Abslom Daak, I presume?

The new series of Doctor Who is forging ahead on the BBC at the moment. I have to say, I’m loving Peter Capaldi as an older, grumpier Doctor!

I also love the fact that the show’s lead writer and producer, Steven Moffat, is a Doctor Who fan and likes to weave references to old stories into the show. Well, on the trailer for next week’s episode, Time Heist, I picked up a reference to a character I’d completely forgotten about.

There’s a point in the trailer where someone is looking through what appears to be a list of criminals (they all have police numbers), and we very briefly see this guy:

Abslom Daak on screen

Recognise him? If you were a reader of the Doctor Who magazine in the 80s and early 90s you might recognise Abslom Daak, Dalek Killer! Daak was a criminal sentenced to life as a Dalek hunter and I loved the comic strips! Now, given that this is just a very brief appearance it’s more likely a nod to the fans than news of Daak actually appearing in a future episode, but it still made me smile.

So, two questions, do you remember Daak at all? And what other inter-story moments have you noticed in Doctor Who? References to previous locations? Characters you’d forgotten ever existed? Tell us in the comments below.

Find out more about Daak here and, if you’re in the UK, you can watch the Time Heist trailer on the BBC website.

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