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article imageDaleks invade BBC One ident (VIDEOS)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Sep 1, 2014 in Entertainment
Dalek "invades" BBC One ident, exterminates traffic roundabout, in a hidden reference to last Saturday night's "Doctor Who" episode.
The scene, which immediately preceded the episode in question, Into the Dalek, saw the now-familiar BBC One ident — of people on bicycles riding round an urban street traffic roundabout — altered to show a Dalek firing shots into the centre of it.
But you have to look very closely to spot it (the Dalek has replaced one of the cyclists in the bottom left-hand segment of the inner circle of riders; see picture above) ... as some eagle-eyed viewers obviously did.
"Just noticed the Dalek in the ident. Shooting the crap roundabout, not the people on bikes! This changes everything," tweeted @scsmith4 after watching Doctor Who: Into the Dalek, the second adventure starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the BBC's long-running science-fiction television drama series.
This isn't the first time the BBC has used Doctor Who-themed idents or the first time the Daleks have been in them. There's this one from 1999, which was created to tie in with BBC Two's Doctor Who Night:
And this one from Christmas 2010, for BBC One, which featured David Walliams and Matt Lucas from Come Fly With Me and a white New Paradigm Dalek, the Supreme Dalek:
The most ambitious, however, were series of Christmas Doctor Who idents (see one in the video below) used to coincided with David Tennant's swansong — in Russell T Davies's two-part serial, The End of Time — over the 2009 festive season.
Ahead of each episode this season, which began on Saturday, August 23, with Steven Moffat's Deep Breath, and all part of the massive promotion for the series — which has included the first-ever Doctor Who World Tour — the transmission of the BBC One ident has been "interrupted" by a rogue transmission from Capaldi's Doctor, inside his space–time-travelling ship, the TARDIS, as can also be seen in the video above.
Into the Dalek, which has been written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, is the second Doctor Who adventure to star Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and also the second to be directed by Ben Wheatley (Kill List); their first being last week’s Season 8 feature-length premiere, Deep Breath.
Season 8 of Doctor Who, starring Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, Jenna Coleman as Clara and Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink, continues on Saturdays.
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