Mal Young, BBC Controller of Continuing Drama Series, and Tim Hancock, agent for the Terry Nation Estate, announced today that the Daleks will return in the new series of Doctor Who which is currently in production for transmission on BBC ONE in 2005.
Hancock says: “I am absolutely delighted that the Terry Nation Estate and the BBC have been able to reach agreement on terms for the use of the Daleks in the new Doctor Who series.
“We look forward to working closely with the production team in the forthcoming months.”
Young added: “As well as coming face-to-face with a number of new and exciting monsters, it’s good news that the Doctor will also do battle with his arch enemy the Daleks in a series which promises to surprise and entertain a new generation.”
Starring Christopher Eccleston as Doctor Who and Billie Piper as Rose Tyler, the Doctor’s companion, the new 13-part series is currently filming in Cardiff and London for transmission in 2005.
Casting also includes Penelope Wilton (Calender Girls), Noel Clarke (Auf Wiedersehen, Pet), Annette Badland (Cutting It), Camille Coduri (England Expects) and John Barrowman (who is currently in the West End production of Anything Goes).
Doctor Who is produced by Phil Collinson.
The writers are Russell T Davies, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Paul Cornell and Robert Shearman.
Executive producers are BBC Controller of Continuing Drama Series, Mal Young; Head of Drama, BBC Wales, Julie Gardner, and Russell T Davies.