Sherlock and Dr Who go head to head at the National Television Awards

Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch go head to head at the National Television Awards Photo: PA/PA Wire

BBC shows Dr Who and Sherlock, both created by writer and producer Steven Moffatt, will go head to head at the National Television Awards later this month.

The shows are against each other in two categories, best drama and best actor, with stars Matt Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch both in the running.

Actress Karen Gillan receives another nomination for Dr Who, up for best actress in her role as Amy Pond.

She'll be competing against Sheridan Smith for her role in Mrs Biggs (ITV) and Miranda Hart of BBC 1's Call the Midwife.

National Television Awards - full shortlist

Drama

Doctor Who

Downton Abbey

Merlin

Sherlock

The cast and crew of Downton Abbey, picked up the award for best drama at the National Television Awards last year Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Drama performance male

Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock

Daniel Mays - Mrs Biggs

Colin Morgan - Merlin

Matt Smith - Doctor Who

Daniel Mays is also up for best actor in his role Mrs Biggs Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Drama performance female

Karen Gillan - Doctor Who

Miranda Hart - Call The Midwife

Suranne Jones - Scott & Bailey

Sheridan Smith - Mrs Biggs

Actress Karen Gillan won best female at the awards last year Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Archive

Factual entertainment

Paul O'Grady: For The Love Of Dogs

The Apprentice

The Great British Bake Off

Top Gear

The Great British Bake Off is up for best factual entertainment Credit: Hugo Philpott/PA

Situation comedy

Absolutely Fabulous

Benidorm

Mrs Brown's Boys

The Big Bang Theory

The cast of Benidorm won the situation comedy category in 2011 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Talent show

Britain's Got Talent

Dancing on Ice

Strictly Come Dancing

The Voice UK

The X Factor

Ashleigh and Pudsey were the 2012 winners of Britain's Got Talent Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Comedy panel show

Have I Got News For You

Mock The Week

QI

Would I Lie to You?

Rob Brydon's Would I Lie to You? Is in the running for best comedy panel show Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Entertainment presenter

Alan Carr

Ant & Dec

Keith Lemon

Dermot O'Leary

Ant and Dec are nominated for best entertainment presenter Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Entertainment programme

Alan Carr: Chatty Man

I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here!

The Graham Norton Show

The Only Way Is Essex

The cast of TOWIE are up for best entertainment programme Credit: Matt Crossick/Empics Entertainment

Serial drama

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Hollyoaks

The cast of Corrie, winners of best serial drama 2012 Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive

Serial drama performance

Alan Halsall - Coronation Street

Michelle Keegan - Coronation Street

Emmett J Scanlan - Hollyoaks

Adam Woodyatt - EastEnders

Michelle Keegan is nominated for best serial drama performance Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Documentary series

Big Fat Gypsy Weddings

Frozen Planet

One Born Every Minute

Planet Earth Live

The cast and crew of One Born Every Minute, nominated for best documentary series Credit: Ian West/PA Archive

Daytime programme

Come Dine With Me

The Chase

The Jeremy Kyle Show

This Morning

This morning presenter Phillip Schofield Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Newcomer

Liam Fox - Emmerdale

Natalie Gumede - Coronation Street

Joseph Thompson - Hollyoaks

David Witts - EastEnders

Natalie Gumede is nominated for best newcomer, she plays Kirsty Soames in Coronation Street Credit: Ian West/PA Archive