Diary: Hit or Miss... Dalek survival tactics

The BBC's plans to press ahead with its new series of Dr Who without the Time Lord's arch nemeses, the Daleks, sent shockwaves through the show's universe of devotees. The Sun took up the cause, taking a Dalek on visits to BBC HQ, the House of Commons and the Cardiff set. The BBC found the threat of the two such forces impossible to defeat and it was forced back to the negotiating table with Dalek-creator Terry Nation's estate, where their reappearance was agreed. Extermination avoided.

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