Daleks! The Animated Series Announced as part of Time Lord Victorious

An unexpected yet exciting announcement by the BBC last week revealed that one of the upcoming releases in the Time Lord Victorious multimedia project is a 5-part animated series revolving around the Daleks that is set to be released on the Doctor Who Youtube channel in November. The trailers for this series have showcased the animation style of the series as well as some hints as to what fans can expect from this latest instalment in the Doctor Who universe.

One of the most interesting aspects of this series that can be gleaned from the trailers and promotional material that has been released so far is that the series seems to feature a diverse variety of Dalek designs, including several Classic and New Series Dalek designs and a modern take on the iconic comic series Dalek Emperor. This could imply that the series will feature several unique Dalek characters with individual personalities, which is always an interesting take on the Daleks that allows for more interesting Dalek dialogue.

This animated series also fulfils the life-long desire of the creator of the Daleks, Terry Nation, who since 1965 had intended them to helm their own spinoff series. Nation’s attempts to create a Dalek TV series failed, though he would go on to license the Daleks for the Peter Cushing movies and write several Dalek stories for Doctor Who in the 1960s and 1970s. Now, in 2020, his original vision is being realised as the Daleks get their own animated series.

Another very exciting aspect of this animated series is that it will introduce a lot more templates for Dalek customs, some of which have already been created by fans. Following on from the Asylum Project showcase of custom Daleks that has been showcased on this blog, more posts showcasing custom Daleks based on this animated series as well as the wider Time Lord Victorious story arcs will be listed at some point following the release of the series.

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Doctor Who – BBC Announces Animated Reconstruction of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’

Fans of Classic Doctor Who can rejoice knowing that two prominent Second Doctor stories starring Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines and Deborah Watling are set to receive full animated reconstructions in 2021 – fans have long awaited the reconstruction of the iconic Second Doctor story The Evil of the Daleks, and according to recent information released by the Radio Times, this well-known Dalek story is next on the list to be animated, bringing this long-lost Dalek serial back to life. This story particularly notable for being the debut story for Second Doctor companion Victoria Waterfield, as well as the first story to feature the Dalek Emperor.

As two of the previously released animated episodes were The Macra Terror and The Faceless Ones, fans have speculated that the next story of Season 4 – The Evil of the Daleks – would be next on the list to be animated. According to the Radio Times, this would appear to be the case. Following this, the next story to be animated will be The Abominable Snowmen, meaning that the end of Season 4 and the beginning of Season 5 will be complete. Fans will now be able to watch the episodes leading up to the departure of long-running companions Ben and Polly, and finally see the debut story of new companion Victoria Waterfield thanks to these animated reconstructions.

Animated Daleks from The Power of the Daleks

The most recent animated Second Doctor story to be released was The Power of the Daleks Special Edition, a remastered version of the 2016 animated reconstruction of the Second Doctor’s debut story, and the animated reconstruction of The Fury from the Deep is set to be released in late 2020. It would seem as though the animators working on these projects are prioritising Second Doctor stories first, which makes sense as these are the ones that fans have been most eager to see. However, it will likely not be long before the missing First Doctor stories, such as The Daleks Master Plan, receive the full animation treatment. Before then, however, there are still many missing Second Doctor stories that fans can look forward to seeing animated, such as The Wheel in Space, The Underwater Menace and The Space Pirates.

As recently discussed in our post about the potential for animating Big Finish audios once the missing episodes have been reconstructed, the future seems bright for Doctor Who animation, as there are still many excellent stories yet to be animated. Who knows? Once the missing episodes have been animated, we could see a limited range of Big Finish audios receive the same animation treatment, creating a whole new way of creating new animated Doctor Who stories starring the full original cast. We Time will tell, it always does.

