Doctor Who edged out the likes of Downton Abbey and Call The Midwife to scoop a brace of awards at tonight’s TV Choice Awards – but outgoing Time Lord Matt Smith could not topple former Who star David Tennant to claim the best actor gong.
Tennant, 42, picked up the award for his performance as DI Alec Hardy in whodunnit Broadchurch , winning over fellow nominees Smith, Brendan Coyle of Downton Abbey and Jeremy Piven of Mr Selfridge.
Broadchurch co-star – and double BAFTA winner – Olivia Colman lost out in the best actress category to Miranda Hart, nominated for her role in Call The Midwife. Doctor Who’s Jenna Coleman and Sheridan Smith of Mrs Biggs had also been shortlisted for recognition.
The ITV smash hit also picked up the Best New Drama awards ahead of The Fall, Mr Selfridge and Ripper Street.
Sci-fi favourite Doctor Who, set to celebrate its 50th anniversary in November, was also the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution Award.
Full list of winners at the TV Choice Awards 2013:
Best Talent Show: 'Britain's Got Talent'
Best Soap Newcomer: David Witts ('EastEnders')
Best Drama Series: 'Doctor Who'
Best Reality Show: 'I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here'
Best Comedy Show: 'Mrs Brown's Boys'
Best Soap Actress: Michelle Keegan ('Coronation Street')
Best Soap Actor: Shane Richie ('EastEnders')
Best New Drama: 'Broadchurch'
Best Actor: David Tennant ('Broadchurch')
Best Actress: Miranda Hart ('Call the Midwife')
Best Soap: 'Coronation Street'
Best Entertainment Show: 'Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway'
Best Daytime Show: 'The Jeremy Kyle Show'
Best Food Show: 'Jamie's Fifteen Minute Meals'
Outstanding Achievement Award: 'Doctor Who'
Best International Show: The Big Bang Theory
Chris Chibnail and the cast of Broadchurch accepting Best New Drama award
Steven Moffat accepting Outstanding Achievement Award for Doctor Who with Peter Davison and David Tennant