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genesis 11 – Classic series Dalek Warrior Drone

First appearance 1972 Season 9, Story KKK “Day of the Daleks“.

So for those that know me no real surprise as I liked this model so much I actually bought one.  The first appearance alongside the very cool gold Dalek leader in Day of the Daleks coincided with my first viewing of Daleks on tv.  The follow-up personal favourite Planet of the Daleks had them again and even better there was an entire army of them frozen and slowly thawing. This is where memory has played tricks on me as I remember that as one of the most impressive tv moments ever with thousands of them slowly moving about as they began to thaw.  Playing the dvd back now its not quite as impressive as there are probably not many more than a 100 (see photo left) and they are obviously the odd shaped Marks 6” wind up toys of the 60’s & 70’s but hey ho.

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Not quite how I remembered it, the Dalek army, actually a hundred odd Marx wind up toys

My take on Planet of the Daleks when the doctor discovers the thousands! slowly waking up

My take on the same scene from Planet of the Daleks

At a time before videotape and playback that was the best ever scene for me and one I think back fondly on. Their next appearance was in the seminal Genesis of the Daleks where technically they actually win or at least aren’t defeated (“the daleks are never defeated”)  Later appearances with slight modifications confirmed that the powers that be also regarded this version as THE standard.

Back in 1973 the Radio times released a rather splendid Doctor Who special with this dalek along with other premier league monsters gracing the back cover. Apart from an excellent episode guide from the beginning to the new series with a youthful and my all time favourite Sarah-Jane Smith (RIP Elisabeth Sladen I still miss you) there were amongst other things an unnerving and creepily illustrated Dalek story by Nation (written before he had come up with the Kaled and Davros ideas) and better still a “Build your own Dalek” feature.  My uncle Julian who had an uncanny nack of picking the right present (timpo red indians disguised in an empty Farley’s Rusk box especially springs to mind) gave me this to read at about 5am Christmas morning at my Grandparents as I couldn’t sleep and it shut me up all right!  I think Christmas day was spent asking Dad if he would make me one.  He duly said he would which was a shrewd move as it stopped me nagging him all day and of course I eventually forgot about it.  I had the last laugh though, 30 years later I discovered “This Planet Earth” who made licenced Daleks.  The rest as they say is history.and it would take a brave Thal to disagree.

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 Pure style, pure sex. Ho ho ho. God bless us, every one!


Pure style, pure sex. Ho ho ho.
God bless us, every one!

And an interesting piece of intentionally coincidental (is that possible?) trivia. Today 21st Dec marks the 50th anniversary of the first ever Dalek (or actually its sucker arm) to grace our screen when at the episode end it waved its kitchen sink plunger as menacingly as one can causing poor old Barbara to scream and set the tone for the next 50 years.    So as I pass on my Birthday Wishes to this awesome Mk III Travel Machine and wish you all a Kaledtastic Thal-free Christmas it seems fitting to give the last excited words to the Dalek on screen creator Davros :-

“Today, the Kaled race is ended, consumed in a fire of war.

But, from its ashes will rise a new race.
The supreme creature.

The ultimate conqueror of the universe.

The Dalek!”


 2 planet 1– Classic series Dalek Council Supreme

First (only) appearance 1973 Season 10, Story SSS “Planet of the Daleks

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the only reason to eat weetabix

So just missing out on the number one slot is this awesome MkIII travel machine from 1973.  Yes it does have a torch for an eye-stalk, yes it does have jam-jars for its lights but you know what it doesn’t really matter. This model was a converted 1960’s movie dalek brought out of mothballs and given a spanking new paint job (plus the torch……..). Check out that base! This is where black and gold DO go together like those posh choclits. I remember the Weetabix dalek cards of the 70’s and there was one that featured this one (right) that I so so wanted resulting in me eating and crapping out tons of that ‘orrible roughage and even worse ‘orrible milk.  This one definitely makes me want to want to gulp (see entry no.7 for gulping) and is on the short list with no.3’s  red dalek for a future purchase.  This Dalek also had that rare privilege of actually surviving at the end and managing to send a chill down my neck enough to make the hairs stand up with a rather good final speech.

No I am not Torchy the Battery boy....EXTERMINATE!

