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article imageDoctor Who—Rose Tyler goodbye scene voted best sci-fi moment ever

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jun 25, 2014 in Entertainment
A “goodbye” scene (above) between the Doctor (David Tennant) and his companion, Rose (Billie Piper), which aired in Doctor Who eight years ago, has been voted the greatest moment in science-fiction, horror and fantasy in the history of the genre.
The poll result is featured in SFX magazine, and was commissioned to mark the publication of the landmark 250th issue of the monthly magazine.
The poll had asked SFX readers to vote for a definitive list of the 250 greatest moments of science-fiction, horror and fantasy in genres covering cinema, television, books, comics and video games.
According to Doctor Who News, “96,300 votes were cast,” in total, with the heart-breaking Doctor—Rose farewell scene from Doomsday — which premiered in the UK on Saturday, July 8, 2006 — coming top.
Doomsday was written by Doctor Who’s then showrunner Russell T Davies and directed by Graeme Harper. Davies was responsible for returning Doctor Who to TV screens in 2005 after many years off the air. Harper first worked on the 50-year-old drama series in the 1960s — when Patrick Troughton was playing the Second Doctor — and directing for the show since the 1980s.
Doomsday represented the concluding part of a storyline that had begun the previous week, in Army of Ghosts; in which the Doctor (Tennant) and Rose (Piper) had been separated by a time rift, causing each to be trapped in separate universes — the Doctor in “our” universe and Rose in a parallel one.
The famous Doomsday scene itself takes place on Bad Wolf Bay, where Rose encounters a holographic image of the Doctor. In reality, the Doctor is standing inside his time machine, the TARDIS. He explains to Rose that he has managed to harness the energy of a supernova in order to be able to transmit a message to her through the last-remaining breach between their two universes.
Bad Wolf Bay: The Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) part for ever!
Bad Wolf Bay: The Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) part for ever!
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Devastatingly, the Doctor then tells Rose that the two of them can never see each other again, whereupon his companion breaks down in tears and tells him she loves him. The Doctor appears to be about to return that sentiment, only for the breach to break down and for him to disappear, his words remaining unsaid. Back in the TARDIS, the Doctor is then seen crying, too.
As reported by the Independent, Tennant said of the accolade, “It all came together so perfectly in this scene that people still talk to me about it with misty eyes all these years later. I suspect they always will. Whatever else I do and wherever else I end up, this will be a moment I will be forever proud to look back on.”
As quoted in the Dundee Evening Telegraph, meanwhile, SFX said of the scene: “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.”
Doomsday has long been regarded among fans and critics alike, with Graeme Harper winning the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Drama Director for his work on it.
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