Series 9 of the New Series of Doctor Who was controversial for many reasons, but one thing that absolutely no-one complained about was the appearance of more Classic Series Daleks in the New Series, a rare treat that, as of now, is confined to the Moffat era. In the Series 9 opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, we are treated to some new-old Dalek designs, in that several of the Classic Series Daleks that we see sport brand new colour schemes that have never been seen on-screen before. So not only did the New Series bring back the Classic Series Dalek design, they also added new Classic Series Daleks that the Classic Series never even had!
Although these colour scheme changes were somewhat minor, the added benefit of the swanky new blue eyestalk on these old Daleks meant that they had a very distinctive design, and they stood apart from their 1960s-era brethren. I created these customs to pay tribute to the creativity and hard work of the production team behind this two-part story, and the great work that they did expanding the Dalek Pantheon.
Custom Dead Planet style Dalek
This slightly modified version of the original The Dead Planet Dalek design was first seen briefly in Series 7’s Asylum of the Daleks before making a more prominent (and cleaner) appearance in Series 9. To create this custom, I used a Saucer Pilot Dalek from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, painted the dome silver, painted the midsection cyan, and painted the skirt base silver. I then removed the chunky bottom of the invasion Daleks and coloured the eyestalk in blue with permanent marker.
Custom Dead Planet style Dalek Guard
This design was created by accident during the production of The Witch’s Familiar – during Missy’s attempt to escape the Dalek City, this Dalek can briefly be seen – an original 1960s Dalek sporting the black dome of the Emperor’s Guard, a combination that had never been seen before on-screen until now. Like the previous custom, this was once a Saucer Pilot, and the creation of this custom was similar to the previous – except I didn’t have to paint the dome silver.
Custom Skaro-style 1960s Dalek
A very prominent sight in the Dalek Control Room in the Series 9 opening episode, this Dalek is a modification of the standard late-1960s Dalek design, the only real difference is the addition of a blue eyestalk light and the cyan base of the midsection, which in the original Dalek stories was grey. This custom was created using an Emperor’s Guard Dalek from the Dalek Collectors Set #2, with the dome painted silver, the eyestalk coloured in blue, and the midsection painted cyan with Citadel paint.