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Daleks Don’t Do Comedy

In a betrayal to their creator’s comedy roots, the Daleks have been cut from the upcoming DVD release of The Five Doctors as they’re too hard to be seen doing comedy.

The planned clip was to show astrologer Russell Grant enjoying some banter Terry Nation’s creations, however acording to Metro plans to include the footage on the DVD were dropped, because of a rule that Daleks must always look “menacing”. This rule has been attributed to the Doctor Who production team, however while they might well hold with it – and good on them I say – it would seem more likely to have been put in place by the estate of Terry Nation, one time gag writer for Tony Hancock, among others.

In the interview, Grant describes a Dalek as an Aries – only to receive the retort: “That’s Virgoing on the ridiculous.”

Former Doctor Who stars Peter Davison and Patrick Troughton can be seen laughing in the footage from the TV:AM interview.

A spokesman said: “They are meant to be sinister baddies. They don’t do comedy.”

Of course, the thing is that’s not the point. The Second Doctor didn’t live with a lanky drip and his feisty newlywed wife, but a character played by Patrick Troughton did.

Didn’t harm Doctor Who, did it…?



A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

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