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Published on May 31st, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Daleks Exterminated?

Poor Daleks. They’ve been beaten so many times by the Doctor they’re official the universes wiping boys.

So in order to protect their reputation amongst the chattering classes of Sontarans, Zygons and Cybermen (who are particularly catty) Steven Moffat has decided to give them ‘a rest’ for awhile.

Speaking to the Radio Times Moffat believes that the Daleks would have ‘trudged away’ by now if they ever saw the TARDIS dematerialising in their neighbourhood:

”There’s a problem with the Daleks. “They are the most famous of the Doctor’s adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe. They have been defeated by the Doctor about 400 times. Surely they should just see the Tardis approaching, say, ‘Oh. It’s him again’, and trudge away.”

But is The Grand Moff lying? Has he really concocted a devlish little twist? Of course the minute the Daleks reveal themselves half the population will quickly return their jaws to the correct position and begin synchronised bemoaning of their overuse again and they be right to.

The Daleks haven’t been given anything interesting to do since Dalek. Instead they’ve become the boogeymen of space and time popping up at the end of most of the RTD era series’ with ever decreasing surprise.

Though with last seasons Victory of the Daleks we were treated to the sight of a Dalek going incognito which is like putting a tabard on a rhino and calling it a dinner lady – we haven’t been treated to the Moffatinisation of the Daleks other than a quick spit and polish on the old Dalekanium.

On the one hand its good to hear that they may or may not be taking part in any future series for a while but on the other there’s that chance that at some point Moffat may write a Great Dalek Story and return them to their former glory.

What do you think? Has The Grand Moff discarded Skaro’s worst, or is it all a cunning ruse, worthy of the Daleks themselves?


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

3 Responses to Daleks Exterminated?

  1. avatar Rick says:

    Wisely, he’ll bring them back when he’s got a good way *to* bring them back. I’d disagree that “Dalek” was the last time they were interesting–far from it. But conversely, if I didn’t see any Daleks for the next year or two, I’d be more than fine.

  2. avatar BJAMES says:

    I think Mr Moffat will bring the Daleks back properly, when he is good and ready, and that we will not be disappointed. To matter, they will have to be formidable again, maybe more so than ever before. I don’t think we have seen the last of the Dalek Paradigm, and the new race of Daleks they will create. It’s going to be interesting…………

  3. avatar IanOTimelord says:

    In Doctor Who magazine Issue 433 Steven Moffatt said that he was resting the Daleks for this series but could appear at the end.
    Yesterday on Twitter he said again “Only this series”.
    I love the Daleks but those new ones just ruined there image, instead of being scary they became a laughing stock.

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