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The screen debut of Doctor Who villains the Daleks has been named the greatest sci-fi television moment of all time.

The Doctor's sworn enemies first appeared in the BBC series in an episode shown in 1963, as the Time Lord discovered an empty city on an irradiated planet.

Their arrival beat big moments on shows such as Star Trek and Blake's 7 to take the top spot in the list compiled by TV Years magazine.

The magazine wrote: "As [the doctor's companion] Barbara stoops through passages, doors slide closed behind her, manoeuvring her into a lift ... emerging, she's faced with... something. We don't know what. All we see is a plunger-shaped protuberance waggling menacingly at her. She screams, the credits roll and history is made."

In second place was the moment in Star Trek where Captain Kirk faces an agonising choice to let his love Edith (Joan Collins) die to save his own future. A scene in Blake's 7 where Avon (Paul Darrow) counsels a mourning Cally when she cannot return to her home world was third.

Entries from The X-Files, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, V, The Prisoner, Heroes and Red Dwarf also made the top 50.

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  • Title: Dalek debut is named sci-fi TV's best moment
  • Publication: Evening Chronicle
  • Date: 2019-06-05