Doctor Who fails to make BAFTA short list

BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who has failed to make this year’s short list for the BAFTA TV Awards.

The long-running science fiction series has not received any nominations for this year’s BAFTA TV Awards. The short list for this year’s awards was revealed yesterday and Doctor Who was not the only show not to make the short-list. While Doctor Who is absent from the nominations Steven Moffat’s other BBC One drama, Sherlock, did manage to pick up a few nods.

Benedict Cumberbatch was nominated in the leading actor category while co-star Martin Freeman is nominated in the supporting actor category and Sherlock is also nominated in the You Tube Audience Awards. However, Sherlock failed to be nominated in the Best Drama Series category which also saw Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife – the two most popular drama’s on television – snubbed as well.

Also notably absent from the BAFTA TV nominations is BBC One’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Great Expectations which didn’t get a nod for the Mini-Series category nor did Birdsong. Perhaps more surprisingly though the entertainment category is completely void of Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent or the X Factor. While the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent both saw noticeable drop in ratings last year Strictly Come Dancing enjoyed a ratings revival.

Written by Dominic Knight & Daniel Garrett