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Doomsday Farewell Declared Greatest Sci-Fi Moment

Army of Ghosts & DoomsdaySFX magazine has unveiled its list of the 250 Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy to celebrate the magazine’s 250th issue.

Nearly 100,000 voters declared the 10th Doctor and Rose’s farewell in 2006’s Doomsday the greatest.

David Tennant said: “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 [Piper] 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.”

SFX’s Top 10 Greatest Moments in Sci-Fi, Horror and Fantasy:

  1. Doctor Who -- The Doctor and Rose say farewell at Bad Wolf Bay in Doomsday
  2. Avengers Assemble -- The Hulk destroys Loki
  3. Alien -- The chest-burst scene
  4. Firefly -- Mal Reynolds kicks a bad guy into Serenity’s engine intake (The Train Job)
  5. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back -- Luke discovers that Darth Vader is his father
  6. Blade Runner -- Roy Batty’s “Tears in rain” monologue
  7. Game of Thrones -- “The Lannisters send their regards” (The Red Wedding)
  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.”
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RickXeros
RickXeros

My head hurts... That's not even the best moment in doctor who let alone the best moment in Sci-fi and fantasy!

Marscruiser
Marscruiser

"...this poll was conducted over the course of several Doctor Who conventions across the UK..." is what I half expected to read when I searched for the original article, but nope.  Looks legit.  However, both Russell T and Moffat were contributors to that issue!  Conspiracy?  Scandal?  Payola?  Tit for tat?  The mind boggles...

LeeBeing
LeeBeing

Er... I'm sorry. I'd go with the Red Wedding a million times over.

Mr 11
Mr 11

Personally I don't think it should have one but I'm very proud and reckon it should be in the top 20. In its place I think the 'I am your Father' scene should've taken top spot. The Avengers moment is funny but incredibly overated. It's nice to see the Matrix and Harry Potter here (think Harry Potter should've been lower) and THAT Game of Thrones moment defo deserves it's place 'The Lannisters send their regards *stab* WWWWWWWAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH'

MrsUnderhill
MrsUnderhill

FYI: here is the list of other Doctor Who moments which made it into top 250:


#244- End Of Time- The Doctor utters the words, “I don’t want to go.”

#239- The Day Of The Doctor- The 13 Doctors save the day.

#118- The War Games- The time Lords appear for the first time.

#106- Spearhead From Space- Autons gun down shoppers.

#78- Earthshock- Aldric’s death

#67- The Dalek Invasion of The Earth- A dalek rising from the Thames.

#52- Rose- Chris Eccleston first appears to help Rose

#44 Utopia- Professor Yana is revealed to be the Master

#15 An Adventure In Time & Space- Matt Smith appears next to David Bradley’s William Hartnell.

#14 Genesis Of The Daleks- The Doctor asks “Do I have the right to destroy the greatest enemy?”

#13 Blink- The weeping angels surround the TARDIS.


allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

You know...now that I think about it...I realised this scene was the first Doctor Who scene I have ever rewatched on youtube after I've watched the episode. That's how impressive and beautiful was! It represented a very important moment in my transformation from a simple human to a totally obsessed whovian :)) 

Like it or not, but don't underestimate the power of this scene! It's absolutely incredible that after all this time, people still care about this sad departure of one of the greatest companions! 

DW_girl
DW_girl

Series 2 is one of my favourites and I like both Love and Monsters and Fear Her. Love Ten and Rose as the Tardis duo (their only annoying episode was New Earth).

ahunter8056
ahunter8056

This is a great scene, coming from my personal second favourite episode of all time, but I wouldn't have chosen this as the greatest scene. In fact, I wouldn't consider any goodbye scenes to be the greatest scenes in any case. They're great scenes, in which I enjoy getting emotional over, but they are scenes in which we see loved characters for the supposed last time ever. Heroic scenes are a much better choice for lists of the greatest scenes in my opinion. Now if this was a list of most emotional scenes, then I'd agree with this scene winning. It's a brilliantly moving scene. However I would have personally gone with the 13 Doctors saving Gallifrey scene from 'The Day Of The Doctor'.


jamesanash101
jamesanash101

I just hope that even if you don't like this scene, you can appreciate that Doctor Who topped the polls... again. I personally love it, sublime acting from Tennant and Piper, fantastic script from RTD, and perfect scoring from Murray Gold. I also just want to say that I am about obsessed as you can get with this show, and I adore Ten/Rose. There are people who are hardcore fans and ship them, we do exist!


