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Doctor Who National Television Awards

Sherlock and Doctor Who head to head at National Television AwardsFrom BBC News…

Sherlock and Doctor Who are up against each other for two prizes at the National Television Awards this month.

The shows – both run by writer and producer Steven Moffat – are up for best drama, along with Downtown Abbey and Merlin.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Sherlock, are in the running for the best actor prize.

Winners will be announced at London’s O2 Arena on 23 January.

Moffat 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.”
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I hope everyone votes with tremendous care and the result is an exact draw between both shows.”

Steven Moffat

Karen Gillan, who bowed out last year as the Doctor’s companion Amy Pond, is nominated for the best female drama performance.

She is up against comedy star Miranda Hart for her role in Call The Midwife, Suranne Jones for Scott and Bailey and Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs, in which she played the wife of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs.

In the best male drama performance category, Smith and Cumberbatch are up against Colin Morgan, the star of Merlin, and Daniel Mays for his performance as Ronnie Biggs in Mrs Biggs.



  • Mrs cindy cave

    February 21st, 2013 - 6:17pm

    Dear ALL at this Doctor who site here I am writing you this little note or message just to say that I Love ALL of the Dr who programmes specialy with David Tennant because he is my very best Dr who person & I Like him very much indeed o.k. BEST REGUARDS from a Mrs cindy cave to David Tennant THE BEST DR WHO EVER in the whole of the( UNIVERSE)! (x. x. x)

  • Robert Rowley

    January 26th, 2013 - 9:44pm

    Here’s why I think doctor who didn’t win…the timing of the episodes, everyone has gotten so used to the easter/spring timings for the show that they simply didn’t bother sticking around! That’s what my mum said when she saw that Downton Abbey won!


      January 29th, 2013 - 5:53pm

      Yeah I agree, Steven Moffat shouldn’t have cut series 7 in half with part of it last year and part of it this year.

      Modern Doctor Who always works well with a new series being broadcast throughout 13 full weeks without interruption like has been the case with series 6 and 7, series 1 to 5 had all played out without a break between episodes, they just played one Saturday after the other and finished 12 Saturdays after the first episode of each series, with a Christmas episode coming later each year.


    January 24th, 2013 - 8:52am


    Doctor Who should have kicked your posh little ass at the Awards, GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!!!! 😛

    I’m venting frustration for all Doctor Who fans.

    Watch out Downtown Abby – DOCTOR WHO WILL WIN NEXT YEAR, you bet your sorry little butt it will !!!!! 😛

    • DalekTheSupreme

      January 30th, 2013 - 6:00am

      You said it! There hasn’t been an episode of Doctor Who I didn’t like this year! I bet if it hadn’t been cut in half, it would’ve won big-time!

  • Scott the Raptor

    January 23rd, 2013 - 9:42pm

    What a way to start the 50th anniversary. None of Moffats shows won.

  • daleksean

    January 23rd, 2013 - 9:37pm

    im watching this now and thinking that i have not seen matt smith or karen gillan i have seen arther darvill has anyone seen matt or karen

  • Dalek Strategist

    January 16th, 2013 - 7:04pm

    Doctor Who should win. I was astounded at the epic season opener, and the rest of the episodes were pretty good too! This year, Doctor Who’s had an epic season opener, one, maybe two less-than-outstanding episodes, a tragedy, a dark Doctor, an exciting new companion, and the Daleks! You can’t beat the Daleks!

  • Silence Will Still Fall

    January 11th, 2013 - 4:40pm

    Just voted for doctor who, matt and karen but wouldn’t be dissapointed if merlin and colin morgan won as series 5 was superb and colin morgan is an amazing actor.

    • Colin Morgan Fan

      January 21st, 2013 - 2:23am

      Merlin … all the way.

