Doctor Who Series 11 appears 9 times on this year’s Emmy Awards ballot, meaning production crews consisting of over 23,000 people will have the chance to vote for the show to win a coveted American statue.
The Emmys were established in 1946 to encourage professionals to advance the televisual industry. Studios make their own submissions to the ballot across a number of categories.
Doctor Who itself is to be considered for Best Drama Series, while Jodie Whittaker, aka the Thirteenth Doctor, is up for Best Drama Actress. Companions, Mandip Gill (Yaz Khan), and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair) and Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) are up for Best Drama Supporting Actress and Best Drama Supporting Actress respectively.
Surprisingly, only Rosa, from Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, is submitted for Best Writing (Drama), and The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos for Best Costumes (Fantasy/ Sci-Fi). It’d be nice to see Ray Holman win something for his great designs.
Demons of the Punjab is up for Best Music Composition (Series) and The Ghost Monument for Best Production Design (Narrative Period/Fantasy, One-Hour or More). That episode did include a number of solid set pieces, so we wish Arwel Wyn Jones the best of luck.
Most shockingly, there were no nominations made for guest performers, despite Series 11 starring a number of wonderful actors. We would’ve expected perhaps Vinette Robinson (for playing Rosa Parks); Sharon D. Clarke for her part as Grace O’Brien; Alan Cumming as King James (The Witchfinders); Susan Lynch (The Ghost Monument); Lee Mack (for his small but heart-warming cameo in Kerblam!); and Ellie Wallwork (It Takes You Away).
The Emmys has been in the news recently for the bizarre rule that means only 3-minute clips can be submitted under the Stunt Coordination category – ruling out Daredevil‘s stunning 11-minute one-shot fight scene in Blindsided. Madness.
The 71st Emmy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday 16th July 2019, and winners revealed in September 2019.