At the 2012 Hugo Awards on Sunday night, Neil Gaiman was presented a Hugo for his script for Doctor Who, The Doctor’s Wife. Directed by Richard Clark, the episode also won the 2011 Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation in the Nebula Awards from this year.
The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the Science Fiction genre, honoring the best in Science Fiction and Fantasy literature and media. The awards were presented at Chicago’s Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
When asked if he would consider writing for the show again, Gaiman commented:
“Only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again . . . so I’m on the third draft.”
io9 spoke with Gaiman after the awards and reports:
We caught up with Gaiman at the Hugo afterparty, and he told us more about this surprising turn of events. Apparently the new episode is slated for the second half of season seven, which means that it could air as soon as spring 2013. But Gaiman pointed out that The Doctor’s Wife, his Hugo-winning episode, was originally slated for season five and got bumped to season six for budgetary reasons. The same thing could easily happen to his new episode, he said — and it sounds like this is another super-expensive story to make. Fingers crossed we get to see it sooner rather than later.
The Doctor’s Wife is floating somewhere near the top of my five favorite Doctor Who episodes ever, and after hearing Gaiman describe some of the scenes that were cut due to budgetary concerns, I would love to see a hardback complete novelization of the episode written by him. A bigger plus would be him reading the Audiobook of this imaginary hardback novelization. Perhaps a Hugo win might nudge things in that direction.
After good critical reviews from the recent hardback novelization of the “lost” Tom Baker story, Shada by Gareth Roberts (based on a script and notes by the late Douglas Adams) I hope someone in power mentions this idea to the BBC.
Doctor Who has been a recipient of the Hugo Award six times since it’s revival in 2005.