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Custom New Series Dalek Figures – Part 6

Welcome to the latest post in a series of showcases of my Custom Dalek collection! During lockdown making Custom Daleks was one of the few things keeping me sane, and I am proud to present the latest in a series of posts showcasing the newest additions to my ever-growing collection. These Daleks are based on several ideas I had for potential Dalek ranks existing during the Time War and post-Time War era of Dalek history, combined with several experiments with alternate Dalek colour palettes using the updated Time War Dalek figure sculpt. Although the TV Series itself has been reluctant to include colourful variations of the New Series Dalek design, Big Finish have been including some interesting designs on the cover art of their Time War audios and some of these have inspired the basic colour layouts on these Daleks, to see more Custom Daleks that are directly inspired by Big Finish cover art, check out the previous instalment of my Custom Dalek Collection Showcase.

Time War Dalek Strategist

During the Time War, hundreds of Daleks were enhanced with temporal genetic engineering that allowed them to better understand the intricate subtleties of the Time Vortex and its infinite potential, and many as a result developed severe God Complexes. Uniquely for individual Daleks, Time War Strategists were known to make extensive modifications to their casings for purely aesthetic reasons – in some cases violating the most ancient of Dalek ranking convention to adorn themselves in elaborate casings. Human researchers who study Dalek ‘culture’ admit that these are perhaps the closest thing the Daleks have to ‘artists’.

This custom was created using one of the Dalek Interrogator Prime figures from the B&M Doctor and Dalek 2-packs sets, painted with bronze paint on the midsection slats, middle band and a selective number of hemispheres, and white paint on the dome with the detailing highlighted with thin black permanent marker.

Dalek Davros Guard

The Time War saw Davros propelled to a unique position of power among the Dalek hierarchy. Whilst they had previously shunned his attempts to modify or ‘improve’ the Dalek genome, dire straits during the darkest days of the war led to the Daleks taking extensive measures to ensure their own survival and they eventually turned to their ancient, long-estranged creator for help. As a result, Davros not only allowed to continue his experiments, he was even given his own Command Ship complete with devoted guards who altered their casings to emulate their creator. Unfortunately for Davros, this arrangement was short-lived, as his ship would be devoured by the Nightmare Child in the first year of the War, though unlike his guards he would be saved at the last moment by an insane Dalek Caan, leaving his devotees to meet their fiery end.

This custom was painted using black and silver Citadel paint applied using a regular sized brush, though a smaller brush was used for touching up the details. The dome was painted black initially and then covered with many coats of silver dry-brushing, giving it the look of scuffed metal.

Dalek Justiciar

Despite extensive propaganda suggesting otherwise, internal dissent within the Dalek Empire is a semi-regular problem for the Daleks, particularly on their production-plant worlds. In some facilities tens of millions of Daleks are grown and fused with their casings in a single day, and every once in a while Daleks are born with a tiny seed of conspiratory dissent that, if left unchecked, eventually germinates into fully-fledged treachery. As such, each Dalek planet has at least one active Justiciar, who is given full authority to exterminate any Daleks that show any signs of dangerous thinking before they reach maturity. Sporting striking red livery and capable of accessing any level of a Dalek production facility with unlimited access, Justiciars are ruthless and are known to exterminate other Daleks on a whim for the most minor of transgressions. As a result they are shunned by their own kind, and often isolate themselves leading many to develop unusual personality traits that ironically resemble the very quirks that they were assigned to root out.

This custom was created using an Axis Strike Squad Dalek with the black dome and hemispheres repainted with red Citadel paint, and then touched over with flecks of black and silver to give the impression that this Dalek is ancient. The custom was also given a grey wash to enhance this effect by adding a weathered effect.

Dalek Platoon Leader

Moving away from the more unorthodox Dalek ranks that have been showcased in this post thus far, the Dalek Platoon Leader is a somewhat more common rank of Dalek, as usually hundreds are involved in the process of a planetary invasion, though they are often spread out to co-ordinate Dalek attacks on important military targets. Distinguished by the black highlights to an otherwise standard Dalek casing with a silver dome, Platoon Leaders have advanced command processing units and can receive tactical information from and relay orders to several Dalek Assault Squads at once in real-time, all while personally participating in ground assaults as a front-line unit. A Platoon Leader would have been responsible for each of the Dalek attacks on important Human military installations during the Medusa Cascade incident, and thousands of these Daleks were said to have been destroyed leading their brethren into battle against the Doctor at the Siege of Trenzalore.

