The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) has named the 2005 Radio Times’ Vote Dalek! cover as the Cover of the Century! The vote consisted of a shortlist of 10 of the most notable magazine covers over the last century. The vote itself received 36,000 votes and Vote Dalek! captured 38.5% of the vote.
The image harkened back to the Daleks crossing the Westminster Bridge in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, juxtaposed with the Parliament in the background to signify the 2005 general election and the return of the Daleks to the revived Doctor Who series. Paul Smith, Radio Times Art Editor and creator of the iconic magazine cover had this to say:
“It’s a great honour to win such a prestigious award. Radio Times always tries to go that extra mile, and this particular cover was certainly no exception. It’s a good example of the imagination and craft that makes Radio Times stand out from the crowd. We managed to reveal the new look Daleks, and combine two very different major television events of that week, into a striking and dramatic re-imagination of an already familiar moment, and that’s a rare opportunity.”
Do you agree that this is Britain’s magazine cover of the century? Here it is in all its glory (click for a bigger image)…The Radio Times has also detailed how the iconic image was constructed. Even back in 2005, you could tell it was something special.