SFX, the world’s number one sci-fi and fantasy magazine, today unveils its definitive list of the 250 Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy to celebrate the magazine’s 250th issue!
From cinema to television, books to comics to video games, readers voted in their droves. With 96,300 votes cast, Britain’s very own favourite sci-fi programme, Doctor Who reigned supreme with the moment The Doctor and Rose say farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in “Doomsday”.
SFX says: “Revisionists would have you believe that Who was always a show with emotional impact, but barring a couple of companion departures that didn't really become true until the advent of Russell T Davies. His most heart-destroyingly tragic contribution was this scene, in which a holographic projection of the Doctor talks to a tearful Rose on a Norwegian beach, with the signal cutting out just before the slow-coach can declare, “I love you”. It’s a moment everyone can identify with because, as Davies put it, “There’s an echo of every loss you’ve ever had.” We've all had to bid farewell to someone we care about - even if it wasn't forced upon us by the threat of universal destruction - and this eye-moistening moment perfectly encapsulates the agony of break-up.”
On hearing the news, David Tennant tells SFX: “I remember worrying on the day we shot this scene that as I was actually a projection from inside the Tardis my hair shouldn't be blowing in the wind. That seemed terribly important at the time and although we didn't find a solution to it, it bothered me for weeks. Then I saw the finished scene and of course all that matters is the end of the Doctor and Rose's story. Russell had weaved some glorious magic for two seasons and it all came together so perfectly in this scene that people still talk to me about it with misty eyes all these years later (and I suspect they always will.) Murray Gold created some heart stopping music that accentuates the misery and Billie is just breathtakingly good. I feel very lucky to be standing on that beach, with my hair flying around, in amongst all these brilliant elements. Whatever else I do and wherever else I end up, this will be a moment I will be forever proud to look back on. Thanks for having us at number one.”
Elsewhere in the poll, the scene from Avengers Assemble in which The Hulk destroys Loki, comes in second place, while the notorious ‘chestburster’ moment in Alien takes third place.
SFX has recruited some of the biggest names in the world of sci-fi to share their favourite moments, with Buffy The Slayer actor Anthony Head, and Directors Robert Rodridguez and JJ Abrams all in agreement that the scene in Alien was their greatest.
Anthony Head says: "The first thing that comes to mind is Alien, the great exploding John Hurt moment! You didn’t hear until afterwards how they filmed it, and it was one of those moments of reality really hitting a group of actors. You believed it. So full on. It was a perfectly formed science fiction film, and it's always stuck with me. I was very scared."
The Top 10 Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy are:
1. DOCTOR WHO The Doctor and Rose say farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in "Doomsday"
2. AVENGERS ASSEMBLE "Puny god!" The Hulk owns Loki
3. ALIEN The chestburster
4. FIREFLY Mal Reynolds kicks a bad guy into Serenity's engine intake ("The Train Job")
5. STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Luke learns that Darth Vader is his father
6. BLADE RUNNER Roy Batty's "Tears in rain" speech
7. GAME OF THRONES The Red Wedding: "The Lannisters sends their regards"
8. THE MATRIX Neo dodges bullets in the bullet-time scene
9. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (novel) Dumbledore's death
10. BACK TO THE FUTURE "Where we're going, we don't need roads"
The full list is printed in issue 250 of SFX, on-sale now.