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Doctor Who Showrunner Moffat Puts The Daleks In Time-Out

Even those of you who've never seen an episode of Doctor Who are probably familiar with the Daleks, the homicidal aliens who look like pepper mills with plungers sticking out the top. They've been bedeviling The Doctor for nearly 50 years and 11 incarnations. They're also somewhat easily mocked, since they have a tendency to shriek "EXTERMINATE" in shrill voices are have proven really, really bad at conquering the universe. Also, as mentioned, they look like pepper mills with plungers sticking out the top.

Now Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat has decided the poor fellows need a rest after all those decades of getting their metaphorical shorts yanked up over their equally metaphorical foreheads by The Doctor. Moffat told Radio Times magazine (as reported by The Guardian) that the iconic villains wouldn't be making any appearances on the show for a while. As Moffat explains, "They have been defeated by the Doctor about 400 times. Surely they should just see the Tardis approaching, say, 'Oh. It's him again', and trudge away."

Personally, I'd like to see this actually addressed in the show. Maybe a two-parter where the Daleks have locked themselves in their apartment for weeks eating Cheetos and watching Maury, then The Doctor has to pop in and give them a motivational kick in the (metaphorical) pants.