The sci-fi spans as far back as the 1950s, with many different themes explored. One of the most common is time travel, which is at the heart of the plot of series and film franchises. It’s something which doesn’t look likely to happen in the foreseeable future, but we can all dream, can’t we?
If any of us were able to go back or forth in time, there are so many questions to be answered such as where would we go, what would we change and which part of our lives would do differently, if we could? A survey among sci-fi fans across the UK recently asked all those questions and more, receiving some very intriguing responses.
Back to… the swinging sixties
The survey found that, when asking sci-fi fans which period of time people would like to go, 28.2% would go back to the 1960s. Another interesting response discovered that 39.3% of people would like to go back to their teenage years, while 25-34 year-olds were seen as the most sceptical about the concept of time travel ever coming true.
Best time-travel movie
Debate has always been intense over what film fans believe the best time-travel film or TV series to be. Film and TV have used the idea of time travel in a variety of ways over the years, from Arnie travelling through time to save the future in the Terminator films, to Richard Kelly’s head-scratching cult film, Donnie Darko in 2001.
Of course, the late 80s and early 90s are the decades best remembered for cult time travel flicks. Time travel films can’t be discussed without mentioning Robert Zemeckis’ Back to the Future franchise, which also proved to be the nation’s favourite in the survey, scoring 22.25% of the vote. Everyone’s favourite Time Lord, Doctor Who came a close second with 20.4% of those taking part agreeing it was the best time-travel series. See the Full Dr Who series 8 trailer here.
How to go back
Where the Doctor did come out on top was for his mode of transport. The TARDIS (a converted police box) got just over one in three votes as the most popular method of time travel, leaving Marty McFly and the Doc’s DeLorean trailing in second place. Sci-fi films have used a variety of vehicles to span time and space over the years, such as Bill and Ted’s phone booth, Hermione Granger’s time turner in Harry Potter and even a hot tub in Steve Pink’s aptly named Hot Tub Time Machine.