Last night, a delighted (as you can see in our picture!) Jason Haigh-Ellery, Nicholas Briggs and David Richardson brought home the BBC Audio Drama award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Drama for Doctor Who - Dark Eyes: The Great War. We've already received a lot of congratulations, so a huge thanks for those, and for the continued support of our listeners across the world.
Steven Moffat, executive producer of Doctor Who, sent his appreciation: 'I am completely thrilled, I am air-punching. In the wilderness years, when Doctor Who was off the air, Big Finish did so much to keep the legend alive in the hearts and minds of the fans. Now, in this time of Who abundance, it is beyond exciting to see their excellent work recognised. Hopefully this award will bring the Big Finish audios to the attention of an even wider public. Recently, on TV, we saw how the Paul McGann Doctor died - now it's time to find out he lived.'
Executive producer, writer, director and Dalek Nicholas Briggs added: 'I'm really delighted. It's so lovely to receive such recognition. And the congratulations we've received from our listeners, people at the BBC and Russell T Davies and Steve Moffat make it doubly rewarding.'
Executive producer Jason Haigh-Ellery said: 'I am thrilled that we have won this prestigious award for Doctor Who: Dark Eyes. To be recognised for a production by the BBC is an achievement that we should be very proud of. After Nick did his very heartfelt acceptance speech, I nipped up to the podium to thank two people whose support over the years has been more valuable than they would probably want people to know. I am of course speaking of Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat. In addition to them, I would also like to thank the small army of people who have worked with Big Finish over the last fifteen years of Doctor Who. It’s been hard work – but boy, has it been fun!'
Producer David Richardson concluded: 'Someone asked me recently how I might one day look back at working on these Doctor Whos for Big Finish, and I said I’d remember it as the happiest time of my life. For us to win an award while having the privilege of doing such gloriously happy work is indeed an honour. Congratulations to Nick who conceived, developed, wrote and directed Dark Eyes - the whole project was very much his baby, and I was just lucky enough to produce it. And also special mention to Jason, who has made Big Finish the happy and creative company it is, and to Andy Hardwick, for his phenomenal sound design and music.'
Don't forget: because of the victory of Doctor Who: Dark Eyes, we've also extended our Eighth Doctor special offer until Tuesday. All the Eighth Doctor main range titles are available now for £5 on CD and download, plus Dark Eyes is available at its original pre-order price of £20. You can find all the titles on our Big Finish Bargains page.
You can also pre-order Dark Eyes 2, 3 and 4 separately or as a bundle.
Martin Montague and Benji Clifford stand in for a holidays-bound Nick Briggs (although he does appear in a pre-recorded insert) in a new fun-packed podcast! With guest star Sarah Sutton.