Doctor Who is a 2019 Hugo Finalist – Twice Over!

This morning, Dublin 2019 announced the 2019 Hugo Award Finalists for all things science fiction and fantasy–novels, stories, art, and media. Doctor Who has two Series 11 episodes nominated in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category:

  • “Demons of the Punjab” – written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs.
  • “Rosa” – written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai.

The Hugo Award Ceremony will be held on August 18, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland at this year’s Dublin 2019 WorldCon.

The Doctor’s Competition

As far as this year’s competition, Doctor Who is up against THE EXPANSE, several great episodes of THE GOOD PLACE, and a Janelle Monae music video feature. (My fifteen year-old will probably root for this last one. We took her to see Janelle at Austin City Limits Music Festival last October and she’s been wearing her T-shirt ever since.)

Here are all of the nominees in the category according to Dublin 2019:

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • The Expanse: “Abaddon’s Gate,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck and Naren Shankar, directed by Simon Cellan Jones (Penguin in a Parka / Alcon Entertainment)
  • Doctor Who: “Demons of the Punjab,” written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs (BBC)
  • Dirty Computer, written by Janelle Monáe, directed by Andrew Donoho and Chuck Lightning (Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records)
  • The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)
  • The Good Place: “Jeremy Bearimy,” written by Megan Amram, directed by Trent O’Donnell (NBC)
  • Doctor Who: “Rosa,” written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai (BBC)

Do you have a favorite here? As far as I’m concerned, both episodes were moving, insightful, and packed an emotional wallop, each in their own way. DEMONS OF THE PUNJAB had me in tears by the end and ROSA was like a splash of cold water on the face–particularly because of how it ties back into the here and now.  When I think about scenes in Series 11 that really affected me and say something about who we are right now, I think immediately of that moment between Yaz and Ryan when they talk about the so-called casual racism they encounter every day of their lives in the twenty-first century.

Hugo Awards – Previous Regenerations

The Doctor is no stranger to WorldCon voters and the Hugo Awards. In addition to receiving more nominations than I can possibly list here, Doctor Who has won the Hugo Award in this category six times in the past. The award-winning stories were: “The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances” (2006), “The Girl in the Fireplace” (2007), “Blink” (2008), “The Waters of Mars” (2010), “The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang” (2011), and “The Doctor’s Wife” (2012). Even though the show continued to receive nominations every year since 2012, the Doctor hasn’t taken the award home (or rather, back to the TARDIS) in years.

The Hugo Awards – You Can Vote!

The Hugo Awards are considered to be the best in sci-fi/fantasy as determined by the fans. While the Nebula Awards are selected by members of the Science Fiction Writers of America, the Hugo nomination process and voting privilege is open to anyone who becomes a member of the World Science Fiction convention.

Whether or not you attend the Hugo Award ceremony in Dublin this year is up to you, but for as little as €40 (about $45) you can purchase a Supporting Membership to Dublin 2019. You’ll be allowed to vote for your favorites in all categories–and my favorite perk: as a Hugo voter, you’ll have access to the Hugo Voter’s Packet, a huge stockpile of eBooks for most of the nominated novels, novellas, comics, and short stories.

I’ve been a Hugo Awards Supporting Member and Voter about five years now and I love it! So come and join up.