No Daleks For You!
More news coming out concerning the 2011 Doctor Who series (or set of series as it is now) is that we may get a reprieve from the Daleks stories. This according to what executive producer and lead writer Steven Moffat hinted at the Edinburgh TV Festival:
"Speaking at the Edinburgh TV Festival, the Who showrunner admitted that there are currently no plans for the famous aliens to reappear, although work on the 2011 series is not yet complete.
He said: 'There will be a Dalek story when we've got a good idea for a Dalek story. [When that happens], there will be lots of different kinds of Daleks.'"
(Via Digital Spy)
This is good news. While I am not opposed to using the Daleks, I have always said that they don't need to appear in each and every series. I've always felt that having them obligated to return each year only dilutes their return. It is no big surprise when they do reappear because it has become expected. In fact, they have reappeared every year since 2005 with the return of the series (albeit their appearance in 2009 was a very brief cameo in The Waters of Mars (US Amazon link)).
It was understandable in the very early years of the show when the Daleks were hugely popular ('Dalekmenia' had swept across the UK) and it made more sense at that time to have them return regularly. That is less so today. The very popular Tom Baker run of the Doctor only had the Daleks appear in two stories of his seven year era. Surely the lack of Dalek stories did not harm the series during the 4th Doctor era.
It is interesting that Steven Moffat suggests that when the Daleks do return, there will "lots of different kinds of Daleks" implying that it won't be limited to the new 'hunchback' candy-coloured Daleks introduced in 2010. We shall see. I do think it is wise that they will wait for a good story to bring them back in, perhaps wait until 2013, the 50th anniversary year of the series (though somehow I suspect we will see them sooner than that).