So the great battle between two genre heavy weights for the converted prize of being Lord Moffat’s most garlanded show resulted in a nifty one-two combo by the upstart Sherlock– however, neither of its stars picked up the BAFTA for Best Actor .
It would seem that Sherlock was too sharp of mind and fleet of foot, leaving Doctor Who empty handed as it picked up Best Drama Series, beating the likes of Downton Abbey and last year’s winner Misfits, while the Best Supporting Actor nod went to Martin Freeman, for his portrayal of Dr. John Watson. However both Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch lost out to Daniel Rigby for his portrayal of Eric Morecambe in the Victoria Wood scripted Eric and Ernie.
Speaking to The Guardian after the event Cumberbatch was understandably jubilant with a win for the modern reimagining of Arthur Conan Doyle’s world famous sleuth:
“It’s just terrific. It’s validation for what we have been doing. We went in with confidence but to come out with an award is wonderful.”
Picking up the Best Drama Series award Co-creator/writer Mark Gatiss (Victory of the Daleks), who saw the win on the 152nd anniversary of creator Arthur Conan Doyle as validation by the great man for the reimagining of his most famous creation said:
“It’s a huge honour and a fantastic surprise. Thank you so much – it’s a huge thrill.”