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Published on August 29th, 2009 | by Christian Cawley

Moffat Scuttles Dalek Project?

A load of Matt Smith Doctor Who era location snaps from Gallifrey Base set report board have been published by io9.com, giving away some key details of a plot that bares some marked similarities to the postponed BBC graphic novel The Dalek Project – could it be that the much awaited book was scuttled by The Grand Moff?

First things first – there are potential spoilers here. Please click your back button should you be of a spoilerific disposition.

The Dalek Project was the BBC Books graphic novel scheduled for release this September that pitted the Tenth Doctor against Daleks during World War One. First announced February this year, by July it had been announced that the book was postponed indefinitely -despite having a rather spiffing cover.

The recent long distant snaps of Matt Smith, the top of a Dalek and lots of barbed wire and period military uniform meanwhile suggests that there was more to the cancellation of this particular story from Justin Richards.

Believed to be written by Mark Gatiss, the episode currently being filmed is said to feature Winston Churchill (a rumour that has been around for several months now), a World War Two bunker and subservient Daleks…

It would of course make total sense for a thematically similar graphic novel tobe dropped in favour of an upcoming TV episode – Big Finish audios and BBC Books occasionally have to change things around in deference to the BBC Wales production.

However given the proximity – both in terms of Doctor, our own calendar and plot – of The Dalek Project with the mysterious episode currently in production, the question must be asked:

Will we ever see The Dalek Project?

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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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