Sherlock Gets BAFTA Nominations, Nothing for Doctor Who

Was Doctor Who SherLOCKED out of the BAFTAs?

Well, it looks like that might be the case this year.

This years’ nominees for the BAFTA TV awards have been announced and while Sherlock has received 2 nominations, one for Benedict Cumberbatch as Lead Actor as well being nominated for the Radio Times Audience Award, the Doctor was not as fortunate.

The nominations seem to be a little more spread out this year, but given we’ve just had the first full series with a new Doctor, there were hopes that the programme and/or Peter Capaldi would at least get nods.

There was some love, however, for those connected to Doctor Who, as Catherine Tate as been nominated for her comedy programme and Olivia Colman has been nominated not for her work in Broadchurch (since it wasn’t eligible this year) but for her own comedy work in Rev.

So why no Doctor Who? The exact reasons aren’t known, of course, but it’s likely the fact that this was Capaldi’s first series worked against both him and the show. With such a major change, unless it’s one that’s universally loved by everyone, awards just weren’t really in the cards. It’s interesting to note, though, that the Academy is nominating Sherlock more on the the acting of Cumberbatch than on the show itself, since it wasn’t nominated for the main drama award.

Maybe next year, old chap!

You can check out the full list of nominations from BBC News.


Rebecca is still new to the Who world, but is no stranger to sci-fi, being a life long Trekkie. When not watching, reading, blogging, or talking about Doctor Who, she watches so many movies and reads so many books she has to keep a list of both so she doesn't forget any of them. She wishes she could have been with the Doctor and Amy when they met Van Gogh.

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