No Daleks For You!

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Louis Trapani - Posted on 29 August 2010


More news coming out concerning the 2011 Doctor Who series (or set of series as it is now) is that we may get a reprieve from the Daleks stories. This according to what executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat hinted at the Edinburgh TV Festival:

Moffat: 'No Daleks in next Who series' - Digital Spy:

"Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the Who showrunner admitted that there are currently no plans for the famous aliens to reappear, although work on the 2011 series is not yet complete.

He said: 'There will be a Dalek story when we've got a good idea for a Dalek story. [When that happens], there will be lots of different kinds of Daleks.'"

(Via Digital Spy)

This is good news. While I am not opposed to using the Daleks, I have always said that they don't need to appear in each and every series. I've always felt that having them obligated to return each year only dilutes their return. It is no big surprise when they do reappear because it has become expected. In fact, they have reappeared every year since 2005 with the return of the series (albeit their appearance in 2009 was a very brief cameo in The Waters of Mars (US Amazon link)).

It was understandable in the very early years of the show when the Daleks were hugely popular ('Dalekmenia' had swept across the UK) and it made more sense at that time to have them return regularly. That is less so today. The very popular Tom Baker run of the Doctor only had the Daleks appear in two stories of his seven year era. Surely the lack of Dalek stories did not harm the series during the 4th Doctor era.

It is interesting that Steven Moffat suggests that when the Daleks do return, there will "lots of different kinds of Daleks" implying that it won't be limited to the new 'hunchback' candy-coloured Daleks introduced in 2010. We shall see. I do think it is wise that they will wait for a good story to bring them back in, perhaps wait until 2013, the 50th anniversary year of the series (though somehow I suspect we will see them sooner than that).

Captain_Zaphod's picture


I'm sooo tired of seeing the Daleks.

Of course my extreme aversion to the candy coloring might be a part of that.



Wyldstaar's picture

I didn't mind the Daleks so much in the first two seasons of the new series, but after that it just wasn't the same.  They went from being the being the ultimate nemesis of The Doctor to just another villain of the week.  They are long overdue for a break. 

Now all we have to do is manage to lose the Pete's World Cybermen.  Heck, they could keep most of the costume.  Just replace the helmet and chest piece.

Enter: The Conquering Chicken

Whos The Doctor's picture

I like the Daleks but think they work better when they are part of the big series finale.  Having said that I realize RTD did that to death and would not want to see the season revolve around them again soon.  So I think this is a good move.  I'd rather have a year or two without them before they are brought back for a big story rather than bringing them in for another one off like this year. 

Troy Baker's picture

It's good that the daleks are not going to be used this season. They may be popular monsters / villans but they have been over-used, in my opinion. 

Since the series has come back in 2005 we have had them in Dalek, Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways, Army of Ghost / Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth /  Journey's End, Victory of the Daleks, The Pandorica Opens / The Big Bang and with minor appearances in other stories as well.

The minor appearances are a drawing in the journal in Human Nature, Adelaide Brooks childhood flashback scene in The Waters of Mars, and the brief appearance in the end of The Beast Below.

The show is called 'Doctor Who' not 'The Dalek Hour' Wink

Give the show back to the Doctor and save the daleks for a good story - not just to have them there. And when they are brought back - be sure that have the scientific capabilities that they had in some of the earlier appearances. After all they did make a time / space machine to chase down the Doctor and his companions in The Chase so they have advanced scientific knowledge - don't let them degenerate to the mindless cyborgs that can only kill and chant "Exterminate".

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