This custom was created using another Axis Strike Squad Dalek, this time with more black detailing added covering the midsection slats and middle band. The dome was dry-brushed with silver paint to add a metallic effect, and the entire custom was given a wash with grey paint to add a grime effect to the casing.

Custom Big Finish Daleks – Part 5

Welcome to the next instalment of our Custom Big Finish Dalek figures showcase here at Sacred Icon, this list details the first wave of Big Finish Dalek figures that were created in lockdown. The amount of time available to listen to Big Finish audios has increased dramatically during lockdown, and as a result there has been a lot of inspiration for new and unique Dalek designs based on Big Finish audios!

As Big Finish recently announced a huge shakeup to their schedule that will result in the end of the Monthly Adventures, it seems fitting to showcase these Daleks in celebration of Big Finish’s past as well as its future, as some of these Daleks are from the Monthly Adventures and some are from the Eighth Doctor box sets, the model which will soon be replacing the Monthly Adventures for all the Classic Doctors.

Dalek Virologist

Big Finish audio – Dalek Soul

During the events of the uniquely formatted Fifth Doctor story Alien Heart / Dalek Soul, which has two two-part episodes instead of one long four-part story, Nyssa is captured by the Daleks and forced to aid in the creation of new bioweapons, particularly viruses. This fascinating idea for a story also comes with a great cover design featuring an Emperor’s Guard from The Evil of the Daleks, though my custom takes the design a step further, retaining the black dome but recolouring much of the lower sections in deep purple paint. The spheres have also been repainted a dull grey to emphasise the purple colouration on the skirt, and to draw attention to the shiny midsection.

Dalek Commander

Big Finish audio – Dark Eyes

This custom is another slight alteration of a Big Finish cover Dalek, in this case the Gold Dalek seen on the cover of Dark Eyes 4. This custom captures the essence of the design but with some minor tweaks, mostly inspired by the yellow Dalek from the Peter Cushing movies. Whilst the exact role of this Dalek is unclear in Dark Eyes 4, as there are several Daleks that hold leadership roles during the events of the four stories in Dark Eyes 4, yellow or gold as the base colour for a Dalek is particularly striking, and it is no wonder that the producers of the New Series chose light bronze as the primary colour for standard Daleks. Nonetheless, it would be interesting to see Gold Daleks return in some capacity.

Good Dalek

Big Finish audio – Tangled Web

During the strange events of the Eighth Doctor story Tangled Web, the Doctor and Molly meet several Daleks who appear to have turned ‘good’, having abandoned their evil ways and embraced a love of nature, particularly flowers. They are even described as using their casings for daytime naps instead of the slaughter of the innocent, in a very bizarre turn that is clearly masking something more going on behind the scenes. This custom was created using a Gold Supreme Dalek from Day of the Daleks, painted light purple with darker purple detailing to emulate the colour scheme that a pacifist sub-species of gardener Daleks might adopt.

Dalek Interrogator Prime

Big Finish audio – In the Garden of Death

Although the Dalek Interrogator Prime was already depicted (twice) in the Character Options Box Sets released by B&M, fans have pointed out that, as great as those figures are, the colour scheme itself is simply a recreation of a pre-existing Dalek colour scheme, that of the Daleks in the Eternity Circle in the War Doctor novel Engines of War. This custom is an alternate take on the colour scheme that has many similar elements but also deviates slightly, including a brighter blue dome, orange head lamps, black slats and a mismatched dome colour scheme inspired by the Peter Cushing Movie Dalek Supreme.

