Well, that’s according to Kelly Osbourne at last night’s National Television Awards to explain away how David Tennant could bag the Most Popular Actor gong in favour of Charlie Clements off of EastEnders.
Well, at least that’s what I thought she mumbled in a barely audible and awkward manner during the backstage show put out by ITV2. One can only assume, based on Kelly and her brother Jack’s performance at hosting this post awards show, that the Chuckle Brothers were unavailable to take the gig. I mean, really…
But I digress from the main point.
There’s been talk elsewhere in the media this morning (well, it was on breakfast telly) in the post-match discussion that Doctor Who won Most Popular Drama and David Tennant won Most Popular Actor at the NTA’s because the Doctor Who dafties are more mobilised and get their voting arses in gear. Yes, that’s exactly why the awards were won.
Which is kind of the point. Doctor Who is popular enough to have a massive fanbase who want to vote for it in awards ceremonies. Look at the name above the door of each award – it says “Most Popular”. On the basis of ratings and Audience Appreciation Index, Doctor Who is the most popular non-soap drama on TV. I know shows like New Tricks and Waking the Dead often rate higher (and let’s not forget Doc Martin’s current stellar ratings), but with AI on top, it’s a pretty good indicator of Who’s popularity.
This isn’t about which drama is best, which is a fairly difficult concept to quantify for an award’s bash. It could be argued that Life on Mars, also up for most popular drama, is better than Doctor Who, but there’s no way it’s more popular. That’s a provable fact (although I’m now prepared for the barrage of theories telling me otherwise).
And I don’t buy that Doctor Who’s third win at the NTAs is down to the dafties mobilising en masse to put in multiple votes, which was a touch more difficult this year. If only the die-hards were voting, I seriously doubt it would be enough to seal the deal. No, this show, which lord knows has its faults, has struck a chord with a wide-ranging audience who like the show and love its charismatic and popular star.
So yes, Kelly Osbourne, those sci-fi people probably do vote in awards ceremonies like the NTAs, but no more so than those EastEnders people, or those X Factor people, or those… After last night’s turn, love, I doubt there’ll be many people voting for you anytime soon.