The British Comedy Awards are coming and the announcements for nominees have been revealed, with familiar faces from the world of Doctor Who getting some recognition.
Among the nominees is Olivia Colman, who is up for not one but two awards for her performance in BBC comedies Rev and Twenty Twelve. Those of you not familiar with said comedies may also recognise her as Sophie from channel Four’s Peep Show or for her outstanding performance in the gritty drama Tyrannosaur. If none of those are ringing any bells then let’s put a Doctor Who spin on things, she played one of the disguises that Prisoner Zero assumed in 2010’s The Eleventh Hour, as a mother with twin girls who couldn’t manage to get the voices quite in sync. Colman is in the Best Actress category, she also faces competition from her co star on Twenty Twelve, Jessica Hynes, who many of you will remember as Joan Redfern in 2007’s Human Nature/Family of Blood and 2009’s The End of Time, Part Two as Verity Newman.
Their other co star in Twenty Twelve, Hugh Bonneville, is in the running for best actor and will be recognisable as Captain Avery from 2011’s The Curse of the Black Spot and his cameo from the same year in A Good Man Goes to War.
Best Comedy Entertainment Personality nominees include the very clever and very funny Stephen Fry who also has a long association with Doctor Who. He played the Minister of Chance alongside Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor in the 2001 radio production Death Comes To Time and was at one point due to write his own Doctor Who episode until time (ironically) became too great a factor. The comedian once told Doctor Who Magazine that he loved Doctor Who with “a passion bordering on insanity”.
Of course, Doctor Who naturally draws the finest comic talent into its orbit as it’s not just a production that relies on drama but on comic timing as well. The show has had a long connection to comedy greats including Catherine Tate, John Cleese, Ken Dodd, Simon Pegg, Bernard Bresslaw and Peter Butterworth. Even the Third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, was considered primarily a comedian before he starred in Doctor Who!
Kasterborous wishes the best of luck to all the nominees – you can see the full list at Cult Britannia.