Doctor Who has been declared the greatest sci-fi & fantasy TV show of all time by top genre website Totalscifionline.
The BBC’s long-running series about the time-travelling Doctor and his ever-changing companions saw off stiff competition from over 60 years’ worth of genre television.
Star Trek: The Original Series, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, was voted into second place, while Rod Serling’s classic anthology series The Twilight Zone rounded out the top three.
Doctor Who first hit our screens in 1963 with William Hartnell in the role of the Doctor. Since then, the character has regenerated 10 times, most recently in the form of Matt Smith in this year’s acclaimed season.
Totalscifionline editor Matt McAllister said: "There have been plenty of mind-bending, thought-provoking SF shows in the history of television, but none have proven as enduring as Doctor Who.
"The key to the show’s longevity has been its ability to re-invent itself for new generations while maintaining a consistency in tone and character, and the Daleks and TARDIS have now become part of our cultural landscape.
"2010 saw Who head in yet another triumphant direction - surely another 50 years are guaranteed?"
Viewers can get a sneak peek of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special on Children in Need, this Friday on BBC One.
The full Top 10 Sci-Fi and Fantasy TV shows are:
1) Doctor Who (1963-present)
2) Star Trek: The Original Series (1966-69)
3) The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
4) The X-Files (1993-2002)
5) The Prisoner (1967-68)
6) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
7) Battlestar Galactica (2004-09)
8) The Quatermass Experiment (1953)
9) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)
10) Babylon 5 (1993-98)