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Dalek is sacked from Doctor Who for coded magazine article

Nicholas Pegg, who has operated Daleks since 2005, hid the abuse in an article Writing in the show&#..

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  • Nicholas Pegg, who has operated Daleks since 2005, hid the abuse in an article
  • Writing in the show's magazine, hit out at BBC Worldwide and publishers Panini
  • Sharp Twitter users spotted abuse by circling starting letter of each sentence

By Rory Tingle For Mailonline

Published: 11:33 EDT, 1 November 2017 | Updated: 13:04 EDT, 1 November 2017

A Dalek operator on Doctor Who has been exterminated by the BBC for branding the corporation 'c****' in a coded message hidden in a magazine article.

Nicholas Pegg, who has operated Daleks since 2005, hid the abuse in a piece for the show's magazine entitled 'A History of Dr Who in 100 Objects'.

Clever Twitter users spotted the hidden message attack on the BBC and the title's printers, Panini, by circling the starting letter of each sentence.

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Nicholas Pegg, who has operated Daleks since 2005, hid the abuse in a piece for the show's magazine entitled 'A History of Dr Who in 100 Objects'Mr Pegg's article produced the message: 'Panini and BBC Worldwide are c****.' Pictured: A DalekMr Pegg's article produced the message: 'Panini and BBC Worldwide are c****.' Pictured: A Dalek

Nicholas Pegg,(left) who has operated Daleks since 2005, hid the abuse in a piece for the show's magazine entitled 'A History of Dr Who in 100 Objects'. Right: A Dalek

Clever Twitter users spotted the hidden message attack on the BBC and the title's printers, Panini, by circling the starting letter of each sentenceClever Twitter users spotted the hidden message attack on the BBC and the title's printers, Panini, by circling the starting letter of each sentence

Clever Twitter users spotted the hidden message attack on the BBC and the title's printers, Panini, by circling the starting letter of each sentence

This produced the message: 'Panini and BBC Worldwide are c****.'

The writer, appearing under the pen name The Watcher, finished the article with a hint to readers.

He wrote: ‘If you look hard enough, there’s always something hidden in plain sight.’

The reasons for Mr Pegg’s outburst are not clear, but fans guessed he was annoyed about a decision not to release a DVD of Shada, an unaired serial of the show from 1979-80.

Pegg had not been due to appear in the upcoming series of Doctor Who, reported The Mirror.

BBC Worldwide told the newspaper: ‘The matter was raised with the publisher who have dismissed the writer.’

The corporation confirmed to MailOnline Mr Pegg would not be appearing in the next series but refused to answer any questions.

How do Daleks work?

An operator sits in the hollow inside of the Dalek on a wooden seat and uses a foot pedal to control its movements, including the exterminators and the flashing lights.

The Dalek's voice is performed by a separate actor.

Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards told sci-fi now: 'You need very, very good grip trainers and strong legs; those are the principal qualities of a Dalek operator.

'You also need a lack of claustrophobia and the ability to sit for long periods of time in a tin can.'

MailOnline has contacted Mr Pegg's representatives for comment.

Daleks are operated by an actor sitting inside them, who is in control of their movement, including the exterminators and flashing lights.

Their voices are performed by a separate actor.

Mr Pegg previously spoke of his life as a Dalek in a promotional BBC video posted on YouTube, where he appeared alongside three other operators.

'I've got used to it over the years that visibility inside is a bit restricted.

'And it is usually to one side, so if you want to look one way it is fine but not the other.'

Dalek operators wear a black mask to obscure their faces.

Mr Pegg added: 'It really is the case that when we are inside and have put on everything people forget you are inside.

'It looks like a Dalek… it is a testament to what a fantastic piece of design it is that people just think it's a Dalek – not just a bloke and a piece of plywood.'

Mr Pegg previously spoke of his life as a Dalek in a promotional BBC video posted on YouTube, where he appeared alongside three other operatorsMr Pegg previously spoke of his life as a Dalek in a promotional BBC video posted on YouTube, where he appeared alongside three other operators

Mr Pegg previously spoke of his life as a Dalek in a promotional BBC video posted on YouTube, where he appeared alongside three other operators

BBC designer Raymond Cusick is believed to have come up with the form for Daleks after are seeing a futuristic chimney on top of a girls school.

