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  • Publication: The Times
  • Date: 1974-12-20
  • Author: Terrance Dicks
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  • Language: English
  • Notes: The author's response to this review.

From Mr Terrance Dicks

Sir, On a point of Dalek scholarship, may I take exception to one small part of your critic, Mr Irving Wardle's otherwise kind review of my play Dr Who and the Daleks at the Adelphi ?

Mr Wardle chides me for assuming that the outer casing of a Dalek conceals a living creature. Yet such is, in fact, the case. The Daleks are not, and never have been, any kind of robot--a fact clearly established on television many times, since the Daleks were created by Terry Nation well over ten years ago.

The demonstration of this in every Dalek story is, in itself, one of the inflexible "Dr Who" rules to which Mr Wardle himself refers at the beginning of his review.

In the hope that you will permit me to exterminate this minor inaccuracy, I am.

Yours faithfully,


11 South Hill Park, NW 3,

December 17.

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