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.

Custom New Series Dalek Figures – Part 2

Whether I’m creating a brand new design or using a colour scheme that someone else created, painting unique colour schemes for New Series Daleks is always exciting, not least because each design I create is completely unique. The best part is that painting New Series Daleks is arguably one of the easiest methods of customising, so anyone can buy paints and brushes to have a go themselves. Not only is painting models relaxing and interesting at the same time, it also expands your creative mind and improves your hand-eye co-ordination. Painting New Series Daleks is always fun, because there is a huge range of colour scheme ideas to choose from, from recreating Classic Series Daleks to making customs of Daleks from the books or audios. However, the Daleks shown here are mostly my own designs, or are very loosely based on existing designs.

Custom Blue Dalek Council Member

Though this design is visually similar to the modified Eternity Circle Dalek, the blue is broken up by more gold – notice that the neck rings and midsection retain their original gold and bronze colour, with only the dome and skirt having been painted blue. This Dalek depicts one of the members of the elusive Dalek Supreme Council, which has been mentioned several times throughout the show’s history in both the TV series and the Big Finish audios but has never been seen. Presumably the Supreme Council lasted until the Time War, so I used a New Series Dalek for this custom. The only paints used were blue Citadel paint for the previously mentioned dome and skirt, and bronze Citadel paint for the base.

Custom Red Dalek Council Member

This custom is unique in that it mismatches parts from two types of Dalek from different eras. The dome, eyestalk and base are from a New Series Dalek, whilst the neck, midsection, skirt and appendages are from a Classic Series Dalek. This custom is loosely based on the ridiculous black and red original Dalek action figure, that looks nothing like a regular Dalek. To give this figure a consistent paint job, I completely repainted all the parts once the figure had been constructed, using red Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and base, black Citadel paint for the neck rings, skirt and hemispheres, and silver Citadel paint for the midsection and the base.

Custom Hive Dalek Supreme

This custom is very loosely based on the ‘Dalek Hive’ from the Doctor Who comic Fire and Brimstone, although it is totally different as this is a New Series Dalek and not the Classic Series-inspired design that the Hive possesses. Nonetheless, the basic colour scheme was inspired by the Hive Supreme and I even attempted to recreate the ‘joined’ ear lights, although the result looks more like an exposed brain – which is excellent. I painted this figure using yellow Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the neck rings, hemispheres and base, and silver Citadel paint for the midsection slats.

Custom Temporal Weapons Dalek

Those who have read the War Doctor novel Engines of War will recognise the Temporal Weapons Dalek as a unique version of the Special Weapons Dalek that has a weapon capable of erasing people from history. The Dalek features on the front cover of the novel, as a Special Weapons Dalek with a New Series Dalek dome, but I decided to be a bit more creative with my interpretation of that Dalek for this custom. The figure was originally a Dalek Commander, although I have removed the front panel and replaced it with a huge, malformed cannon created using the pieces of a larger remote control Dalek gunstick and several wires from inside the remote control Dalek itself. I painted the figure using silver Citadel paint applied using a dry-brushing effect, and the ear lights were painted a dull burgundy.

Custom Davros Figure Collection – Part 2

Although Julian Bleach did an excellent job with the role of Davros in the New Series, for me nobody will be better suited for the role than Terry Molloy, the actor who portrayed Davros in the 1980s Dalek stories as well as many Big Finish audios. Not only does Terry clearly understand the character better than most, he gives a fantastic performance as both the scheming, subtle villain and the cackling, maniacal psychopath that Davros embodies. This is never more true than in the Big Finish audios, which contain some of Terry Molloy’s best performances as Davros to date.

The three Davros customs featured in this post are all based on Big Finish audios, and so are heavily inspired by the Terry Molloy version of Davros. However, for the sake of consistency, I have also attempted to include a degree of transition between my Davros customs and the official figures that they go between on my shelf. For example, I have gradually incorporated elements from New Series Davros figures into Classic Davros customs that are based later in his timeline.

Custom Davros figure from The Davros Mission

Davros is in a bad way at the end of Revelation of the Daleks, as by the end of the episode he has lost his only remaining hand and been captured by the Daleks. This is followed up on in the I, Davros series and the follow-up audio The Davros Mission, which depicts the events leading up to Davros’ trial as well as the trial itself. I created this custom to depict Davros as he stands trial, including his life-support chariot and bloody arm stump bandage. I created this figure using the body of an Auton figure with a heavily modified head, and several Dalek bases linked together with metal wires and create a ‘hovering’ effect. The wires connecting from the chariot to Davros’ body are smaller electrical wires, and the figure was painted using black Citadel paint for the top of the chariot and Davros himself, silver Citadel paint for the outside of the chariot and green Citadel paint for the Kaled blood on Davros’ hand.

Custom Davros figure from The Juggernauts

This custom is based on one of my personal favourite Doctor Who audios, The Juggernauts. After crashing on the planet Lethe and assuming the identity of ‘Professor Vasso’, Davros begins to create the ultimate anti-Dalek force using salvaged Mechanoids, and the titular Juggernauts are born. One of the best things about this story is that we see Davros playing the role of a kind old man whilst secretly plotting to harvest the organs of everyone in the colony. As depicted on the cover and mentioned by the Doctor in the audio, this figure uses the Necros Dalek colour scheme for the skirt, as Davros allegedly salvaged one of the Necros Daleks to repair his damaged life support chair. This custom was painted using white Citadel paint for the base of the skirt, Davros’ shoulder panels and the control console, gold Citadel paint for the hemispheres, black Citadel paint for the base and for some of Davros’ machinery, and grey Citadel paint for Davros’ ‘Professor Vasso’ tunic. The Davros body in this custom is a heavily modified version of the New Series Davros figure, with the hand replaced with a more primitive claw and the tunic enhanced with wires.

