Your hostess this year is versatile Canadian actress and star of surprise hit Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany. Check out Orphan Black if you haven't yet, it's very cool, and look for Season 2 to begin next April. Give her a big hand folks, giving out Golden Typewriter Monkeys doesn't pay anything.
Night of the Doctor (Stephen Moffat). This was a banner year for Doctor Who, all props to the BBC and their license-holders for going all out. I could easily have picked Cubicle 7's sourcebooks for each Doctor (though they only managed three during the year, one a month was, let's say, rather ambitious of them), or Big Finish's The Light at the End (but I haven't listened to it yet), or the casting of the new Doctor, or the Adventure in Time and Space biopic, or the Five Doctors Reboot... even IDW's comics did something fun for the occasion, and of course, the special itself got honored yesterday. But it's the brief return of Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor that took the Internet by storm, and rightly so. I hope this means he'll get the attention he deserves, bringing new fans to the audio adventures, or perhaps green-lighting more mini-episodes.
Favorite new podcast of 2013 - Toby Hadoke's Who's Round (free from Big Finish). Toby's made a living with a Who-centric one-man comedy show, written about the program with friend Rob Shearman, and expertly moderated a good number of commentary tracks on classic Doctor Who DVDs, so he was perfect for this project. Essentially, he celebrated the Whoniversary by traveling the UK to interview people who'd work on the series over the last 50 years, mostly people we'd never heard from, with the ultimate goal of covering every single story. Based on his Twitter feed, it almost broke him, which makes it even worthier.
Best performance in a role-playing game in 2013 - Pout Ouellet for the Question (DC Adventures) and the Shepherd (DWAITAS). I promise, this is the last Doctor Who-related prize, and it's a rather personal one because it deals with my own gaming group. But I had to give Pout a shout-out, seeing as his brooding, badass version of the Question (part conspiracy theorist from JLU, part Rorschach) was memorable, and came on the heels of a full season of Doctor Who gaming in which he had the harder task of bringing our Time Lord's new regeneration to life and made it extremely entertaining. Makes me wish had hadn't gotten a job out of town.
Best board game of 2013 - Kill Doctor Lucky (Cheapass/Titanic Games). Not new by any means, but new to ME. This prequel to Clue is lots of fun, with real strategy, but enough luck for no hard feelings to be generated when Dr. Lucky is finally killed. Also played Save Dr. Lucky, set on the Titanic, but it doesn't have the same thrill as Kill's murderousness.
Most disappointing superhero film or TV series of 2013 - Marvel's Agents of SHIELD (Joss Whedon). A real screw-up. They squandered a lot of opportunities: The Avengers film was a huge success and Agent Coulson a very popular franchise element, Joss Whedon's producership brought all the Buffy and Firefly fans to the table with expectations of cracking scripts, and who doesn't love badass beauty Ming-Na Wen? In execution, it comes off as Torchwood-lite, and unlike Arrow who is doing this RIGHT, the show seems adverse using the comic book universe that's supposed to be in the background. Except for Coulson and Wen's Melinda May, and perhaps Chloe Bennet's Skye (though that's because she's the audience identification figure), the characters a two-dimensional and boring. Even the mystery of Coulson's second chance at life is idling, with frequent mentions, but no advancement.
Best dwarf of 2013 - Ori. A lot of Middle Earth dwarves are memorable, but I think he's the most amusing. Dori needed to mother him more in The Desolation of Smaug though.
And so endeth 2013! My thanks to the Scrabblishious Tatiana Maslany for fake-pre-taping the gala and I guess I'll see you again in 2014 for more of the same!