According to residents close to the High School for Girls, Gloucester – where the chimney sits – it is common knowledge.

A spokeswoman at the school told the Sun in 2013: 'Whoever was working on Doctor Who saw it on top of the school.'

It was previously thought Mr Cusick found inspiration for the robots from a pepper pot during a lunch with Dr Who's special effects expert Bill Roberts.

Despite the success of his creation, Mr Cusick admitted that they did not work well from the beginning.

The BBC's Raymond Cusick is believed to have come up with the design for Daleks after seeing this futuristic chimney on the top of the High School for Girls in GloucesterThe BBC's Raymond Cusick is believed to have come up with the design for Daleks after seeing this futuristic chimney on the top of the High School for Girls in Gloucester

The BBC's Raymond Cusick is believed to have come up with the design for Daleks after seeing this futuristic chimney on the top of the High School for Girls in Gloucester

Despite the success of his creation, Mr Cusick admitted that they did not work well from the beginning because they 'rattled like an old biscuit tin'Despite the success of his creation, Mr Cusick admitted that they did not work well from the beginning because they 'rattled like an old biscuit tin'

Despite the success of his creation, Mr Cusick admitted that they did not work well from the beginning because they 'rattled like an old biscuit tin'

BBC scriptwriter Terry Nation(seen in an undated photo) is credited with inventing the concept of a Dalek, with Mr Cusick designing their appearanceBBC scriptwriter Terry Nation(seen in an undated photo) is credited with inventing the concept of a Dalek, with Mr Cusick designing their appearance

BBC scriptwriter Terry Nation(seen in an undated photo) is credited with inventing the concept of a Dalek, with Mr Cusick designing their appearance

He said that on set when they moved over bumpy pavements 'they rattled like an old biscuit tin', so he had to add extra pneumatic wheels to stabilise them.

Alongside their catchphrase 'exterminate', the gliding movement became one of the Daleks' sinister defining features.

The actual idea for Daleks came from scriptwriter Terry Nation, who wrote the second Doctor Who serial, The Daleks.

Alongside the absence of Mr Pegg as a Dalek operator, the next series of Doctor Who will see another major change – the lead character led by a woman for the first time.

Were Daleks inspired by a CHIMNEY POT?

The inspiration behind one of science fiction's most fearsome characters could have been a simple chimney pot.

BBC designer Raymond Cusick is believed to have come up with the form for Doctor Who's most evil nemesis – the Daleks – after seeing the futuristic flue atop a girls school.

According to residents close to the High School for Girls, Gloucester – where the chimney sits – it is common knowledge.

A spokeswoman at the school told the Sun in 2013: 'Whoever was working on Doctor Who saw it on top of the school.'

Jodie Whittaker has told fans 'don't be scared of my gender' after she was revealed as Peter Capaldi's successor as the Time Lord in July following the Men's Wimbledon Final, making her the 13th reincarnation of the much-loved character

However, the decision to cast a female actress in the role, which has previously been played by men and is currently held by Peter Capaldi, divided fans.

While many praised the BBC and the show's writers for choosing a female actress, others slammed the decision as 'political correctness gone mad'.

Twitter user David Stephens said: 'Sorry this is so called equality, women's rights, political correctness gone mad-Dr Who was written/created as a man! End of.'

Clive Walton agreed, writing on his Twitter page: 'No the character is a man not a woman!

'As usual the BBC have to muddy the waters through political correctness that's what they do!'

Responding to the BBC's announcement, former fan Tony Moretta said on the social networking site: 'Well you're one viewer down already.'

