Doctor Who is up against nineteen other candidates for the Drama category, facing off many of the usual suspects on British Television. This year it is the only sci-fi series amidst the period and contemporary drama series, detective shows, etc. - a number of which see their final series broadcast this year: DCI Banks, Casualty, The Fall, Death in Paradise, Vera, Last Tango in Halifax, Suspects, Downton Abbey, Lewis, This is England '90, Inspector George Gently, Broadchurch, New Tricks, Silent Witness, Call The Midwife, Doc Martin, Mr Selfridge, Midsomer Murders, and The Syndicate.
Meanwhile, its a case of three Doctors in the Drama Performance category this year, with Peter Capaldi, David Tennant and Christopher Eccleston all nominated. The recently combined category also features current sidekick Jenna Coleman, plus a number of other actors and actresses who have had guest roles in the series over its ten years back on air. All-in-all there are some fifty-eight nominations in this category, so competition for the shortlist will be fierce!
You can vote in the nominations until the 18th October, with the shortlist announced in January. The ceremony itself will take place on 20th January in London's O2 Arena.
Doctor Who and its stars have been a regular fixture in the National Television Awards since the series returned in 2005. The show, which has been nominated at every ceremony, won five consecutive awards between 2005 and 2010 (the NTAs weren't held in 2009), and the regained the crown in 2014; Doctors Christopher Eccleston won in 2005, David Tennant in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010, and Matt Smith in 2012 and 2014; co-stars Billie Piper won an award in 2005 and 2006, and Karen Gillan in 2012. Tennant also received a Special Recognition award this year in January's ceremony. And though the show didn't win anything in 2011, it did feature in the ceremony's opening sequence with a special sketch featuring Matt Smith and Dermot O'Leary.