It's that time of year again - fireworks, New Year's parties, and the Honours list. As usual, a few people who have something to do with Doctor Who have scored one. Full version of the list here, quotes from here.
Nicholas Parsons (the faithless vicar in "Curse of Fenric") has a CBE for "charitable services, particularly to Children's Charities". Quote: "I think honours are a wonderful
thing to receive if you have worked hard and that is recognised. I received the letter two months ago and was told to keep quiet
about it or it might be taken away, so my wife and I kept quiet about
it. We won't be celebrating until the day we go to the palace – I've
done so much celebrating for my 90th birthday this year."
Katherine Jenkins (the lady who played Abigail in "A Christmas Carol") has an OBE for "services to Music and for charitable services". Quote: "I share this award with the charitable bodies I am
so privileged to work with, especially to those brave servicemen and
women who risk so much for us all on a daily basis." Ditto Lynda Bellingham, for "voluntary service to Charitable Giving in the UK" (the Inquisitor from "Trial of a Time Lord"). "I am absolutely delighted and proud to receive this OBE. It has been a long and tough year, but this award is just a fantastic way to move forward. I feel honoured and inspired and very grateful."
A fair number of people got awards for service to St. John Ambulance, and here's a rather amusing one "Mrs Bettina Dawson. Manager, Moffat Chippy. For services to the Catering Industry in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway.