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Doctor Who exec producer Steven Moffat has announced the Daleks are taking a well-earned break, and will be spared yet another confrontation with their Time Lord arch enemy for the foreseeable future. Speaking to Radio Times, Moffat said: "They aren't going to make an appearance for a while. We thought it was about time to give …

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Trollface

Poor Daleks

Though retirement is a step up from that stupid, stupid, stupid redesign they had.

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Giving them a break? From what?

We got the new daleks last season, they made a token appearance in the finale and that's been it. The 'new new' daleks haven't actually had their own episode since Matt Smith took over.

I also think it's good that this season is actually pretty creepy, the show is supposed to scare children, that's the whole point. If your children are too scared then don't let them watch it, if they insist on watching it despite being scared then the show is working.

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It might be scary ...

but that is what the sofa is for: hiding behind.

Worked for me! It might have scared me, but I would not miss it.

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Could anyone tell me...

...and Mr Moffat just how many bad guys would be left if we get rid of everyone the Doctor can defeat?

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It depends...

...on how many new ones can be invented.

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<insert Title here>

The Doctor tends to win against any enemy, eventually, and sometimes at great personal cost. That's the nature of the show.

However, if an enemy is featured too often, they lose any scariness as we find out how easily they are defeated.. Look at the Borg in Star Trek. They started off quite scary but were used often enough in The Next Generation that they really didn't become scary again until the end of Voyager and Star Trek: First Contact.

That's one thing, IIRC, Classic Who got right. In it's 27 year run, the Daleks only featured in comparitively few stories. At most one or two a year, and a lot of years had none. This was in a full series, rather than the 13 episode series of the new Who.

New Who has featured them at least once every year, and, TBH, the only story where they were scary is the one in the first series, called "Dalek".

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WTF?

Teletubbies

This of course has nothing to do with great Darleks having convention with the Teletubbies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6syjWWR0PE

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Source...

I see that you have sourced the Daily Fail for your Doctor Who is scary news. Relying on the Daily Fail on info about the BBC is just like asking the KKK for their opinions on African people.

I am glad that they are giving the Daleks a rest, they have been featured too many times in the past few years.

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Meh

BBc does the same

The funny thing is the BBC article on this subject links to the Daily Mail article as well. A Daily Mail article which is over a year old. Is BBC copying El Reg? Surely not!

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Bring 'em back

Some of the other old monsters that is. How about the Ice Warriors from Mars? Or the Yeti?

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Old Monsters

Or them parrots in string vests. They were good.

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Or...

some new creepies.

IMNSHO, the best Who episodes of any series were the ones who introduced new life and new civilizations.

Maybe they should focus on seeking those out. You know, kind of going where no-one has ever been, kind of thing.

Okay, this post has degenerated from an honest appeal for creativity into a really, REALLY bad joke. I'm leaving before it gets even worse.

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Bertie Bassett

Surely the killer Bertie Bassett (in The Happiness Patrol) was the scariest.

In terms of confectionary-based foes, he was far more frightening than Mr. Staypuft from Ghostbusters.

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Fendahl

Bring back the Fendahl (and the fendahleen, of course). I remember having nightmares for ages after watching that particular story - something even the daleks never succeeded in doing!

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There's a treasure trove of old enemies...

I'd really like to see the Celestial Toymaker again... the Family of Blood (or at least more of their species) could be interesting, too. Or any of a number of other baddies...

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Tellytubbies just aren't scary enough...

Hopefully they have been retired while they find the plans for the earlier incarnations. How anyone can find the new fat arsed Dalek scary is beyond me, since they now look like the love child of a Tellytubby and a chav's Corsa that has been on a ram-raid through Halfords.

Until they learn to shoot the Doctor on sight, they will always be beaten. But surely that is part of the appeal, is it not ?

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Yes they are .. the Tubbies are scary.

As soon as the merest hint of their arrival the remote comes up and the channel changes. You can't say that about the Darleks

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@ Lurking in the shadows, grinning...

"they now look like the love child of a Tellytubby and a chav's Corsa that has been on a ram-raid through Halfords."

Funny you should say that. When the new ones first appeared, I said to the wife "Oh look! The Daleks have gone all New Mini!"

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Undefeatable enemies?

The idea of an undefeatable enemy would be quite interesting. The trouble is that there aren't many precedents.. even if you take Star Trek's Borg as an example, eventually they were defeated. The idea of an enemy that you just can't beat would be a interesting twist..

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"Undefeatable enemies?"

"Just a temporary setback..."

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yes!

I can just see the Doctor trying all his usual tricks over about 30 mins, trying a McGuffin in the last 15 that doesn't work and ending on a cliffhanger :D

and never ever finding a way to defeat them in future episodes.

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Undefeatable enemies? That IS the Daleks.

Every time you think you've defeated them, they come back.

Back in The Parting Of The Ways, Rose became basically a Goddess. She tore the entire New Dalek Empire atom from atom. And they came back. The Doctor buried them for an extra thousand years after their inception and they just came back meaner.

They even destroyed their home planet years before it became 'cool' and the Doctor did it (ref: Remembrance of the Daleks). And that was while they were fighting each other- the ultimate war machines fighting the ultimate war machines. With the Special Weapons Dalek (go on, Youtube it. I'll wait....pretty badass, huh?)

So a trillion miles and a thousand years from a disintegrated home, they keep coming back. The Daleks are the undefeatable foe.

Unfortunately they're now putting on weight and have decided to go a bit 1980s. Which is a shame, really. Hopefully this is just the start of a new Dalek civil war storyline- the flowery Daleks vs the NSDs.

