Image and CGI models by Robin and Pauline Day
Daleks - feared throughout the galaxy. A ruthless race of beings set on
Daleks originate from the planet Skaro. They are mutations of a humanoid
species who, according to some sources, were called Kaleds. They warred with
the Thals, another humanoid race on the planet. The war resulted in a mutated
species of Kaleds - the Daleks.
These beings live in outer casings which are basically fighting machines.
Daleks have been described as 'emotionless' 'robotic' creatures. Both
statements are incorrect. Daleks are quite emotional at times - particularly
when exterminating their enemies. And they are living beings, not robots -
though they do have an unswerving loyalty to the Dalek cause which may make
them seem 'robotic'.
Whilst their favourite phrase appears to be 'Exterminate', they also tend to
say 'I obey' quite a lot - particularly when ordered to exterminate. Of course,
'I obey' is a concept universal to the military mind everywhere - though
different words might be used, the meaning is the same. Spectrum's 'S.I.G.',
the W.A.S.P.s 'P.W.O.R.' and even International Rescue's 'F.A.B.' essentially
all mean the same thing - I obey. "I don't think I'll do that sir, if it's all
the same to you." isn't generally an option.
The Daleks' strength lies mainly in their selfless, fearless devotion to the
Dalek civilisation as a whole. Each Dalek is expendable - for the greater good
of the race. Daleks don't sleep, neither do they have any recreational
requirements. They are the ultimate soldier.
Until relatively recently, there were no accurate models of Daleks - though
there were many badly shaped toys which purported to be 'Daleks'. Dapol
produced what we consider to be the first toy Dalek that really looked like a
Dalek. These were produced in a range of many different colour schemes -
along with their various enemies (they don't tend to make friends).
In the 1990s, Product Enterprise produced a range of Dalek toys, which included R/C Daleks.
These Daleks were more accurate than the earlier Dapol toys.
When the Doctor Who series was revived, Character Options started producing a range of the new style Daleks.
Sevans Models produced the first authentic model kit of a Dalek in the 1980s, in 1/5 scale.
This kit is made of vac formed plastic and isn't an easy model to make - but
it's very accurate and well worth the effort.
A later addition to the Daleks came from Comet Miniatures. They produced several
injection molded plastic Dalek kits in a smaller, 1/8 scale. These are also
very accurate and not to be missed. Both film and TV Daleks were made.
Airfix released a Dalek kit depicting two, new series, Daleks.
Resin and metal kits of Daleks have also been produced by various companies.
Reshape created a superb resin kit of the Emperor Dalek - see our review.
We created our 3D computer models using Cinema 4D.
Some more of our 3d Daleks - based on the ones seen in the first Doctor Who Dalek story
A Sevans Dalek Contemplates Universal Conquest
This is a 1/5 scale vac-formed model. We replaced the plastic gun rods with
metal ones as suggested in the instruction sheet. Head, eye stalk, gun and arm
are fully posable.
Vac-form plastic kits are rather tricky to assemble. The parts come as raised
areas on plastic sheet. You have to cut the parts out with a sharp blade by
scoring around the edges of each part. Additionally, because the plastic tends
to be quite thin, many areas of the model require reinforcement. I must say
though that this kit does build up into a very sturdy model.
Marx Toys Dalek
This is a Marx toy I bought in the 1970s. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I painted the skirt hemispheres black as they were not originally coloured.
This toy is battery powered and careers around bumping into things and changing course.
Although it's not terribly accurate, it's quite a nice toy.
A COMET MINIATURES DALEK
A 1/8 scale injection molded plastic kit.
This is one of the TV Daleks. As with the Sevans model, this Dalek is fully
The Comet Daleks are a heck of a lot easier to build and paint. As with the
Sevans model, we replaced the plastic gun parts with brass rod.
This Dalek is from the early episodes, with no 'shoulder' plates. The plates
were supplied for making the later versions. In fact, Comet provided quite a few
parts for different Dalek types, including claw hands and different shaped
Film versions of the Daleks were also available in the same scale. These had
larger bases and bigger 'ears', otherwise they were more or less the same.
Daleks Surround Tardis
Daleks surround the Doctor Who Tardis on an alien world.
Here we've rendered a black and white image using our 3d computer models. Many of the early Doctor Who episodes were filmed in monochrome.
The Emperor Dalek puts his troops in the picture.
Daleks in the TV21 comic strips of the 1960s had an Emperor and they also had some rather nice flying saucers.
These are our own computer models of the Daleks and their spacecraft.
Robin and Full Size Dalek
Here's our latest Dalek model - a full sized Dalek Supreme.
As you can see, this Dalek is a bit bigger than the Sevan's and Comet versions.
It's going to take up a lot of shelf space!