Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Reader Awards 2008 - Results

Thanks to everybody who took part in the survey! They would have been published as early as last month, if it weren't for work commitments and the re-drafting of a script I'm currently in the midst of. But nevermind all that... it's here at last!

Let's start, shall we?

RATE THE EPISODES

This year's winner didn't quite reach the height's of last year's "Captain Jack Harkness" (which scored a very impressive 9.20/10) but on average, the results are considerably higher this year. For example, only two episodes scored less than an average of 7/10 this time around.

All results are an average mark out of ten:

1: "Fragments" 9.11/10
2: "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" 8.48/10
3: "Exit Wounds" 8.42/10
4: "Reset" 7.69/10
5: "Adam" 7.65/10
6: "Something Borrowed" 7.53/10
7: "To the Last Man" 7.52/10
8: "Adrift" 7.49/10
9: "A Day in the Death" 7.46/10
10: "Dead Man Walking" 7.15/10
11: "Sleeper" 7.03/10
12: "From Out of the Rain" 6.81/10
13: "Meat" 6.66/10

Last year's season average was 7.416/10 - this year that figure was up to 7.615 (up almost 1.0275%), suggesting that - on average - fans are more satisfied with this latest run of adventures.

If we were to add the scores for both season one and two together, it'd form a league table of the most popular to the least popular adventures (on average) so far - like so!

1: "Captain Jack Harkness" 9.20/10
2: "Fragments" 9.11/10
3: "End of Days" 8.96/10

4: "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" 8.48/10
5: "Exit Wounds" 8.42/10
6: "They Keep Killing Suzie" 7.90/10
7: "Everything Changes" 7.84/10
8: "Reset" 7.69/10
9: "Adam" 7.65/10
10: "Something Borrowed" 7.53/10
11: "To the Last Man" 7.52/10
12: "Out of Time" 7.49/10
= "Adrift" 7.49/10
14: "A Day in the Death" 7.46/10
15: "Countrycide" 7.28/10
16: "Small Worlds" 7.27/10
17: "Greeks Bearing Gifts" 7.19/10
18: "Dead Man Walking" 7.15/10
19: "Ghost Machine" 7.14/10
20: "Cyberwoman" 7.07/10
21: "Sleeper" 7.03/10
22: "Combat" 6.84/10
23: "From Out of the Rain" 6.81/10
24: "Meat" 6.66/10
25: "Day One" 6.64/10
26: "Random Shoes" 5.59/10

60% of the top ten episodes are from the show's second series.

RATE THE (DOCTOR WHO) EPISODES

1: "The Empty Child" / "The Doctor Dances" - 9.38/10
2: "Bad Wolf" / "The Parting of the Ways" - 8.92/10
3: "Utopia" / "Sound of Drums" / "Last of the Time Lords" - 8.68/10
4: "Boomtown" - 7.87/10
5: "The Unquiet Dead" - 7.12/10
6: "Aliens of London" - 6.51/10

BEST ACTOR/ACTRESS

It could be only one...

Well, actually, it couldn't! We excluded John Barrowman from this year's vote, which opened up the competition and allowed another top tier Torchwood representative to win...

1: Burn Gorman (Owen Harper) 33.3%
2: Gareth David Lloyd (Ianto Jones) 30.16%
3: Eve Myles (Gwen Cooper) 19.68%
4: Naoko Mori (Toshiko Sato) 15.87%
5: Kai Owen (Rhys Williams) 1.59%

Without John Barrowman around, the team have all improved on their averages from last year - all execpt the brilliant Kai Own, who deserved better than his impossibly small 1.59%

BEST GUEST STAR

1: James Marsters (Captain John Hart) 50.75%
2: Tom Price (PC Andy) 11.94%
3: Ruth Jones (Nikki, "Adrift") 8.96%
4: Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) 7.46%
5: 4: Nikki Amuka-Bird (Beth, "Sleeper") 4.48%
= Anthony Lewis (Tommy, "To the Last Man") 4.48%
7: Paul Kasey (Various roles) 2.99%
8: Bryan Dick (Adam, "Adam") 1.49%
= Nerys Hughes (Brenda, "Something Borrowed") 1.49%
= Julian Bleach (Ghostmaker, "From Out of the Rain") 1.49%
= Amy Mason (Alice Guppy, "Fragments"/"Exit Wounds") 1.49%

BEST WRITER

1: Chris Chibnall ("Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", "Adrift", "Fragments", "Exit Wounds") 73.78%
2: Joseph Lidster ("A Day in the Death") 4.91%
3: James Moran ("Sleeper") 3.28%
= Helen Raynor ("To the Last Man") 3.28%
= Catherine Tregenna ("Meat", "Adam") 3.28%
= J.C Wilsher ("Reset") 3.28%
= Phil Ford ("Something Borrowed") 3.28%
= Peter J Hammond ("From Out of the Rain") 3.28%
4: Matt Jones ("Dead Man Walking") 1.64%