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Makes sense - have been overused recently

For comparison Tom was the Doctor for around 7 years and only met them twice (the highly praised Genesis of the Daleks, and the not so well thought of Destiny of the Daleks)

Since 2005 they have appeared 7 times.

Dalek toys will always sell - I'm sure they don't need to be on the TV all the time to help the sales along.

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We want Zarbis!

There. I said it.

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We want Zarbies

Yay! +1 for someone else who remembers those. Mind you, you're giving your age away a bit, but I suppose only to those who are old enough to remember the Zarbis!

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@We want Zarbies

"Yay! +1 for someone else who remembers those. Mind you, you're giving your age away a bit, but I suppose only to those who are old enough to remember the Zarbis!"

If you really were old enough to remember, you'd remember that the plural of Zarbi is Zarbi.

/pedant.

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'bout time...

...is all I can say. What was the point of the Time War if the daleks can keep coming back somehow? Each time with a bizarre and implausible explanation of how they somehow survived/were recreated/evolved independently or something. It just gets more boring every time they appear.

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Too scary?

My brother lets his little kids watch Scooby Doo because while the episodes can be a little tense of the little ones in the end it shows them that monsters aren't real and that the good guys win through careful investigation.

OK, to us grown-ups things don't seem scary but on the scale of Scooby Doo, Dr Who might be a bit poo-inducing for the younger audience. However he wins in the end and there is often a moral to the story, which is nice to have in this age of 'shock and awe' by writers.

Paris, because nothing is too much for her.

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Bring 'em Back

Bring the Daleks back pronto, this season has been very poor so far and a return of the old pepper pots might be the only way to save the show. Even the Neil Gaiman episode was fairly unimpressive, but at least it was better than the rest of the season. The other episodes have ranged from poor to simply awful.

If not the Daleks, then please let at least the Cybermen put in an appearance!

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Another overused "monster"

The Cybermen are nearly as bad for coming back too often.

Is this a problem caused by investing a lot in one aspect of production, you get a lot of value tied up in a design and bring it back just to keep costs down.

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On the contrary...

...I was thinking that compared with the first Matt Smith season, this one has been the best I have ever seen...

Almost grown up!

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I would respectfully disagree

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series thus far - I would possibly go as far as saying it's some of the finest television I have seen (definitely my favourite Doctor Who /series/ of all time - Sleeping Angels is still a recent high point).

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Sleeping Angels?

Must have missed them.

I did, however, see "Blink", "The Time of Angels" and "Flesh and Stone", all of which featured the Weeping Angels.

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You missed a word there

> it's some of the finest television I have seen

It's some of the finest _children's_ television I have seen. Not a fan at all but I can just about appreciate why various people like it. Roll on the flames...

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Actually...

...it is very specifically pitched as *family* television.

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Good

About time, they had become overused and generic as a result of RTDs over-the-top writing. And hopefully they'll find a way to write in a reversal of the awful Honda Dalek overhaul. They look like they run on wind power or something.

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The problem with Daleks...

...is that they are too much like our modern day politicians...

Even though they were originally modelled on the Nazis!

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Good.

Because the new Playmobil Daleks are crap.

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It's not just the Daleks who need a break ...

The entire Dr. Who franchise has been a boring cash cow for about three decades now ,,,

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Oh come on...

I'm sorry but... Too scary? Did these people ever SEE the classic series? People being strangled and stabbed, lobotomised, electrocuted, dismembered, cybermats poisoning people, the Master reduced to a rotting skeleton, a bodycount well in excess of double figures in some stories.... Dr Who has always been scary!

This is just yet another, "WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDRENNNNNNN!" knee jerk reaction from people who have apparently totally forgotten what it was like when they were kids themselves.

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you dropped

this icon

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Devil

Agreed

The Yetis put me off travelling on the London underground for a long time

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@Bill B

"The Yetis put me off travelling on the London underground for a long time"

Now simply travelling on the London Underground is enough to do that.

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Re: "WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF THE CHILDRENNNNNNN!"

Did you write that in a Dalek voice? I read it in one. Well done sir or madam

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Summary of Doctor Who

One of the regular suspect scary monsters attack Earth/Doctor/whatever. Havoc ensues and disaster threatens. Doctor discovers new and highly dubious law of physics that makes all the monsters die/explode/whatever. Shortly afterwards monsters discover new and similarly dubious law of physics that lets them all return for a repeat match in a subsequent episode.

Meh.

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It's time for him to go

There's moving forward, and there's revitalising, and there's bringing up to date - and there's ruining

Time for Mr Moffat to go

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No.

You're wrong. RTD has had his day. Almost all the best episodes since 2005 have been written by Moffat, and we don't want to go back to RTD's "lots of running around and explosions set to dramatic music" version of Doctor Who thank you very much.

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Anonymous Coward

I'd had enough of the Daleks

When I was still watching them in black and white.

One can have too much of a good thing. Far, far, far too much.

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Well yeah

the clockwork/diesel powered ones were/are pants.

The all new EV Dalek should be fun

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Good call

For a race that were supposedly wiped out (as told in the first on the 'new' series) they do seem to keep miraculously reappearing! And don't get me started on that ludicrous Dalek-human hybrid shite in New York...!

This series has definitely been a bit questionable in places, with plot twists and over-arching story lines, and at the higher level of the scare-o-meter, but hey challenging TV is never a bad thing. I'm not sure how SFC this Amy's baby storyline is though...?

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