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‘Doctor Who,’ BBC Lead 2010 Portal Award Nominees

Four shows share 20 nominations in this year’s batch, where voting begins June 25

The departure of David Tennant from “Doctor Who” has resonated more with this year’s International Nominating Committee than the departure of “Lost” from ABC.


“Doctor Who” becomes the first show other than “Battlestar Galactica” in the past five years to lead all nominees in this year’s Airlock Alpha Portal Awards, earning six nominations including Best Series/Television and a Best Actor/Television nod to Tennant.

Leaving the show in “End of Time,” which also is up for Best Episode/Television, Tennant broke a Portal Awards record generating the most support ever from a nominating committee. His candidacy for Best Actor drew 77 points from the nominating committee, more than any other nominee in the 11-year history of the awards.

Unlike “Battlestar Galactica,” however, no single show completely dominated the awards. In fact, four shows split up 20 awards. “Fringe” on Fox and “Lost” both earned five nominations each, while “Torchwood” picked up four nominations. All four shows will complete for Best Series/Television against Syfy’s “Stargate: Universe,” which edged out “Caprica” in voting to round out that list.

While who made the final list might be interesting, what’s even more fascinating is who didn’t make it. “Supernatural” on The CW — which won the major categories last year including Best Actor/Television for Jensen Ackles, and Best Series/Television, didn’t earn a single nomination this year. SGU was tied with “Caprica” and Fox’s “Dollhouse” for three nominations each, while “Smallville” earned two and six other shows — “Chuck,” “Eureka,” “FlashForward,” “Sanctuary,” “Warehouse 13” and “V” — picking up one each.

“Warehouse 13,” Syfy’s highest-rated original series, got its lone nomination in Best Actor/Television for Eddie McClintock, who will face Tennant, John Barrowman from “Torchwood,” Matthew Fox from “Lost” and Zachary Levi from “Chuck.”

BBC also was a big winner, picking up 10 nominations, although Syfy was closely behind with nine. Fox had eight, ABC 7, The CW 2 and NBC 1. CBS was the only major network that did not have a final nominee in the Portal Awards list.

In movies, both “Avatar” and “Kick-Ass” tied with four nominations each, while “Iron Man 2” earned three nominations, and both “District 9” and “Moon” two each.

Voting for the 2010 Portal Awards begins June 25 here at Airlock Alpha. Readers will be allowed to vote once per day for 30 days.

Although Karen Gillan, the new companion for “Doctor Who,” is up for Best Actress/Television, new series star Matt Smith did not make the final cut. Gillan is up against Paula Malcomson from “Caprica,” Eve Myles of “Torchwood,” Amanda Tappin of “Sanctuary.”

The newest category is the Rod Serling Award, honoring classic science-fiction that has been off the air for at least 10 years. The charter class for this award including the original “Twilight Zone,” the award’s namesake creation, the original “Doctor Who” and the original “Star Trek.”

Looking to join that class is “Babylon 5,” “Quantum Leap,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Twin Peaks.”

Winners will be announced in August.

Best Actor/Television
John Barrowman, Torchwood
Matthew Fox, Lost
Zachary Levi, Chuck
Eddie McClintock, Warehouse 13
David Tennant, Doctor Who

Best Actress/Television
Karen Gillan, Doctor Who
Paula Malcomson, Caprica
Eve Myles, Torchwood
Amanda Tapping, Sanctuary
Anna Torv, Fringe

Best Supporting Actor/Television
Robert Carlyle, Stargate: Universe
Bernard Cribbins, Doctor Who
Enver Gjokaj, Dollhouse
John Noble, Fringe
Terry O’Quinn, Lost

Best Supporting Actress/Television
Morena Baccarin, V
Alaina Huffman, Stargate: Universe
Yunjin Kim, Lost
Polly Walker, Caprica
Olivia Williams, Dollhouse

Best Episode/Television
“Absolute Justice,” Smallville
“Children of Earth,” Torchwood
“The End,” Lost
“End of Time,” Doctor Who
“Over There,” Fringe

Best Special Guest/Television
James Callis, “Course Correction,” FlashForward
Felicia Day, “Epitaph, Part 2,” Dollhouse
Alex Kingston, “Time of Angels,” Doctor Who
Leonard Nimoy, “Over There,” Fringe
Michael Shanks, “Absolute Justice,” Smallville

Best Young Actor
Magda Apanowicz, Caprica
Jordan Hinson, Eureka
Aaron Johnson, Kick-Ass
Chloe Moretz, Kick-Ass
Daniel Radcliffe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Best Web Production
Heroes: Going Postal
Stargate: Universe – Kino
Star Trek: Phase II
Trek Through Time

Best Website
SciFi Wire
The TV Addict

Best Actor/Movie
Sharlto Copley, District 9
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Robert Downey Jr., Iron Man 2
Sam Rockwell, Moon
Sam Worthington, Avatar

Best Actress/Movie
Scarlett Johansson, Iron Man 2
Chloe Moretz, Kick-Ass
Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 2
Zoe Saldana, Avatar
Sigourney Weaver, Avatar

Best Movie
District 9

Best Series/Television
Doctor Who
Stargate: Universe

Rod Serling Award
Babylon 5
Quantum Leap
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Twin Peaks

Gene Roddenberry Award
J.J. Abrams
Gene Coon
Russell T. Davies
Ronald D. Moore
Peter Jackson

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