You may think that when Russell T Davies stepped down as Doctor Who showrunner in 2009 that his association with the show was over for good. Well, fans of the show will be surprised to know that Davies made a special contribution to Asylum Of The Daleks…and it wasn’t a Deus Ex Machina ending!
Want to know what it was? Read on.
As most fans know, Asylum Of The Daleks features one of every kind of Dalek from Doctor Who’s incredible 50-year run. The poster above shows a variety of them in action. However, Steven Moffat revealed at the BFI screening in London that one of those Daleks was a replica that was ‘borrowed’ from Davies’ Manchester home:
There are Daleks from all eras of Doctor Who. Some of them are replicas, some are the originals. And there’s one Dalek from Russell T Davies’ hallway. It’s heavily featured on the poster on the front right.
Russell, before he was even showrunner, was just that cool guy who got a Dalek made for himself so he could have it in the hallway to impress people. But when people ask him is it a real Dalek, he’d say ‘No, it’s not, it’s a replica.’ So when we were doing this, we thought, let’s get Russell’s Dalek, let’s ship it from Manchester and canonise it. Make it a proper Dalek. So in future, he can now say, yes it is.
But, Moffat hinted that the Dalek hadn’t quite emerged from its baptism unscathed. He said:
It has been returned – with slight scorching – to Russell’s hallway.
We’re sure Russell is just happy to have his now-authentic Dalek returned safe and sound. Wonder if he’s had it valued on eBay yet though…
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