Doctor Who’s recent 50th anniversary was followed by another celebration tonight as the sci-fi show scooped the best drama gong at this year’s National Television Awards.
The BBC1 series beat off competition from ITV’s Broadchurch and Downton Abbey as well as BBC1’s own Call the Midwife.
The award was the culmination of a stellar year for the show, which included feature-length anniversary special The Day of the Doctor and Matt Smith’s Christmas Day farewell and regeneration into Peter Capaldi.
Earlier in the evening, Smith won best Drama Performance for the role. He is currently starring in darkly comic West End musical American Psycho but in his absence, the Drama Series award was collected by his co-star Jenna Colman, and handed over by England football manager Roy Hodgson.
The star-studded ceremony was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and broadcast live on ITV from London’s O2 Arena.