The Doctor Who story The Doctor's Wife has won the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation in this year's Nebula Awards, the annual event held by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
Although Doctor Who was nominated for the same award last year, this is the first time the programme has been successful. In winning the award the team beat several Holloywood movies including Martin Scorsese's Hugo and Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris.
The Doctor's Wife was the fourth episode of the 2011 series of Doctor Who. It was written by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and directed by Richard Clark.
In accepting the award, Neil Gaiman paid tribute to the creators of Doctor Who. Posting on twitter he said
Thanked everyone, including Verity Lambert and Sydney Newman. Also thanked Steven Moffat who made it what it was. Best showrunner ever.Richard Clark also took to twitter to express his delight at the award.
Perfect start to Sunday - kids stayed in bed till 6.30, sun is shinning [sic] and The Doctor's Wife just won The Hugh [sic] Bradbury award. It's not everyday you can claim to have stolen a march on Scorsese AND Woody Allen.Show-runner Steven Moffat congratulated the team
Hey, you two! FANTASTIC news. Doctor Who has never bagged one of those, tho' we've tried. Clearly we needed YOU.