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Steven Moffat’s ‘Properly Vicious’ Daleks

This evening, get ready to be afraid of the Daleks again…

Steven Moffat warned Digital Spy that Series 7opener Asylum of the Daleks will have children leaving their Dalek toys outside the bedroom door:

“There’s a slight danger with the Daleks that you might start to think they’re cute. We thought, ‘Let’s just make them scary again’ – which I think we’ve done. They’re properly vicious.”

Speaking in the video, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Caroline Skinner and Steven Moffat discussed just what it’s like to face down every type of Dalek in existence.

For Karen Gillan, it was the first time she feared facing her Dalek co-stars:

“I love them because they’re so iconic in the show, but they didn’t really scare me,” she confessed. “But in this episode – they really, really did.”

It’s that iconic quality that enchanted Matt, who needed a little help distinguishing which Dalek came from which era:

“All the Daleks in one place – there’s just something very exciting about it. You can sort of play ‘What era is that one from?’ and people know.”

You should already be planning to watch Doctor Who tonight. Asylum of the Daleks kicks off at 7.20pm on BBC One and the BBC HD channel and 9/8c on BBC America!


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.

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