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Doctor Who & Torchwood win awards, Tennant turns on lights

Doctor Who bagged two gongs for the second consecutive year, including Best Loved Drama while Best Actor was won by David Tennant at the TVQuick and TVChoice Awards. Torchwood (BBC3/2) won for Best New Drama.

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Doctor Who triumphs at the World Science Fiction Convention.

Doctor Who has scooped its second consecutive Hugo Award - widely considered to be the Oscars of the Science Fiction world - at the 65th World Science Fiction Convention held in Yokohama, Japan over the weekend.

In the presentation on Saturday 1 September, The Girl in the Fireplace, an episode from series two written by Steven Moffat and directed by Euros Lyn, was named Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form.



This is Moffat's second Hugo, having picked up the same award for The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances in 2006. Steven travelled to Japan's Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention, to collect the award.

"Best thing about winning a (second) Hugo, is that it's for Doctor Who," Steven told us. "Cos years ago, when I was a tiny little Doctor Who fan, I bought this American magazine called Starlog. It was all about Star Wars and Star Trek (whatever those are) but the reason I bought it was in a tiny box in the corner it said "Doctor Who"!

"And I was so excited that this big important American magazine had an article about my favourite show! And it broke my heart. Because in the article it said "In all fairness Doctor Who is unlikely ever to win a Hugo ...

"Two Hugos, I've got!! Two Hugos for Doctor Who!! And I'd say more, but I'm off to the Starlog offices to dance around and flick v-signs."

"Steven Moffat broke our hearts and thrilled us in his romantic, witty, terrifying script, The Girl In A Fireplace and I'm delighted the episode has won the prestigious Hugo Award," added Executive Producer and Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner. "It's a great honour for Doctor Who to have won this award for a second year."



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Tennant turns on lights (not to mention fans everywhere!)

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Doctor Who star David Tennant has flicked the switch to light up the world famous Blackpool Illuminations.

About 18,000 people crowded around the seaside resort's Promenade, close to the Blackpool Tower to see Tennant hit the button.

As he turned on the lights, he joked: "Red Rum once did this with his hoof. I'm delighted to be following in the hoof-steps of Red Rum. It's a little bit overwhelming to be honest."

The actor, complete with Daleks and Tardis, confessed he had never previously visited the illuminations before launching into a countdown and switching the lights on.

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