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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

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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.


orig mkiii8 – Classic Series Original Dalek Drone

First (only) appearance 1963, Season 1, Story B “The Mutants/The Daleks”.

Now we’re talking, in at no.8 the first completed conception of a Dalek from Terry Nations brief description. For the uninitiated, this model only ever appeared in the first Dalek story but owing to the near hysteria it created, it became THE blueprint for all future incarnations.  The paint scheme remained until right up to Patrick Troughtons 1967 story “Evil of the Daleks” (Season 4 Story LL) when those old enough to remember saw what many thought at the time was the final demise of the Daleks. The BBC wanting to promote the newer Cybermen as the Doctors chief villain (and cynically me thinks reap 100% of the merchandising rights as oppose “only” getting a percentage owing to Terry Nations joint ownership of the Dalek rights).  1963-dalek-fullThis model went through some changes prior to the paint scheme change.  Notably the mid section which changed to the more recognisable solar panel vertical slats in the 1965 story “The Chase”  Other noticeable changes were in the 1964 follow up story “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” their bases became thicker not dissimilar to bumper cars and they had a circular disc on the back. These changes were brought in to justify allowing them to leave their home city on Skaro and terrorise the Universe without having to rely on static electricity for motive power.  I suspect however the thicker bases allowed the user to trundle over rougher ground with outside broadcasts without the risk of viewers catching a glimpse of the operator pushing the dalek!  One other change was the use of different light covers for the “ears” which continually changed from the original flimsy Ping-Pong style through to more sturdier Ford Anglia side lights and the chunky ones we have on the modern style (not paradigm) Daleks.

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013's re-enacted scene of Season 2's "Dalek Invasion of Earth"

Chunky bumper car base versions from 2013’s re-enacted scene of Season 2’s “Dalek Invasion of Earth”

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IRONCLAD9 – New Series Dalek Ironside

First (only) appearance 2010 Matt Smith season “Victory of the Daleks” story.

Just like London buses you wait and wait then one quickly followed by another new series Dalek turns up. Well yes as a fan of the classic series this might be surprising to see a 2nd consecutive new style Dalek in my list but I have my reasons.  A Dalek with a Union flag (take note Scottish independence fans), webbing and a khaki camo paint scheme. A World War II setting where in action they are used by the British as ack-ack batteries to down Dorniers and Heinkels during the blitz from the roof of The Old War Office. Pretty cool in my nerdy/geeky (delete or retain as appropriate) book. Admittedly a bit gimmicky but as it was the last true pure Kaled model introduced before the introduction of the (from now on) unmentionable unspeakable paradigm travesties it deserves inclusion and special mention.

imagesNot too sure about a Dalek offering the Doctor some tea but as it was all part of their sinister plan to lure him into a false sense of security I went along with it. These versions were great for a one shot only outing but having said that their demise at the hands of those *&^%!£$ made me want to cry and inflict unspeakable acts of violence on those responsible.


With the 50th anniversary of the first ever appearance of the most awesome sight on tv just around the corner  its time to celebrate the best 10 MkIII travel machines EVER as imagined and made Dalekenium by Messrs Cusick, Nation and the gang at the BBC. Modern day fans please note – none of your filthy Renault megane/german mini, oversized teletubby blasphemous primary colour bbc merchandising scam paradigm modern steven moffat abominations here. Even the Thals could have done a better job.   This list is just the crème de la crème. Pure Kaled brilliance in a perfect machine. So without further ado coming in at number 10………………..

NEW STYLE

Acknowledgement to the rather fine chaps at the doctor who site for these excellent 2d drawings. http://www.thedoctorwhosite.co.uk/dalek/

10 – New Series Time War Dalek

First appearance 2005 Christopher Ecclestone season “Dalek” story.

Shock horror probe I suppose lots of you are either thinking hang on isn’t that a newish dalek? or how come its only number 10? Well yes it is new compared to the classic series first appearing in 2005 but it was probably Russell T Davies’ defining moment before he allowed new Who to go all Touch me Torchwood/John Barrowman on us poor unsuspecting souls.  The old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it applies here.” If only Mr Moffat had taken note before allowing the bbc merchandising idiots to get the better of him and allow some pillock of massive Berkeley Hunt proportions (sorry it just makes me so so flippin cross) to try to redesign such a classic.  The story wasn’t great with the Rose Tyler emotion bit waking up a Dalek and freaking it out by touching it! But at the time no-one cared we had all been impatiently waiting since the season began to see the new Dalek and it didn’t disappoint. Chunkier and more sturdy looking than its predecessors but still faithful to the original that first scene when the eye stalk lit up was the best moment of the new series at that point and only surpassed at the season finale when the Daleks went to town on the inhabitants of the space station including exterminating Barrowman in the “Bad Wolf” episode.

19a-dalek-groupNow why only number 10? Well that’s easy, its still an imitation of the original and there are untold better ones.  Stay tuned to see what I mean.  In the meantime if there are still some poor deluded paradigm fans out there, I suggest you check out the image below which is a 1000 million trillion times better representation of a Dalek compared to those naff despicable Thalish things forced on us by Mr Moffatt.

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