Friday, February 5, 1999 Published at 15:36 GMT
Daleks get stamp of approval
Exterminating into the next millennium
The Daleks have exterminated all known opposition to gain the right to appear on Britain's millennium stamps.
Doctor Who's deadly adversaries had been battling it out with soap character Ena Sharples, formerly from ITV show Coronation Street, for the fourth and final position on a series of stamps on great entertainers.
Now the Royal Mail has decided to opt for the Daleks rather than Ena, who was played by Violet Carson for 20 years from 1960.
"To represent TV as a national institution there was a wealth of wonderful material to choose from and the decision was an extremely tough one," said Royal Mail design director Barry Robinson.
The other three stamps in the series are expected to feature England footballer Bobby Moore holding the World Cup aloft, Charlie Chaplin and Queen rock legend Freddie Mercury.
The Royal Mail is issuing a set of four stamps each month during 1999, to mark British achievements during the past 1,000 years.
Last month BBC News Online readers backed the idea of the Daleks appearing on Britain's stamps, with other readers suggesting Eric Morecambe and John Lennon.
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