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THE Daleks are coming back to TV's Doctor Who —and this time they'll be really scary.

Gone are the rubber sink plungers and metal food whisks which wobbled each time they screeched "Exterminate! Exterminate!"

In are a new generation of Daleks more akin to the Cyborgs in Arnie Schwarzenegger's Terminator films.

BBC bosses have broken the bank to make sure the robots terrify a new generation of fans when the series returns with Cracker star Christopher Ecclestone starring as Dr Who.

A Beeb source said: "We spared no expense to get the Daleks and we're going to drag them into the 21st century."

The new Daleks will be faster and more menacing than the original Sixties robots, which were created from old bits of plastic and metal, and ran on chair casters.

Fans feared the Daleks would be barred from the mega-bucks remake of the sci-fi classic after the family of their creator, who co-own the rights with the BBC, blocked plans to use them.

But a last-minute breakthrough in talks means the Daleks will feature after all. "The show is costing £lmillion-plus an episode so we could afford to pay over the odds," the source said. "But they're our ratings banker. We had to have them. "We're looking at computer graphics and we are talking to animatronics experts to see how we can at least let them negotiate a flight of stairs."

Fantastic

Dr Who fan Chris Balcombe, who last week led a protest against the Daleks' absence from the new show, said: "It's fantastic news. Dr Who without the Daleks would be like fish without chips." "But they'll need to be much more frightening. I can't see kids being terrified by the old, rattley Daleks trundling along on casters. They belong to a different age."


Caption: NEW WHO: Star Chris and, right, one of the old Daleks

Spelling correction: Christopher Eccleston

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