Just two episodes, plus an ‘Aw, Brilliant!’, into the Jodie Whittaker era, Doctor Who has already scored nominations for Best Drama Performance and Best Drama at the National Television Awards
The National Television Awards have unveiled their longlist for the 2019 awards and opened voting. This will later be whittled down to a short list based on the first round of voting. And the final winner named in the famous annual ceremony on January 22nd next year. Doctor Who is represented by both a Best Drama nod and a Best Drama Performance nomination for Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor.
Among those competing with Doctor Who for Best Drama is The Crown, in which Matt Smith co-stars as Prince Phillip. While the Best Drama Performance category pits Whittaker against former companion Jenna Coleman for her role as Johanna in The Cry, and former Master John Simm for a trinity of outstanding performances in Collateral, Strangers, and Trauma).
Doctor Who has won Best Drama at the NTAs six times before, and been a runner up nominee three times.
Doctor Who stars, past and present, figure strongly in almost every category
Meanwhile, almost every category sees a strong showing by Doctor Who alumni. Blogtor Who counted a massive thirty-six nominations for shows or performers with a Doctor Who connection. And we’ve probably missed some. Aside from those already mentioned, the highlights are:
- Graham himself, actor and presenter Bradley Walsh, is nominated as Best Presenter for The Chase. The Chase itself is also up for Best Quiz Show
- Competing against Walsh in both categories is Pointless and its front man Alexander Armstong (who played Mr. Smith in The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who, as well as a pivotal role in The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe)
- Former companion Bonnie Langford is nominated for Best Serial Drama Performance for her role as Carmel Kazemi in EastEnders
- A Very English Scandal, the three part drama from the keyboard of former Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies, has been longlisted as Best New Drama
- The Best New Drama category also contains The Cry, starring Jenna Coleman
- Yet another competitor for Best New Drama, Collateral, starred Doctor Who almuni Billie Piper, John Simm and Carey Mulligan.
- The Daytime category sees two detective shows with Doctor Who connections fighting it out – as Mark Williams’ (Rory’s Dad Brian) Father Brown goes up against Mark Benton (Clive in Rose) and Jo Joyner (Lynda-with-a-Y in Bad Wold/The Parting of the Ways) as Shakespeare and Hathaway – Private Investigators.
- Even Best Judge can’t escape the Doctor Who touch, as David Walliams (Gibbis in The God Complex) earns a nod for his place behind the Britain’s Got Talent desk.
There’s many more than we could possibly list. But go to https://www.nationaltvawards.com/ now to see the full list of nominations. And then do your duty.
The National Television Awards
The National Television Awards is Britain’s leading TV awards event where all the winners are chosen exclusively by you. Many millions of votes are cast each year via post, telephone and online. The results are revealed live on ITV from The O2 London in a spectacular celebration of the nation’s most loved stars and shows. Ticket to attend the 2019 ceremony on the 22nd of January are on sale now from their site.