No I am not Torchy the Battery boy….EXTERMINATE!


red dalek3 – Movie Engineer Dalek

First appearance 1966 “Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.” movie

Gods holy trousers! This is what happens when you have a budget to match your expectations but want to stay loyal to the original (as oppose some cretin with no experience of the originals coming up with those travesty paradigm versions).  The first Cushing Dalek movie although great viewing as a child, when I watch it back now seems a bit naïve.  But the big screen version of Dalek Invasion of Earth is altogether a different kettle of muto kaleds. Yes it has the annoying comedy Bernard Cribbins moments but it was a much darker movie with lots of on screen exterminations especially Dortmuns heroic fatal attack and the excellent Quisling baddie, Phillip Madoc’s Brockley (you’re name vill also go in the book). It also featured one of the best flying saucers I have ever seen be it Dalek or otherwise.  The red Engineer Dalek with his silver claw appendage was the pick of a very good bunch in the film.  These Daleks were bigger and much more sturdier looking than the orignals which must have helped for the location work.

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Red Dalek – Even sexier than the naked Gemma Atkinson FHM photoshoot.

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Ferrari-tastic

Many years later while perusing a copy of FHM when it used to be a good magazine there was an article on toys you always wanted as a child and that you could theoretically buy now as an adult.  This baby was near the top of that list, and the photo on the right is the one that was in the magazine. And yes I stored it in my memory banks for the not too distant future when I could afford to buy one………  Infact if I ever come into some spare money again, I’m either going to get one of these or the next one in the countdown………..stay tuned!

 


18-19884 – Classic Series Special Weapons Dalek

First appearance 1988, Season 25, Story 7H ”Remembrance of the Daleks“. cameo appearance in New series “Dalek Asylum”.

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Mine’s bigger than yours. Too much swarfega

Purists (like myself) of the true Mk III travel machine form can have a problem with this one. Its a freak BUT when it emerged in the otherwise forgettable Remembrance of the Daleks story and went into action I have to admit it got my complete attention. A Dalek Panzer tank!  I assume the Daleks themselves are ashamed of it and keep it locked away its appearance so abhorrent to them hence its filthy neglected casing.  I like one published theory in an Ben Aaronovitch novel (not read) that hypothesised that the release of high levels of radiation required to operate the machine altered the structure of the Dalek creature’s brain causing it to go insane (or more insane than normal Dalek behaviour!) It was therefore shunned by other Daleks and only used in extreme circumstances owing to its tendency to attack every living creature including allied Daleks.  For those with a keen eye it also got the briefest of cameo’s in the new series Dalek Asylum.   One I’d like to see return and only slightly reworked, a mean old beastie.


DEATH5 – Classic Series ballistic armed Dalek Drone

First (only) appearance 1974, Season 11, Story UUU ”Death to the Daleks”.

So no doubt you are wondering how on Earth this one goes in above no.6’s Renegade Black Dalek Supreme right? And with some justification. The scheme does appear a bit flat and it was a definite inferior departure compared to the ones in the 1973 all time classic Planet of the Daleks. Let me explain, first up their appearance was a much welcomed one as the story followed the slightly dud Invasion of the Dinosaurs.  This one was right back on form with the Doctor and Sarah-Jane Smith marooned on a planet with a very frightening degenerate indigenous race of Exxilons intent on killing them. Then we had a malignant living city that used its own foundations with effect to attack as well as the very creepy Exxilon zombies. There were also very good set piece battle scenes and this story also had incidental music from Carey Blyton as oppose Dick Mills and perhaps the only time he ever matched the maestro. That said I am aware that not everyone liked it. imagesCADZGG79When the Daleks finally appear at the end of the 1st episode things get altogether more interesting. Firstly the Daleks find that their death ray blaster gun sticks don’t work and they reluctantly join forces with the Doctor and for a while are effectively the good guys.  You can’t keep a Dalek down however so we all know that they are secretly planning to double cross him at the first opportunity.

So onto the real reason why they’re high on this list.  Finding their blasters are kaput they develop a ballistic machine gun variant using model tardi (plural for tardis anyone?) as target practice.

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machine gun etiquette Ra-ta-ta-tat

I loved it at the time and still do now.  In fact in this story my allegiance was irrevocably swayed to wanting the Daleks to actually win and I stuck with that through future adventures. I was incredulous when they got a royal thrashing by the zombies at the end and not a happy bunny at all. So a worthy no.5


RENEGADE SUPREME6 – Classic series Renegade Dalek Supreme

First (only) appearance 1988, Season 25, Story 7H “Remembrance of the Daleks“.

