New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Paradigm Dalek Customs

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the New Series Dalek Supreme Customs, this feature includes a tour of my collection of New Dalek Paradigm customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

New Dalek Paradigm Drone Custom Figure:

When the New Dalek Paradigm first emerged from the Progenitor in Victory of the Daleks, they were not very well received. But why is that? Maybe it was the terrible design choices. Maybe it was the shoddy flat studio lighting. Maybe it was the fact that they were all painted to look like plastic toys. We may never know. What is certain, however, is that this repaint of the Dalek Drone that I did over 2 years ago is far superior to the original design. For a start, the paint is less glossy and more metallic-looking, and the silver spheres add to the metallic effect. I used Humbrol paints for this entire custom, and the shiny effect really does the figure justice. Ridiculous design aside, at least the colouration is fixed now, and I think it is a great improvement.

New Dalek Paradigm Strategist Custom Figure:

Like the Drone figure, the Strategist suffered problems of not appearing to look quite right in Victory of the Daleks. Admittedly, of all the Paradigm Daleks, the Strategist was one of the better-looking ones, but the plastic-looking props were just a laughing stock. When the Paradigm Daleks returned in Asylum of the Daleks, they were given a fresh, metallic paint job, and honestly if they had had this in their first appearance it could probably have made them look a lot less like oversized toys. Speaking of toys, a figure of this new metallic Strategist was made, but as I mentioned in my Asylum Customs Collection Tour, it was packaged with the Eleventh Doctor in a box set that has doubled in price since its release. As such, I decided to repaint my blue Dalek Strategist to resemble this new colour scheme, and like the Drone the metallic Humbrol paint and silver spheres really adds to the design, making it look a lot more like a proper Dalek.

New Dalek Paradigm Eternal Custom Figure:

This may not look like much of a custom, because technically it isn’t – the only alteration I made to this Dalek Eternal figure was a slight repaint of the strange ‘back hatch’ that they included on the reverse of the Dalek. I actually liked the Dalek Eternal, if only we had known what on Skaro it was for, particularly since it will probably never appear again unless Chris Chibnall is feeling particularly adventurous. What I don’t like is the weird back hatch – what was that for? What was any of this for? Was this even a real episode?
My head hurts. Let’s move on.

New Dalek Paradigm Scientist Custom Figure:

Ah, the Scientist. Undoubtedly the most forgotten of the now universally-forgotten Paradigm Daleks. Of all the Daleks in the New Paradigm, the Dalek Scientist has appeared the least out of all of them, only appearing on TV in its debut episode, Victory of the Daleks, making it the only Paradigm Dalek to never appear on TV outside of this episode. The Eternal appears briefly in The Pandorica Opens alongside a Drone and a Supreme, and the Strategist shows up alongside more Drones and Supremes in Asylum of the Daleks, but the poor Scientist is left out completely. Fans of the colour orange need not despair, however, as Scientist Daleks do appear in the ‘Adventure Games’ series, but that doesn’t change the fact that this Dalek is just ugly. I did my best to try and make it look interesting – adding more black detailing to the dome, midsection and spheres – but honestly, any colour would have worked better than orange. Even brown would have worked better than orange, at least then the Scientist Daleks could better resemble what they truly are.

New Dalek Paradigm Supreme Custom Figure:

I may have gone a bit too far in a few places. Nonetheless, this is my completed Paradigm Supreme, with a reference to the Cushing Movie Daleks thrown in too, how about that. Realistically, the major problem with the Paradigm Dalek Supreme wasn’t that he was white with black detail – which is probably the most boring colour scheme ever for a Dalek Supreme – the problem was that they got the colours the wrong way round. And this may have been intentional, they could have been going for a ‘reversal’ of the norm with this Supreme, to show that the New Paradigm is different to the old order, but it didn’t come across that way, since the white was far more prominent and most of the black was neutered by various greys. Overall, the Supreme Dalek is my least favourite of the New Dalek Paradigm, simply because it is probably the most boring Supreme Dalek to date. As such, I tried to make this custom seem as elaborate and intricate as possible, with various whites, golds, silvers, blacks and a nice metallic sheen as icing on the cake. Whether or not it is an improvement over the original or a nonsensical mess is up to you.

New Dalek Paradigm Black Supreme Custom Figure:

Just when my Paradigm Supreme seemed secure with its fancy flamboyant colour scheme and vintage Humbrol smell, a new contender to the throne emerged. This is essentially an alternate Paradigm Supreme, throwing the base white out of the window and opting for the more traditional black and silver design seen in Remembrance of the Daleks. Whilst I am very fond of my white Supreme custom, I must admit that this is a much cooler looking design, and probably what I would have gone for if I was in charge of choosing the Dalek Paradigm colour schemes. The black is a matt, making this one of the few of my Paradigm customs to be in a matt paint job, but for these colours it works. The metallic silver gives it the authentic look and the matt helps the detail to stand out, just like how it does on Classic Supreme Daleks. It’s almost as if things were perfectly fine how they were and the New Dalek Paradigm was totally unnecessary…

New Dalek Paradigm Classic Custom Figure:

I made this custom out of a spare Dalek Drone out of sheer curiosity, I didn’t think that the colour scheme would work on a Paradigm Dalek sculpt and honestly, I was probably right. But I kept it the way it was just as a template to see how other Classic Dalek colour schemes might work on a Paradigm Dalek, particularly the Death to the Daleks and Genesis of the Daleks colour schemes. If I ever get any more New Dalek Paradigm figures, I might consider expanding my collection of ‘Paradigm Daleks in Classic Colours’ but for now, this figure stands alone. The silver and blue design was based on the newer versions of the 1960s Daleks seen in Series 9, although I kept the eyestalk the same Paradigm yellow as the others.

 New Dalek Paradigm Geneticist Figure:

For anyone who took my advice from the Dalek Supremes Custom Collection Tour or found and watched this short but brilliant animation independently this Dalek will be strikingly familiar. For those who haven’t seen The Dalek that Time Forgot, go and watch it, because it is amazing. It’s entirely non-canon and in places a tad ridiculous but it is a fantastic example of what Doctor Who fans can do with some 3-D rendering software, a solid script and a lot of free time. It exists in four parts, making up a 20-minute long mini-episode, and the first part can be found here.
In the meantime, without giving too much away, this Geneticist custom is a representation of a Paradigm Dalek variant that shows up in this animated short and it has the creepiest voice of any Dalek I have ever heard, as well as a creepy claw-like appendage. I have not recreated that detail on this figure, and there are some slight changes to bring it in line with my other Paradigm Daleks but overall it is a mostly-faithful recreation using matt green Citadel Paint and metallic silver for the detail.