BEST DIRECTOR

1: Ashley Way ("Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang", "Reset", "Something Borrowed", "Exit Wounds") 47.54%
2: Jonathan Fox Basset ("From Out of the Rain", "Fragments") 29.5%
3: Andy Goddard ("To the Last Man", "Adam", "Dead Man Walking", "A Day in the Death") 14.75%
4: Colin Teague ("Sleeper", "Meat") 4.92%
5: Mark Everest ("Adrift") 3.28%

BEST TIE-IN BOOK

1: The Twilight Streets (Gary Russell) 64.52%
2: Trace Memory (David Llewellyn) 22.58%
3: Something in the Water (Trevor Baxendale) 12.9%

BEST AUDIO BOOK

1: Hidden (Steven Savile) 53.85%
2: Everybody Says Hello (Dan Abnett) 46.15%

ACCESS ALL AREAS - OTHER MERCHANDISE

Averages out of ten:

1: Anything Goes - John Barrowman Autobiography (CD & Book) - 8.95/10
2: Torchwood - the Official Magazine (Titan Publishing) - 7.96/10
3: Inside the Hub (Steven James Walker, Telos Publishing) - 7.83/10
4: The official website (www.bbc.co.uk/torchwood) - 7.73/10

A lot of fans used the survey to demonstrate their annoyance that the official site is blocked so that users outside of the UK are unable to visit.

DVD REVIEW

Best special feature
1: Captain's Log (& Other featurettes) - 26.6%
2: Torchwood Declassified - 23.3%
= Out-takes/Bloopers - 23.3%
4: Commentaries - 13.3%
5: Deleted scenes - 10%

Best audio commentary
1: "Captain Jack Harkness" - 31.58%
2: "Countrycide" - 21.05%
3: "Cyberwoman" - 15.79%
4: "Day One" - 10.53%
= "End of Days" - 10.53%
6: "Everything Changes" - 5.26%
= "Small Worlds" - 5.26%

MESSAGE FROM THE FANS

It proved impossible to pick just ten; so here's all the comments I received!

Readers were asked to review the series - in five words of less!

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Let's not stop there, huh? - Beth Nelder

Doctor Who; anagram of Torchwood - Rebecca Cohen

A rollercoaster ride of emotions - Miss Tami

Ianto Jones kicks serious arse - Melissa

TORCHWOOD: Aliens? We ain't bovvered - osiris

Fun, but what's the point? - Eric-Jon Rössel Waugh

Five words? Torchwood? Not enough. - chris brampton

Enigmatic, Sexy and Alluring Fun! - Georgina

Love, loss and alien babies. - Silia van de Graaf

A sad waste of opportunity - IIXerxesII

Well-crafted, surprising, varied, touching. - Linda Eden

It's brilliant in every aspect - Amy Smith

Brilliant, Amazing and Breaktaking! - Joshua Lloyd Williams

Bloody amazing! - Gill Smith

Doctor Who should be proud - Arschel Morell

Still too much Gwen! - Jennell Hartmann

Fast, cool, witty...that's Torchwood - Alison

Still not enough Ianto - Katie

SHOCKING, HILARIOUS, SAD, TOUCHING, BRILLIANT - John Knewstubb

Much better than season one! - charlotte flight

Heartbreaking and Brilliant. Loved it! - Lauren "Springmaus" Williams

Hart to Hart. Squeetastic Janto! - Clare Allen

Improved, adult, clever, polished, heartbreaking - Grace "GracieLizzie" Bellerby

Janto-astic, Gwack'n, frakkin' good times! - Brian Whisenant

Fast paced with extreme entertainment - Wendy McPhee

Sex, aliens, pretty boys -perfect! - Bex Fox

One hell of a season! - Thomas Bright

I LOVE CAPTAIN JOHN HART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Crystal

Brilliant; suprising; exciting; wow, emotional!!! - Chloe Osborn

Amazingly funny heart throbbing drama! - Eoin Lynch

Life, death and everything between - Kirsty Nunn

Half-naked Jack - almost there! - Donna Smith

We see Torchwood becoming closer! - Katherine Freeman

FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC, FANTASTIC - More please!!!!! - Wiebke White

Sex, death and aliens. brilliant! - Mary Lockwood

Kiss kiss, bang bang...dead. - Emma Nelder

Time Agents - beginnings and endings - Jim Smith

Everything you loved plus more. - S.A. Corlett

Three words: Fab-U-Lous! - Jon A. Leslie

Gee whiz, what a suckfest. - Les

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Thanks for the comments guys and gals - really couldn't have done it without you!!

And there we go, we've sat and watched 13 (sometimes) fantastic episodes of science-fiction fantasy drama, and we've heard what worked, and what might not have worked so well.

You might agree with the results of this survey. You might not. Let us know in the comment section below!

Here's to 2009; though, with just a one-story/five episode arc being produced, God only knows how we're going to cover it!

*You can discuss the results via our Facebook group - dot/TV - here*
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