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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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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