A ‘Doctor Who’ Dalek operator, who also worked as a writer for ‘Doctor Who Magazine’, attempted to take a subversive jab at his bosses, publisher Panini and BBC International, but wound up EX-TERMINATE-D when his higher-ups got wind of his shenanigans.

Nicolas Pegg, who had worked as a Dalek operator on the series for 12 years– ever since the show was first revived in 2005– wrote for the magazine under the pen name The Watcher and submitted an article called ‘A History of Dr. Who In 100 Objects’ which was published in the most recent edition.  The last line of the article reads “If you look hard enough there is always something hidden in plain sight”.

It appears that one reader, Dave Elliott, looked hard enough.  When he circled the first letter of every sentence, he realized the letters spelled out a nasty swipe at Panini and BBC.  The last word of this hidden message is pretty vulgar in the U.S. but in the U.K. is used a lot more loosely.

Have a look at Elliot’s Twitter post:

When strung together, these letters spell out “Panini and BBC Worldwide are…” *ahem* “Could-Unlikely-No-Terror-So.”

He was immediately axed by both Panini and the BBC.  (The digital edition of the magazine has since been edited.)

What prompted this outburst?  Fans have stated that Pegg was upset that BBC seemed resistant to release a DVD of ‘Shada’, the unaired, incomplete finale to ‘Doctor Who’ Season 17, featuring Tom Baker’s Fourth Doctor, from 1979.  However, a BBC spokesman said that ‘Shada’ will be released on DVD and digital next month.  (It’s not clear how these fans came to this conclusion about Pegg’s motivation.)

According to London’s ‘Mirror’, however, it appears that Pegg was not due to return for the next season of ‘Doctor Who’.  That sounds like a better reason for the attack.

The ‘Doctor Who Christmas Special’ featuring the farewell of Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor.  Season 11 launches next fall and introduces Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.

Source: Radio Times

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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