciar Byrne said the “BBC’s decision to revive Doctor Who was vindicated” by the result.
The Times covered the story in an article entitled ‘Doctor Who cements success with awards hat-trick’ noting that Christopher Eccleston “was prevented from attending the ceremony by a dose of flu”.
The Manchester Evening News has also carried the story and gives more details on Chris’ poor health reporting “The actor had planned to attend the awards but was struck down with flu and also felt ill after having injections in advance of a forthcoming trip abroad.”
It also carries the full wording of his ‘thank you’ letter which was read out by Russell T Davies. The note says:
“I am very sorry I can�t be there tonight � a heartfelt thank you to the British public for their encouragement over the past 17 years. I�d like to dedicate this award to the memory of a little boy who loved Doctor Who and loved life, Kieran Wynne.”