Next – Classic and New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Davros Customs

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Bonus – Stone Dalek and Dalek Ironside Figures:

Admittedly, Series 5 is one of my favourite eras of Doctor Who. Yes it has its flaws, the Paradigm Daleks being among them, but I have fond nostalgic memories of this brief period of calm between the confusing mess that was the Russell finales and the confusing mess that Matt Smith’s era became. The iconography of this Series is among my favourite in Doctor Who too – the return of the St. John’s Ambulance stamp on the TARDIS, Amy and the Doctor’s original costumes, the Smilers, Sunflowers, the Pandorica – it represents a simpler time for me, a time roughly when I was in my third or fourth year of secondary school. However, two elements of Series 5 that I absolutely adore when it comes to Dalek lore is the Ironsides and the Stone Dalek.

Let’s start with the Ironsides. Everything about them, from the concept to the execution, is just awesome. Since they use the Russell-era design of the Daleks, they aren’t dragged down by the Paradigm’s clumsy shape, and the military green with the little Union Flag beneath the eyestalk is such an amazing idea. I remember watching the trailer for Series 5 before it aired and this imagery had my mind racing with speculation – why were the Daleks on our side? Was this a trick, or is this a real scenario? Is it a parallel universe? Who is controlling the Daleks, and how did they survive? Will the Daleks kill Hitler? The possibilities were endless. And, for the most part, although this may be an unpopular opinion, I really liked all of the parts of Victory of the Daleks that included the Ironsides. They had a sneaky plan, they were not acting like normal Daleks, and it reminded me of the Daleks from Power of the Daleks – clearly a huge inspiration for most of this episode. Overall, they are probably in my top 5 Dalek designs. I wish they hadn’t gone out like wimps, though, I wanted to see them fight their way out in one final Dalek Civil War, with the Russell Daleks desperately attempting to hold their own against the upgraded Paradigm Daleks, to no avail. Ah, what could have been.

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And the Stone Dalek was the primary antagonists of one of my favourite Moffat finales, The Big Bang. Ignoring the ludicrous premise, this episode is a great romp, and it is often overlooked as a standard ‘Dalek episode’ since it doesn’t have ‘of the Daleks’ or the word ‘Dalek’ in the title, but it is essentially a Dalek episode – Amy, River and the Doctor spend most of the episode trying to escape this strange zombie-like Dalek as it chases them around a deserted museum, and it actually managed to kill the Doctor… well, sort of. Auton Rory vs the Stone Dalek is awesome, and what is arguably the best thing about this Dalek for me is that, be it either the prop in the show or the figure itself, it actually looks like a Dalek made of stone, rather than a plastic prop painted and detailed to resemble stone. I hope we get wacky Dalek ideas of this irk in Chibnall’s Doctor Who and less of the wacky Dalek ideas like most of the others we’ve had in Moffat’s era.

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Dalek Supremes

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the previous look at miscellaneous New Series Dalek Customs, this feature includes a tour of my collection of New Series Dalek Supreme customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Planet of the Daleks Standard Dalek Supreme Custom Figure:

The first of my New Series Dalek Supremes doesn’t actually use the base model of the Supreme Dalek seen in The Stolen Earth et al. but instead is simply a repaint of a standard Dalek made to resemble the Supreme Dalek from Planet of the Daleks. Affectionately nicknamed ‘The Wasp’, this custom was created long before many of my other customs, and certainly long before I had properly learned how to use metallic gold paint properly, so this custom simply uses a bright, almost neon-looking Humbrol yellow instead. Regardless, the end result is so striking that I have never felt the need to repaint it, instead simply keeping it as a rare insight into what my Dalek customs were like back before I had a clue what I was doing.

True’ Planet of the Daleks Supreme Custom Figure:

After learning how to make metallic paint work, I eventually tried a second attempt to create a New Series version of the Planet of the Daleks Supreme Dalek, this time using the sculpt of a New Series Supreme instead of just a standard Dalek. The results are incredible, this is one of the customs that I am most proud of, particularly since the Supreme sculpt is not a type of Dalek that I am used to painting. I was able to use a translucent coat of purple paint on the lights so that when light is shined through them, they seem to glow purple, which gives it a fantastic effect. Just like my Classic Planet of the Daleks Supreme, this custom took a long time to make, particularly since metallic gold over matt black required a lot of coats before it came out properly. Nonetheless, it was a fun and rewarding process, and definitely a custom that I would recommend to anyone with the skill and necessary sculpt available.

Damaged Alternate Supreme Dalek Custom Figure:

This was a very impromptu custom after I found someone selling a purposely burnt Supreme Dalek figure on ebay. I must reiterate how much I loathe this process, it is as unimaginative as it is disrespectful, but I had to buy this simply because it was so cheap, and Supreme Daleks are hard to come by. Thankfully, the figure had not been burned too much, and I happened to have some spare parts left over from my previous customs which I used to repair this one, whilst giving it a new coat of paint and some added detail to make it look as if this Supreme Dalek had just returned from a particularly vicious front-line assault and is now receiving medical attention. The combination of Red and Black on this sculpt looks great and overall I am very happy with the results.

Black and Silver Alternate Supreme Dalek Custom Figure:

This Dalek is partly inspired by the animated short The Dalek that Time Forgot, which can be found on Youtube via this link.
This short four-part series explores a potential backstory to the New Paradigm Daleks that takes none other than Dalek Caan from the depths of the Dalek city on Skaro all the way into the Time War. I won’t spoil the actual plot here, but at one point this variant of the Red Supreme Dalek seen in The Stolen Earth appears, if only briefly:

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To recreate this awesome design I used black Citadel Paint and silver Humbrol for the metallic detail. I would highly recommend watching The Dalek that Time Forgot, as it also includes another great recoloured variation on a Dalek design that I have made a custom of, that will appear in a future edition of Customs Collection Tour…

Imperial Dalek Supreme Custom Figure:

Although Librarian-Bot has rendered his version of the Imperial Dalek Supreme as black with gold trim, I always thought that the Imperial Dalek faction would never have a Dalek in their ranks that breaks the standard colour scheme. Think about it. All of the Imperial Daleks that we see adhere to the same gold and white livery, even the Special Weapons Dalek, which is clearly not cared for much going by its battered appearance. Davros himself changes the colour of his wheelchair for the first and only time in order to accommodate this new Dalek colour scheme, which he didn’t even do in the New Series. So, when it came to deciding what colour scheme to use for my final spare Supreme Dalek figure, the choice seemed clear – an Imperial-style Supreme. This proved more of a challenge that was probably necessary, since I couldn’t actually take this figure apart – that meant I had to paint it as one entire unit, which was difficult, particularly since it required so many coats. However, the end result is near-perfect. To recreate this custom you will need white matt Citadel Paints and gold Humbrol, although those two do not mix particularly well so, like me, you may want to swap out the metallic gold for a matt Citadel Paints equivalent instead.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Paradigm Dalek Customs

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Bonus – Asylum Dalek Supreme Custom Figure REVISITED:

Whilst this is technically cheating since this custom has appeared before in my New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour of Dalek Asylum Inmates, it is worth bringing up again here just to reiterate the sacrifice this figure made so that these other Supreme customs might live. As I explained in the Asylum showcase, most of these Supremes (aside from the burnt one) came from the same job lot, and they were all broken. Most were missing the eyestalks, gunsticks and manipulator arms and all of them had something wrong with them. However, by pure chance and a little bit of improvisation, I was able to save all of the Supremes and restore them to their former glory. All, it seems, except one… this one. Whilst he has since gone on to form a crucial centrepiece of my Dalek Asylum display, this Supreme Dalek Figure will forever remind me of the sacrifices that had to be made to make these customs, and so it is for that reason that I feel that it would be wrong to not include him again here, alongside his brethren. Whilst he has missed out on the chance to rule over a Dalek faction, or serve as a second-fiddle to Davros or some other higher Dalek power, this Supreme Dalek will forever rule over the insane and wretched inmates of the Asylum, until a day comes where I find the parts to repair him.

