So far in these Custom Davros figure posts the figures have been shown in chronological order from Davros’ perspective – from his early exploits in the Big Finish audio Davros and the TV story Revelation of the Daleks to his participation in the Dalek Civil War in audios like The Juggernauts and Daleks Among Us. However, we have now reached the point in Davros’ timeline in which the Time War is present, and as such I moved away from Classic Series inspired Davros figures and instead focused on customising Davros figures from the New Series, in which Davros is played by Julian Bleach.
Customising Davros figures is fun, particularly due to the variety of media to draw inspiration from. However, like many of my custom figures, these are not intended to be ‘screen-accurate’, or in the case of audios, accurate to their depictions on the cover. I like to take creative license with my custom figures and rely on my own imagination to create interesting designs that pay homage to excellent Doctor Who audios and TV stories.
Custom Davros figure from Terror Firma
Terror Firma stands at somewhat of a crossroads in Doctor Who canon at the moment as the depiction of Davros as having an internal mental battle with the Dalek Emperor persona stands at odds with what we see of the character in his appearances in the New Series after the Time War. It is of course possible that Davros eventually repaired himself, which is the most likely occurrence, so I created this custom to depict the ‘restored’ Davros, who has shed the Dalek Emperor title and reverted back to a form more akin to his traditional design. This custom is a slightly modified and repainted version of a New Series Davros figure, with several sections of the headpiece removed and the life support chair repainted. I used black Citadel paint for the base, skirt and midsection, silver Citadel paint for the dry-brushing on the skirt, and gold Citadel paint for the hemispheres.
Custom Time War Davros figure
This custom depicts Davros in the immediate run-up to the Time War, keeping a low profile as a weapons developer for the Dalek Emperor. We know that Davros created the Nightmare Child, and it was this terrible creature that would eventually destroy his command ship, taking Davros out of the war. We know that Dalek Caan would go back in time to save Davros, but this custom depicts Davros before his misadventure with the Nightmare Child. I used a standard New Series Davros figure painted with grey Citadel paint on the skirt and base, grey permanent marker on the hemispheres and silver Citadel paint on the midsection and control panel.
Custom Infirmary Davros figure
This custom figure depicts Davros in his last chronological appearance to date, in the Series 9 opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar – in this story, Davros is dying and appears in a bad way, with wires attached to his life support chair and a less pristine look for his controls. I also included the removable Davros as a feature for this custom, to replicate the scene in the episode in which Davros is removed from his chair. I had to use a hacksaw to remove the lower part of the Davros figure, and the inside was filled with hot glue, papier-mâché painted green, and pieces of wire and plastic to emulate his cybernetic organs and vertebrae. I also attached another arm from an Auton figure which can be used to prop Davros up, although it lacks a hand as seen in the episode. Lastly, the entire figure was given a black wash to add the grime seen in the episode.