As the last entry was quite long, I’m going to try to keep this one a bit shorter although as we count down its becoming harder and harder not to gush.  I suppose it was only a matter of time before there would be a Dalek in a sinister wartime German Allgemeine SS style black and silver livery.  Considering Terry Nations nightmare of German invasion in his childhood its a little surprising that this wasn’t thought of for the rank and file Dalek scheme early on.  In fact there had been numerous earlier incarnations in a predominantly black paint scheme but none hit the true style button until this one appeared.  As early as 1964 there had been a black Dalek Supreme. This in keeping with the original drone warrior Daleks had light blue hemispheres. Being only seen on tv in black and white it didn’t have the same effect. The big screen movie Daleks of 1965 also featured a Black Dalek but the colour scheme was way too garish with a predominance of gold bling that only in the 70’s would a toned down version totally eclipse (more on that in a few days time).  Much later, 1984’s Resurrection of the Daleks had a Black Supreme this time with matt white globes and black solar panels. It still didn’t quite work and so it wasn’t until Sylvestor McCoy’s tenure in 1988 that they finally got it right.  This story was the last proper outing of the classic Daleks although no one knew at the time except maybe Arch-Tool and head of the BBC, Michael GradeuntitledThe story was a typical late 80’s one with woeful incidental music (I suspect this had a bearing on influencing a young Murray Gold‘s musical travesties on the new series) and the Doctor becoming almost god-like and as such it never really did it for me although warring Dalek factions and the amazing appearance of another classic Dalek style (also yet to be revealed in my top 10 Dalek list) were good elements as well as the long overdue first time when we got to see a Dalek ascend the stairs. But I soon forgot about it as I had almost given up on Who for Blake’s 7 in the early 80’s and then lost myself in Goth as my main interest in the mid to late 80’s. So it wasn’t until about 11 years later when the Royal Mail released a postage stamp featuring a Lord Snowdon photo of it that suffering from Dalek withdrawal symptoms I realised how cool it really was.16-dalek-front And IT IS COOL. how can you not like it? even the orange car indicator lights go with it. Stylish, very stylish.


DAS GOLD7 – Classic series Gold Dalek Leader

First appearance 1972, Season 9, Story KKK “Day of the Daleks”. Brief cameo in 1973’s Frontier in Space.

Here we have the original gold Dalek Leader, a mightily impressive one thanks mainly to its debut which was the first time Daleks appeared in full colour (apart from the Cushing movies).  The expectation was already high thanks to the best ever Radio Times cover with a jaw dropping amazing illustration by the awesome Frank Bellamy (this guy rocks and is going into my heroes hall of fame). untitled This was my first introduction to the Daleks on tv (being before the era of videotape) and as such has a special place in my Kaled heart.  Of course everyone including myself was well aware of them owing to their infamy from the previous 9 years of mayhem but they had been on an extended sabbatical since 1967 and hadn’t graced our tv screens since.  I’m not 100% sure if we even had a colour telly then but remember the show clear as night and day as an impressionable 5 & 1/2 year old although I didn’t remember the poorly ring-modulated Dalek voices at the time. Note the solar panels in the mid section, and the über cool ford Anglia style lights/ears. I also suspect that around this time was the beginning of my glory years watching Who where family recollections of me sitting in absolute silence with my ears becoming redder and redder occasionally complimented by involuntary deep gulps at particularly frightening moments as a pre-cursor to retreating behind the sofa (I definitely did do this) have entered near mythological status. The show also debuted another spectacular colour scheme (to be revealed at a later time) and the potentially even scarier Ogrons. Now is it just me or do Peter Jackson’s incarnation of JRR Tolkien‘s Lord of The Rings Orc Uruk-Hai bear a very striking resemblance to the Ogrons? Google or look up Ogron and you’ll see what I mean. One for the bbc’s copyright dept? Back to Daleks, at the time it was this gold Dalek Leader that captured my imagination. 9-dalek-full I had never even thought about Daleks having ranks and being distinguished by colour but it worked for me. Seeing these beauties on tv for the first time although I had met them in person/dalek in a terrifying encounter at Trago Mills a few years earlier aged about 2 and to be frank, utterly sh**ing myself (thanks for that one Dad*) it inspired me to want to try to make some Daleks of my own.  In stepped Mum armed with Ski yoghurt pots, split lentils, match sticks and strange mothball type solid golf ball sized paper balls (what were they?) plus a couple of gold and silver aerosols only to be used by a responsible adult mind AND that weird fish smelling white rubbery repellent yet inexplicably strangely stickily tactile Copydex glue (the stuff with its own brush stuck on the inside red lid that was always clogged up!) I vividly remember wanting to make as many Daleks as possible resulting in a share price surge on Ski black cherry yoghurt as consumption outstripped production.  Sadly no photographic evidence exists but in my mind at the time they were almost as good as the original. So there you have it, a worthy and personal entry in my top 10.

* He of course being always right claimed that I didn’t stop nagging him to see them after finding out that it was physically possible to meet my heroes. Regardless and although I have no recollection of entering that room carried in by my Dad, I do have a very dim distant sensation about it and one that still excitedly chills my soul to the marrow.