Two Doctor Who alumni have been honoured in the Queen’s 2016 Birthday Honours List. And yes, you know who they are.
What? You don’t? Oh. Right, well, the first is Penelope Wilton who becomes a Dame.
Wilton played Harriet Jones – first MP for Flydale North, then PM, then former-PM, then controller of the Copper Foundation’s sub-wave network, then an illuminated skeleton – in Aliens of London/ World War Three, The Christmas Invasion (all 2005), and The Stolen Earth (2008), but she’s otherwise a prolific actress. She’s notably appeared in Shaun of the Dead, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and Downton Abbey, and is due to play the head of the Royal family in the upcoming film adaptation of The BFG.
She’s officially made Dame Commander Of The Order Of The British Empire, a title bestowed on her by the Queen on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, David Cameron.
And surely you’ve heard about BRIAN BLESSED BEING GIVEN AN OBE?! Blessed’s honoured for his services to the arts and charity, both of which are probably encompassed in his role as King Yrcanos in The Trial of a Time Lord: Mind Warp (1986) – and briefly in The Ultimate Foe in which he weds a bald Nicola Bryant. But we’ve all been there.
Brian’s now an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, having supported numerous charities including Action Medical Research, TigerTime, and Walking With The Wounded, and acting as ambassador of the Born Free Foundation and Hauser Bears.
His extensive credits include Wizards vs Aliens, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and My Family and Other Animals, earning cult status for Flash Gordon. He was also offered the role of the Doctor, but turned it down – something which he now apparently regrets. And man, his Doctor would’ve been incredible. Also: loud.
I once saw him in Panto and the stage shook every time he boomed around as Captain Hook. Wonderful guy.
Congratulations to Dame Penelope Wilton and Brian Blessed OBE!