Yesterday I flew to Chicago,

I had my photo taken with the other nominees

I believe Dan Harmon (L) brought the Darkest Timeline instant goatees (well, vandykes)



I went to the Hugo Award ceremonies, brilliantly moderated by John Scalzi, a man who needs his own TV show...



...and collected the Hugo Award for my Doctor Who episode, THE DOCTOR'S WIFE.

[image error](In this photo by David Dyer-Bennet I appear to have wandered in from a different, much more sinister, awards ceremony...)

I'm hoping that Chicon 7 will put the awards ceremony up online -- or even better, put the individual speeches up on YouTube. (They streamed them, but the stream was turned off by copyright 'bots just before I started speaking, so unless it goes up somewhere you'll never hear about what I thought of the Inspector Spacetime spin-off Community, or about the 1965 Doctor Who episode "Awards Ceremony of the Daleks".)

I went to the room parties (including the Hugo Losers Party. It's always a bit nerve-wracking going there, when you've actually won. I expect to be debagged or covered in custard or something.) The entire wonderful Scalzi family, mother-in-law Vera included, acted as my escort, help and bodyguard. This is about as cool as it gets.

I got four hours sleep. I flew back to Albany, while my Hugo was taken home without me in a TARDIS-blue car with the license plate IDRIS. Can anything be more appropriate?



Thank you to Idris-owner Steven Manfred, who has by now answered at least two thousand Doctor Who questions from me, and is always there when I come up with a new bunch of questions.

And it feels so strange to be writing that my episode of Doctor Who won a Hugo Award. I remember when I was predicting on this blog that The Girl in the Fireplace and Blink would win Hugos. And they did...

And I did mention during my awards speech that only a madman or a fool would tempt fate by doing it again, having won. And that I am now on my third draft...

PS: A reminder that I'm reading a brand spanking new story on Wednesday the 5th at 6pm at the Sosnoff Theatre at Bard College. Which is in the general neighbourhood of Poughkeepsie, NY. Please come and listen.



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Labels:  Doctor Who, The Doctor's Wife, Hugo Awards, Idris

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message 1: by Mary (new)

Mary I'm so glad it won an award! "The doctor's wife" is my favorite episode so far! :)


message 2: by Ioana (new)

Ioana evil Neil and evil Dan... this picture gave me an overdose of geekiness. congratulation for the award.


message 3: by Nathan (new)

Nathan Dean I wish I were closer than I currently am to Poughkeepsie. Congratulations to you sir!


message 4: by Willow H. (new)

Willow H. Wood Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. The Doctor's Wife deserves all the love it gets. I'm utterly saddened the live-stream was cut off, and I hope they upload the speeches somewhere online as well.


message 5: by Ager (new)

Ager Congratulations to the winners!

The Doctor's Wife is one of my favorite episodes so far.


message 6: by Krista (new)

Krista Your episode (as with all of your writings) is absolutely ingenious! "The Doctor's Wife" is, without a doubt, at the top of my list for favorite Doctor Who episodes. Thank you so much, you more than deserve this recognition! :)


message 7: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I wish I was in NY still!


message 8: by Tony (new)

Tony Congratulations, hoping for more from yourself in future series.


message 9: by Reader (new)

Reader Phillips Oh, darn I missed you!


message 10: by Huw (new)

Huw Evans Many Congratulations; a well deserved reward for the best episode of Doctor Who.


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

I really love your stories specially Coraline. Thank You for write that wonderful story, I love it. That's my favorite story. My English is not very well ( I speak Spanish) I hope you understand me :)


message 12: by Cathy (new)

Cathy Holford How incredibly awesome for you Neil! Do you plan on doing more writing for Television?


message 13: by David (new)

David That episode was so good it hurt. "SEXY!"


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