Both strands of BBC Studios’ classic Doctor Who releases were rewarded on Friday, with awards for Blu-ray extra The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited, and The Macra Terror animation
In what was a very successful weekend for the teams behind Doctor Who Blu-ray releases. The range won not one but two awards at the Royal Television Society Awards (West of England). The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited, from Doctor Who: The Collection – The Complete Season 23 Blu-ray set, and the animated resurrection of Doctor Who: The Macra Terror both took home trophies. (Well, had trophies sent home to them; they were already home because… well, you know.)
Best Factual Entertainment and Features was the first award to be given out. And ultimately The Doctor Who Cookbook Revisited came out on top. The Blu-ray extra saw members of the Doctor Who cast assembled to prepare and sample some of the delights from 1985’s The Doctor Who Cookbook. They were guided through the culinary chaos by the invincible Toby Hadoke. While the voice of Masterchef (and Charley Pollard) herself, India Fisher, poured a rich sauce of ironical tones over it all.
The win was greeted with cheers and laughter by Colin Baker and his Cookbook co-stars
Described by the judges as “original and clever, an intelligent and fun idea that served a niche superbly,” it was a well deserved victory for the team. Furthermore it’s all the more impressive considering their fellow nominees. Countryfile: Evacuee Special, Beat the Chef, Rick Stein’s Secret France were those defeated by the power of janet Fielding’s Ocker Balls. Producer Chris Chapman accepted the award. He described the win was “amazing” and “meant a huge amount to everybody who did this.”
And thanks to Chris Chapman’s Twitter, you can relive the moment the team, including Chapman, Fisher, Hadoke, along with Colin Baker, Nicola Bryant, Janet Fielding, Sarah Sutton, and Rich Alderson found out they’d won.
Last night was totally surreal, particularly getting to share our @RTS_Bristol win with a star-studded zoom party of @TobyHadoke @SawbonesHex @thenicolabryant @jfmouthonlegs @tuckerspatch @IndFisher et al – and here are their live reactions when we won!! pic.twitter.com/DpdEIzEobU
— Chris Chapman (@ChrisChapman81) September 4, 2020
Meanwhile The Macra Terror was rewarded for facing the unique challenges involved in the project
Meanwhile, Best Animation went to Doctor Who: The Macra Terror. The DVD and Blu-Ray release release brought the lost 1967 tale of a dystopian mining colony back to life. Up against Saltram: A History, and Secrets of British Animation, The Macra Terror won through. Additionally, it was hailed as a “well produced and slick piece of work” by the judges. Furthermore, they acknowledged the project represented “a massive challenge” in combining the original soundtrack starring Patrick Troughton with new animation. Animator Rob Ritchie was on hand to share the news with the Twitterverse.
And the winner is… pic.twitter.com/zne5oLwnJD
— Rob Ritchie (@Robritchie409) September 3, 2020
You can view the entire awards ceremony on the RTS West of England Vimeo page here.
These RTS Awards prove what many Doctor Who fans already knew. That the two strands of classic Doctor Who releases, The Collection and the animations, are among the best in the world. And that no other set of archive TV releases gets the love that Doctor Who does. Nor do they enjoy such talented and dedicated teams behind them.