The Doctor Vs. Sherlock: It’s A Vote-Off!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Matt Smith at a Fashion Week party in London yesterday (Rex Features via AP Images)

Yeah! Kinda dramatic huh?

The good news is we’re not voting for one to exist and the other to be dissolved like some kind of TV drama soapflake, but there are awards at stake, British ones, and, well, let’s just say Steven Moffat must be feeling rather conflicted right now.

So, it’s the National Television Awards, which are coming up on January 23, and the winners are decided by votes from the viewing public. Both Sherlock and Doctor Who have been nominated in the Drama category, which means they’re effectively at the mercy of a huge popularity contest.

To make matters even more heated, in order to win, both shows will have to not only best the other, but get ahead of Merlin, which has only just finished over here (and will therefore be subject to some fairly emotional voting), and the all-conquering Downton Abbey.

Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch are also going head-to-head in the Drama Performance: Male category, and once again, they’ve got to beat each other AND Merlin (or Colin Morgan, at any rate) in order to win. Daniel Mays, the fourth nominee, who starred in ITV1′s drama Mrs Biggs, must be just a little bit intimidated right now.

Oh and in the female category, Karen Gillan is up against Miranda Hart (Call The Midwife), Suranne Jones (Scott & Bailey) and Sheridan Smith (Mrs Biggs). No pressure there, then.

The rest of the nominees are as follows:

Drama:
Doctor Who
Downton Abbey
Merlin
Sherlock

Drama performance male:
Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock
Daniel Mays – Mrs Biggs
Colin Morgan – Merlin
Matt Smith – Doctor Who

Drama performance female:
Karen Gillan – Doctor Who
Miranda Hart – Call the Midwife
Suranne Jones – Scott & Bailey
Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

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

Situation comedy:
Absolutely Fabulous
Benidorm
Mrs Brown’s Boys
The Big Bang Theory

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

Comedy panel show:
Have I Got News for You
Mock the Week
QI
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
EastEnders
Emmerdale
Hollyoaks

Serial drama performance:
Alan Halsall – Coronation Street
Michelle Keegan – Coronation Street
Emmett J Scanlan – Hollyoaks
Adam Woodyatt – EastEnders

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

Daytime programme:
Come Dine with Me
The Chase
The Jeremy Kyle Show
This Morning

Newcomer:
Liam Fox – Emmerdale
Natalie Gumede – Coronation Street
Joseph Thompson – Hollyoaks
David Witts – EastEnders

So, who would YOU vote for? Sherlock or Doctor Who?

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

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