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!

Christian Cawley

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+.

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