Posts Tagged ‘Dalek variants’


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!”

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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.


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.