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LETTER OF THE WEEK

A well-crafted machine

Doctor Who (30 April BBC1) saw the return of our most infamous alien creation. Was there disappointment that it was a single Dalek, and not a mass invasion, as the cover of RT suggested? After 45 minutes of great drama, with emotions of fear and disgust and also some genuine lump-in-the-throat moments, definitely not. How many of us in the classic days could say we were moved by a Dalek's demise? But was there a dry eye in the country after this episode?

Robert Shearman's script brought this creature to life as much as Rose's DNA, and the new Dalek concept was breathtaking. It realised the fearsome metal killing machine that it was always meant to be. Sink plungers and whisks were confined to history, and the whole programme was saturated with impending menace.

Simply marvellous. Celebrity wrestlers pitted against a Dalek? They didn't stand a chance.

Soren Moore, Darlington, Durham

We tried to make it clear that our cover was a re-creation of a previous episode to celebrate the Dalek's return, rather than an indication of what was in that week's episode. But to anyone disappointed not to have seen more Daleks, we'll just say: watch this space!

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Tough on time

Christopher Eccleston is the hardest Doctor yet. He's turning into a real "Wholigan".

Keith Bruce

North Shields, Tyne and Wear


Ever since I found out there was to be a new series of Doctor Who, I've had mixed emotions about his inevitable encounter with the Daleks. Being a child of the 1960s, I was regularly to be found behind the sofa during the Saturday teatime slot. Even in recent years the sound of their voice has still raised the hairs on the back of my neck.

As 7.00pm on 30 April approached I braced myself, with a cushion as my only protection. I was suitably impressed with the updated Dalek design, and found the voice to have the same chilling effect.

By the end of the episode, I was indeed traumatised. Not, however, due to fear of the Dalek, but because of the overwhelming sympathy I had been manipulated into feeling for it.

I appreciate that Robert Shearman spent more than a year writing and rewriting the episode, and on many levels it was remarkably successful. But what he did was wrong, wrong, wrong! Daleks are and always have been single-minded, brutal killers. We don't want to empathise with them — we want to hate and fear them as we always have!

Deborah Nichol!

Chorley, Lancashire


Caption: Re-no-vate! The new, scary Dalek

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