Posts Tagged ‘TARDIS’


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.

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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.

machine gun etiquette

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.