New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Other New Series Dalek Customs

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the tour of my New Series Daleks with Classic colour schemes, this feature includes a tour of my collection of miscellaneous New Series Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Red and Black Alternate Dalek Drone Custom Figure:

This is essentially a New Series Dalek painted with the same colour scheme as the Drone Dalek from the New Dalek Paradigm. Since I am not particularly fond of the Paradigm Dalek design, I used this Dalek to test whether the colour scheme of the Drone Daleks would work as a standard Dalek colour scheme, and in all honesty, it does. I could well imagine this being a standard Dalek drone, possibly led by a more brightly coloured Commander, proving that it was the design of the Paradigm Daleks that was lacking and not necessarily the colour scheme. I might one day go back and re-paint this custom to account for the metallic colour scheme of the updated Paradigm Daleks seen in Asylum of the Daleks. This is more than likely a high-ranking Dalek, perhaps a fleet commander or tactician for High Command.

Blue and Black Alternate Dalek Sec Custom Figure:

Dalek Sec had a colour scheme that both looked awesome and also paid homage to the classic Black Supreme Daleks of the Classic Series. However, had Russell taken a different route, what could have been? Early concept art for both Dalek and Doomsday suggest that originally the New Series Daleks were going to don a variety of different colours, from red to green to this muted blue and black design. Whilst I really like this colour scheme, admittedly, it probably wouldn’t have showed up very well on camera – the blue would have just blended in with the black and made the whole venture pointless. However, as a figure, it looks very nice, and to achieve this look I actually painted the spheres and details white before going over them using a glossy blue pro-marker pen. Like the previous custom, this Dalek is probably a member of a high-ranking cabal within the Dalek Empire, possibly as a planetary overseer.

Red and Black Alternate Dalek Sec Custom Figure:

Just like the previous custom, this figure represents ‘what could have been’, a potential alternate Dalek Sec if his colour scheme hadn’t simply been black. Unlike the previous custom, however, this was not inspired by concept art but instead by an awesome render of a Dalek that I had seen online. I believe the creators of this render are called D M Multimedia and several of their renders have inspired customs of mine, including the Red Dalek Drone above. This Dalek possibly holds the rank of Field Commander, which was the rank held by Dalek Sec before the Emperor appointed him head of the Cult of Skaro.Dalek Render

Check out more renders by D M Multimedia here!

New Series Dalek Zeg Custom Figure:

Those who have read my Expanded Universe Dalek Customs Tour will know that I am particularly fond of Dalek Zeg, the creator of Metalert, who has a wholly unique colour scheme as a result of his experiments. It was impossible for me not to translate this awesome livery into a New Series variation, and the results are spectacular. I had to make a few slight changes to the scheme to get it to fit right, mostly to account for the slats and the chunky base, but overall this is definitely one of my favourite customs, and quite an easy one to do too, all you need is a spare New Series Dalek, some burgundy Citadel Paint and metallic gold or bronze paints from any supplier. New Series Daleks are particularly fun to customise since you don’t have to feel bad about painting over a Classic Dalek either.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Dalek Supremes

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Prototype Time Controller/Eternity Circle Dalek Custom Figure:

This is another custom, similar to the Comic Dalek Emperor from my Classic Dalek Customs Tour that didn’t come out as well as I’d hoped it would. Still, for the sake of completion, I include it here simply because it has great potential, but I really don’t know what to do with it. Originally it was supposed to be a prototype for the New Series Time Controller figure, and it does use a colour scheme that more closely matches the description of the Daleks of the Eternity Circle, but I don’t know what I was going for with the red and the end result looks like a Dalek that has adorned itself in the Union Jack. Speaking of which…

Bonus – Patriotic UK Flag Dalek Custom Figure:

I had to, I mean, have you seen the official Dalek Union Flag RC design? It’s an abomination. The stripes on the flag just stop past the midsection, the spheres are white on a blue background (when the emphasis should really be on the red, sorry Scotland) and it doesn’t even come loaded with the Dalek national anthem, ‘God save the Supreme’. Shoddy work, lads. Look, mine actually has a Union Flag in a place that makes sense:

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It might need a few more coats but it’s getting there.

 

New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Daleks with Classic Colour Schemes

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the Time War Dalek Customs, this feature includes a tour of my collection of New Series Daleks with Classic Dalek colour schemes. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Classic 1960s Dalek Custom Figure:

This was actually one of the first Dalek customs that I ever did. And nearly 4 years later, it still holds up. Back in the early days I was stuck using Humbrol paints only, so the finish is a bit off – particularly since the paints I was using then were nearly 20 years old. Regardless, this is still a good custom, and although I lost the eyestalk (or re-purposed it for another custom) I was apparently able to cobble together a replacement out of Lego to compensate. Overall, this is still one of my favourite customs.

Death to the Daleks-style Custom Figure:

I am actually surprised that the New Series doesn’t branch out much in terms of colour schemes of its Daleks in the way that the Classic Series did. If Death to the Daleks had been made today, they would have used standard bronze Daleks and the story would have few memorable features. As it is, the Death to the Daleks colour scheme actually looks really good on the New Series Daleks, especially with a metallic finish. I used Humbrol paints for this custom, and the midsection required a lot of re-coats, but overall it was well worth it for how it turned out.

Destiny of the Daleks-style Custom Figure:

Although the scene in Destiny of the Daleks in which Davros straps bombs to a squadron of Daleks and tells them to blow up the Movellan ship despite previously stating that a Dalek would never destroy itself is one of the most ridiculous and embarrassing things in all of Classic Dalek lore, the design of the Destiny Daleks with the bombs actually translates really well to the New Series sculpt. By painting the slats to be the bombs it gives the illusion that this Dalek was originally a 60s slatless Dalek before being strapped up with plastic explosives and sent on its merry way. I used a very light shade of grey Citadel Paint along with Humbrol red and yellow to give the base of the Dalek a matt effect but giving the bombs a shiny gloss, thereby differentiating between the body of the Dalek and the bombs.

