Doctor Who goes head to head with Sherlock at National Television Awards

The two hit shows both penned by Steven Moffat have been nominated in the Drama category alongside Downton Abbey and Merlin


Doctor Who and Sherlock will compete for the Most Popular Drama accolade at the National Television Awards 2013 – while the show’s respective stars Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch are also going head to head in the Male Drama Performance category.


Sherlock and Doctor Who have been nominated for Most Popular Drama alongside Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey and BBC1 Saturday night favourite Merlin.

Steven Moffat – who writes and produces both Doctor Who and Sherlock – said: “Well this is very flattering, but also terrifying. I hope everyone votes with tremendous care and the result is an exact draw between both shows.”

Karen Gillan, who played Doctor Who’s recently departed companion Amy Pond, has been nominated for Most Popular Actress. She’s up against Miranda Hart, for her role in Call the Midwife, Sheridan Smith for ITV1 hit Mrs Biggs and Suranne Jones for Scott & Bailey.

Doctor Who stars Matt Smith and Karen Gillan walked away with Most Popular Actor and Actress at last year’s NTAs.

Merlin lead Colin Morgan is also up for the male actor prize, while Radio Times favourite The Great British Bake Off has been recognised in the Factual Entertainment category. I’m A Celebrity hosts Ant & Dec have been nominated in the Entertainment Prestenter category, an award they have won for the past 11 years.

The results of the National Television Awards, which have been held annually since 1996, are decided by the voting public. This year’s winners will be announced at an awards ceremony presented by Dermot O’Leary in London on 23 January

See nomination list in full:


Doctor Who
Downton Abbey

Drama Performance: Male

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock)
Matt Smith (Doctor Who)
Colin Morgan (Merlin)
Daniel Mays (Mrs Biggs)

Drama Performance: Female

Karen Gillan (Doctor Who)
Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs)
Miranda Hart (Call the Midwife)
Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey)

Documentary Series

Planet Earth Live
Frozen Planet
One Born Every Minute
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Situation Comedy

The Big Bang Theory
Mrs Brown’s Boys
Absolutely Fabulous

Talent Show

Strictly Come Dancing
Britain’s Got Talent
Dancing on Ice
The X Factor
The Voice UK

Comedy Panel Show

Mock the Week
Have I Got News for You
Would I Lie to You?

Entertainment Presenter

Alan Carr
Ant & Dec
Keith Lemon
Dermot O’Leary

Entertainment Programme

Alan Carr: Chatty Man
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
The Graham Norton Show
The Only Way Is Essex

Serial Drama

Coronation Street 

Serial Drama Performance

Alan Halsall (Coronation Street)
Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street)
Emmett J Scanlan (Hollyoaks)
Adam Woodyatt (EastEnders)

Factual Entertainment

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs
The Great British Bake Off
Top Gear
The Apprentice


Come Dine with Me
The Chase
The Jeremy Kyle Show
This Morning


Liam Fox (Emmerdale)
Natalie Gumede (Coronation Street)
Joseph Thompson (Hollyoaks)
David Witts (EastEnders)


You can vote here. Voting closes on 23 January.