The first phase of voting for this year’s TV Choice Awards has begun with Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker and past stars and writers on the long list

Doctor Who has been nominated for Best Family Drama at the TV Choice Awards, alongside Jodie Whittaker for Best Actress.

Also representing for the current TARDIS fam, the Best Daytime Show list includes the Bradley Walsh helmed gameshow The Chase.

Companions from years gone past who win a place on the long lists for themselves and their work include Jenna Coleman. She’ll be competing against the current Doctor for Best Actress, while both her major projects this year are included; The Cry for Best New Drama and Victoria for Best Drama. Meanwhile, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, which featured a memorable turn from John Barrowman this year, is up for Best Reality Show. But it’s more than just past companions. In the Best Comedy category, former Doctor David Tennant’s There She Goes also gets a nod.


A Very English Scandal - Episode 1 - Norman Scott (BEN WHISHAW), Jeremy Thorpe (HUGH GRANT) - (C) Blueprint Television Ltd - Photographer: Ludovic Robert
Russell T Davies’ A Very English Scandal, and its stars Ben Whishaw and Hugh Grant, have all been nominated

Elsewhere on the nominations list, Russell T Davies’ two most recent projects are set to dominate the field

Former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies’ recent projects could also potentially dominate the TV Choice Awards twice over. Last year’s A Very English Scandal is nominated for Best New Drama. And stars Hugh Grant (The Curse of Fatal Death) and Ben Whishaw are fighting it out for Best Actor. Davies’ Years and Years, which only started last night, also makes it onto the list. This despite existing in that grey area between the opening of voting and the awards being decided. The TV Choice Awards predict it will attract votes for Best New Drama, with its stars Russell Tovey (Voyage of the Damned and The End of Time) and Anne Reid (The Curse of Fenric and Smith and Jones) nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress respectively.

Elsewhere, other notable Doctor Who guest stars like former Master John Simm, Keeley Hawes (Time Heist), Ardal O’Hanlon (Gridlock) and Iain Glenn (The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone) are on the acting awards long lists for, respectively, Strangers, The Durrells, Death in Paradise, and Mrs. Wilson.

From the wider world of Doctor Who, Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill in Class) is nominated for Best Actress for Cheat. Finally, there’s cause for celebration in the Eighth Doctor’s TARDIS as two of his audio companions join Whittaker, Coleman, Reid, Hawes and Kelly on the Best Actress long list – Sheridan Smith (Lucie Millier) for Cleaning Up and Nicola Walker (Liv Chenka) for Unforgotten.

Voting to win a place on the shortlist is open from today until the 31st of May

You can vote for Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker and your other choices on the TV Choice Awards site.  Voting on the long list is open until the end of this month. After that, the short list will be drawn up of the top four to five in each category. This year, the TV Choice Awards will be held at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Monday the 9 of September.

TV Choice Magazine is the best selling magazine in the UK, selling an average of 1.2 million copies a week. It’s TV Choice Awards have been running every year since 2009. Doctor Who has won Best Family Drama four times (2010-2013) as well as a special Outstanding Contribution to Television Award in 2013 to mark the 50th Anniversary. Karen Gillan also won Best Actor in 2011 for her portrayal of Amy Pond.


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