More ‘Doctor Who’ news has broken from San Diego Comic Con and it is both good and bad news.
Executive producer Chris Chibnall has revealed that he will not be using the Daleks in his new series because he would rather focus on new monsters. Now, this is great news for fans that have been getting Dalek fatigue, but it might not be so great should the BBC ever want to use the psychotic pepper pots in future series.
Since the series returned in 2005. The Daleks have appeared in every season of the show, which has undermined them somewhat as a threat. It has been long thought that the reason for the many appearances of the Daleks on the series was down to a deal that the BBC had with the Terry Nation estate. It is rumored in some quarters that the BBC were told to use or lose the Daleks. Meaning that the BEEB had to use the Daleks in some way every season in order to retain the rights to do so.
I’m not sure if a new deal has been struck in order to allow Chibnall the freedom of having a Dalek free season, but if so then it is great news for the series moving forward.
This will not be the first time on ‘Doctor Who’ that we have had a season without the Daleks. Back in the 1970’s when Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker played the timelord. The Daleks were hardly used at all. In fact, during Tom Bakers entire seven-year run on the show, we only saw two Dalek Stories, which were the hugely popular ‘Genesis Of The Daleks’ and the not so brilliant ‘Destiny of The Daleks’.
So this will not be the first time that we have seen the sparse use of Daleks and given how great many of Tom Bakers stories were without them. It can only be a good thing.
The lack of Daleks may also allow for other monsters and villains to return that we haven’t seen yet. I for one would love to see the Meddling Monk return to the series. The Monk was a precursor to The Master and would make for an intriguing villain if written properly.
You can learn a little more about the new series of Doctor Who via the following somewhat jerky youtube clip of the Press Conference.