Mark Gatiss on Victory

The build up to Victory of the Daleks continues this week with an interview with Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss appearing on the SFX website!

Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who writerWith so much crammed into what is effectively a teaser interview (with more to come on Friday, we’re told) Gatiss – who also wrote 2005’s The Unquiet Dead, 2006’s The Idiot’s Lantern and guest starred in The Lazarus Experiment in 2007 – has taken a rarely used angle for his Dalek tale…

My direct inspiration will become clear – it’s ‘Power Of The Daleks’. It’s an episode I’ve never seen, but I love the idea of them being sly. It’s one of the most underused things in Doctor Who – the idea of them being silent and clever is very scary, much more so than when they’re just barking orders. So there’s the idea of them having to pretend to be something they’re not…

What’s more, Gatiss is also appearing in the episode as a Spitfire pilot, despite claiming to initially have no interest in doing so!

Victory of the Daleks is scheduled for 6.30pm this Saturday, 17th April and will be simulcast on BBC One and the BBC HD channel.

Meanwhile, checkout our Victory of the Daleks trailer and galleries.

Christian Cawley


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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