The time of the Daleks is now, it would seem—at least for one small United Kingdom town. On April 3rd, the fictional Sandford police twitter account (also known as the Hot Fuzz police force in Edgar Wright’s 2007 cult classic) posted a tweet showing a remote controlled Dalek robot roaming around the town, urging people to practice social distancing and to stay indoors to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
While the Twitter account may be a fake police account, the Doctor Who robot is very real and could be seen by residents in the Robin Hood’s Bay neighborhood of North Yorkshire. This system rolled by peoples houses and screamed at passersby with this stern message: “All humans must keep indoors. All humans will self isolate. By order of the Daleks.”
Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants, made popular by the television show Doctor Who. In the series, the Dalek race is feared by many and has only one intention—to destroy all life forms that are not Dalek. So for all you humans out there, we think it’s better to be safe than sorry and stay inside.
The Daleks aren’t the only Doctor Who characters who are spreading the word of social distancing, however. The 13th Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, posted an “emergency transmission” on the BBC’s official Twitter account in March to help people feel more at ease about the need to self-isolate. In the transmission she said, “If you’re seeing this the TARDIS must have detected an upsurge in psychological signals from somewhere in space and time. Basically, I think somebody somewhere might be a little bit worried.”
Whether you’re the Doctor or an evil mutant race, the need to practice social distancing right now is necessary. You don’t want the Daleks to come to your neighborhood, right?
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