There was quite a bit of excited chatter online over the weekend about the various Doctor Who specials. Most of them are clearly Dramatic Presentations, but I noticed some confusion over An Adventure in Space and Time. It is very obviously a drama, but it isn’t actually science fiction (well, unless you count the brief appearance of … Spoilers! … sorry), it is just about science fiction.
So where does it belong? Well, there is precedent. In 1996 Apollo 13 received a nomination in BDP. That is also a dramatization of real events, and those real events an actual space mission, not a TV program about a time traveler. My view is that An Adventure in Space and Time can quite happily follow that example.
Of course in 1996 there was only one BDP category. We have an additional question to answer: which length? I’ve seen An Adventure in Space and Time advertised as 90 minutes, which is right on the borderline. When I recorded it, it came out as 88 minutes. Technically that would put it into Short Form, but it is well within the wiggle room allowed for a work to be nominated in either category. The Hugo Administrators will presumably move it into whichever category proves more popular with the voters.