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Last Updated: Tuesday October 25 2005 09:32 GMT

Dr Who up for hat-trick of awards

Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in Doctor Who
Popular sci-fi show Dr Who has been nominated for three awards at the National Television Awards.

Christopher Eccleston, who played Dr Who, is in the running for the most popular actor category in Tuesday evening's ceremony.

Billie Piper - his side-kick Rose - is up for an award in the most popular actress section.

The show is also nominated for the most popular drama category in the awards, which are voted for by the public.

Christopher Eccleston - who quit Dr Who after one series - is up against Martin Clunes, EastEnders' Nigel Harman (Dennis) and Shane Richie (Alfie) and Bradley Walsh (Danny) from Coronation Street.

Poor Louis Walsh (left) isn't nominated in the new expert section unlike Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell.
Billie Piper faces opposition from Caroline Quentin, EastEnders Jessie Wallace (Kat), June Brown (Dot) and Coronation Street's Sally Lindsay (Shelley).

This year's new category for most popular expert on TV will see chefs Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay, X Factor's Sharon Osbourne and Simon Cowell and Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson all go head-to-head.

Soap fight

Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks will all fight it out for most popular serial drama.

Veteran newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald will host the awards show, to be held at London's Royal Albert Hall.




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