A video montage including the show’s history will be shown as part of the ceremony, and one of the night’s awards will be presented by Jenna-Louise Coleman, who plays companion Clara in the show.
The Chief Executive of BAFTA, Amanda Berry OBE, had this to say:
There are only a handful of programmes that have the quality and longevity of Doctor Who and the ability to put the nation on their sofas – or indeed behind them – year after year. BAFTA raises a toast to Doctor Who on its 50th birthday this year.
The show runner of Doctor Who, Steven Moffat, had this to say on the show’s 50th Anniversary and it being featured in the awards:
This is a massive and exciting year for Doctor Who, so I’m thrilled that BAFTA are including a special tribute to the show. So thrilled, in fact, we’re sending the Doctor’s best friend, Jenna Coleman, to present an award. We’re also sending the Doctor’s worst enemy, the Daleks, to exterminate lots of innocent people. Sorry, it’s just what they do. Let us know if it’s a Health and Safety issue
The Arqiva British Academy Television Awards will be broadcast on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday 12th May.