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Last Updated: Friday, 17 June, 2005, 11:31 GMT 12:31 UK
Doctor Who named 'top cult show'
Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston took on the Doctor Who role for the latest series
Doctor Who has beaten Star Trek to the title of most popular cult TV show, in a website's poll of viewers.

The BBC show knocked Star Trek from the number one spot in the vote conducted by the website Cult TV, ending Star Trek's 11-year reign at number one.

Doctor Who returned in March after a 16-year absence to become a ratings hit. Star Trek spin-off series Enterprise was cancelled last month.

US series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and spin-off Angel shared third place.

Cult TV said around 1,000 people took part in the poll.

MOST POPULAR CULT TV SHOWS
1. Doctor Who
2. Star Trek
3. Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel
4. Stargate SG-1 & Stargate Atlantis
5. Blake's Seven
6. Thunderbirds
7. The Avengers
8. The Prisoner
9. Babylon 5
10. The X Files
Source: Cult TV website

Stargate SG-1, a US sci-fi series based on the 1994 movie Stargate, and its own spin-off series Stargate Atlantis held the fourth spot.

The classic UK series Blake's Seven was fifth and Gerry Anderson's puppet series Thunderbirds - which spawned a 2004 movie - was voted sixth.

Off-beat 1960s show The Avengers was in seventh place followed by the equally eccentric series The Prisoner.

Christopher Eccleston, who played the Doctor Who's ninth incarnation, is due to be replaced by Casanova star David Tennant in the lead role.

On Thursday the BBC confirmed that Doctor Who would return for at least two further series after the current series concludes on Saturday.


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