Monday, 2 April 2012

Doctor Who: So what does that picture Moffatt tweeted of the 1960s Dalek actually tell us?

We don't really know the answer to that, in all honesty, but what we do know is that series 7 of Doctor Who is currently filming and is due to air this autumn. The 14 part series will begin with an episode featuring not just the Daleks, but every type of Dalek ever featured during the show's 49 years, according to some websites like this one.

Of course, showing the Daleks in all of their various colour schemes will not only present fans with a uniquely particular but unidentifiable thrill many will not even be able to articulate, but also nicely addresses the fact that the Daleks can appear in many different versions.

In fact, it's almost like it's directly addressing the unpopularity of the Daleks' most recent and most radical redesign in 2010. Many fans regarded their new, chunkier, brightly coloured appearance as a tiny bit rubbish - mainly on account of making them look like a cross between a Teletubbie and a Fiat 500.

They were about as scary as a Teletubbie and a Fiat 500 too, which is no good when you're meant to be a superior-being intent on terrifying the universe, whether you're equipped with a deadly death ray or not.

So this here picture, tweeted by the show's executive producer and writer-in-chief Steven Moffat, and showing Amy Pond and the Doctor with an old-style 1960s Dalek covered in cobwebs and generally looking like it needs a jolly good dusting, is officially exciting BECAUSE IT PROMISES SO MUCH.

And perhaps it is also saying: THE DALEKS COME IN DIFFERENT COLOURS AND SOMETIMES DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES TOO AND THE NEW ONES AREN'T GOING ANYWHERE DESPITE THEIR ODD-LOOKING REAR SHOULDER AREA SO JUST BLOOMIN' WELL GET OVER IT WILL YOU.

Or it could be an excuse a reason for more merchandise opportunities, or a chance to celebrate the role the Daleks played in the show's early success, as Doctor Who approaches its 50th birthday.

Plot-wise, could hopes of an epic inter-species Dalek civil war with a complex racial allegory matched with a threat to the very fabric of space/time that only the Doctor can solve be beckoning for the episode, or is just 45 minutes of run-about comic-book adventure with a lightly sketched plot that's all solved by flicking a switch at the end more what we're in for?

Either way, tv-ooh is already there, and doesn't really mind what the Daleks look like.

HOORAY!

And while we're waiting, here's the official trailer for series 7 compiled from the bits they've already filmed so far (ie not a great deal, but it still looks good.)



Lovely.

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