Custom Classic Series Movie Dalek Figures

Those who assumed that I would be skipping over the Peter Cushing Movie Daleks, think again – although I have not created customs of every Dalek from the Peter Cushing movies, I do have some Daleks in my collection that are heavily inspired by these iconic designs. As always, my customs are not necessarily screen-accurate remakes of these Daleks, and I have taken some creative license with their creation. For example, some may notice that my customs lack the distinctive ‘chunky’ ear lights that the Peter Cushing Movie Daleks were known for – however, I have chosen not to include these as a feature yet, partly because I need LEDs in order to do so.

As there are no modern Dalek figures based on the Peter Cushing Movies, I had to somewhat improvise when it came to creating these figures. Naturally I used the Dalek figure that most closely resembled the Movie Daleks, that being the 1960s The Dalek Invasion of Earth design, with just a few modifications. Interestingly, the Dalek Guard figure from The Chase is actually a depiction of a modified Movie Dalek, as the production team borrowed several props for use in the TV Series, but replaced their ear lights and base to make them look more consistent with the TV Series Daleks.

Custom Movie Dalek Drone

As they appeared very garish in the film, particularly due to the less advanced filming techniques of the time, the Dalek Drone design was always among my least favourite of the Peter Cushing Movie Daleks. However, when it came to making this custom, I decided to tweak the design slightly so suit my tastes. As such, this figure sports a darker colour scheme than its on-screen counterpart. I painted this Dalek using cyan Citadel paint for the dome, hemispheres and base, grey Citadel paint for the midsection and skirt, silver Citadel paint for the neck rings and bronze Citadel paint for the prominent midsection pieces.

Custom Movie Dalek Commander

One of the few explorations of a red and black colour scheme in on-screen Doctor Who, the red Movie Dalek has just enough gold to offset the black and red to create a garish and bright colour scheme. This figure is more screen-accurate than the last, as I used a bright shade of red Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the hemispheres and gold Citadel paint for the neck rings, prominent midsection pieces and base. Some may notice that the Dalek is also missing its ‘middle’ base featured on the Dalek figures from The Dalek Invasion of Earth – that is because the Movie Daleks lack this thinner ‘interim’ base between the bottom of the skirt and the thick base.

Custom Movie Dalek Supreme

This distinctive black, silver and gold design has never been replicated since on Doctor Who, which is somewhat of a shame – the alternating hemisphere colours might look garish, but with the right combination of colours this design could work well on a modern Dalek Supreme. As a result of the intricacy of the colour scheme, this custom took more time and care than most Dalek customs, particularly considering the fact that multiple coats were needed. I painted this figure using black Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, silver Citadel paint for the neck rings, hemispheres and base, and gold Citadel paint for the other neck rings, the other hemispheres and the midsection.

Custom Movie-Inspired Dalek

Although this Dalek does not follow the same design as the previous few, with the thicker base that is a distinctive feature of Movie Daleks, this custom does sport a colour scheme that was inspired by the yellow Dalek Commander of the second Peter Cushing Dalek Movie. This colour scheme likely contributed to the inspiration for a Gold Supreme Dalek in TV stories like Day of the Daleks and Frontier in Space. I created this custom using an Emperor’s Guard Dalek from the Dalek Collectors Set #2, and painted it using yellow Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the hemispheres and base and silver Citadel paint for the detailing on the slats.

Author: Cameron Walker

A writer and Dalek collector from Merseyside, I am a huge fan of Doctor Who, Halo, Star Trek and Star Wars and I enjoy watching classic Doctor Who episodes, customising Dalek figures, replaying games like Knights of the Old Republic and Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy from the early 2000s on my original Xbox and going for strolls through Sefton Park.

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