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"Doctor Who" Dalek (TV Episode 2005) Poster

(TV Series)

(2005)

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Behind and to the left of the TARDIS is a display holding an Xenomorph egg from the ALIEN series.
Before writing the script, Robert Shearman asked his girlfriend what she thought were the silliest things about the Daleks. He then took the responses he got - that they couldn't go upstairs, that they had that silly plunger, that they couldn't see anything behind them, that bullets could damage them, etc - and had the characters actively invoke them in the story. And then had the Dalek completely subvert the expected weaknesses and even use them to kill said characters horribly.
The Doctor's interaction with the Dalek was originally written to be just mocking and flippant. Christopher Eccleston decided to pour in incredible amounts of rage and pain as well. Robert Shearman was briefly miffed, then delighted once he realized how well it worked.
Robert Shearman had to write a second version of the script because it was not initially known if the new series could obtain the rights to use the Daleks from Terry Nation's estate, so he had to create an alternate alien race that would have been used had the Daleks not been available. The alternate monster was a spheroid creature akin to a sadistic child which was actually a mutated version of humanity from the end of time. Although this alternate concept was shelved, it would later be used for the Toclafane in the series 3 finale, Doctor Who: The Sound of Drums (2007)/Doctor Who: Last of the Time Lords (2007).
The Daleks in the revived series were designed so that the eye stalk met Billie Piper's eye level.
Set in 2012, an election year, the US President that Van Statten wants replaced for dropping by 10 points would be established later to be Barack Obama in Doctor Who: The End of Time: Part One (2009).
Bad Wolf Reference: As Van Statten's helicopter lands, we hear the announcement "Bad Wolf One descending".
The fictional Geocomtex website lists under its Products section Node Stabilized (in Lupus and Nocens variants). Lupus is Latin for wolf and nocens for harmful or bad. Interestingly, they also offer Argentum Ordnance, otherwise known as silver bullets.
The titular dalek was operated by three people. One actor was inside the dalek casing to move and rotate the body. A second was moving the head and eye stalk and operating the lights by a radio controlled remote. The third was performing the voice and gesturing to the remote control operator to time the lights with the voice. In the original series, Doctor Who (1963), the daleks had only two operators; one performing the voice and the actor inside the casing doing everything else.
The Doctor says "The next flight to Heathrow leaves in 1500 hours." This is a reference to Tegan Jovanka, a companion to the 5th Doctor.
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This is the first story of the new series not to feature any TARDIS interior scenes.
Henry Van Statten was originally named Will Fences in joking allusion to Bill Gates. This was later changed to Mr Duchesne, but Russell T. Davies was concerned that this was too difficult to pronounce.
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The Daleks almost didn't appear in this episode due to a dispute with the estate of Terry Nation.
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Even though this episode was highly acclaimed, it is, to date, the only episode that Robert Shearman has written for the series.
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Robert Shearman drew heavily on his Big Finish Audio play "Jubilee", which had a very similar concept. The play starred The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn Smythe.
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This episode was watched by 8.63 million viewers on its original transmission, winning a 44.89% audience share.
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The unnamed "old friend of mine..well, enemy" the Doctor speaks of at the beginning is referring to the Cybermen.
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At one point, Adam was Van Statten's son.
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This episode would be the only story in Russell T. Davies' years on the show in which the Daleks would be involved in only a single episode of said story. All other Dalek storylines would be spread across two episodes in the future.
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The story was originally set in 2010.
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Working titles for this episode included Return Of The Daleks, Creature Of Lies and Absence Of The Daleks.
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This is the first televised Dalek story not to feature their creator Davros or use the "xxxx...of the Daleks" naming scheme since Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks: Part One (1974) in 1974.
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The Doctor mutters the line, "I win, how 'bout that" near the end of the story. The Master utters a similar line near his death in Doctor Who: Last of the Time Lords (2007): "How 'bout that, I win".
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The episode was placed in the third production block, along with Doctor Who: Father's Day (2005) and Doctor Who: The Long Game (2005), the latter taken out due to delays in special effects creation. The episode's placement in the series was intentional so as to stave off an anticipated mid-series drop in viewership, although the BBC suggested that the episode be the premiere.
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Michael Brandon was asked to play Van Statten but was not free.
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This episode takes place in 2012.
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Van Statten is heard to utter the curse word "goddamn" - the first time this word had been heard in a televised Doctor Who (2005) story. At the time of broadcast, however, little attention was paid to this; instead, the episode attracted criticism for van Statten's use of the word "spoon" in a possibly sexual context. However, it was not the first use of a curse word across Who.
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The Cyberman head displayed in van Statten's museum is quite clearly of the model featured in "Revenge of the Cybermen", as distinguished by their corrugated handlebars and the guns atop their helmet.
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Van Statten says, "In-Tru-Der Window." The Tenth Doctor would later make a similar joke in Doctor Who: The Sontaran Stratagem (2008).
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When it was released on DVD, British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) gave the episode a 12 rating, because of the scenes where the Doctor is seen to torture the Dalek.
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This episode re-establishes a point of Time Lord physiology, that they have two hearts. This was originally revealed in Doctor Who: Spearhead from Space: Episode 1 (1970).
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Davros is mentioned (but not named) by the Doctor when saying that van Statten would have liked the creator of the Daleks.
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The Doctor tries to convince the Dalek that it no longer has any purpose, perhaps trying to use the same tactic as he did successfully in his seventh incarnation in Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: Part Four (1988).
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The Dalek tells Rose, "I feel your fear", to which she responds, "What do you expect?", mirroring a conversation between Victoria Waterfield and a Dalek in Doctor Who: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 2 (1967).
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The Dalek finally overcomes its weakness of stairs of hovering. They first showed this ability in Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks: Part One (1988).
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Van Statten orders the guards to not fire on the Dalek because it is unique despite the fact that it is killing them. Harrison Chase does the same thing in "The Seeds of Doom", ordering guards not to fire on the Krynoid, even though it is killing them, because it is unique.
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Before the broadcast, media watchdog organisation Mediawatch-uk complained about certain elements of the episode, characterising Van Statten's chaining and invasive scan of the Doctor as a "sado-masochistic" torture scene. Mediawatch also objected to Van Statten's invitation to Adam and Rose to "canoodle or spoon, or whatever you British do" as inappropriate sexual language.
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