Remembrance of the Daleks-style Renegade Dalek Custom Figure:

It can often be hard to decide what to do with ‘Damaged Dalek Thay’ figures, particularly since there are so many of them out there. Most of the ones I have acquired over the years ended up as spare parts for Asylum customs, but this one in particular is unique in that I actually incorporated the damaged back panels into a non-Asylum Dalek custom. The idea behind this is that a lone Renegade Dalek, after surviving the events of Remembrance of the Daleks, hides itself away in the Shoreditch area and waits for the Doctor to return. In the meantime, it crudely repairs any damage to the casing, explaining the missing back panels. Aside from the paint job itself, which I am very pleased with, I am particularly proud of the ‘rust’ effect that I included on the backside of this Dalek custom, since it differentiates it from a standard damaged Thay and gives it character.

Remembrance of the Daleks-style Imperial Dalek Custom Figure:

Another colour scheme which, in my opinion, translates extremely well to the New Series sculpt is the iconic white and gold Imperial livery. This stands to reason, as the colour scheme of the New Series Daleks was partly inspired by the Imperial Dalek design, and I would not be disappointed if any tie-in Eighth Doctor novels or audio-books featuring the Dalek Civil War have this crossover design on the cover. However, much as I like the colour scheme itself, as a custom it proved difficult to make. I lost count eventually, but I believe this custom required around 12 individual coats of white paint to completely cover the bronze and form a nice, even coat, and even then there are still some imperfections. Nonetheless, the final result looks great, and I am a huge fan of this design on this type of Dalek.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Other New Series Dalek Customs

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Bonus – New Series Movie Dalek Custom Figures:

Although it looks ridiculous, I could not resist painting a few New Series Daleks in the classic technicolor Peter Cushing Movie style livery, even if it was just two of them. Overall, all things considered, they actually look quite nice, particularly since the enlarged lights and thicker base actually resemble the Movie Daleks more than the standard Classic Series Dalek sculpt does.

New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Time War Daleks

Welcome to the next phase in this tour through my collection of custom-painted New Series Daleks. Following the Expanded Universe Dalek Customs, this instalment includes a tour of my collection of New Series Time War Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Cult of Skaro Set Custom Eyestalk Fix:

One of my favourite addition to Dalek lore that the New Series brought to the table was the concept of the Cult of Skaro. Not only were they led by Dalek Sec, one of the best Dalek characters in all of Doctor Who, but each individual Dalek had its own name and personality, and individual voices and ID tags to match. This set, based on their first appearance at the end of Army of Ghosts and in Doomsday, includes three bronze Daleks with unique ID tags, the black Dalek Sec and the Genesis Ark. I actually got two of these sets when they were cheap, and that was how I was able to bolster the ranks of my New Series Dalek collection, so overall it is a great set for army building. The Genesis Ark is great too, the figure includes about as much detail as you can pack into a practically featureless postbox-like design. One slight problem I had with both of the sets that I bought was that none of the Daleks inside had their eyestalks painted. I don’t know if that was just a quirk with the sets I bought (possibly why they were going cheap?) or if this is a widespread issue, but it meant I had to paint on most of the eyestalk details with cyan paint, except for one or two which I left as ‘inactive’ eyestalks for some of my Asylum customs. Overall, a great set, although it is hard to come by nowadays.

Series 3 Cult of Skaro Figures and Open Dalek Sec Custom Figure:

One of the strangest elements of Daleks in Manhatten/Evolution of the Daleks was how quickly the Cult of Skaro was discarded after appearing in just one other episode before it. Although their Final Experiment made for some interesting Dalek ideological conflict, the overall result was disappointing as this episode killed three out of the four Cult members and left Dalek Caan with just one more appearance before he would die too. However, one good thing that did come out of this episode was that we finally got to see a Dalek mutant in its full form, since Dalek Sec opens his entire casing to engulf Mr Diagoras. I created this custom using a spare Dalek Sec, and although it does not open in exactly the same fashion as Sec does in the episode, it still gives the same effect. This custom was quite difficult to make as it required precise hacksaw cuts, plastic framework glued in place to keep the parts steady and a lot of hot glue to bring it all together. The final result, however, is a custom that I am very happy with.

Other Dalek Time War Figures:

Since figure sets were made for almost every Dalek episode between 2005-2010, there were a lot of Time War era Dalek variants out there to collect. I particularly like the unique sculpts of the claws featured on both the Vault Dalek and the Assault Dalek, but the one that takes the cake for me is the awesome Red Supreme Dalek, especially since he recently reappeared in The Magician’s Apprentice. 

Dalek X Figure:

Another odd collectable of the early era of Character Options Doctor Who toys was this cool RC Dalek found in a two-pack pitted against a standard Dalek. Whilst later releases of this set would replace the Gold-and-Black ‘Supreme’ Dalek with Dalek Sec, there were a lot of these sets made back in the day so there are plenty floating around. Interestingly enough, the Tennant-era novel Prisoner of the Daleks canonises this design as the fascinating ‘Dalek X’, a particularly brutal Supreme Dalek from before the Time War who commanded the Dalek flagship, the Exterminator. It’s a great design and a valuable addition to the collection.

Dalek Saucer Pilot Custom Figure:

Whilst this custom may at first glance resemble Dalek X, upon closer inspection it becomes clear that this is a homage to the Saucer Commanders seen in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. These Daleks feature briefly in the 50th Anniversary Special Day of the Doctor, piloting the fighter pods seen attacking Gallifrey in the Time War sequences. However, this is not the only manifestation of these New Series homages – in the Fighter Pod 3.75 inch set, the ‘Dalek Pilot’ included actually features this design, which I have painted here on an up-scaled 5 inch Dalek figure.

Temporal Weapons Dalek Custom Figure:

Featuring in the War Doctor novel Engines of War, the Temporal Weapons Dalek is terrifying in its implications. Anything or anyone hit by this Dalek’s cannon is erased from history, meaning that if you get hit by this thing, you were never even born. Although the cover of the novel portrays the Temporal Weapons Dalek as a standard bronze Dalek with a Special Weapons Dalek cannon, I decided to be a bit more creative with my custom, and so I used a spare Dalek X figure and modified the front using the oversized gunstick of a Dalek Bubble Bath dispenser (yes, they actually make those).

Dalek Time Controller / Eternity Circle Commander

Also featured in the Engines of War novel is the Eternity Circle, an order of Daleks tasked with preserving the Dalek timeline. It makes sense, therefore, that among their ranks would be a Dalek Time Controller, who are specific Daleks bred to be able to track timelines and see the universe in a way that few other lifeforms who are not Time Lords can barely even dream of. I based this design on a variant of the Dalek Time Controller created by Big Finish, although there have been several variations on the design.

