Clara in the TARDIS

Doctor Who and the NTAs [Updated]

Well, you could have knocked me down with a mighty small feather when Colin Morgan was voted for the Drama Performance Male winner at the National Television Awards – sure, Merlin is good, but I’d never considered the show or it lead as a realistic competitor.

Colin Morgan, of course, played Jethro in Russell T Davies’ Midnight back in 2008, and since then the Irish-born actor has done remarkably well growing in stature in his own show.

But what of Doctor Who and Matt Smith? What of Steven Moffat? What of the blessed Karen?

Following a commercial break and a “live” vocal performance from Kimberley Walsh, Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey), and Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs) were announced as the nominees alongside Karen Gillan, accompanied by a clip from The Angels Take Manhattan.

But who would win? Would the fact that all four have Doctor Who connections soften the blow?

Well, it was Miranda Hart. Sorry Karen…

Doctor Who vs Sherlock, Merlin and Downton Abbey still to come…

With the nominations read by Ben Miller (Primeval, Death in Paradise), Doctor Who fans gripped their seats. Great clips were used for all shows (the siege sequence from The Snowmen for us)- but who would win?

Downton flipping Abbey?


(Well done, etc, to Hugh Bonneville)

So, another year, another gong-free National Television Awards for Doctor Who. Beaten by Downton Abbey yet again, the Time Lord nevertheless lives to fight another day. Perhaps next year’s awards will be more favourable, post 50th anniversary?

Just one last update to congratulate Joanna Lumley on her special lifetime achievement award. She made a rather spiffing lady Doctor in The Curse of the Fatal Death back in 1999, don’t you think? In fact, she was so good it would be pointless anyone else ever trying to copy her… ;)

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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