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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!”

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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.