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Is the new DVD of the 1969 Doctor Who story, The War Games, eligible for next year's Hugo award for Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form?

Or can the extras be considered eligible for Best Related Work?

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bookzombie
Jul. 12th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
I'd be very, very surprised, otherwise anything that had never been released on DVD before would be eligible! Anyway, it was released on VHS a few years ago.

The extras have more of a chance of qualifying I would think.
scott_lynch
Jul. 12th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
"For any work, the year is from the printed publication date if there is one, or else from the copyright date."

Straight from the Hugo rules as given online... Troughton's swansong would have been eligible only in the year or so following its initial broadcast, would be my interpretation.

Now, the DVD extras, strictly considered on their own, might be a different story, but heck if I'd know.
kevin_standlee
Jul. 13th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)
The main feature (The War Games) would not be eligible because it was previously released.

Additional features on the DVD, if they are new, might be eligible somewhere, but it's a bit tricky, as the category to which you're referring is still as of this year called "Best Related Book" and requires publication "in book form." There is a pending WSFS Constitutional amendment that would, if ratified, change the category next year to "Best Related Work" and might then cover the extras on the DVD. It would be up to the voters to nominate the work, of course, at which point next year's Hugo Awards Administrator would have to make a ruling on its eligibility.

(Note that Administrators almost never issue rulings unless there are enough nominations to make the ballot. It's sort of like how courts won't make hypothetical rulings -- you have to put a real case before them.)
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