Dalek Invasion Leader

Big Finish audio – Masters of Earth

During the events of the exceptional Big Finish audio story Masters of Earth, the Sixth Doctor and Peri travel to Earth in the future, to a point in time during the Dalek invasion of Earth that the First Doctor eventually stops in the Classic Who episode The Dalek Invasion of Earth. This is an interesting idea for a story and allows for more exploration of the state of the planet during the decades-long occupation and a look into what was going on behind the scenes for the Daleks during that time. This custom depicts a potential Dalek Invasion Commander who is one position below a Supreme Dalek but still above the standard Dalek drones. This figure was originally a Saucer Pilot Dalek, with the hemispheres painted black and silver and black detailing added the the midsection and the eyestalk. The most prominent feature, the gold dome, is a homage to the sickly-gold lighting on the cover of Big Finish’s Masters of Earth.

Custom New Series Dalek Figures – Part 3

Although creating custom Dalek figures of my own design is fun, one of the most enjoyable aspects of creating custom Dalek figures is seeing what various Dalek colour schemes would look like on other types of Daleks. In this case, we are exploring New Series Daleks that have been repainted with Classic Series-inspired colour schemes. This has long been the dream of many Classic Doctor Who fans – to see New Series Daleks adopt colour schemes inspired by their history. This post aims to explore what some of these Daleks might look like if they were to ever appear in future New Series episodes.

Custom 1960s-style Dalek

This is the closest one can get to replicating the colour scheme of the original Daleks from The Daleks, and although the slats on the New Series Daleks make this custom resemble a late-1960s Dalek design, the original colour scheme was the one that I had in mind when making this custom. I painted this Dalek using silver Citadel paint for the dome, neck rings, midsection and skirt, grey Citadel paint for the midsection slats, cyan Citadel paint for the hemispheres and black Citadel paint for the base.

Custom 1970s-style Dalek

Death to the Daleks features one of the most striking Classic Series colour schemes of all time, and it is strange that this design has not made a prominent re-appearance since, particularly as it works so well on New Series Daleks. Of all the Classic Series colour schemes, this one looks the best on a New Series Dalek. I painted this Dalek using silver Citadel paint for the dome, neck rings, midsection slats and skirt, and black Citadel paint for the midsection, hemispheres and base.

Custom 1980s-style Dalek

I creatively used a Damaged Dalek Thay figure to depict a Renegade Dalek that had been damaged in battle and hastily repaired with now-rusted metal panels. I painted this custom using grey Citadel paint for the dome, neck rings, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the midsection slats, hemispheres and base, and a combination of bronze Citadel paint and silver dry-brushed Citadel paint for the rear panels.

Custom Imperial-style Dalek

Although the concept of a mass-scale Dalek Civil War is probably a thing of the past, this custom proves that the Imperial Dalek design looks incredible on a New Series sculpt. I created this custom using white Citadel paint for the dome, neck rings, eyestalk, midsection, skirt and base, and gold Citadel paint for the eyestalk detailing, neck frame, midsection slats, plunger, gunstick and hemispheres.

Custom New Series Movie Dalek Figures

Welcome to my showcase of custom New Series Daleks that have been repainted in new colour schemes inspired by the 1960s Peter Cushing Dalek Movies. Known for their garish colour schemes, the Daleks in these films were distinctly different from the Daleks seen in the Classic Series of the show at the time. Ironically, however, the New Series would include design elements that were somewhat inspired by the Movie Daleks, such as the bulkier base and more prominent ear lights.

As such, I experimented with repainting several New Series Daleks to resemble Movie Daleks, with varying degrees of success. Some of these colour schemes are very much grounded in the 1960s, and would not be considered for Dalek designs today. Others, however, have merit that could make for an interesting cameo or reference to the Peter Cushing Movies in the modern TV Series.

Custom Movie Dalek Drone

This custom depicts a Movie Drone Dalek in New Series form, complete with the cyan dome and with improvised bronze slats. Despite the bright blue colour scheme seeming a bit too wacky for modern tastes, the cyan and bronze design does actually look very good on the New Series design. I doubt that this colour scheme will ever appear in the TV Series, and that is probably for the best, but it is still good to know that the New Series designs meld so well with Movie-inspired colour schemes. I painted this Dalek using cyan Citadel paint for the dome, hemispheres and base, bronze Citadel paint for the midsection slats, and silver Citadel paint for the neck rings, midsection and skirt. The ear lights were also painted using a dark burgundy paint job covered by a black wash.

