Ter-min-ate! Doctor Who Dalek actor fired for not-so-secret message

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Mar 26, 2021, 1:00 PM EDT (Updated)

Common sense dictates that when you bash your boss, you discuss your job angst with a friend or trusted colleague—in private. You don’t share job stress on social media, and you certainly don’t put it in print.

Alas, not all common sense is common, as Doctor Who actor Nicholas Pegg seems to have sadly learned the hard way.

The Telegraph reports that Pegg, who had been (ominous past tense) operating Daleks for 12 years, had (even more ominous past tense) a column in Doctor Who Magazine under the pen name The Watcher. In his final (uh-oh) installment, “A History of Dr. Who in 100 Objects,” he apparently encoded a message that read “Panini and BBC Worldwide are c***s”.

Panini is the distributor of Doctor Who Magazine, while BBC Worldwide is the marketing arm of the long-running BBC series.

To clue readers in that there may be a hidden a secret in the text, he wrote, “If you look hard enough, there’s always something hidden in plain sight.” You can see it in plain sight below, thanks to sharp-eyed Twitterer, Dave Elliot:

According to the Telegraph, BBC Worldwide spoke with Panini, “who have dismissed the writer.” The Telegraph also writes, “It is understood that Mr Pegg will also not be returning to his production role on the show.” SYFY WIRE reached out to BBC Worldwide for comment, though the request was not immediately returned.

So by insulting both BBC and the publishers of Doctor Who Magazine, the longtime Dalek operator seems to have written his way out of a job. And he might have gotten away with it too, had he not seemingly flagged his cleverness.

It's just yet another reminder that when you feel like talking smack about your boss or your corporate overlords, stick to doing it over cocktail hour with your buddies. And who knows? Maybe if your story is woeful enough, the drinks will be on them.

Let us know in the comments if you've ever put your foot--or your eyestalk--in your mouth in a way that led to getting pink-slipped.

(Via Telegraph)