The two fangirl heavweights came head-to-head in the final of the Radio Times Television Championship, but the Cumberbitches could not outdo Whovian support for the former Time Lord and Broadchurch star.
The three week tournament hosted by RadioTimes.com and voted for by the public saw TV stars pitted against each other in a head to head battle leaving just Tennant and Cumberbatch in the final.
Around 2.75 million votes were cast by the public in the final alone as the two popular TV actors went up against each other for the title.
The contest saw fans rally support for their favourite TV actors on Twitter and Facebook, with many of the stars joining in including Amanda Abbington, Karen Gillan, Billie Pier and Zawe Ashton.
Ricky Gervais took part in a two-fronted Twitter and Facebook social media campaign, helping him beat former The Office co-star Martin Freeman to get into the semi-final.
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
Meet the cast of Broadchurch 2
1/12 Broadchurch 2 cast
The Broadchurch 2 cast read through Chris Chibnall's 'brilliant' new script ahead of shooting
2/12 David Tennant
He's been making the US version of Broadchurch (Gracepoint) but Tennant has been confirmed to return for the second series in Dorset. The former Doctor Who star plays DI Alec Hardy in the crime drama - but will his troubling heart problems get the better of him this time around?
3/12 James D'Arcy
James D'Arcy, known for Cloud Atlas and Hitchcock, is another new face for Broadchurch series 2. Executive producer Jane Featherstone has promised he will be a 'thrilling and important' addition
4/12 Olivia Colman
Fresh from her Best Actress win at the 2014 TV Baftas, Colman will be back as DS Ellie Miller for the second series of Broadchurch. Her character has been re-invented by Breaking Bad's Anna Gunn but Colman insists she is not 'really cross' at her stateside replacement. Colman has read the first few scripts of Broadchurch 2 and says they are 'brilliant'
5/12 Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Black British actress Jean-Baptiste, pictured here in James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner, is a new arrival on Broadchurch. Creator Chris Chibnall said he would have 'wept for months' if she had turned down a role that was specifically written with her in mind. Jean-Baptiste is set to make an 'indelible impact' on the show, apparently
6/12 Charlotte Rampling
Veteran film and TV actress Charlotte Rampling will play a new character in Broadchurch, with details being kept as hushed as possible, bar that her role will be 'integral'. 'There's none more exceptional than Charlotte' said creator Chris Chibnall
7/12 Jodie Whittaker
Whittaker will reprise her role as Beth Latimer, mother to murdered 11-year-old schoolboy Danny and friend of Ellie Miller. She was in attendance at the 2014 TV Baftas to receive the award for Best Drama Series for Broadchurch
8/12 Eve Myles
Torchwood and Frankie star Eve Myles is set for a central role in Broadchurch 2 but once again, details are being kept heavily under wraps
9/12 Arthur Darvill
Arthur Darvill will be back as local vicar and recovering alcoholic Reverend Paul Coates
10/12 Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is known for her work in several acclaimed stage productions and is described as being 'on the way to superstardom' by Broadchurch's Chris Chibnall
11/12 Andrew Buchan
Andrew Buchan will return for Broadchurch series 2 as Danny's father Mark Latimer. Mark was one of the first suspects in the hunt for Danny's killer
12/12 Meera Syal
Meera Syal, who is renowned as a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me, will have a "pivotal" role in series 2
Tim Glanfield, editor of RadioTimes.com, said: “It was a hard fought final as fans from across the globe got involved, and while there could be only one winner, Radio Times TV Champion has shown just how well-loved British TV and its stars are around the world.
“Congratulations to David Tennant and everyone who voted for him! See you in 2015 to see if he can defend his title!”
The 43-year-old actor is due to appear in Gracepoint, the US remake of Broadchurch, this autumn, before returning to ITV in the second series of the Bafta award-winning drama next year.