  • John Smith

    January 11th, 2013 - 11:12am

    DOCTOR WHO FOR THE WIN! Down Town is boring from what I’ve watched and drives me up the wall. SO MANY SOAP OPERA’S! I wouldn’t mind if Sherlock got some awards but I’m really rooting for Doctor Who as it is going into it’s 50th year and from many people’s point of view it is the BEST series on TV!

    • McGann is the Doctor.

      January 13th, 2013 - 3:41pm

      My family is obsessed with that show, ol grandma watches the same drivelly episodes OVER and OVER again on the DVD every week.

      Worst of all, when it’s on NOBODY talks, everyone is silent, you have to sit down and shuttup, or leave the room.

      I would be fine with this if they were watching something respectable, but the show is just boring and pretentious, you cannot learn anything from it ❗

    • outnumbered

      January 22nd, 2013 - 5:38pm

      and what can u learn from doctor who.

      that if u ever see a snowman who should run away from it.

  • Sebatron

    January 11th, 2013 - 10:26am

    Just voted!
    I wonder if you can guess who for…!

    • The Doctor

      January 13th, 2013 - 3:25pm

      nope i have no idea WHO you voted for so call a DOCTOR:D

  • stick of celery

    January 11th, 2013 - 5:55am

    i hope doctor who gets it, and matt and karen gets theirs to

  • dalek eternal

    January 10th, 2013 - 7:50am

    i seriously hope doctor who dosent lose to downton as downton is so boring i hate it my mum loves it but i hate it anywhere doctor whos been around for 50 years id like to see downton last that long

    • doctorwhoone

      January 10th, 2013 - 3:18pm

      Don’t worry Dalek Eternal, Downtown Abbey won’t be around for 50 years, I bet you it won’t be around till the end of this decade come 2019.

      I can’t stand shows like it, all that annoying posh talk. I bet David Beckham’s Wife Victoria ‘Posh Spice’ Beckham watches it thou since she’s was ment to be the really posh one back in the days of the Spice Girls.

    • Dalek of Doom

      January 23rd, 2013 - 12:59pm

      There’s only so many things you can do in a Crumbling Castle in the middle of nowhere! All of it’s actors are getting on too! They’ll be retired come 2015!

    • Justininferno

      January 24th, 2013 - 6:36am

      To be pedantic, DW hasn’t actually been running for 50 years. Its production stopped in 1989 for a massive 15years!! The BBC hated it! So it actually ran for 26 years, came back as an American production in 1996 and then resumed in 2005. Never forget the 15 years lost.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    January 10th, 2013 - 2:41am

    I can’t vote really, and I haven’t seen any of the other shows, but sheer devotion to Doctor Who as a show, the talented actors and writers running it, the lovable characters, and the Daleks! The Daleks, need I say more? Matt Smith, all the way! Karen Gillan, all the way! Doctor Who, to the end of time itself!

  • McGann is the Doctor

    January 9th, 2013 - 10:11am

    I’m sorry, but if Downtown Abbey is against Doctor Who in any category, you can be rest assured Downtown’s viewers will vote it to the top, above EVERY other show.

    I hope Karen Gillan gets the reward for best actress after the Angels Take Manhatten.

    • Anonymous

      January 9th, 2013 - 8:09pm

      No. I am a downton viewer and I voted for Doctor Who over DA.

    • Don’t diss the sonic!!!

