Doctor Who is leading the pack at this year's National TV Awards after picking up a hat-trick of nominations.

The sci-fi series is nominated in the most popular drama category alongside fellow BBC show Life on Mars as well as ITV1's The Bill and Channel 4's Mancunian saga Shameless.

After years in the TV doldrums, Queer as Folk writer Russell T Davies re-launched the show, with Christopher Eccleston first playing the new incarnation of the Time Lord before David Tennant took over the Tardis.

The Scottish actor is a firm favourite for the most popular actor award, nominated against Coronation Street's Anthony Cotton, Eastenders actor Charlie Clements and Hollyoaks' James Sutton.

The Doctor's assistant, Martha Jones, is also up for an award, with newcomer Freema Agyeman matched against Lacey Turner and Kara Tointon from EastEnders and Coronation Street's Sue Cleaver in the most popular actress category.

Former GP Harry Hill is nominated for the most popular comedy gong, for ITV1's TV Burp, while Ant and Dec are named in three categories; most popular entertainment presenters, most popular entertainment programme for Saturday Night Takeaway and most popular reality show for I'm a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here!

Sir Trevor McDonald will host the awards at the Royal Albert Hall on October 31st.

He told the Daily Mirror: "It has been a controversial year for the industry, but the awards are a celebration of TV at its most popular. The variety of nominees shows the remarkable range of the programmes we all watch."

15/10/2007 10:13:09