The Daleks and the Doctor. They’re like yin and yang. Or Joker and Batman. You can’t have one without the other. The Daleks will pop up, the Doctor will wipe them out. Daleks will come back, the Doctor will defeat them again. Lather, rinse, and repeat for over 40 years.
But according to the current showrunner, Steven Moffat, that’s exactly the problem.
“They are the most famous of the Doctor’s adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe.”
It’s true. You can only try to conquer the universe so many times before you stop being menacing and just start being a nuisance. Moffat doesn’t want the Daleks to turn into Wile E. Coyote. So they’re going to be taking a little break. “They aren’t going to make an appearance for a while,” he says. “We thought it was about time to give them a rest.”
But fans probably won’t be too surprised. The last few seasons have been pretty light on those little buggers from Skaro, likely for this very reason.
As much as I love the Daleks I’m actually a bit pleased. It’s true, they were starting to become predictable. When a friend asked me why I wasn’t more surprised at their sudden appearance in a previous season finale, my response was “Well, we hadn’t seen them much lately so I figured it was about time. Lo and behold: Daleks.” And frankly, I’m not a big fan of the new style introduced last season anyway. Of course, I hope they don’t stay gone too long. I want them to come back eventually, even if they are fat and rainbow-colored.
Any doubters should realize this is the Moff we’re talking about. The man is a bloody genius and he knows what he’s doing. He’s already given us The Empty Child, the Weeping Angels, and most recently the Silence. We’ve got plenty to be terrified of without getting the Daleks involved.
UPDATE: Moffat clarifies on his Twitter that we should only be Dalek-less for the rest of this current season.