Outside of the Hugo there’s no more prestigious science fiction accolade than the Nebula Awards. This year’s batch of winners has been announced and Neil Gaiman’s Doctor Who was one of the science fiction efforts to come out on top.
The Doctor Who episode in question is “The Doctor’s Wife”. Written by Neil Gaiman it told the story of an asteroid which, essentially eats TARDIS’s and involved the first ever face to face meeting between The Doctor and the intelligence inside his beloved blue police box.
“The Doctor’s Wife” was nominated for the “Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation” along with movies like Attack the Block, Hugo (which isn’t science fiction and never should have been nominated), Captain America: The First Avenger, Midnight in Paris, Source Code, and The Adjustment Bureau. “The Doctor’s Wife” episode was the only item nominated in the category on television, perhaps not surprising given the current state of sci-fi currently on TV. What is surprising is that it won.
Here’s the full list of the 2011 Nebula Award Winners…
Novel Winner: Among Others, Jo Walton
Novella Winner: ”The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” Kij Johnson
Novelette Winner: ”What We Found,” Geoff Ryman
Short Story Winner: ”The Paper Menagerie,” Ken Liu
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation Winner: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” Neil Gaiman (writer), Richard Clark (director)
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Winner: The Freedom Maze, Delia Sherman
2011 DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD: Connie Willis
SOLSTICE AWARD: Octavia Butler (posthumous) and John Clute
SERVICE TO SFWA AWARD: Bud Webster