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Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – New Series Daleks with Classic Colour Schemes

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Bonus – Daleks vs Cybermen / Exodus Ark Custom Figure:

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By far one of the best things to come out of the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who was the concept of a Dalek-Cyberman War. Long had fans waited for a confrontation between two of Doctor Who’s most iconic villains, and for many it was over too soon. My personal theory is that since the Void Ship can cross between parallel dimensions, technically the Cult of Skaro that hid inside could have come from any dimension, or any other dimension’s Cult of Skaro could theoretically come into our universe at any time, with a new, possibly different version of the Genesis Ark that contains a whole new army of Daleks… but again, that’s just a theory…

Classic Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Expanded Universe Customs

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted Classic Series Daleks. The previous instalment featured the 1980s Dalek Customs, and this one includes a tour of my collection of Expanded Universe Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

1960s Peter Cushing Movie Dalek Custom Figures:

Lets face it, everybody loves the colour schemes of the Daleks in the Peter Cushing Movies. There’s something about the garish technicolor craze of that era that makes these Daleks particularly appealing, whether it be the mismatched globes of the Supreme Dalek, the surprisingly awesome-looking standard Daleks or the stark, bright red of the  Commanders. These customs were a joy to make, particularly since the Saucer Commander figures that I used as a base for these are so cheap and easy to get hold of, if I wanted I could probably do customs of all the other Cushing Movie Daleks too. For these customs I used a combination of various Humbrol and Citadel paints, and detailed using a thin paintbrush and Sharpee pens. The trickiest one was the Supreme, who required alternating gold and silver spheres, two colours which are difficult to paint with while maintaining a metallic finish. Overall, however, I am really pleased with these three and they remain a centerpiece of my collection.

 Dalek Zeg Custom Figure:

For those who are unfamiliar with Dalek Zeg, he appeared in a 1965 comic called Duel of the Daleks, published by City Magazines. The comic depicts Zeg, a Dalek inventor, accidentally discovering Metalert, the material used to make the casing of Dalek Sec, that fuses with Zeg and makes him almost invincible. He challenges the Dalek Emperor for supremacy, and after attacking a Black Dalek he is ultimately destroyed by the Emperor after being doused in liquid oxygen in a final duel for leadership of the Daleks. His unique and iconic design is similar to the Daleks seen in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, as well as the Dalek Movies, but his red and gold decor makes him a striking figure. Zeg is one of my favourite customs, particularly since the finish I used on him has set perfectly with hardly any imperfections.

War of the Daleks Red Dalek Supreme Figure:

When Doctor Who was cancelled in 1989, several scripts that were intended to be produced as part of the unmade ‘Season 27’ and beyond were instead adapted into novels. One of these is War of the Daleks, although the plot was heavily altered from its original form. When it was originally conceived, War of the Daleks was intended to be the finale of the Dalek Civil War arc, and would actually introduce two new Dalek factions to fight the pre-existing Imperials and Renegades. One of these factions was a group of Daleks led by a Red Dalek, which had long been a staple of Dalek command structures in the comics and the novels, but had never appeared onscreen before. Had the story been produced, this is an idea for what I think the Red Dalek Supreme could have looked like. I took inspiration from the Red Dalek Supreme seen in the New Series, which is one of my favourite Dalek colour schemes, and used a Gold Dalek as a base in order to retain the solid gold without needing repaints.

War of the Daleks Blue Supreme Figure:

Unlike the Red Supreme Dalek, this Blue Supreme Dalek is actually based on a pre-existing Dalek design, albeit not one that has appeared in any episode, comic or novel. The design in question originates from none other than the War of the Daleks tabletop turn-based game, which in itself adapted its story from the unmade War of the Daleks episode. Although it is not clear what role this Dalek plays in the board game, in the unmade episode this Dalek would have served as the Supreme for the fourth faction of Daleks, which presumably would have been blue too. I have loved this design ever since I first found the War of the Daleks Gallery page, and so it seemed fitting that it now exists in figure form. I used matt Citadel Paints for this figure, since the figurine in the board game had those palette choices too, and I used a Gold Dalek as the base, although hardly a trace of gold remains on this Dalek custom.

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Alternate Resurrection of the Daleks / Madame Tussauds Dalek Figure:

This is an odd custom because it is essentially trying to be two Daleks at once. I set out to make a custom of the Madame Tussauds Dalek, an oddly incongruous Dalek prop that featured at Madame Tussauds despite not matching any Dalek shown on screen. However, I just don’t like the design, I have no idea why it was created, and it doesn’t make any sense to me. Instead, I decided to adapt the Tussuads design and create a cross between a Dalek from Destiny of the Daleks and a Dalek from Resurrection of the Daleks, but I still really like the way this one turned out. The colour works so much better with black, and in the right light it comes out as really light turquoise, which gives it a nice look on my shelf. Whilst its origin story may raise an eyebrow, this is probably one of my favourite Dalek customs.

Terry Nation’s Red-top Dalek Figure:

After the Peter Cushing Movies wrapped, Terry Nation kept several of the props, but put little effort into keeping the colour schemes intact, leading to many of his Daleks becoming mismatched. This problem was made even more complicated when he started painting over certain Daleks, creating orphaned parts. Whilst he did give us the excellent Planet of the Daleks Supreme using parts from Movie Daleks, the result was a rag-tag collection of leftovers, one of which was the infamous Red-top Dalek. This odd variant came about totally by accident, when Nation put several of his Daleks out for promotional shoots and, for whatever reason, included this Dalek with the pack, leading to it featuring in some of the promotional material for Dalek episodes at the time. Not only that, but some writers and artists took this to mean that the Red-top Dalek actually existed in the lore of the show, and he started appearing in various Dalek comics and games as a sort of second-in-command to the Supreme Dalek, even getting his own figure in the 60s. All-in-all, it was impossible for me to not create this custom since it is so simple – all that is required is an Emperor’s Guard Dalek and a Saucer Commander base, with mismatched red and blue LEDs for the lights and some slight repaints to the dome and skirt.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Time War Daleks

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Bonus – Comic Emperor Dalek Figure:

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Since I had a Dalek Zeg custom, the logical next step was to attempt to create an Emperor Dalek custom from the comics, with the bulbous gold head and tiny lower section. Unfortunately, the end product wasn’t exactly what I had hoped for…
I do intend to someday go back and correct this figure, possibly using fibreglass and better paints to complete the effect, but until then it will have do.

 

Classic Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – 1970s era Daleks

Welcome to the next instalment in this tour through my collection of custom-painted Classic Series Daleks. The previous instalment featured the 1960s Dalek Customs, so this one includes a tour of my collection of 1970s-era Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Day of the Daleks Custom Figures:

Since the original version of Day of the Daleks only ever used three Dalek props, I never felt it was necessary to make more than three customs for this episode, although the fantastic re-release of this story features some incredible remastering to add more Daleks to the battle. The Gold Dalek Supreme came in the Dalek Collector’s Set #2, which I bought several of in order to repaint them to use for other Daleks. Other than being a slightly different shade of grey, these Daleks do not differ much from Planet of the Daleks or Genesis of the Daleks figures, and they can be used interchangeably for the most part. However, there are several subtle differences that distinguish 1970s Dalek props from each other based on the episode in which they appeared due to the BBC’s constant repairing and repainting of the props.

