As the first copies of SFX 178 start making their way to subscribers, here's the run-down on this year's prestigious SFX reader awards! Remember, for the full story including runners-up, check out SFX 178, in store officially from Wednesday 17 December.
Starting in issue 175 we asked you to tell us what you consider the best of the genre in 2008. These are the sci-fi awards that really count, representing feedback from the people at the sharp end of the experience – you, and TV viewers, readers, gamers and cinema-goers like you throughout the SFX universe. Here are what you were happy to spend your hard-earned readies on.
The Dark Knight
BEST FILM DIRECTOR
BEST FILM ACTOR
BEST FILM ACTRESS
BEST TV SHOW
BEST TV ACTOR
He wanted us to pass this on: "Thank you all for this. Playing The Doctor is about the most fun any human being can have and I'm immensely proud that people enjoy the show. As I head in to my last year in the TARDIS I can only say thank you to everyone who has tuned in and enjoyed the journey. I have had the time of my life and now to get an award voted for by the readers of SFX is a great honour. After all, you guys know what you're talking about. You are all blooming lovely, thank you."
BEST TV ACTRESS
Likewise, she said: "Thank you so much for this, I loved my time on Doctor Who. Playing Donna was such great fun and I got to work with David too which was just wonderful. I am delighted to receive this award - it means a lot to me that you have taken the time to vote and so I say again a massive thank you to everyone."
BEST VIDEO GAME
Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures
Making Money (Terry Pratchett)
Terry Pratchett responded: "My god! A huge plague of insanity must be spreading across the nation! However, maybe that's no bad thing. What can I say, except thank you very much and I love you all (but within reasonable and socially acceptable limits.)"
BEST TV EPISODE
Doctor Who's "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey’s End”
Russell T Davies said: “This is such a great honour, during a year in which there's been so much excellent science fiction on TV, from so many countries. Thanks to everyone who voted, it really means a lot. Though I suspect K9's cameo was the clincher, bless that metal dog.”
HALL OF FAME
Arthur C Clarke
( SFX forum users will be interested to know that THE Colin Baker came in number five)
Remember, you can read more about this year's awards, including all the runners-up, in SFX issue 178.
This year's awards are sponsored by fab t-shirt company nerdoh!