Wednesday, 25 June 2014

SFX Reveals 'Doomsday' Farewell Scene as "Greatest Moment in Sci-Fi"

SFX recently casted a poll for its users and now the results are in! See the press release below:

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.


PCJ said...

And it was TOTALLY undone by the repeated returns of the Boomerang Blonde!

PCJ said...

That Doctor/Rose scene really was and still is amazing and deeply touching, happy for this! :D

PCJ said...


PCJ said...

I'll bet you're one of those Nu-whos who think the Doctor and Rose should go off in the TARDIS and make Timetots. Gads, I hate shippers.

PCJ said...

No, I'm not one of those, I'm just not so closed-minded either..

PCJ said...

I still think David's "I don't want to go" was 10 times better than Doomsday. That had so many feels!

PCJ said...

I sense Who-snobbery

PCJ said...

Look, I didn't have a problem when it originally aired. My problem is that RTD set up this whole ending and said flat out that Rose couldn't come back without imploding two universes then undermined the whole thing by having her come back 4 more times. It's called CONTINUITY! Davies screwed up his whole canon and then you get all these folks screaming "Fire Matt Smith, bring back Rose and 10!" Davies is a hack soap opera writer and it shows. I'm glad he's gone. I've gotten to the point that I can't stand Rose because of all the shipper nonsense. And don't get me started on the "I ran out of money/ideas for the Davros episode so quick find an ending - even if it doesn't make a lick of sense" You don't like my opinion? I don't care.