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Published on January 26th, 2011 | by Christian Cawley

Did YOU Vote?

For the first time since 2005, Doctor Who has failed to win a National Television Award.

With the series up against Steven Moffat’s Sherlock, Shameless and serial weepfest Waterloo Road in the Drama category, it seemed a done deal. But did YOU vote?

Because, fellow Doctor Who fans, the series was beaten by serial weepfest Waterloo Road in a victory that matches that of David against Goliath.

Later on in the evening, Matt Smith was beaten to the award for Drama Performance not by Philip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes, beaten four times by David Tennant) or by Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) but by David Jason (A Touch of Frost).

Did YOU vote?

Because, ladies and gentlemen, if you didn’t, you are responsible for this loss. It is down to you that Doctor Who has lost face; and if you did vote, you clearly couldn’t make you mind up between Steven Moffat’s two shows and caused a split.

Yes, it’s YOUR fault.

So, well done – you’ve rightly heralded the end of the “big” Russell T Davies era by making sure that Doctor Who isn’t spread across Digital Spy and the celeb mags and brought it back down to earth, planted the shows feet firmly back on the ground and whispered in its ear “time to grow up”.

Because top quality shows don’t need annual awards to make them worthy, or to validate them. Doctor Who, a show about an alien time traveller in a blue box who can go anywhere in time and space certainly doesn’t.

A show that illustrates concepts beyond the scope of soap opera, weepfests, detective drama, men in cars, talent shows and panel game shows (with perhaps the exception of QI) needs no awards.

So, well done, it’s all down to you: Doctor Who is the only real winner tonight.

Meanwhile, Doctor Who did play a big part in proceedings with Matt Smith teaming up – in character – with MC Dermot O’Leary for a nice Whovian skit…

Good work Blogtor Who for uploading that clip within seconds of broadcast!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

7 Responses to Did YOU Vote?

  1. avatar EddySc says:

    And what do we do now? Why, we listen to the awesomeness that is Murray Gold’s soundtrack (not to forget Ben Foster’s finger in it) knowing that, even though what you said is true, if there was a category called “soundtrack”, Doctor Who would’ve won at least that one!

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  3. avatar Carn says:

    I actually did vote. I recall having to skip some categories for having nothing but moronic crap in them (like the ones that had ‘reality’ shows in them). How something like ‘I’m a Nobody…’ can win an award but the best year of modern Who can’t just does not compute with me at all.

  4. Even I voted, and I’m not even technically eligible to (I assume)! NO excuses people! XD

  5. avatar 23skidoo says:

    Frankly, the fact that ITV – a COMPETING NETWORK – featured a Doctor Who skit in one of its programs says more than any award. Yes, it’s a shame they didn’t win for, what, the 5th time in a row. But frankly there were plenty of grumbles the last few times. Not that it didn’t deserve recognition, but that it was clearly a popularity contest. Maybe Waterloo Road managed to get every one of its viewers to vote. Or maybe there was a vote split; we had a similar situation in the American People’s Choice Awards where Stargate Atlantis won favorite sci-fi series over DW and Galactica, in an obvious case of vote splitting.

    The only thing I’m concerned about it that this might give the Moffat- and Smith-bashers some ammo. But frankly these types of awards are pretty meaningless. I didn’t even know the NTNs were being presented tonight until, well, I read this post. I’m more interested in the skit.

  6. avatar Leosw4 says:

    I pay virtually no attention to these awards, even if the years where ‘we’ have won it.
    Its to be noted though that David Jason was bound to win given that the Frost performance was his last.
    I’ve only viewed Waterlook Road briefly on a limited number of occassions and can vouch that Grange Hill was far superior in its late 70s/early 80s heyday(GH being of course a childrens programme, and likewise set in a school).
    Awards like these reflect what I refer to as tabloid TV, a strange world where the awful Ant and Dec are mentioned in the same breath as Morcambe and Wise and even Laurel and Hardly (if I could face palm now I would).And how on earth programmes featuring z list celebrities desperately trying to kick start more appearances in the celebrity rags (thats the only career they have-unless your Katie Price and then you just marry another mug and then the divorce them-hey presto!).
    The show did’nt win, but then neither did Sherlock and other good ‘quality’ programmes so its in good company.

  7. avatar krumstets says:

    I didn’t vote because the NTA is a load of old cobblers.

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