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Doctor Who thing: Dalek invasion goes astray in Hampshire?

Dalek in a pond

This news story dates from 2009, so I don’t know why or how it has suddenly floated back up into the Net’s consciousness, but both PJK and Hank alerted me to this recently. From The Telegraph:

Dr Who Dalek found in pond

A Dalek from Doctor Who was found submerged in a pond by volunteers enlisted to clear it of rubbish.

The group had already fished out an old table football game and a skateboard when they bumped into the Dalek head, which was covered in weeds.

Sales executive Marc Oakland was pushing a rake around the bed of the shallow pool when he found the object with its distinctive eye stalk.

“One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.”

Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, was leading the volunteer squad clearing dumped rubbish from the pond, near Beaulieu, Hants.

“[T]his is the first time a Dalek’s appeared. We have no idea how it ended up in there, or how long ago.

“We discovered the BBC often took the Daleks out on location for filming, and they travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Timelord.

“Who knows, this might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I’m told they they were built to last.”

Or is it possible that this Telegraph story didn’t used to exist in 2009 at all? This dates to a full year before we were introduced to Amy Pond — could this in fact be a sort of retconning of reality as a promo for the upcoming 50th-anniversary special? Will Amy and Rory Pond be making an appearance, perhaps helping the Doctor(s) thwart a Dalek invasion of Hampshire in 2009? Does Steven Moffat have access to an actual TARDIS by which he planted a Dalek in a “pond” four years ago?

Fannish minds want to know…

(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, feel free to email me with a link.)


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  • An echo of the Time War?

  • RogerBW

    There are some people who would be able to pin down the exact era of that Dalek…

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