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Posted 2005-06-11 by Tony Walsh
Last Monday, a Dalek was kidnapped by the Guardians of Planet Earth, who are holding the killer robot captive until they receive instructions from Doctor Who, according to the BBC. This mind-blowing mix of fantasy and reality promises to only get weirder, since Doctor Who may actually be called in for negotiations.

Here are the facts:
  • Daleks are fictional aliens created by the BBC. A life-sized Dalek model was stolen.
  • The Guardians of Planet Earth are a previously-unheard of real-life group that appear to be roleplaying within the fiction of the Doctor Who series.
  • The real-life police are investigating. There is a real-life reward posted for the recovery of the Dalek model.
  • Colin Baker, an actor who portrayed Doctor Who in the 1980s, may be asked to deliver a message to the kidnappers.

Whatever the motives of the Guardians of Planet Earth, the group has demonstrated that the fiction of the long-running Doctor Who series is compelling enough to motivate an in-context response. I've mentioned before how the series could be complimented with an Alternate Reality Game component, and I think this Dalek-kidnapping demonstrates the willingness of Brits to roleplay in a much-beloved fiction.
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Comment posted by Tony Walsh
June 14, 2005 @ 11:28 am
The Dalek has been returned. Which is a shame, really, because I was curious to see how far this "roleplay" scenario would go. Having Colin Baker appeal to the kidnappers would have been a significant first. The way this has ended, we don't know what the motives of the kidnappers were. Again, a real pity.
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