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Radio Times Vote Dalek! Cover Named Professional Publishers Association Cover of the Year

 Announcement comes in week Radio Times publishes its 50th Doctor Who cover

Radio Times’ 2005 Vote Dalek! cover has been named Cover of the Century at the Professional Publishers Association’s (PPA) centenary celebration event in central London last night (Thursday 21 November). Vote Dalek! was announced the winner of the public vote from a shortlist of 10 of the most memorable British magazine covers from the last 100 years. 

The cover, depicting Daleks crossing Westminster Bridge against a backdrop of the Houses of Parliament, was first published in April 2005 and brought together two historic moments – the 2005 general election and the return of the Daleks to British television after an absence of 17 years. Created by Radio Times Art Editor Paul Smith, the cover was inspired by iconic image of the Daleks crossing Westminster Bridge from Doctor Who’s 1964 story, The Dalek Invasion of Earth.  For more on the making of the cover visit 

Paul Smith, Radio Times Art Editor, said:

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.” 

The announcement of the award comes in the week Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary and Radio Times is celebrating the occasion with an interactive special issue with a choice of 12 collectable covers – one for each of the Doctors who’ve appeared over the last 50 years. The special issue is Radio Times’ 50th Doctor Who cover since the iconic Time Traveller first appeared on the front page in 1964. 

Ben Preston, Radio Times Editor, said:

This cover definitely hit the bullseye with millions of readers and visitors. It’s striking, topical and witty and is in a rich tradition of memorable Radio Times covers.” 

The PPA Cover of the Century received over 36,000 votes, with Radio Times’ Vote Dalek! cover gaining 38.5% of the votes. 

Barry McIlheney, CEO, PPA, said:

“We’re delighted that the great British public came out and voted in their thousands to choose their Cover of the Century. And it’s apt that such an iconic brand – and one nearly as old as the PPA itself – has been crowned the winner. It’s been great to immerse ourselves in the 100 year history of the magazine industry, but we now look forward to our next century of progress, helping publishers, agencies and advertisers adapt to the seismic changes ahead.” 



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