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Thursday, 4 February 2016

[OPINION POLL] The Iconic Starship The Majority Of You Would Like To Pilot Is...


Towards the end of last month I posed the question "which one of these four iconic starships would you like to be handed the keys to?" The choices were Star Trek's USS Enterprise, Star Wars' Millennium Falcon, Firefly's Serenity, or Doctor Who's TARDIS.

As you can see in the graphic above, the winner - with 40 per cent of the votes - was The TARDIS.

To be honest, it led from the start and only the Millennium Falcon looked capable of beating it to the chequered flag. The Falcon came in with 30 per cent.

On the day the poll was launched my old friend Percy Hodge pretty much summed up what I was thinking when he wrote on Facebook:
"The TARDIS seems the obvious choice. It's the only one that travels through Space AND Time (Okay, the Enterprise can but it usually involves risking you crash the ship into the Sun). Plus it's much easier to find parking and, of the entire bunch, it has the most storage space and, sometimes, a swimming pool in the library. Combining two of my favourite things."
However, there were some misconceptions about how difficult it is to pilot the TARDIS, which a number said was their reason for ruling it out, while others dismissed the Enterprise as being "too easy" to fly.

Beloch Shrike posted the most poetic championing of the Millennium Falcon though when he wrote on Google+:
"The Falcon. No question. There are objectively better choices. The Enterprise is more capable, the TARDIS can travel through time. But the Millennium Falcon is a home.

Sometimes, when I would lie awake worrying about various problems in my life, I used to imagine that my apartment was a spaceship. Out in the endless black, detached from anything that could hurt me. That's what the Millennium Falcon is, in my mind. It's a cosy little home that can go anywhere you want.

The Serenity is similar. But if I had to pick, I'd rather live with just my best friend, rather than needing a whole crew of people who barely get along with each other.
"
Thank you to everyone who voted and commented on this matter of Earth-shattering importance.

This has proven to be one of the most popular polls I've run on HeroPress. Voting had to close early as Survey Monkey only allows 100 responses for a free poll, and we reached that target far quicker than I expected.

6 comments:

  1. Cool!

    You can also create a poll on Google drive for unlimited number of responses, but requires more work.

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    1. Thanks, Tim. I was with you right up until "requires more work".

      But seriously, I'll look into what Google drive can offer me(Blogger's own polling widget was dreadfully glitchy, so I stopped using that a couple of years ago).

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  2. Through preference I would have gone for The Liberator!

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    1. I toyed with the idea of a "write in" option, but then thought it might get messy ;)

      Should I rerun the poll in a year or so, I guess I'll add The Liberator and The Galactica, being the two missing ships that have been mentioned.

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  3. Of course... it can travel through Time as well as space...

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    1. That was part of the appeal for me ;-)

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