Daleks have been a key part of Dr Who since its early beginnings, first appearing in series two in  1963−64. Pictured: An undated photo of a Dalek next to a Stormtrooper in Blackpool Daleks have been a key part of Dr Who since its early beginnings, first appearing in series two in  1963−64. Pictured: An undated photo of a Dalek next to a Stormtrooper in Blackpool 

Daleks have been a key part of Dr Who since its early beginnings, first appearing in series two in 1963−64. Pictured: An undated photo of a Dalek next to a Stormtrooper in Blackpool

Tom Baker as Dr Who with his new assistant Lalla Ward as Romana, standing next to a Dalek in 1979Tom Baker as Dr Who with his new assistant Lalla Ward as Romana, standing next to a Dalek in 1979

Tom Baker as Dr Who with his new assistant Lalla Ward as Romana, standing next to a Dalek in 1979

After decades of appearing on Dr Who, Daleks have truly entered the national imagination. Pictured is a straw sculpture created by Snugbury's ice cream company sits in a field in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 2013After decades of appearing on Dr Who, Daleks have truly entered the national imagination. Pictured is a straw sculpture created by Snugbury's ice cream company sits in a field in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 2013

After decades of appearing on Dr Who, Daleks have truly entered the national imagination. Pictured is a straw sculpture created by Snugbury's ice cream company sits in a field in Nantwich, Cheshire, in 2013

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Sydney seaplane crash: Exhaust fumes affected pilot, report confirms

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The pilot of a seaplane that crashed into an Australian river, killing all on board, had been left confused and disorientated by leaking exhaust fumes, investigators have confirmed.

The Canadian pilot and five members of a British family died in the crash north of Sydney in December 2017.

All were found to have higher than normal levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, a final report has found.

It recommended the mandatory fitting of gas detectors in all such planes.

British businessman Richard Cousins, 58, died alongside his 48-year-old fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, her 11-year-old daughter Heather and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, and pilot Gareth Morgan, 44. Mr Cousins was the chief executive of catering giant Compass.

The family had been on a sightseeing flight in the de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver plane when it nose-dived into the Hawkesbury River at Jerusalem Bay, about 50km (30 miles) from the city centre.

The final report by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed the findings of an interim report published in 2020.

It said pre-existing cracks in the exhaust collector ring were believed to have released exhaust gas into the engine bay. Holes left by missing bolts in a firewall then allowed the fumes to enter the cabin.

“As a result, the pilot would have almost certainly experienced effects such as confusion, visual disturbance and disorientation,” the report said.

“Consequently, it was likely that this significantly degraded the pilot’s ability to safely operate the aircraft.”

The ATSB recommended the Civil Aviation Safety Authority consider mandating the fitting of carbon monoxide detectors in piston-engine aircraft that carry passengers.

It previously issued safety advisory notices to owners and operators of such aircraft that they install detectors “with an active warning” to pilots”. Operators and maintainers of planes were also advised to carry out detailed inspections of exhaust systems and firewalls.

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Australia unlikely to fully reopen border in 2021, says top official

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Australia is unlikely to fully open its borders in 2021 even if most of its population gets vaccinated this year as planned, says a senior health official.

The comments dampen hopes raised by airlines that travel to and from the country could resume as early as July.

Department of Health Secretary Brendan Murphy made the prediction after being asked about the coronavirus’ escalation in other nations.

Dr Murphy spearheaded Australia’s early action to close its borders last March.

“I think that we’ll go most of this year with still substantial border restrictions,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday.

“Even if we have a lot of the population vaccinated, we don’t know whether that will prevent transmission of the virus,” he said, adding that he believed quarantine requirements for travellers would continue “for some time”.

Citizens, permanent residents and those with exemptions are allowed to enter Australia if they complete a 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Qantas – Australia’s national carrier – reopened bookings earlier this month, after saying it expected international travel to “begin to restart from July 2021.”

However, it added this depended on the Australian government’s deciding to reopen borders.

Australia’s tight restrictions

The country opened a travel bubble with neighbouring New Zealand late last year, but currently it only operates one-way with inbound flights to Australia.

Australia has also discussed the option of travel bubbles with other low-risk places such as Taiwan, Japan and Singapore.

