Fifth Hugo win for Doctor Who

The Pandorica Opens{jcomments on}Doctor Who won its fifth HUGO award last night for the 2010 two-part season finale.

The HUGO awards have run since 1955 and are given for the best science fiction and fantasy works of the previous year. They are named after Hugo Gernsback who founded the science-fiction magazine Amazing Stories. This year’s HUGO awards were held last night and Doctor Who won its fifth gong. The two-part 2010 season finale, The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang, won the award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). The two-parter beat fellow Doctor Who stories A Christmas Carol and Vincent and the Doctor as well as The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan and **** Me, Ray Bradbury by Rachel Bloom.

The Waters of MarsThe award was the fifth won by Doctor Who at the HUGOs over the years – it was the fourth for showrunner Steven Moffat who previously picked up awards for his other Who contributions such as Blink, The Girl in the Fireplace and The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances. The other Doctor Who episode to pick up a HUGO award was the 2009 special The Waters of Mars which starred David Tennant and Lindsay Duncan and was written by Russell T Davies and Phil Ford.