Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has confirmed that the Daleks are being given a rest this year.
The iconic metal monsters have not appeared so far during the sci-fi show’s current run, although details of what is to come for the remainder of the series are a closely-guarded secret.
However, now showrunner Moffat has confirmed that the Daleks will definitely not be coming back any time soon, having appeared in every series since the show’s 2005 revival. Moffat told the Radio Times he believed they had been overused.
He said: “We thought it was about time to give them a rest. 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.”
Moffat also discussed his use of dramatic cliffhangers at the end of each episode. Last week’s episode The Almost People featured a shock twist that will lead into this week’s mid-season finale A Good Man Goes To War.
He said: “The only thing that was missing when Doctor Who came back this time was that there weren’t enough cliffhangers. Do you remember in the old days? The music crashing in just as The Doctor finds out… well I love that. Plus it encourages the audience to come back. So we are bringing the cliffhanger back in force.”
Moffat also defended accusations that the show had become too complicated since he took it over last year: “Well, you have to pay attention. You can’t can’t watch it while you are doing the ironing. And you certainly can’t watch it when you are tweeting. You have to sit down and focus, and a child audience certainly does that.”