‘Doctor Who’ Emmy breakthrough led by Jodie Whittaker and … Rosa Parks? See what’s on the Emmy ballot

Despite its international popularity, “Doctor Who” hasn’t been much of an awards player since the decades-old sci-fi show was revived in 2005. It did win Best Drama Series at the BAFTAs in 2006 and Best Writer for Steven Moffat in 2008, but it has gotten blanked at the Emmys even though Moffat went on to win two Emmys for “Sherlock” and the erstwhile Doctor Matt Smith later earned a bid for “The Crown.” However, “Doctor Who” had a higher profile than ever this season, with a new cast and creative team and a chance at nine nominations. Scroll down to see the show’s full list of submissions on this year’s ballot.

“Doctor Who” made history by casting its very first woman in the title role: “Broadchurch” alum Jodie Whittaker is the 13th actor to wield the sonic screwdriver — 14th when you count John Hurt‘s 2013 guest appearances the War Doctor. Now she has been entered for consideration for Best Drama Actress. And when she fell to Earth this season she teamed up with a trio of new companions: Best Drama Supporting Actor contenders Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh and Best Drama Supporting Actress hopeful Mandip Gill.

In the race for Best Drama Writing, the series has put forward just one episode, “Rosa,” which was co-written by new “Who” showrunner Chris Chibnall and Malorie Blackman, who made history as the first black writer in the history of the TV series. The episode took place during the American civil rights movement, where the Doctor had to stop another time traveler from interfering with the Rosa Parks protest that led to the Montgomery bus boycott.

Vinette Robinson wasn’t submitted for guest-acting consideration for playing Rosa Parks, though. No guest performers are on the ballot despite appearances during the season by well-known actors including Mark Addy (“Game of Thrones“), Alan Cumming and Chris Noth (“The Good Wife”) and Siobhan Finneran and Phyllis Logan (“Downton Abbey“). But check out what other categories the show has a chance at below.

Best Drama Series

Best Drama Actress
Jodie Whittaker

Best Drama Supporting Actor
Tosin Cole
Bradley Walsh

Best Drama Supporting Actress
Mandip Gill

Best Writing (Drama)

Best Costumes (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)
“The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos”

Best Music Composition (Series)
“Demons of the Punjab”

Best Production Design (Narrative Period/Fantasy, One-Hour or More)
“The Ghost Monument”

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