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  1. I always like to analyse the number of points achieved, they reveal more details about the rankings.

    For example, there was barely anything between Alf, Irene, Dean and Fisher in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place – a range of only 5 points (from 71 to 66). One forum member’s votes could have completely changed the order of those characters or put them all in joint 3rd place.

    On the other hand, there was a clear Top 10 of favourites, no one “narrowly missed out” on the Top 10. We had a big jump from Bobby in 11th place on 35 points to Pippa and Ryder in joint 9th on 50 points each.

    Morag in 2nd place was only one rank above Alf in 3rd, but she was 26 points above him (97 compared to 71) – that is the same range of points between the characters in 124th place and the characters in 15th place.

    So, Morag was the clear runner-up, and Sally was the clear winner. Leah and Marilyn came joint 7th, not too far behind Sally in the rankings, but Sally achieved pretty much double the number of points that Leah or Marilyn achieved (121 compared to their 61).

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  2. I can see it will be a great Top 10, now that they reveal themselves by process of elimination...

    • 2 lovely (or lovable, at least) young men from the current cast
    • 4 long-running legends from the current cast
    • 4 long-running legends from the past

    The heart and DNA of this show runs through all 10 characters in different ways. I look forward to finding out their ranking order.

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  3. 1988-97: Classic/Golden

    1997-99: Dip

    2000-03: Sutherland/New Dawn

    2004-08: Emergency

    2009-10: Lost the Plot/WTF

    2011-15: River Boys/Underbelly

    I pretty much agree with this, but I wouldn't dismiss 2009-10. I enjoyed that era partly because of the 'Lost the Plot/WTF' storylines, if you mean storylines like (I've tried to describe them in a way that emphasises their craziness):

    • Miles having visions of Rabbit (who had strangely accurate psychic powers and appeared in Marilyn's dreams despite being a figment of Miles' imagination), while trying to catch a graffiti vandal who turned out to be himself;
    • Alf being hounded by Mr Oddly and haunted by flashbacks to his fear of ventriloquist dummies... then being hounded by Penn, who was haunted by flashbacks to his time in a mental asylum;
    • plus, of course, the people smuggling mystery (severed hand on the beach; the police promote Angelo to head of a taskforce despite him killing fellow officer Jack; Irene goes to prison for murdering her lover out at sea; the diner burns down in a race riot; Hugo is responsible for a dozen immigrants dying in a shipwreck, then stages his death, then returns and gets away with using $100,000 of blood money to fund his and Martha's life on the run).

    Yes, they were all crazy storylines... but at least they were ambitious, exploring new territory for the show, and I found them enjoyable. 2009-10 also had strong 'normal' material like Belle & Aden's relationship; the introduction of the Walker family and John Palmer; and the return of Marilyn and Roo.

    So, I'd say:

    2009-10: Slightly lost the plot, but entertaining for it.

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