Geektown Awards – Best New & Returning Sci-fi/Fantasy Series
We now head onto our home turf… The Best New & Returning Sci-fi/Fantasy Series categories. Once again, it’s been a spectacular year for genre tv. The New Sci-fi/Fantasy Series was a very close run race between the top two positions, but the Returning Sci-fi/Fantasy Series had one very clear winner. Here are the shows you picked.
Best New Sci-fi/Fantasy Series
Nominees: A Discovery of Witches, Altered Carbon, Counterpart, Lost In Space, The First, The Orville
Bronze: Altered Carbon
Silver: A Discovery of Witches
And the Gold goes to …
Winner: Lost In Space
It’s another win for Netflix, who not only pick up the Bronze Award for ‘Altered Carbon’, but also just manage to nab the top spot with their remake of the classic 60’s sci-fi show ‘Lost In Space’.
Set 30 years in the future, colonization in space is now a reality, and the Robinson family is among those tested and selected to make a new life for themselves in a better world. But when the new colonists find themselves abruptly torn off course en route to their new home they must forge new alliances and work together to survive in a dangerous alien environment, lightyears from their original destination.
‘Lost In Space‘ has been renewed for a 2nd Season by Netflix, but we don’t know exactly when it will arrive. Keep an eye on the site for more details this year.
Best Returning Sci-fi/Fantasy Series
Nominees: Doctor Who, Humans, Killjoys, The Gifted, The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld
Silver: The Handmaid’s Tale, Westworld (joint winners)
And the Gold goes to …
Winner: Doctor Who
There was so much choice in returning Sci-fi/Fantasy Series this year, that even the thousands of members of the voting public struggled to decide. Whilst there was a clear winner, the 2nd place landed in a dead heat between the dystopian alt-reality of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, and the dystopian future android carnage of ‘Westworld’. However, as a man in a kilt once said, there can be only one… and, of course, that one is ‘Doctor Who’.
This year saw some groundbreaking changes for the franchise. ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ saw Jodie Whittaker, quite literally, crash onto BBC One on Sunday evening, as she took over the iconic role of The Doctor in her first full-episode. The episode scored a massive 8.2 million viewers, peaking at 9 million, and a 40.1% audience share, beating the debuts of David Tennant (8M), Matt Smith (7.7M) and Peter Capaldi (6.8M). It’s the largest premiere for a season of ‘Doctor Who’ since Tennant’s 3rd Season in 2008. The numbers (and arguably, the writing…) did drop off a little as the series went on, but it still marked an impressive debut season for the new Doctor.