Hugo Award

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Steven Moffat with his 2007 Hugo Award.

Established in 1953, the Hugo Awards are awarded to the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year, as voted for by members of the World Science Fiction Society. The awards themselves are presented at the annual World Science Fiction Convention over a number of various categories.

Dramatic presentation[[edit]]

The Doctor Who Universe has had the most success in the category of "Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form", which is awarded to "a dramatised production in any medium", which generally lasts less than 90 minutes. [1]

Doctor Who itself was nominated every year for the first sixteen years of its revival, including multiple nominations from 2006 to 2014, with a total of six wins. Torchwood also received a nomination for Captain Jack Harkness, and the 50th Anniversary stories An Adventure in Space and Time and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot were both nominated in 2014.

Steven Moffat in particular has had unparalleled success in this category. As an individual writer he has been short-listed more than fifteen times. Of these, he received two nominations in both 2011 and 2014, and in 2013 he had written three of the five nominees. He has also won the award four times, including three consecutive wins for his first three televised stories.

Year Doctor Who Related Nominees Winner
2006 Dalek, and Father's Day The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances
2007 School Reunion, and Army of Ghosts/Doomsday The Girl in the Fireplace
2008 Human Nature/The Family of Blood, and Captain Jack Harkness Blink
2009 Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead, and Turn Left Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
2010 The Next Doctor, and Planet of the Dead The Waters of Mars
2011 Vincent and the Doctor, and A Christmas Carol The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang
2012 The Girl Who Waited, and A Good Man Goes To War The Doctor's Wife
2013 Asylum of the Daleks, The Angels Take Manhattan and The Snowmen Game of Thrones: Blackwater
2014 The Name of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor, An Adventure in Space and Time, and The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere
2015 Listen Orphan Black: By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried
2016 Heaven Sent Jessica Jones: AKA Smile
2017 The Return of Doctor Mysterio The Expanse: Leviathan Wakes
2018 Twice Upon a Time The Good Place: The Trolley Problem
2019 Rosa and Demons of the Punjab The Good Place: Janet(s)
2020 Resolution The Good Place: The Answer
2021 Fugitive of the Judoon The Good Place: Whenever You're Ready

Related work[[edit]]

The only other category in which the Doctor Who Universe has won a Hugo Award is for the "Best Related Work", which is awarded to "work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom". [2] This was for the reference book Chicks Dig Time Lords in 2011.

Chicks Unravel Time, and Queers Dig Time Lords also received nominations in 2013, and 2014 respectively.

The 2019 award was won by Archive of Our Own, "A fan-created, fan-run, non-profit, non-commercial archive for transformative fanworks, like fanfiction, fanart, fan videos, and podfic", of which the Doctor Who universe (spread out over various categories) is one of the most represented fandoms.[3]

Graphic story[[edit]]

Paul Cornell and Jimmy Broxton's The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who was nominated for a 2014 award in the "Best Graphic Story" category, which is given to a "science fiction or fantasy story told in graphic form".[4]

This makes Cornell the only writer to earn Doctor Who nominations in two separate categories. He previously wrote Father's Day and Human Nature/The Family of Blood, which received nominations for the best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

Non DWU winners[[edit]]

As well as the award winning episode The Doctor's Wife, Neil Gaiman's writing has also achieved five other Hugo Awards, as well as a further nomination. These have all been awarded over five separate categories: "Best Short Story", "Best Novel", "Best Novella", "Best Related Work", and "Best Graphic Story".

Two adaptations of his novels have also won the award for "Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form", the first being the film Stardust in 2008, based on his novel of the same name; the 2020 award was won by the TV series Good Omens. Not only did Gaiman co-write the original novel with Terry Pratchett but also served as showrunner, and David Tennant also had a starring role in the series.

Other contributors who have won a Hugo Award for non-DWU works include Harlan Ellison (multiple, 1966-86), Jane Espenson (Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, 2003), and Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (Other forms, 1988). Nominees include Douglas Adams (Dramatic Presentation, 1979), and Michael Moorcock (Professional Magazine, 1968-69)


  1. Hugo Award Categories. The Hugo Awards. Retrieved on 3 September 2012.
  2. Hugo Award Categories. The Hugo Awards. Retrieved on 2 September 2013.
  3. Archive of Our Own. Archive of Our Own. Retrieved on 03 April 2019.
  4. Hugo Award Categories. The Hugo Awards. Retrieved on 20 April 2014.