Planet of the Daleks Custom Figures:

The best thing about Planet of the Daleks is this Supreme Dalek, which has a genuine figure but the set in which it appears is so popular and rare that the prices have skyrocketed. This was not an easy custom to make, as I had to be very precise with the black and gold paint, as painting over black with gold paint requires many re-coats in order to make the colour even and stand out properly. The lights also proved a challenge, but I was able to use broken blue LED lights painted with a see-through purple coat to recreate the Supreme Dalek’s iconic oversized lights that would later become a staple of all Daleks by 2005. The Supreme Dalek in this story has the telltale larger lights and taller fender that the movie Daleks had, and that’s because Terry Nation himself loaned a Dalek from his personal collection of movie props to serve as the Supreme in this story. The partially transparent Dalek I have also slightly customised, adding the white around the end of the eyestalk that the original figure lacked.

Death to the Daleks! Custom Figures:

Of all the 1970s-era Dalek designs, the colour scheme from Death to the Daleks is definitely my favourite. As a result, I actually made four of these customs, although one would become the Asylum variant featured in my previous Dalek Asylum Collection tour. Of the customs I made that weren’t for the Asylum, there are two standard silver Daleks and one Commander, who can be distinguished from the others by his orange lights. These Daleks all started out as Gold Daleks that I spray painted silver and then painted the detail in black, then again using Humbrol silver. Unfortunately, due to the nature of spray paint and the slight differences in the colour of Humbrol paint, these Daleks did turn out quite rough, although that does match the poor condition of the Dalek props of the era.

Genesis of the Daleks Custom Figures:

Although none of these are painted, one in particular still stands out as a custom, of sorts. Whilst two of the Daleks came in the Genesis of the Daleks Collector Set, one of these Daleks came to me broken, and it was only after painstaking reconstruction using spare parts from other broken Daleks that I was able to restore it to its former glory. The Daleks seen in Genesis are perhaps the highest quality Dalek props of the 1970s, which is fitting considering the episode is regarded by many as the best Dalek story of all time.

Destiny of the Daleks Collector Set Review

Even though none of these are customs, it seems odd to not include them here since they form part of my 1970s-era Dalek collection. One thing I will say about this set is that it appears whoever decided on the paint detail of these figures was watching Destiny of the Daleks on a television with the Gamma turned all the way up, since the colours on both the Daleks and Davros himself seem far too light to me. Although the Destiny Daleks are noticeably lighter than other Daleks of the era, it is not to the same extent as presented in this set. However, for me, that is hardly a downside – in fact, I bought this set specifically because I adore the colour scheme that they have used here. Light grey and black works really well on these Daleks, and Davros with a grey chair is odd but not unwelcome. So, overall, although this set gets 1/10 for accuracy, it stands out to me as one of the best sets in the Doctor Who range and is definitely worth picking up.

Next – Classic Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – 1980s era Daleks

Imperial Daleks vs Renegade Daleks: Civil War
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Bonus – Genesis of the Daleks Complete Collection

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Thanks to the fact that the Day of the Daleks, Planet of the Daleks and Genesis of the Daleks figures are all so similar, it may be hard to differentiate between them. I have included this image here at the end to prove that they are separate figures and not just the same two or three Daleks repeated several times, but this has the added bonus of making all of these Daleks fit to all of the episodes in question, so if I wanted I could have a diorama of the Special Edition version of the final battle from Day of the Daleks, a recreation of the Spiridon Jungle from Planet of the Daleks or, my personal favourite, a fully-bolstered Dalek army as seen in Genesis of the Daleks, with six Dalek props and Davros completing the look.

Classic Series Daleks Customs Collection Tour – 1960s era Daleks

Welcome to the next instalment in this series of Dalek customs showcases, a tour through my collection of custom-painted Classic Series Daleks. Moving on from the inmates of the Dalek Asylum, this feature includes a tour of my collection of 1960s-era Dalek customs. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

Classic 1960s Dalek Figure from The Daleks:

This first figure may seem like an odd choice for a custom, since Dead Planet Daleks exist as a standard figure. However, their most common appearance is in the Dalek Collector Set #1, which is now a very rare box set – the asking price for them has rocketed to over £50, in some places as high as £100. Since not everyone has that kind of money, it made  more sense to me to buy a Dalek Collector Set #2, re-base the Dalek Saucer Commander and use silver Humbrol paint to complete the detail, so that is exactly what I did. Unlike my Asylum variant, this Dalek does not feature a ‘mutant reveal’, but it looks like the genuine article and that is really all you can ask for in a custom.

Dalek Saucer Commander and Dalek Supreme Figures from The Dalek Invasion of Earth:

Like the figure of the original The Dead Planet Dalek, there exists a genuine figure of the Dalek Supreme from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, but it is rare and only comes in a two-pack with the First Doctor. As such, I simply painted the remaining silver parts on a spare Dalek Saucer Commander to create a facsimile of the genuine article. Interestingly enough, this isn’t far from what the actual Doctor Who production team did during the making of this episode, since the Dalek Saucer Commander only appears in the colour scheme that it has because it was originally supposed to be the Dalek Supreme, but they hadn’t finished painting the prop when it came time for filming, so they just used it as it was. This explains why the Dalek Saucer Commander disappears and is replaced by the Supreme midway through the story.

Dalek and Dalek Supreme from The Daleks’ Master Plan, and Emperor’s Guard from The Evil of the Daleks:

Although there is some debate over what colour this Dalek Supreme from The Daleks’ Master Plan is actually supposed to be, the most common (and technically correct) view is that it is black, since that is the colour that the original prop was. And it looks fantastic next to the Emperor’s Guard and Standard Dalek, so that works as part of this collection. This is another custom that is cheap and easy to do, since all I used was a standard Emperor’s Guard and some black Citadel Paint to give the lower section a new coat, and light blue Citadel Paint to cover any marks on the spheres. Overall, this is such a simple custom that gives a great result with minimal effort required, and definitely one that I would recommend to first-time Dalek painters.

Classic Series 9 Dalek Figures:

Although not technically 1960s Daleks, the variants of the classic Daleks seen in The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witches’ Familiar are displayed in the same place on my shelf mostly just to bolster the ranks of my 1960s-era Daleks, and also because they appear at first glance to be identical to other Daleks of the era. However, minor differences set these particular Daleks apart, particularly the bright blue used on the midsection and the blue New Series style eyestalks. The Emperor’s Guard figure is a representation of a Dalek briefly seen at the end of the two-parter, as one of the Daleks that corners Missy as the city around them crumbles. Allegedly, this Dalek exists due to a mistake, since the black-domed head of an Emperor’s Guard Dalek was accidentally placed atop a slatless The Dead Planet style body, creating a whole new variety of 1960s-era Dalek that had never been seen before on screen. Again, these customs are very easy, as all that is required are Emperor’s Guard and Saucer Commander Daleks, some silver and blue paint, and a blue Sharpee for the eyestalks.