A vaccination scheme is due to begin in Australia in late February. Local authorities have resisted calls to speed up the process, giving more time for regulatory approvals.

Australia has so far reported 909 deaths and about 22,000 cases, far fewer than many nations. It reported zero locally transmitted infections on Monday.

Experts have attributed much of Australia’s success to its swift border lockdown – which affected travellers from China as early as February – and a hotel quarantine system for people entering the country.

Local outbreaks have been caused by hotel quarantine breaches, including a second wave in Melbourne. The city’s residents endured a stringent four-month lockdown last year to successfully suppress the virus.

Other outbreaks – including one in Sydney which has infected about 200 people – prompted internal border closures between states, and other restrictions around Christmas time.

The state of Victoria said on Monday it would again allow entry to Sydney residents outside of designated “hotspots”, following a decline in cases.

While the measures have been praised, many have also criticised them for separating families across state borders and damaging businesses.

Dr Murphy said overall Australia’s virus response had been “pretty good” but he believed the nation could have introduced face masks earlier and improved its protections in aged care homes.

In recent days, Australia has granted entry to about 1,200 tennis players, staff and officials for the Australian Open. The contingent – which has recorded at least nine infections – is under quarantine.

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Covid: Brisbane to enter three-day lockdown over single infection

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The Australian city of Brisbane has begun a snap three-day lockdown after a cleaner in its hotel quarantine system became infected with coronavirus.

Health officials said the cleaner had the highly transmissible UK variant and they were afraid it could spread.

Brisbane has seen very few cases of the virus beyond quarantined travellers since Australia’s first wave last year.

It is the first known instance of this variant entering the Australian community outside of hotel quarantine.

The lockdown is for five populous council areas in Queensland’s state capital.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced the measure on Friday morning local time, about 16 hours after the woman tested positive.

Ms Palaszczuk said the lockdown aimed to halt the virus as rapidly as possible, adding: “Doing three days now could avoid doing 30 days in the future.”

“I think everybody in Queensland… knows what we are seeing in the UK and other places around the world is high rates of infection from this particular strain,” she said.

“And we do not want to see that happening here in our great state.”

Australia has reported 28,500 coronavirus infections and 909 deaths since the pandemic began. By contrast, the US, which is the hardest-hit country, has recorded more than 21 million infections while nearly 362,000 people have died of the disease.The lockdown will begin at 18:00 on Friday (08:00 GMT) in the Brisbane city, Logan and the Ipswich, Moreton and Redlands local government areas.

Residents will only be allowed to leave home for certain reasons, such as buying essential items and seeking medical care.

For the first time, residents in those areas will also be required to wear masks outside of their homes.

Australia has faced sporadic outbreaks over the past year, with the most severe one in Melbourne triggering a lockdown for almost four months.

A pre-Christmas outbreak in Sydney caused fresh alarm, but aggressive testing and contact-tracing has kept infection numbers low. The city recorded four local cases on Friday.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s government has pledged to start mass vaccinations in February instead of March as was planned.

Lockdown interrupts ‘near normal’ life in Brisbane

Simon Atkinson, BBC News in Brisbane

At 8:00 today I popped to the local supermarket for some bread, milk – and because it’s summer here – a mango. I was pretty much the only customer.

When I went past the same shop a couple of hours later it was a different story – 50 people standing in the drizzle – queuing to get inside as others emerged with bulging shopping bags. “Heaps busier than Christmas,” a cheery trolley attendant told me. “It’s off the scale”.

Despite the “don’t panic” messages from authorities, pictures on social media show it’s a pattern being repeated across the city.

While shutdowns are common around the world, the tough and sudden stay-at-home order for Brisbane has caught people on the hop here after months of near normality.

But while such a rapid, hard lockdown off the back of just a single case of Covid-19 will seem crazy in some parts of the world, I’ve not come across too many people complaining.

And I don’t think that’s just because Aussies love to follow a rule. This is the first time the UK variant of the virus has been detected in the community in Australia.

And nobody here wants Brisbane to go through what Melbourne suffered last year. Even if it means going without mangoes.

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