TheCapaldiMasterplan
TheCapaldiMasterplan

To see this win actually hurts. There are so many moments which are much better than this, such as the Red Wedding in Game of Thrones, or the moment when Walter sacrifices himself in Fringe.


OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake
OncomingStorm in a Brownoat with a stake

Ok, so it's probably not the greatest sci-fi moment ever, but I'm still so happy it was from Doctor Who, and it was written by RTD and it was David and Billie. I will never understand why people don't like series 2 (apart from Love And Monsters and Fear Her but that's 2 eps out of 13!) Army Of Ghosts and Doomsday are just amazing IMO, and that scene is beautiful. I cry every time.

Baker Street is on Karabraxos
Baker Street is on Karabraxos

Hang on, so Doctor Who beat all of these (iconic) shows/films? Guess it just proves how good the show really is. Glad to see the chest-burster scene from Alien up there - it's pretty freaky.

ShameOnSM
ShameOnSM

No idea how this is the greatest sci-fo moment. The voters must have been the cult of skarose...this makes me hate the 10th doctor a little bit.

Baker Street is on Karabraxos
Baker Street is on Karabraxos

Congrats to Doctor Who! While I'm not too keen on the whole Doctor/Rose love story I have to admit that this is a breathtakingly beautiful scene; David and Billie are brilliant. The location is beautiful too (Southerndown Beach in south Wales), and I've been there a few times myself.

stargazer0118
stargazer0118

To those saying the scene is not Sci-Fi... Did you foget he is communicating to her from another universe and with the help of a supernova?  There is also romance in great Sci-Fi and even Star Trek  (among many other examples) is full of it.

JoehWh0
JoehWh0

Very pleased that DW beat all the others, quite surprised too. I like the scene also, I think I'm one of the small group of people on this site who actually LIKES Rose. Ah well, everybody's entitled to their own opinion. :P

SeanDrabik
SeanDrabik

.......I need a drink. I mean, every single moment on that list is better than this sloshing mess of tears that got called the best. And where on this list are the Doctor's first regeneration, The Timelord's exiling the Doctor, The Doctor's leaving the party at the end of The Green Death, The Doctor pondering the implications of what would happen if  he killed the Daleks or not in Genesis of The Daleks, him looking on as a child sacrifices himself so that the Cybermen can be destroyed in Earthshock, The Doctor on trial against the Timelord's and telling them right off, The Doctor putting a stop to Davros and his plans in Remembrance of The Daleks, "Everybody Lives!", The Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey explanation of time travel in Blink, or the 11th Doctor telling the Atraxi to never come back to Earth? All of those speak much more powerfully to the spirit and content of Doctor Who than this overracted trite. So I ask, how were these not thought of?

KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys
KingOfTheInterWebs has Kidneys

It's an alright scene but there are much better scenes in Doctor Who in my opinion. in fact Sci-fi is a big genre (Which fantasy is sometimes thrown into for some reason) there are better scenes through-out all of Sci-fi. It's not a bad scene... there are just many better ones in my opinion, I even felt there were some more iconic scenes in Doctor Who and Sci-fi in general that lost out to it.

MerieliaZ
MerieliaZ

This has nothing to do with my dislike of Rose as a character since I will be the first to admit this is a very powerful and emotional scene but...the best sci-fi moment of all time? Really? There are far better scenes from Doctor Who let alone the rest of sci-fi. This is a powerful scene but it does not top Davros' speech in Genesis of the Daleks or the First Doctor's "I shall come back" speech let alone "No, I am your father" or scenes of that ilk. This scene not only does not encapsulate the best of Doctor Who (as canon on-screen romance is only a recent development in the show's history) but neither does it show the best of sci-fi which surely something called the "Greatest Sci-Fi Moment" ought to do.



gunslinger19
gunslinger19

really dont like this scene, but then if i liked Rose then i might have a different opinion. but what about when the doctors all save gallifrey, or any one of eleven's speeches? or the scene with the doctor, the master and rassilon all together with that gun? or what about Jex's death or when the doctor considers shooting him? or when eleven regenerates? or when 9 tells the dalek to kill itself? these amongst others are great scenes. the doomsday scene was just a massive self indulgent cliche that adds nothing to the story and really makes the doctor and Rose's separation less tragic. perhaps if it actually got rid of Rose, but then she had to keep coming back...