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The Chase Guard Dalek Figure:

This Dalek is based on a brief appearance of a Movie prop in The Chase, that was given to the BBC on loan in order to increase the number of mobile Dalek props for that episode. Since it used the Movie design, it lacked the slats seen on other Daleks, had a blue head and gold trim, and had no base. The production team did replace the dome lights to better resemble standard Daleks of that era, however. The only difference in my custom is that I have left the alternating black and silver slats from the Dalek Saucer Commander that I used as the base for this figure. Perhaps this Dalek serves as some form of Commander in the Dalek Emperor’s Guard.

Next – Classic Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – 1970s era Daleks

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Bonus – Alternate Red The Daleks’ Master Plan Supreme Dalek Figure:

Since The Daleks’ Master Plan aired in black and white (and is now mostly missing), there has been debate over what colour the Supreme Dalek in that story is actually supposed to be. Whilst the original prop was allegedly black, some fans have interpreted this Dalek as being red, to the extent that several novelisations and comic adaptations of this story feature a red version of the Supreme Dalek on the front cover. As such, I have created this custom of what the Supreme Dalek would look like in this colour scheme, and I have swapped the manipulator arm for double gunsticks so he can also serve as an Emperor’s Guard too. Since I used Humbrol paints for this custom, the Dalek has a nice glossy finish, and I used a simple screw as a replacement for the manipulator arm.

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New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Other Dalek Asylum Inmates

Welcome to the next instalment of this tour through my collection of custom-made New Series Daleks. Following the previous instalment which covered Classic Dalek Asylum inmates,  the Daleks featured here are all New Series Dalek Asylum customs that did not fit the categories of the previous Dalek Asylum showcases. All of these Daleks are figures that have been altered and painted to appear destroyed, with some marked with stamps for the Dalek Asylum.

Custom Asylum Scenery:

Due to some of the heavy customisation that making Asylum Daleks can require, I often find myself with several spare parts left over afterwards. Sometimes these are heads, parts of lower sections, sometimes even appendages, but unfortunately never eyestalks. As such, I decided to combine some of the most common spare parts I have to form a scenery item which is featured in my Asylum display. Since this includes parts from many other Daleks, they are a bit mismatched, but I attempted to retain as much versatility as I could with this impromptu custom – the heads still rotate, and the manipulator arm moves too, which improves its function as a decorative piece if nothing else. This custom was created using paper mâché, hot glue and green paint, with some black and grey detailing to represent the years of wear and tear that a jumble of pieces of destroyed Dalek would probably accumulate after thousands of years rotting in an Asylum.

Duo of Paradigm Dalek Asylum Inmates:

Although these figures are in fact official releases and not customs, these Daleks feature alongside my other Asylum Dalek inmates because they just look so good. Whilst I am not a particular fan of the Paradigm Dalek design, the new chrome red paint job on the Drone figure looks incredible, and it almost makes me wish they had released an undamaged version of this figure, like they did for the Dalek Strategist. The Asylum damage detailing is actually really nice, and although I wish they had made a classic version of this set, it is still a nice set piece to have, and it was quite cheap on Amazon at the time of purchasing too, and although the centrepiece of the set was the bronze Asylum Dalek, it is great for bolstering an Asylum collection. Interestingly, a Paradigm Dalek Supreme did feature in Asylum of the Daleks, but it was not a complete prop and was missing the eyestalk and dome lights. This set therefore implies that there are several Paradigm Dalek Supremes imprisoned in the Asylum, probably due to their immediate redundancy following the fan backlash to their debut in Victory of the Daleks.

Asylum Dalek Strategist Figure:

In a strange role-reversal of the last figure, in which Character Options released the Asylum variant of the Drone but not a standard variation, for the new version of the Strategist they released a clean version in an exclusive two-pack with the Eleventh Doctor (making it increasingly rare and expensive nowadays) but did not release an Asylum version. Since I was able to pick up a spare Asylum Supreme on ebay, I used deep-blue paint coated with a layer of polished finish and detailed in black to create my own Asylum variation of the new chrome Strategist. Whilst it doesn’t really stand up compared to the professionally-made Paradigm figures, I am still pretty happy with how this one looks. Whilst not many Paradigm Daleks were admitted to the Asylum, this Strategist seems to be among the unlucky few.

Destroyed Paradigm Drone Figure:

As previously mentioned, during Asylum of the Daleks, one of the few Paradigm Daleks to appear in the Asylum was a heavily damaged Supreme Dalek, decorated with an elaborate ‘criss-cross’ scarring on the left hand side of the casing. Whilst the red colouration of this figure shows it is not a Supreme, I bought it pre-burnt and missing all of the appendages, so it seemed like there was only one thing I could use it for. I used a hacksaw to cut the crossed scars pattern into the Dalek and removed some of the panelling on the right hand side, creating the illusion that the Dalek mutant trapped inside had at one point attempted to break out. I used black paint in splodges all over the Dalek to suggest it has been hit with several energy blasts, possibly in a battle which drove it insane and doomed it to the Asylum. Needless to say, I have never had as much fun cutting up a Dalek as I did destroying this damaged Paradigm figure.

Emperor’s Guard Custom Figure:

This variant of the Emperor’s Bodyguard never appears onscreen, but it is my own personal creation that I based on Dalek designs in the comics. Since many of the classic Daleks that appear in Asylum of the Daleks have custom colour schemes that disguise their true design (usually boring greys, blacks and browns) I painted this Dalek to resemble a yet-unseen Dalek variant that has been admitted to the Asylum. Now catatonic, the casing is leaking oil and fluid and the eyestalk is clogged with dirt and grit. I painted this Dalek using Warhammer Citadel paints, so it has a dull finish that gives the illusion of age. Although it was once possibly an elite member of some obscure Dalek council within the Empire, this Dalek appears to have suffered several casing malfunctions and has subsequently become unresponsive. As a result, it has been cast into the Asylum, where it now sits and festers in the darkness.

Dalek Scientist Custom Figure:

Like the previous Dalek custom, this Dalek never appears onscreen. I based the colour scheme on a variation of one of the 1960s Peter Cushing Movie Daleks, although I used a New Series Dalek Sec as the base. I designed this Dalek to resemble a scientist rank, perhaps as part of a survey team that went to the Asylum to study the Daleks within, only to end up going insane itself and being admitted to the very institution it was sent to study. Fitted with Dalek embryo manipulation claws, perhaps it was once this Daleks’ job to oversee Dalek production lines, but now it seems abandoned in the Dalek Asylum, using external fluid pipes to sustain its damaged internal systems. I used Humbrol paints for this Dalek, and so the red coat is shiny and stands out amongst the dull colours of the Asylum.

