Hurrah! Congratulations to Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan who have both picked up National Television Awards for their starring roles in the show this evening.
Nominated in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories, the TARDIS twosome faced off some tough challenges from John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Martin Clunes and Surrane Jones to romp home to victory in a ceremony where the votes come from you the viewers. Meanwhile, Doctor Who itself missed out to ITV’s own drama juggernaut Downton Abbey for the Best Drama award.
Following their awards, the pair spoke to waiting reporters. Karen Gillan revealed that she had no regrets about leaving the TARDIS, while Matt Smith enthused that he had no plans to leave and wasn’t aware who his new companion would be.
These awards are a massive vindication for the series which had come in for some criticism during its 2011 run and was strangely bereft of awards at last year’s event. Clearly the game has been raised at BBC Wales!
Matt joins his predecessors David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston in winning the award, which is pretty cool and helps to back-up my own view that he is the best Doctor of the modern age, if not ever.