JFrance
JFrance

People are entitled to their opinions but I feel there are greater scenes in Doctor who then that one. If you wanted to pick a scene from The Army of Ghosts/Doomsday then what about the Cybermen emerging from the ghosts and the Daleks emerging from the sphere or the Daleks and the Cybermen trash talking. All great scenes IMO.        

Beasts_a_Snarling
Beasts_a_Snarling

Wow really? The cliché to beat all clichés....

Disappointed.

There are way better scenes in the Who world....

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

It's a great scene, but hugely overshadowed, at least for me, by 10's farewell and 11's farewell, as well as a few scenes from Day of the Doctor. While we're at it, though,  surely the most iconic moment in Avengers Assemble was panning shot of all six Avengers standing back to back. And the Firefly one seems a bit random for it to beat out "I am your father." I wonder what their criteria were.



allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

I think people began to hate more Rose-Doctor story because of their hardcore fans. I don't want to offend anybody, but sometimes the fangirls become annoying with all the cheesy, lovey-dovey things. The AU videos on youtube or Gifsets with Tennant and Piper from other shows and films where are reunited to tell the story of Ten and Rose. And let's not forget about the extremely sexual part of fandom that see sex anywhere (but that's any fandom apparently, Sherlock, Hannibal, Supernatural....all kinds of sick sexual relationships...I'll never understand). 

Maybe it's just me, but I loved the relationship between the Doctor and Rose. To me, it was always about a genuine friendship between them and from there it extended a bit to the more romantic aspect. But it's a sweet love, endearing, they both want to protect each other, they both are very loyal to each other and they've changed each others lives in the greatest way possible. 

It's perfectly understandable that she fell in love with him, but people seem to be bothered by the fact that the Doctor fell in love with a simple human girl. I personally think it's even more endearing when you find love in places you wouldn't necessarily look. If he would have fallen in love with the most beautiful woman, most intelligent, most brave and so on...it would have been too predictable and perfect. The fact that he fell in love with her because of her soul and her company, tells me that it's a very profound type of love. 

RTD made something amazing with this story and by not letting the (real) Doctor ever tell her those three words, he avoided becoming cheesy. At least, this is my opinion. And I don't like cheesy things in general :P

HitchcockWhovian
HitchcockWhovian

A relatively unsurpassed moment of total vulnerability and poigancy for our hero, and one brought beautifully to light by Billie Piper and David Tennant, an astute presice and simple script by RTD and an achingly gorgeus score by Murray Gold. This is a proud achievment for the show as a whole - which is why it's doubly disheartening that many parts of this comment section have dissolved into petty airing of grievances. 

DW_girl
DW_girl

I really like this scene, and I think it's definitely one of the most emotional we've had on the show. David and Billie are on top form here, emphasised by Murray Gold's beautiful track. However, I wouldn't go as far as to say that it is the best scene in Doctor Who (but probably in the top 10 for me), let alone the best in the whole of sci-fi. By the way, I think people really need to stop belittling Ten/Rose fans by making them out not to be fans of the show as apparantly they only watch it for the romance and the eye candy. Well, if they wanted to do that, they could just go and watch some rom-com movie or something. Another thing I've noticed is that some of the hard-core fans reckon that if you've only ever really watched New-Who, than you're not a true fan. Seriously, I've hardly seen any of the classic series but I'm in completely in love and obsessed with Doctor Who! :)

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

Oh, I don't care what you people on this site say, the general opinion of this scene is pretty much the same as mine, meaning that is it one of the most beautiful and heartbreaking scenes ever made in television! 


