‘Doctor Who’ 50th Anniversary Special Images: Return of the Daleks

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Great minds think alike, especially if they happen to be the same mind. This year’s 50th anniversary special of Doctor Who will see the tenth and eleventh Doctors – played by David Tennant and Matt Smith, respectively – team up with another ominous incarnation of the character, played by John Hurt. The three Doctors probably won’t have too much time for reminiscing, however, as Screen Rant discovered whilst watching the episode trailer at Comic-Con. After all, could it really be a proper celebration of 50 years of Doctor Who if the Daleks didn’t come along for the ride?

To recap, the last time that the Daleks were seen in the show was in the season seven opener “Asylum of the Daleks,” during which the Doctor visited an institution for Daleks who have gone wrong and met his current companion, Clara, for the first time.

In order to tease the 50th anniversary special, the BBC has posted three new images of the Daleks in the episode as part of their official announcement of the Daleks’ inclusion. The Daleks are seen making their way through a wreckage of flame and rubble, though it’s unclear whether they were the cause of it or whether they’re just innocent bystanders. We’re guessing it’s probably not the second one.

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Speaking on the subject of this villain reveal, lead writer and executive producer Stephen Moffat explained that having the Daleks in the episode just felt right:

“The Doctor once said that you can judge a man by the quality of his enemies, so it’s fitting that for this very special episode, he should be facing the greatest enemies of all.”

The Daleks will serve as one of two main alien antagonists in the 50th anniversary special, the other main threat being the shape-shifting Zygons. Like the Daleks, who first appeared in the second Doctor Who serial with William Hartnell in 1963 and 1964 and are widely considered to be the Doctor’s oldest and deadliest enemy, the Zygons are classic Doctor Who villains who first appeared opposite the Fourth Doctor in the 1975 tale “Terror of the Zygons.”

Moffat is probably right in his belief that the Daleks deserve to be included, but whether or not the 50th anniversary episode turns out to be truly special will probably depend on how they’re used. One of our criticisms of the episode trailer was that it seemed to have a little too much in the way of running gags, references and fan service, which could be pitfalls for an episode that should really stand alone in its own right. Likewise, if the Daleks are being included then Moffat really needs to do something worthwhile with them, rather than simply including them out of a sense of duty.

Can you spot any clues as to what the special might be about in these new photos? Give your thoughts on the return of the Daleks in the comments, and check out the Screen Rant viewing guide if you’d like to get caught up with Doctor Who before the Time Lord’s next outing.

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The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special will air on the BBC on November 23rd, 2013.

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  1. So have they abandoned the new bigger “Power Ranger” Daleks?

    • You mean the new bigger “Teletubbies” Daleks?

    • They’ll still be sat around on their fat arses as a type of “officer class”, but won’t be seen as much as the standard bronze ones. Maybe the toys didn’t sell that well after all then…

    • Those ‘new’ Daleks are how they originally used to look, before the new series updated them…

      • No they are not. The nearest they are close to is the “Doctor Who and the Daleks” movie from the 60′s. That movie isn’t canon, and starred Peter Cushing as the Doctor. The Daleks in that movie were bigger and were all controlled by professional dancers. They needed the room to move. The also had the large bumpers, but instead of a suction cup arm, they had a grabbing claw.

      • Nonsense. Have you actually looked at how they’re proportioned? The engorged eyestalk, the concertina neck, the cheap dashboard plastic shoulders, the enormous fat arse. Daleks in any era – no matter how different their detailing – appeared squat, laid-back, ready for action. These pretenders look overweight, hunched over, ready for ridicule.

        Designer Peter McKinstry: “We went about as far as it’s possible to go with the redesign – any further and it would have become unrecognisable as a Dalek. Overall the effect might look quite subtle to some (and more obvious to others) but in fact every part of the Dalek has been altered in some way.”

  2. Are there no other enemies in the Doctor Who universe?

    • This is why I was hoping for John Simm to return as The Master because he was the best villain.

      • I’m hoping they manage to sneak in The Master too. I always thought it would be a shame if Smith’s Doctor never had the chance to go up against the Master, and it’d be great if they managed to keep him under wraps and spring him on audiences in the 50th anniversary special.

        I’d rather they move on from Jon Simm though. Sure he was OK at times, but he was pretty badly written in my opinion, and I think they’d benefit from having a clean slate. Plus, Simm’s over-the-top Master + Smith’s over-the-top Doctor = bit overkill, in my opinion. A more dialed-back older Master might be better.

        • “I’d rather they move on from Jon Simm though. Sure he was OK at times, but he was pretty badly written in my opinion, and I think they’d benefit from having a clean slate. Plus, Simm’s over-the-top Master + Smith’s over-the-top Doctor = bit overkill, in my opinion. A more dialed-back older Master might be better.”

          +∞ – I couldn’t agree more. I don’t get the love for John Simm’s master. Simm was great, but that Master was poorly conceived, poorly written, and poorly executed.

      • God, I hope not. Simm’s Master was a poorly written character. Davies change a character who does evil because he can to a character who does evil because a drum beat in his head drove him mad.

  3. All this is meaningless if there is no appearance to be seen by 8th Doctor Paul McGann. Enough said…

  4. thats definitely a gallifreyan symbol behind the dalek in the second picture, possibly the sight of a time war battle on Gallifrey?? :)

    • More likely than not. Since John Hurt is playing an incarnation of the Doctor between McGinn and Eccleston, I suspect it will be him who ended the Time War.

  5. I bet some of the other incarnations of the Doctor will show up, but they are keeping them under wraps. Well, one can hope anyway.

  6. I think Rose is supposed to show up also

    • Yes, Rose will make an appearance as well. After all, it’s probably the Meta-Crisis Doctor.

  7. Probably flashbacks of the time war