The shortlisted top ten included Empire's Dalek cover of the same year, the Kate Moss-fronted 'The Royal Salute' edition of Vogue from December 2001, a 1916 Women's Weekly wartime cover, the 1972 launch issue of Cosmopolitan, and the Chernobyl Effect issue of New Scientist dating back to 1987.
Over 36,000 votes contributed to crowning the victorious image, which was announced on the 21st November 2013 - exactly 10 years since the PPA was born. The 2005 'Vote Dalek' cover was followed in second place by Beano's 1999 Dennis the Menace issue, and Winston Churchill's 'V-Sign' 1974 face of Time Out came third.
CEO of the PPA, Barry McIlheney, said: "It’s been great to immerse ourselves in the 100 year history of the magazine industry, but we now look forward to our next century of progress, helping publishers, agencies and advertisers adapt to the seismic changes ahead."
Having already been named the best British cover of all time in 2008 by the Periodical Publishers Association, 'Vote Dalek' now wins Cover of the Century with 38.5% of the public vote, no doubt influenced by the fact that Doctor Who celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
Tom Bureau, CEO of Immediate Media Co, publisher of Radio Times, said:
"Radio Times and Doctor Who are both iconic media brands that continue to go from strength to strength with regeneration at the heart of their success. This award exemplifies what the Radio Times brand does best – creating national conversations around the key moments in broadcasting history."