There have been a range of Supreme Dalek designs from the classic and modern series of Doctor Who, as well as comics, books, and audio stories. In this post, we have a selection of Dalek figures painted to resemble some unique Dalek leaders, ranging from possible designs for an Imperial Dalek Supreme to a very unique class of Dalek from the Big Finish audios.
New Series Imperial Supreme Dalek
This custom reimagines the standard red Dalek Supreme seen in Series 4 and Series 9, using the colour scheme of the Imperial Dalek faction from 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks as a template. There are some deviations from the Imperial Dalek colour scheme, such as the manipulator arm being silver instead of gold, but the custom still serves as a potential representation of what an Imperial Supreme Dalek might look like.
To match this Dalek with the rest of the Imperial Dalek faction, slightly off-white paint was used for the base coat and bright gold paint covers detailing on the dome, neck, midsection, and hemispheres. Several coats of white paint were needed to cover the original red paint of this figure.
The Curse of Fatal Death Imperial Supreme Dalek
Another potential candidate for an Imperial Supreme Dalek is this custom, which was created to depict the Supreme Dalek from the 1999 Comic Relief Doctor Who special, The Curse of Fatal Death. An Imperial Dalek figure was used for this custom, which retains the distinctive notched manipulator arm and flat dome lights, making this custom a hybrid of sorts. Despite these differences from the Supreme Dalek from The Curse of Fatal Death, this custom is still recognisable as that particular Dalek, not least because the prop used for the filming of that story was in fact a repurposed Imperial Dalek prop.
The design of a black and gold Supreme Dalek is not completely unique to The Curse of Fatal Death, however. The Peter Cushing Dr. Who movies from the 1960s, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD, both feature a black and gold Supreme Dalek, with two unique designs. The first instance of a black and gold Supreme Dalek in the TV series can be seen in the episode The Planet of the Daleks, from 1973.
Dalek Time Controller
The Dalek Time Controller is an unusual Dalek rank, as it so far exclusive to the medium of audio dramas. Featuring in several audios produced by Big Finish, the Dalek Time Controller encounters the Doctor on numerous occasions, in his Sixth and Eighth incarnations, and is voiced by Nicholas Briggs. Briggs uses a particularly distinctive Dalek voice for the Time Controller, and this Dalek has a suitably distinctive casing to match. This custom isn’t 100% accurate to the depictions of the Dalek Time Controller as seen on the cover of several Big Finish audios, but it is a fairly close representation of what this Dalek looks like.
The most noticeable difference of the Dalek Time Controller compared to other Daleks is the elongated neck section, surrounded by a double-ring structure. To create this custom, the neck of a standard Dalek was removed, and additional neck rings were added that had been salvaged from another Dalek figure. The double-ring structure was made using two thick wires, which were measured, cut to shape and then glued together to make the iconic Time Controller rings.