Blink and you could miss them but the Weeping Angels are the best loved (or should that be most feared?) monsters in the Doctor Who universe, according to a poll.

Created by current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat, and first appearing in 2007 episode Blink, the Angels are living statues, unable to move as long as they are being watched. But close your eyes or look away and they’re instantly on the move, stone fangs and claws bared. And if the lights go out...

More than 10,000 fans voted in our poll, with nearly half (49.4 per cent) choosing the Angels as their favourite monsters. Classic Who adversaries the Daleks were in second place with 17 per cent of the vote, followed by another Moffat creation, The Silence, in third place with almost 12 per cent. 

The Doctor's fellow Time Lord The Master, and Moffat's microscopic swarm The Vashta Nerada, were in fourth and fifth place, respectively, with the Cybermen, Davros, the Zygons, the Ice Warriors and the Sontarans completing the top ten.

But just what is it that makes the Weeping Angels better (or worse) than all those other fearsome foes? Here's what the voters said...

"Not only are they deadly (look away, you die, blink, you die, look them in the eyes, you die)and fiercely intelligent (as shown when they steal Bob's vocal chords), but it takes an everyday object and makes you wonder" said Alyssa Woods.  

"I can't look at statues anymore without freaking out," added Erin Louise Johanson.  

"The Weeping Angels are the most frightening Doctor Who Monster because no one knows what their objective is," reckoned George Hanson Jnr. "Are they purely evil, just wanting to kill for joy, or is there a reason to why they do what they do?"

Lizzie Eva Anderson had another theory: "They don't scare me because they're evil and they'll murder me just because, but because they're what I've been afraid of my whole life; that thing that will murder you when you aren't looking and aren't expecting it."  

Alexander McGee agreed: "They are the most terrifying because they do not conform to the typical psychology of destruction. Creatures of the abstract, what could possibly be more terrifying?"

Sarina Eden Roose said: "Normally i don't get freaked ou about doctor who monsters, but every time i'm walking past any statue i always feel the need to stared at them without blinking!!"

And Ashleen Macaleff said: "They forced me to keep my eyes wide open in the episodes and made me dread the next scene...almost like in underwater scenes where you feel you have to hold your breath."

The greatest Doctor Who monsters of all time

1. The Weeping Angels (49.4%)

2. The Daleks (17%)

3. The Silence (11.84%)

4. The Master (8.66%)

5. The Vashta Nerada (6.81%)

6. The Cybermen (2.53%)

7. Davros (2.2%)

8. The Zygons (0.69%)

9. The Ice Warriors (0.54%)

10. The Sontarans (0.33%)

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