London: Sci-fi fans have chosen the metal-clad mutant race of Daleks as their favourite monsters in the galaxy.
Daleks, which were first spotted in `Doctor Who` in 1963, beat creatures from Star Trek, Lord Of The Rings and the Alien and Predator films.
The poll by magazine SFX revealed that the green-faced and horned character Lorne from Buffy TV spin-off series Angel bagged the second place and creatures seen in Ridley Scott`s 1979 film `Alien` were third.
Gollum from `Lord Of The Rings` ranked fifth, while the hideous shape-changing nasty from `The Thing` came in at eighth spot, reports The Telegraph.
Another Doctor Who foe, the Cybermen, was placed 13th.
The top 20 monsters were listed as:
1. The Daleks - Doctor Who
2. Lorne - Angel
3. Aliens - Alien franchise
4. Death - Discworld
5. Gollum - Lord Of The Rings
6. The Shadows - Babylon 5
7. Gizmo - Gremlins
8. The Thing - The Thing
9. Aslan - The Chronicles Of Narnia
10. Predators - Predator franchise
11. The Borg - Star Trek
12. Pilot - Farscape
13. The Cybermen - Doctor Who
14. Godzilla - Godzilla
15. Ludo - Labyrinth
16. Pinhead - Hellraiser
17. Nibbler - Futurama
18. The Great Dragon - Merlin
19. Frankenstein`s Monster - Frankenstein
20. Slimer - Ghostbusters