Either through a studio’s indifference or through fanboy scepticism, the work of Duncan Jones and RTD have been overlooked for too long and that has to stop.
This time around Moon is up for Best Dramatic Presentation Long Form and three of RTD’s specials – The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead and The Waters of Mars – for short form. You can buy the Doctor Who specials DVD by clicking here.
For Moon, victory over Avatar, District 9 and Up would be a long overdue reward for a truly fantastic and thought provoking film.
It was a real labour of love for director Duncan Jones, who still found the time in his busy schedule to chat with me. That love was recognised by a massive number of people around the world who supported the film from day one, as well as a best newcomer BAFTA.
Even my wife Pam – who hates sci-fi – sat through it and enjoyed it.
But it was ignored by Sony Classic pictures who refused to send out screening DVDs to Oscar voters as they were worried they would be copied, thereby ensuring it didn’t get nominated. It has also been overshadowed by the pretty but shallow Avatar which has unfairly vacuumed up nearly every major trinket going.
But it seems that too many haters on the interwebs think Who succeeded despite him, not because of him. To me this is just wrong and anyone who reads The Writer’s Tale will see the amount of time and effort he put in to every aspect of Doctor Who’s production.
Of the three episodes nominated, The Waters of Mars has to be favourite for the prize as a) its better than the other two Whos up for the prize and b) both Dollhouse and Flash Forward are rubbish. (oh, and c) Steven Moffat hasn’t got anything in this year)
As for the other categories, I can only claim a massive science fiction blind spot although I have read Boneshaker by Cherie Priest, which was a great read but not top draw I thought.
Anyway, fingers crossed that Moon and RTD come through.
The Hugo winners will be announced on September 5 2010 at Aussiecon 4.