For the first time ever, there could be an Emmy in the TARDIS this year.
Current Doctor Who leading man Peter Capaldi is in the first round of ballots for the Television Academy’s annual Emmy Awards. Final nominations will be announced July 14, and the 68th annual Emmy Awards will be presented Sept. 18 on ABC from Los Angeles’ Microsoft Theater. (Jimmy Kimmel is hosting, if you’re interested; he’s not very fond of Nerdkind, so we’ll just consider him a footnote.)
Rachel Talalay, the director of the last two Doctor Who two-part season finales, explains in her Tumblr blog that finance previously kept the show from been represented at the Emmys. I’ve been doing a little research, and what this likely means is that BBC America — a big part of the series’ newfound international popularity of late — is now actually contributing enough money toward its production to make it eligible for recognition by the U.S. nonprofit organization that runs the Emmys, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Speaking of Talalay, “Heaven Sent,” the trippy penultimate episode of Capaldi’s second full season (the ninth since 2005’s revival), also has been submitted for consideration for the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, according to Doctor Who News. As we’ve reported previously, the same story is up for a Hugo Award; those will be presented Aug. 20 at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, Mo.