      January 9th, 2013 - 8:58pm

      From 2005-2011, Doctor Who’s nominations for Best Drama will be seven and it has won five of them, only one of the times it lost was to Downten Abbey and the other was to Waterloo Road and it’s not even nominated this year. So looking at that, and the fact that Doctor Who really stepped up in 2012 when it comes to Drama, I’m fairly confident that Doctor Who will win. The only doubt that I have is that Doctor Who only had six episodes in 2012 so that might put it’s chances of winning in jeopardy. Though we need to look at the fact, that despite the decrease in episode in 2012, the show has improved in many aspects. Every episode, the title sequence changes and keeps us interested, the music is top class (which can really help in a drama), the different blockbuster every episode attracts fans of every genre, the comedy is not just more funnier but has also matured, the wide range of amazing actors and of course the drama itself has vastly improved. The combination of great music and sad moments make for a perfect drama; with the excellent acting as well. Although, Drama’s don’t just consist of sad moments, but also serious, tense and just the transfer from any of those to a happy, cheerful moment if done well. Asylum of the Daleks, Oswalds Dalek form breaks her heart and the Doctors annoyance and judgmental attitude towards her make for an excellent scene, also that fact that she nearly kills him but is so shocked that she stops herself and allows the doctor to escape, aslso the bit when Clara asks him why the Daleks hate him so much is excellent. Not forgetting the sad scene where Amy and Rory fight and the Doctor cleverly manages to get them back together is also heart warming. Those ones being the main ones in that episode. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, more of a comedy, childish episode but there was a lot of tension between the Doctor and Solomon and the shock when the doctor kills Solomon is quite tense for the audience. Also, Brian Willams who played Rorys dad but also played Ron Wesley’s father, will have brought some attention from Harry Potter fans to maybe push them to vote for Docotr Who. A Town Called Mercy, where do i begin, the death of the sheriff, the clever lines from Kalher Jex about always “carrying our prisons” the suicide of Kalher Jex, the tense moments when the town folk were unsure whether they should protect him and the tense moment when The Doctor points a gun at him also the argument between The Doctor and Amy. The Power of Three despite the disapointing “invasion of small cubes” idea, the look into the life of Amy and Rory made for an excellent Drama, all he scenes were the companions seemed to have moved on from the Tardis and whole list more. The Angel Takes Manhaten,doesn’t even need its Drama explaining. In the actor category,if not both then one of the two actors will win the award for best female/male actor for Doctor Who. Keep votes coming people!

    • Sebatron

      January 9th, 2013 - 9:50pm

      LOL NOPE!
      Doctor Who is way better than Downtown Abbey

      In my own opinion

    • doctorwhoone

      January 10th, 2013 - 8:33am

      And the winners of the NTA – National Television Awards are . . . .

      For Best Drama . . . . and the winner is . . . . DOCTOR WHO !!!! 😀

      For Best Actor . . . . and the winner is . . . .
      MATT SMITH !!!! 😀

      And finally, for Best Actress . . . . and the winner is . . . . KAREN GILLAN !!!! 😀

    • Sebatron

      January 11th, 2013 - 9:42am

      That’s what I want to hear!

    • John Smith

      January 11th, 2013 - 11:14am

      I believe we have just stepped into the future and seen the final results Ladies and Gentlemen. HELL YEAH!!! WHOA!!!

  • drjakeyoung

    January 9th, 2013 - 9:43am

    just voted for dr who, matt smith and karen gillen

  • Doctor Holmes

    January 9th, 2013 - 6:10am

    It was a hard choose ! I chose Sherlock for the Best drama Series & Matt and Karen …

    • Dalek of Doom

      January 23rd, 2013 - 12:58pm

      What? A 3 episode series and it wins your vote over the longest running sci-fi in the world! Let alone the best!


    January 8th, 2013 - 6:28pm

    why are we all in italics?? love voting for this!

    • Tardis’nt

      January 8th, 2013 - 7:33pm

      I wondered that too…

  • Tardis’nt

    January 8th, 2013 - 5:50pm

    I want doctor who, merlin or sherlock to win, my mum would want downton 😀

  • doctorwhoone

    January 8th, 2013 - 8:43am

    Hope Doctor Who wins best drama while Matt and Karen win best actor and actress.

  • dalek eternal

    January 8th, 2013 - 8:03am

    hope matt and karen win although merlin is also a brilliant show and i wouldnt be suprised if colin morgan one i would like colin to be the next doctor as hes a very good actor

  • PondsForever

    January 8th, 2013 - 6:46am

    Sounds good I hope if, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan win they deserve it.

  • gallopingdalek

    January 8th, 2013 - 6:03am

    oh my


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