John Barrowman brings back Daleks in hilarious QI clip – but not as you know them

The Torchwood star finds a way to bring Daleks into proceedings.

Programme Name: QI - Series R - TX: n/a - Episode: QI - Series R - Ep 1 - RUDE (No. 1) - Picture Shows:  John Barrowman, Alan Davies, Sandi Toksvig, Phil Jupitus, Aisling Bea - (C) Fremantle Media/Talkback - Photographer: Brian Ritchie

Another slice of pre-lockdown fun is on its way to our screens tonight, as QI returns for its 18th series.


They’re onto the letter R now, and kicking off with an episode about being ‘Rude’ – so no wonder they have invited the famously naughty actor and Dancing on Ice judge, John Barrowman onto the panel! Host Sandi Toksvig and regular Alan Davies will also be joined by comedian and actress Aisling Bea, and the most frequent guest in the show’s history, comedian Phil Jupitus.

The Rude episode covers topics including what words were considered too vulgar to be broadcast on the BBC in the 1950s, the uses of the BARF scale, Sandi’s lateness, plus – and this is the intriguing bit – the potential for rudeness when you have a pair of chopsticks and a badminton shuttlecock.

Yes, we were a bit confused by this one too, but an exclusive clip given to from tonight’s episode shows us it’s going to be hilarious finding out exactly what they’re up to. The funny clip shows Sandi using a badminton racket to serve a shuttlecock to each of her panellists, who are trying to catch it with chopsticks.

The round descends into chaos though, when John Barrowman decides his shuttlecock looks a bit like a Dalek, and starts shouting “Exterminate!” while getting the shuttlecock to gobble up some Jelly Babies that he has on his desk. All Whovians will have has the same thought we’re sure!

Check out the clip below:

For more hilarity, tune into QI when it returns to BBC2 tonight. This will be Sandi Toksvig’s fifth series as host, after taking over from Stephen Fry in 2016.


QI returns to BBC Two tonight at 9pm. To find out what else is on, check out our TV Guide.