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Dr Who named best drama at NTAs

Jenna Coleman receives the NTA on behalf of Dr Who. Credit: ITV

Dr Who has been named best drama at the National Television Awards.

Receiving the award, Jenna Coleman said: "50 years and still going strong - well done Who!"

Watch the National Television Awards live on ITV and you can catch up later on ITV Player.

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Royals greet Doctor Who and Daleks for anniversary

The Countess of Wessex meets Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, John Hurt and a dalek. Credit: Eddie Mulholland/The Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The Countess of Wessex met Matt Smith, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, John Hurt and a pair of Daleks at a reception at Buckingham Palace to mark the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who.

There were also two versions of the Tardis and K-9 the robot dog set up in the Palace's Bow Room.

Daleks to make 50th anniversary Dr Who return

The Daleks will be among the foes to return for the 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who.

The creatures celebrate their own half century this year and will appear in the BBC1 show to mark the milestone in a show which will unite Matt Smith with his predecessor in the role of the Doctor, David Tennant.

The classic Daleks will make their return, seen here in 1965.
The classic Daleks will make their return, seen here in 1965. Credit: PA Archive/

The episode will also see the return of Billie Piper - who played Rose Tyler - as well as Jenna Coleman, who has been seen by viewers during the most recent series as Clara Oswald.

When the Daleks make their return they will be in their original design, the classic look had been updates in 2010.

The York Maze has also been celebrating the anniversary with Daleks.
The York Maze has also been celebrating the anniversary with Daleks. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

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The programme's lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said: "The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it's fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all."

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First Dr Who director says show is now too sexy

Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman share an on-screen attraction. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The man who first brought Doctor Who to British screens has criticised the current series for being too sexy.

Waris Hussein, who directed the first episodes of the long-running science fiction show when it began in 1963, said he has been unimpressed by Jenna-Louise Coleman's character's romantic relationship with Matt Smith's version of the Time Lord.

"There is an element now, and I know we're living in a different era, of sexuality that has crept in," he told BBC Radio 4's The Reunion.

"The intriguing thing about the original person was that you never quite knew about him and there was a mystery and an unavailability about him," he added. "Now we've just had a recent rebirth and another girl has joined us, a companion, she actually snogged him."

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