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The Pandorica Opens the Hugos

As Matt Smith welcomes Doctor Who‘s latest award - the 2010 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) - let us congratulate writer Steven Moffat, director Toby Haynes and the entire Doctor Who team responsible for The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, which was the winning story, beating out a couple of other episodes from Doctor Who in 2010 (A Christmas Carol and Vincent and the Doctor) and a couple of non-Who related productions. Although some have questioned the significance of these awards, Doctor Who‘s fifth win in the past six years is still nothing to be ashamed of (quite the opposite in fact). And it wasn’t the only win for Doctor Who - Chicks Dig Time Lords - a fan-authored publication celebrating Doctor Who by female fans (and Robert Smith?) also won for Best Related Work - congratulations as well to all those involved in that worthy publication.


This year’s nominations were rather amusing because except for two short films no one’s ever heard of, Doctor Who was the only other nomination. That ought to make some of the naysayers think a moment (I love pointing out to those who think Doctor Who is no good, or at least has been no good since it came back to TV that this is the show that beat Battlestar Galactica in the Hugo Awards for three years running). Next year it’ll probably have competition from Miracle Day (if they nominate individual episodes - I can’t see it being a Short Form nomination), though I think The Doctor’s Wife is almost guaranteed to win unless something even better comes along in the second half.

Posted by Alex  on  08/22  at  02:32 AM

I could be wrong, but I suspect the stiffer competition is more likely to come from Game of Thrones, rather than Torchwood: Miracle Day…..

Posted by Luca  on  08/22  at  03:31 AM

Back in Enlightenment #100, which was published 11 years ago October, I noted that the DWIN fanzine ‘Myth Makers’ #9 had won an award in a competition against the Dr. Who fanthology ‘Perfect Timing’ #2, although PT2 was almost 400 pages longer, had a colour cover and a more impressive list of authors (and all the proceeds went to charity.)  I think a questionable vote casts the authority in a bad light, not the nominees.  Has Worldcon been a Dr. Who catwalk in recent years?

Posted by Eric  on  08/22  at  10:03 AM

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