Custom Movie Dalek Commander

Although the red Dalek in the Movie has a more gold appearance than the bronze-looking red Dalek here, I created this custom with the intention of ‘porting’ the Movie colour scheme into the New Series Dalek design mythos, rather than simply attempting to emulate the exact colour scheme of a Movie Dalek on a New Series Dalek figure. As such, I chose the bronze as it gives the Dalek a more muted colour scheme, and emphasises the red and black combination that looks excellent on a Dalek. I painted this figure using red Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the hemispheres and bronze Citadel paint for the neck rings, midsection slats and base.

Custom Movie Dalek Supreme

Despite not being a Movie Dalek itself, the Planet of the Daleks supreme was a repainted Movie Dalek prop and so this design can therefore be technically classified as inspired by Movie Daleks. Unlike the other two Daleks, this one has been given an added custom grime effect using black Citadel paint. The eystalk of this Dalek was painted red to emulate the unique look of the eyestalk of the Supreme Dalek in Planet of the Daleks. Likewise, the ear lights have been painted purple. The rest of the figure was painted with black Citadel paint for the midsection and skirt, and yellow Citadel paint for the dome, neck rings, midsection slats and hemispheres.

Custom Davros Figure Collection – Part 3

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.

Custom New Series Dalek Emperor's Guard Figures

Welcome to my showcase of custom New Series Dalek Emperor’s Guard figures, showcasing my collection of custom Dalek figures that are assigned to guard the Dalek Emperor, both in-canon and on my display wall. Established in the 1967 Second Doctor story The Evil of the Daleks, the Dalek Emperor’s Guard are an elite order of Daleks assigned to protect the Dalek Emperor against attackers or assassins. They are identified by their black domes, and when the Dalek Emperor reappears in the New Series episode The Parting of the Ways, bronze Daleks with black domes can be seen guarding him, continuing the long-established tradition and entrenching the Dalek Emperor’s Guard design.

As with the custom in my Asylum Project posts, I have taken many creative liberties with my custom representations of the Emperor’s Guard – after all, just having four identical black-domed Daleks would be boring. As such, there is a bit of variety in the selection of customs showcased here that, although not exactly screen-accurate, are still in-keeping with the design philosophy of the Daleks. Some of these designs take inspiration from other forms of Dalek media including various Big Finish audios and Doctor Who comics.

Custom Dalek Emperor’s Guard Pair

Despite their brief appearance in The Parting of the Ways, the New Series Emperor’s Guard Daleks made quite an impact on Doctor Who merchandising – for some reason, black-domed Daleks were used often in promotional posters and in magazines, and those who collected the Doctor Who Battles in Time Trading Cards back in the day will remember the unusually large number of Emperor’s Guard Daleks that were hanging around – it got to the point that it was rare to see a Dalek that didn’t have a black dome, even the bronze members of the Cult of Skaro were depicted as Emperor’s Guard Daleks in the Battles in Time series. Ironically, however, Character Options didn’t create a standalone Emperor’s Guard toy, and it wasn’t until the Doctor / Dalek two-packs were released years later that we finally got an Emperor’s Guard in figure form. Nonetheless, I made these two custom Emperor’s Guards using the older New Series Dalek sculpt, with black Citadel paint on the dome.

Custom Dalek Emperor’s Guard with Cannon

This slightly more elaborate Emperor’s Guard Dalek is based on a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it appearance of a Dalek with a black skirt and bronze hemispheres that appears in the background of The Parting of the Ways, in a scene during the final battle in which the Emperor is talking. Like many Emperor’s Guard Daleks, this figure possesses an oversized extra gunstick instead of a manipulator arm, which I salvaged from a larger remote control Dalek. I painted this Dalek using black Citadel paint for the dome, midsection slats, skirt and base, silver Citadel paint for the neck rings, and bronze Citadel paint for the midsection and hemispheres.

