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August 05, 2004



The appearance of this pimped out gold dalek with Jo Grant might have been enough to scotch the gay dalek rumours that had troubled the Terry Nation estate. The Daleks are to return in the new Dr. Who (via Absinthe & Cookies).

"Doctor Who without daleks would be like Morecambe without Wise or Wimbledon without strawberries."

Of course, this only increases the incentive of Who writers to work innuendos into Dalek lines. "We're here! We exterminate! Get used to it!"

And then... Ok, this makes much more sense. The gay dalek link was not to the camp exterminators of TV Offal but to the writer of Queer As Folk. That would be the brilliant original series set in Manchester rather than the dull as dishwater north American knock-off filmed here in Toronto. Russell T Davies is brilliant. For example:

It was suggested that there was unhappiness at plans to make the Daleks "too evil". The series is being written by Russell T Davies, the creator of the controversial drama Queer As Folk.

Insiders say the original plan was for a single, rogue Dalek in a plotline similar to the film Alien, before letting loose an entire Dalek army at the end of the series.

Please, please, please tell me they are still going to do this. A rogue dalek sort of like the Alien. So. Cool. Can. Barely. Type.

And anyone wondering what Davies' threat to "bring back the Nimon and the Garm!" might mean can check them out at this photo-essay of the 2004 Doctor Who Exhibition in Blackpool.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at August 5, 2004 08:57 AM

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I tried to work the phrase "ground effect lighting" into that sentence with "pimped out gold dalek" but could not quite make it scan. It is an image to conjure with. Just saying.

Posted by: Flea at August 5, 2004 10:33 AM

I once had a British friend who would go on at length about how the Daleks were intentionally designed as phallic symbols. I almost believe him now.

Posted by: Varenius at August 5, 2004 02:10 PM

Phallic symbols? A cigar is a phallic symbol; these things look more like a one-stop-shop for all of one's self-gratification needs.

Posted by: drew at August 6, 2004 09:31 AM