After an epic online battle, the likes of which RadioTimes.com’s TV Champion has rarely seen, Outlander star Sam Heughan has claimed the coveted Sci-Fi Champion crown.
The Scottish actor fought off strong competition from The 100’s Eliza Taylor-Cotter who sailed through the competition thanks to her dedicated fan base, even sending out The Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi, in the semi-finals.
The pair notched up more than 12 million votes between them but it was Heughan who ultimately achieved victory, with more than 6.3 million to his name.
It wasn’t an easy road to the final for him though: Heughan’s historic confrontation with Once Upon A Time’s Captain Hook, Colin O’Donoghue, famously ran the good ship Sci-Fi Champion aground, shivering the competition’s timbers and driving the servers towards the briny deep.
The pair were eager to get the fans involved, and certainly provided enough online entertainment – including a wager involving a kilt – to keep them clicking buttons across the globe.
The clash with O’Donoghue was one of a number of lively battles Heughan found himself engaged in throughout the competition.
He also went head to head with John Barrowman in a particularly memorable skirmish of the Scots in the earlier stages, with both actors eager to claim victory in the homeland.
He then sent Once Upon A Time’s Lana Parilla out of the competition, in the process becoming the first contestant to reach 2 million votes in a single head-to-head.
The Outlander star quickly established himself as a firm favourite in the competition, but if there was one person who looked as if she might have what it took to send him out in the semi-finals it was on-screen lover Caitriona Balfe.
The actress, who stars as Claire Fraser in the fantasy show, had already toppled Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany and Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage, among others, when she came face to face with Heughan in the semi final.
Outlander fans did their best to pull the pair through to the final as a team, but with a handful of votes separating them it was Sam who emerged victorious, flying the flag for the time-travelling drama in the final against Taylor-Cotter and The 100 fans.
Heughan will now go on to compete in the TV Champion finals, where the likes of Comedy Champion Ricky Gervais and Entertainment Champion Ricky Wilson will fight it out to claim the RadioTimes.com TV Champion 2015 crown.