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Smith and Tennant contest TV award

Outgoing Doctor Who actor Matt Smith will take on predecessor David Tennant for the best actor title at the TVChoice Awards.

The pair are shortlisted alongside Downton Abbey's Brendan Coyle and Mr Selfridge star Jeremy Piven for the prize when the event is staged in September.

Another Doctor Who favourite, Jenna Coleman, is in the running for best actress against Call The Midwife's Miranda Hart, Sheridan Smith for Mrs Biggs and Olivia Colman for Broadchurch.

David - who is shortlisted for his role in thriller Broadchurch - triumphed the last time he and Matt went head-to-head at the event two years ago.

ITV's Broadchurch also picked up a third nomination after being shortlisted for best new drama. It is up against The Fall, Mr Selfridge and period detective series Ripper Street.

Doctor Who has a trio of nominations after also making the shortlist for best drama series, alongside Call The Midwife, Downton Abbey and Waterloo Road.

Fighting it out for best entertainment show are Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway, Celebrity Juice, The Graham Norton Show and Russell Howard's Good News.

Geordie duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have a chance of walking off with two other trophies as Britain's Got Talent is up for best talent show and I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is up for best reality show - both of which they present.

The event, being staged at London's Dorchester Hotel, is being hosted by actor Ben Miller.

Viewers can cast their votes until July 12 at the magazine's website www.tvchoicemagazine.co.uk.

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