Congratulations to Doctor Who star David Tennant, and the whole team for their success at the National Television Awards this evening.
Sadly Freema Agyeman was unable to walk away with “Most Popular Actress”, defeated by EastEnders’ Lacey Turner, but I’m sure she’ll be happy with the nomination and the recognition as well as her co-star’s success.
Sporting a Jon Pertwee-esque black velvet toxedo, a big-haired David Tennant thanksed virtually everyone he could think of for the award, including the fans, amorous ladies calling out to him from the audience, and his new co star Catherine Tate.
Catherine Tate incidentally won the award for “Most Popular Comedy”, an award picked up by Life on Mars‘s Philip Glenister.
David Tennant dedicated his Most Popular Actor award to “Helen MacDonald”; David’s mother died in July of this year.
Previous National Television Awards have seen success for Doctor Who since 2005. Following Series One, Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston won the award for Best Actor against Martin Clunes; Billie Piper beat EastEnders’ Jessie Wallace; Doctor Who itself was up against Desperate Housewives (what were we worried about…?).
In 2006, David Tennant, Billie Piper and the series did really well again, with the star stating:
“I think if my eight-year-old self could see me at the Royal Albert Hall winning a prize for playing the doctor on telly, he would need a stiff shot of Irn-Bru,”
“I’m really chuffed… It’s been really daunting to come into something that was such a huge success.”
To make it three years – a hat-trick if you like – goes to show what a great series Doctor Who is.
Add to that the touching dedication made by the series’ star, and you’ve got something great with a genuine, truly charismatic leading man.