THE WELSHMAN who revived TV classic Doctor Who has been rated the most influential figure in broadcasting by industry magazine The Stage.
Russell T Davies, from Swansea, beat the likes of Ant and Dec and X-Factor host Simon Cowell to the top spot.
Scriptwriter Davies brought Doctor Who back to our screens last year, and scored a ratings hit with his updated version of the sci-fi story. He already had a string of hits, including the controversial but critically-rated drama Queer as Folk.
The Stage said of Davies, "The man has achieved the almost impossible and transformed Doctor Who for a cynical 21st-century audience and made them fall in love with it again.
"He wrestled Saturday nights out of the hands of Ant and Dec and revitalised family drama."
Ant and Dec were rated second, with Cowell in third place. Fourth spot went to The Office creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, while another Welshman, Andrew Davies, shared fifth spot with producer Nigel Stafford-Clark.
Meanwhile, there is still time to vote in the Western Mail's poll to find the most powerful Welsh figure.