Daleks named greatest monsters by sci-fi fans
The Daleks have exterminated all challengers to be named the greatest monsters in the galaxy by sci-fi fans today.
The metal-clad mutant race - first seen on Doctor Who in 1963 - triumphed over creatures from Star Trek, Lord Of The Rings and the Alien and Predator films.
They topped the list in a poll commissioned by leading sci-fi and fantasy magazine SFX.
Second place went to the green-faced and horned character Lorne from Buffy TV spin-off series Angel, while the creatures first seen in Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien and later revived for sequels were third.
More than 8,000 fans took part in the www.sfx.co.uk website survey as part of the magazine's 200th issue celebrations.
Also figuring in the list were Gollum from Lord Of The Rings (ranked fifth) and the hideous shape-changing nasty from The Thing which at one stage assumes the form of a severed head which sprouts spider-like legs (eighth place).
Another Doctor Who foe, the Cybermen, were placed 13th.
Top 20 favourite monsters, supernatural beings and fantasy creatures according to sfx.co.uk users:
1. The Daleks - Doctor Who
2. Lorne - Angel
3. Aliens - Alien franchise
4. Death - Discworld
5. Gollum - Lord Of The Rings
6. The Shadows - Babylon 5
7. Gizmo - Gremlins
8. The Thing - The Thing
9. Aslan - The Chronicles Of Narnia
10. Predators - Predator franchise
11. The Borg - Star Trek
12. Pilot - Farscape
13. The Cybermen - Doctor Who
14. Godzilla - Godzilla
15. Ludo - Labyrinth
16. Pinhead - Hellraiser
17. Nibbler - Futurama
18. The Great Dragon - Merlin
19. Frankenstein's Monster - Frankenstein
20. Slimer - Ghostbusters