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.