With 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 â€“ itâ€™s â€˜Power Of The Daleksâ€™. Itâ€™s an episode Iâ€™ve never seen, but I love the idea of them being sly. Itâ€™s one of the most underused things in Doctor Who â€“ the idea of them being silent and clever is very scary, much more so than when theyâ€™re just barking orders. So thereâ€™s the idea of them having to pretend to be something theyâ€™re notâ€¦
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.