Next – Classic Series Daleks Customs Collection Tour – 1960s era Daleks

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Bonus – Dalek Asylum Display Shelf:

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Classic Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Destroyed / Asylum Daleks

Welcome to the next instalment in this series of Dalek customs showcases, a tour through my collection of custom-made Classic Daleks that have been altered and painted to appear destroyed, with some marked with stamps for the Dalek Asylum. The previous instalment featured the New Series Dalek Asylum inmates, but one of the biggest draws of Asylum of the Daleks was the fact that there were Classic Daleks in the Asylum, so I was eager to include some in my collection. All of these customs are made by me unless stated otherwise in the description.

DISCLAIMER: I have not damaged or destroyed any rare classic Dalek figures to create these customs.

All of these Daleks are either common Classic figures painted to look like rarer figures, or figures which I bought on the pretence that they were damaged beyond repair and then painted and customised, so rest assured, no rare Daleks were harmed during the making of these customs. (At least, not by me, but I’ll explain that later…)

Duo of Destroyed Genesis Dalek Custom Figures:

These are two destroyed Daleks from totally different eras, even if they are of the same design. The left side Dalek has been altered to resemble a casualty of the early Dalek-Thal War that takes place on Skaro during the finale of Genesis of the Daleks. Damaged out in the wastelands of Skaro by a land mine and hit with a well-aimed explosive, this Dalek has collapsed in on itself as the mutant inside dies. I had to cut the neck rings to shape and use hot glue and paint to make it appear as though the front part of the Dalek’s neck ring had collapsed due to an impact on the back of the casing, which spewed green oil and fluid all over the top part of the Dalek and blasted off its weapons and eyestalk in the process.
The right side Dalek is my rendition of a Genesis-style Asylum inmate, who has been rotting in the Asylum since the very beginning. Long since destroyed by age and the other inmates, this relic to Dalek history sits abandoned, still bearing the scars of its former battles and stains of oil on its side. Whether or not the pole sticking out of its head is what remains of the eyestalk or a brutal makeshift weapon that has been embedded in the dome somehow is open to interpretation.

Damaged Revelation-era Asylum Custom Figure:

This Dalek was painted to resemble a Dalek from the 1980s using a Gold Day of the Daleks Supreme as the base, and then dirtied up with black, brown and green paint and stamped with an Asylum mark. This Dalek was also partially inspired by a bizarre story from 2009 in which a classic Dalek prop was found in a swamp and fished out, which you can read about here. the paint applications represent burn marks and stains of mud from a swamp or jungle which probably indicate that this Dalek was in some scrapes before being admitted to the Asylum but it is still very much active. Now it spends its time stalking labyrinthine corridors of the planet-sized facility, eagerly stalking bands of Imperial Daleks that have also been admitted to the Asylum, but more on that later.

Insane Emperor’s Guard Dalek Custom Figure:

A relatively prominent feature in the Asylum during Asylum of the Daleks was a dirtied-up Emperor’s Guard Dalek from The Evil of the Daleks, which featured in several of the promotional photos for the episode and actually appeared numerous times throughout the episode, unlike some of the other classic Daleks. Most notably it appeared as the Dalek which Amy, in her drug-induced hallucinatory state, imagines as a dancing ballerina, when it is in fact spinning endlessly and out of control. It would seem wrong then to not include this figure as part of the Asylum collection. For newcomers to the world of customising Dalek figures, this is one of the easiest customs to make, since 60s-era bodyguards are among the cheapest of the Dalek figures you can buy. All I used here was black and grey paint to dirty it up a bit and a tippex pen and red Sharpee for the Asylum stamp, as is the case with all of my Asylum customs.

Burnt Death to the Daleks Custom Figure:

Another Classic Dalek which was in Asylum of the Daleks but did not feature as prominently as the Emperor’s Guard Dalek was recreation of a Dalek from Death to the Daleks. Unfortunately, this Dalek prop barely featured in the actual episode, as it was painted with dull grey, making its unique design barely recognisable. This figure is therefore a representation of how the iconic Death to the Daleks Dalek should have appeared as an inmate in the Asylum. I created this model using a repainted Emperor’s Guard figure that I detailed in black paint to appear burnt, as a reference to the fact that several of the Daleks inexplicably catch fire in this episode. The orange lights indicate that this Dalek was once a commander before it was admitted to the Asylum, possibly having been scarred for life after the events of Destiny of the Daleks by that ridiculous-giant water eel that definitely wasn’t made of plastic and held up with wires. As a result, this Dalek is one of the catatonic Daleks imprisoned in the intensive care unit.

Destroyed The Dead Planet Dalek Custom Figure:

Another feature in the Asylum was a classic The Dead Planet Dalek, featuring the new updated colour scheme that would later become more prominent in The Magician’s Apprentice/The Witches’ Familiar, particularly since the props used in that episode were remarkably accurate yet updated for the modern era, with the addition of a blue eyestalk and a slightly altered yet more dynamic colour scheme. Oddly, some fans at the time complained that these Daleks weren’t ‘screen-accurate’ representations of the original Daleks from The Dead Planet, overlooking the fact that, although the props themselves were made by fans, they are still Dalek props that appeared in an actual episode, so they are now simply a canon variation of the original Dalek design. For this custom I modified a Dalek Saucer Pilot, replacing the base with a shorter one and painting the Dalek with grey and black paint to appear old and dirtied. I also added a ‘mutant reveal’ feature to this Dalek, by removing the front section and sanding down the parts that keep it in place so that it can be securely fitted but easily removed. The interior I created using parts of an old CD to give it a 1960s vibe, and the mutant is simply the top half of a Dalek Sec Hybrid figure’s head, held in place by a plastic sheet that holds the piece in place.

Duo of Destroyed Imperial Dalek Figures:

One of these is not a custom, but is in fact the destroyed Imperial Dalek that strangles the Seventh Doctor that was included in the Remembrance of the Daleks two-pack with Emperor Davros. The sculpting of the mutant on this figure is marvellous, far beyond anything I could do in a custom, and it was well worth the purchase. The Dalek on the right is a custom that I cannot take complete credit for, as I did the paint job but not the custom itself. I believe this to be one of CaptainJimiPie’s customs, the video for which is featured below. This Dalek has clearly been the victim of fire from other inmates in the Asylum and now sits dead, its rotting flesh hanging out of the scarred casing. One day I would like to do a custom of an actual Imperial Dalek model, but I would have to find one that was already broken as I could never bring myself to damage a rare figure of one of my favourite Dalek designs.

Next – New Series Dalek Customs Collection Tour – Other Asylum Inmates

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Bonus – Custom made by CaptainJimiPie

This is another CaptainJimiPie custom that I got in a job lot of other Daleks. I have fitted with a new base since the original one had been removed when I received this figure. This Dalek features in CaptainJimiPie’s showcase of his Asylum Dalek collection, which you can view here (This Dalek that I now own features at 1:08 in this video):