Sure, it may not be the greatest scene in term of the subject, I mean there are so many other great Sci-Fi scenes (not just in Doctor Who), but what's important is that it was so well done, the lines, the directing, the music, the acting were all so perfect that remained in people's minds and hearts after all this time. It's really amazing, after 8 years!

I'm very proud of Russel, David and Billie and everyone who worked on that scene! Congratulations! 

Also, we should be proud that a Doctor Who scene won! It's incredible!



TARDlSkey
TARDlSkey

Lovely scene, but nowhere being the best in Sci-Fi. There's a vast amount of scenes I prefer personally.

brunott
brunott

Well, this article shows that the Rose haters are only in this website. Everyone LOVES Rose, she is topped best companion from Radio Times, and now this. Haters gonna hate.

Ikare Abides
Ikare Abides

I find it rather sad when people are contemptuous of fans who loved the Doctor and Rose together.  Especially since many people (more so in the past than now) have been dismissive of fantasy and science fiction fans in general.

Ikare Abides
Ikare Abides

How wonderful for the show, RTD, Tennant, Piper and Murray Gold.  Television is a very ephemeral medium and to have so many people still love something eight years after it first aired must very satisfying.









ilyootha
ilyootha

Well, this is certainly not my idea of a great Doctor Who moment, let alone a great sci-fi moment (I have to admit though, it featured one of Murray Gold's best pieces)... Oh well, it's nice to know that Doctor Who won over some giants here, and at least it's not The End of Time or something!


shyx111
shyx111

@MrsUnderhill Sorry, but this scene beating all these ones (shocked about Utopia being here and not some Moffat's stuff like s5 finale)... no...

DW_girl
DW_girl

This was meant to be a reply to @TheOncomingStorm

AnthonyMercer
AnthonyMercer

@TheOncomingStorm Series 2 did have my favourite cliffhanger of Doctor Who (in Army of Ghosts), but overall I didn't like it as much as Series 1. Nine and Rose worked so much better than Ten and Rose did! Plus, Ten in Series 2 doesn't really seem like Ten - he didn't really hit his stride until Series 3.

PaddyB
PaddyB

@TheOncomingStorm I think that series 2 is brilliant, I would rank its episodes:

Very Bad: Fear her.

Average: the Idiot's Lantern.

Good- Very Good: New Earth, Tooth and Claw, Rise of the Cybermen.

Excellent: School Reunion, The Girl in the Fireplace, The Impossible Planet, Love and Monsters (not joking), Doomsday.

allons_ywibblywobbly
allons_ywibblywobbly

@ShameOnSM ShameOn...you to have this mentality. I'm not saying you can't hate the 10th doctor, but you should have totally different reasons for which you could hate him, not this.

 Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus
Notsosmartguy: Time Thievious Racoonus

@stargazer0118 I respect your opinion, but understand that this scene was chosen over some of the greatest scenes and moments in not just dw but fiction in general, I think you can forgive is for being a bit butthurt. Besides there are way better romance stories in those genres as far as I'm concerned. 

PaddyB
PaddyB

@JoehWh0 I was surprised to see how many people disliked Rose on this site although I think that this is (to an extent) the opinion of a vocal minority. However it seems that while Rose  divides opinion among Doctor Who fans, she is often lauded as one of if not the best companion by casual viewers.

MrThorfan64
MrThorfan64

@brunott Everyone? Quite the exaggeration. As for saying Rose haters only on website, if you did a slight look on the Internet you would know there is a bigger hatedom for her then this. Then there are well-known reviewers like Welshy or Trilbee.

BeyondThePolice
BeyondThePolice

@ilyootha For me, 10's goodbye in The End of Time was much more emotionally poignant than this scene. I dunno, maybe it's because I didn't really pay attention to the 10/Rose relationship at the time.

MrsUnderhill
MrsUnderhill

@shyx111 @MrsUnderhill Utopia? The first  ever Master appearance in new Who?  Derek Jacobi transforming to John Simm? Come on, it belongs on this list. But agree that Pandorica monologue, at least, should be there too.


SeanDrabik
SeanDrabik

@doctorwhomultiverse I don't either- but its moment that's 1000x more sublte and more powerful than anything in this "greatest" scene, and a far better end to a companion's adventures with the Doctor.