Custom Dalek Emperor’s Guard with Dual Gunsticks

This figure was originally a Dalek Commander, although I have painted the entire midsection with black Citadel paint to emphasise the hemispheres. I created a crude second gunstick by removing the plunger attachment from the manipulator arm, and the inside of the dome is painted red to give the impression that a light is emanating from inside this Dalek. The function of the secondary appendages of an Emperor’s Guard Dalek are unknown, as some sources claim they are advanced sensor equipment, others say that they are extra weapons, and some say both. Overall this figure looks very striking as an Emperor’s Guard Dalek, although more work is needed on the second weapon and breaking up the black colour scheme.

Custom Dalek Emperor’s Throne Room Communications Officer

I created this custom to represent a Dalek that has duties in the Emperor’s Throne Room but is not a member of the Emperor’s Guard, namely the communications officer responsible for the Emperor’s many channels that allow him to control of the entire Dalek Empire from a single room. This Dalek has the sole responsibility of keeping these communications running smoothly, and as such the rank is considered a privilege and coupled with ornate armour. This Dalek was originally a talking New Series Dalek, but it has since had a complete repaint with bronze Citadel paint on the dome, neck rings, midsection and hemispheres and black Citadel paint on the midsection slats, skirt and base, with a small amount of silver dry-brushing applied to the base.

Doctor Who – ‘Time Lord Victorious’ Opens the Door for Infinite Storytelling Possibilities

When the BBC revealed their newest Doctor Who project, ‘Time Lord Victorious’, fan reaction ranged from excitement to curiosity – the initial cover reveal presented a lot of questions, even for die-hard fans who were taken completely by surprised at the announcement – but now that some time has passed and the BBC has revealed more about what the Time Lord Victorious is, now is the time to discuss what this project tells us about the future of Doctor Who, and what the BBC has planned for not just the series but the brand as a whole.

It is no secret that Doctor Who has been placing more and more emphasis on its periphery expanded media content in recent years, particularly the audio drama production company Big Finish but also BBC Books, Doctor Who comics and other Doctor Who novels. This has some fans worried, as if the BBC plans on taking Doctor Who off air again and relying on the expanded media to buoy the franchise in some kind of self-imposed second Wilderness Years, but the reality of the situation is that Doctor Who expanded media is of a consistent high quality, so there is absolutely no reason why the BBC shouldn’t promote Doctor Who audios, books and plays with as much enthusiasm as it does the mainline TV show, and the recently announced Time Lord Victorious is a perfect example as to why.

Although the initial reveal was vague, details have since been provided to fans through social media posts, and it is now clear that Time Lord Victorious is an umbrella project containing contributions from various contributors of expanded media that will come together to form one cohesive story. The scope of this project is arguably one of the largest Doctor Who productions in history, as there are likely going to be several audios and books related to this story arc as well as some more niche forms of media such as an escape room.

The initial reveal of the first two books in the Time Lord Victorious arc, titled The Night, The Fool and The Dead and All Flesh is Grass, have given us more of an idea of what is to come from this series – a seemingly shattered timeline, cross-over stories between the Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Doctors, and a whole new pantheon of impressive Dalek designs. In honour of this momentous occasion, Sacred Icon proudly presents this custom of the black, red and silver Dalek from the cover of All Flesh is Grass, complete with a custom claw arm!

This Dalek was created using a standard remote control Dalek Commander, but with the eyestalk painted red, the base colour replaced with metallic silver and the slats repainted black. The spheres were painted red before being re-painted with black to give the red-rimmed effect seen on the cover of the book. Lastly, the claw was created using a metal pole, hot glue and small bent pieces of metal from the inside of a broken HDMI cable, topped off with black paint. This custom took several coats and is still in a rough condition, but it does the job of illustrating this striking colour scheme.

Needless to say, the Time Lord Victorious presents some interesting opportunities for storytelling in the Doctor Who universe, and if this is a sign of what is to come, fans can expect more stories in the future that are not tied down by canon and are free to explore completely new stories using the Doctor Who mythos, as well as more multi-media projects that involve contributions from various aspects of the Doctor Who expanded media.

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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.