As well as his success with Doctor Who, starring Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, and its spinoffs Torchwood, starring John Barrowman and Eve Myles, and The Sarah Jane Adventures, starring Elisabeth Sladen and Thomas Knight, Davies was responsible for The Second Coming, also starring Eccleston, in 2002 and, before that, the groundbreaking Channel 4 drama Queer As Folk in 1999.
Davies said of his honour:
I'm delighted to accept, and I hope it does the whole industry a bit of good, for the writing of television drama to be recognised.
Meanwhile, the BBC issued a statement saying:
We are delighted for Russell – he is one of this country's greatest writers and it is fantastic that his talent has been recognised in this way.
It seems that being gay and an atheist, not to mention trying to finish off the UK government and the Royal Family via farting aliens, six little words and crashing the Titanic into Buckingham Palace on Christmas Day was not held against him!