Dr Who farewell nabs 'greatest sci fi scene' honour

David Tennant played Dr Who for five years between 2005-2010. Credit: Joel Ryan/PA Archive

David Tennant as Dr Who bidding farewell to his assistant and star crossed love Rose Tyler has been named the greatest love scene in science fiction by fans.

The scene, which starred Billie Piper as Rose, topped a poll in of SFX magazine of the all-time best bits in sci-fi, horror and fantasy.

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The winning scene - which topped a list compiled from more than 90,000 reader votes - saw a hologram of The Doctor say his goodbyes to his sidekick but the image fades out before he has chance to say he loves her.

Tennant said of the climax to the pair's story:

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In second place was a fight between The Hulk and Nordic God Loki in the 2012 film Avenger's Assemble.

The helpless Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, was thrown side to side by an enraged Hulk, as a battle for New York City between the Avengers and invading aliens unfolded in the background.

Third up was the infamous "chestburster" scene from Ridley Scott's Alien, in which a monster, designed by the late Swiss artist H. R. Giger, rips out of John Hurt's chest.

Top 5 greatest Sci Fi scenes according to the SFX poll are:

  • Doctor Who - The Doctor and Rose say farewell.

  • Avengers Assemble - The Hulk beats up Loki

  • Alien - the alien bursts from John Hurt's chest.

  • Firefly - a bad guy gets kicked into an engine intake.

  • The Empire Strikes Back - Luke Skywalker learns that Darth Vader is his father.