The penultimate episode of Doctor Who Series 8, Heaven Sent, has lost out on a Hugo 2016 Award.
The episode, written by Steven Moffat, was nominated for the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, but lost out to the last episode of Jessica Jones, AKA Smile, Marvel’s Nextflix-exclusive series starring Krysten Ritter as the titular character and David Tennant (the Tenth Doctor) as Kilgrave, known to the comic book community as the Purple Man.
Other episodes up for the award were Supernatural: Just My Imagination, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Grimm: Headache.
The Hugo Awards are the well-respected speculative fiction awards that spans numerous mediums, notably novels, TV, films, and novellas. The last Doctor Who episode to be nominated (but which also lost out) was last year’s Listen; fortunately, Doctor Who has won Hugos on numerous occasions, with winning serials including The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances, The Waters of Mars, and my personal favourite, The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang.
Neil Gaiman’s The Doctor’s Wife previously won an award, and the writer also came away from this year’s ceremony with the gong for Best Graphic Story for The Sandman: Overture.
Arguably, the big winner of the night was Andy Weir, who was named The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while the film adaptation of his book, The Martian was named Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form.
The winners were announced on Saturday 20th August at the MidAmeriCon II Hugo Awards Ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.
We’re sad to hear Heaven Sent lost out, but director, Rachel Talalay remained positive on Twitter.
— Rachel Talalay (@rtalalay) August 21, 2016