Custom Davros figure from Daleks Among Us

Once again hiding out on a remote world, Davros in Daleks Among Us is depicted as occupying a battered and beaten-up life support chair, either due to damage caused by age or as a result of botched repairs. Either way, I created this custom to represent a more slapdash version of Davros’ life support controls, to reflect the fact that Davros is in hiding. The skirt of this Dalek came from a New Series Dalek, but the base is from a Classic Series Dalek. The body of Davros came from a Pig Slave figure with the hand replaced with a plastic claw and the head heavily modified to resemble Davros. I painted this custom using black Citadel paint for the skirt, control panel and body of Davros, Gold Citadel paint for the hemispheres and the base, and a combination of beige, red and blue Citadel paint for the detailing on Davros’ face. The control panel itself was made using a piece of old computer mother board, and the back of Davros’ chair is the rear panel of a Paradigm Dalek.

Custom Big Finish Daleks – Part 4

Welcome to my showcase of custom Daleks created in homage to various Doctor Who audios created by Big Finish. How each individual listener interprets the appearance of a particular Dalek will change depending on the individual. Even the front covers of the audios that depict particular types of Daleks, as excellent as they are, can only be a guide to how one interprets an audio. As such, there is a lot of creative freedom when creating custom Daleks inspired by audios, as it is a chance to make your own interpretations of the audio Daleks real and tangible.

Many of these Dalek customs are at odds with other depictions of the same Daleks – but creating things from your own imagination is always better than copying something else. All of these Dalek figures are totally unique, and each one has been lovingly crafted over the course of several months. Although it may not look like much, painting a Dalek figure requires precision and dedication – after all, each individual hemisphere has to be painted carefully and consistently to ensure that the entire surface is covered with paint but not a single drop goes onto the rest of the figure.

Custom Blue Dalek Supreme

Big Finish Audio – Daleks Among Us

Though it might be the lighting, I have always interpreted the Dalek on the front cover of Daleks Among Us as being deep blue, and though I imagined it was simply supposed to be a black Dalek from The Daleks’ Master Plan, I wanted to create something different and eye-catching, and so this blue Dalek Supreme was born. The figure itself is – surprise, surprise – an Emperor’s Guard figure from the Dalek Collectors Set #2, the go-to base for making late-1960s-era inspired Daleks. I painted the figure using blue Citadel paint and then painted over the hemispheres with silver Citadel paint. Interestingly, I have noticed some confusion over exactly what Dalek the cover of Daleks Among Us is trying to depict, as the silver hemispheres coupled with the ‘black’ base coat implies that it is a Remembrance of the Daleks-era Supreme Dalek, which makes sense given that its a Seventh Doctor audio, and yet its eyestalk – arguably the most prominent part of this Dalek on the cover – is that of a 1960s-era Dalek.

Custom Damaged Dalek Drone

Big Finish Audio – Plague of the Daleks

Depicted on the front cover of Plague of the Daleks is a pair of badly damaged Dalek drones, who have been hiding underground for decades and as such have accumulated a lot of scoring and corrosion. This figure was a Gold Dalek Supreme from Day of the Daleks, although I have covered up much of the gold with bronze Citadel paint or black Citadel washes, although some of the gold is still visible to add to the rusted effect. These Daleks have been isolated for a long time, and during that period it would make sense that they would attempt some rudimentary repairs to their casing, hence my use of fake eyestalks and appendages with this figure – the eyestalk was made using the broken pieces of an old lighter, and the plunger and gunstick were created using plastic pieces, some of which were recycled from an old disposable biro pen.

Custom Red Dalek Drone / Supreme

Big Finish Audio – The Dalek Wars Series

This Dalek was inspired by the ‘Dalek Wars’ series of audios that Big Finish created as one of their early Doctor Who spinoffs. I haven’t listened to all of Dalek War yet, but I have listened to enough of it to know significant spoilers, which I will not reveal here, but needless to say that over the course of the Dalek Wars series we see (or rather, hear) a fair amount of Dalek variants. This is excellent for me, as it means I get to create more customs showcasing my interpretations of these Daleks, and this one in particular is supposed to represent one of the Drones and / or the Supremes of the ‘alternate Daleks’, which appear at the end of the first series of the Dalek Wars. I used red Citadel paint for the skirt, slats and dome, black Citadel paint for the base, hemispheres and middle band, and grey Citadel paint for the midsection. The neck rings I left gold, as this Dalek was originally a Day of the Daleks Supreme.

Custom Blue Dalek Drone / Supreme

Big Finish Audio – The Dalek Wars Series

Another potential representation of a Drone or Supreme Dalek from the Dalek Wars Series, this blue Dalek uses a design based off a blue Dalek from the ‘War of the Daleks’ role-playing game, which is now somewhat obscure. The design for this Dalek was apparently based off the early ideas for the TV sequel to Remembrance of the Daleks that was created when Doctor Who was still on the air, and allegedly two new Dalek factions would join the Dalek Civil War, including a faction of blue Daleks led by a Dalek with this design, or one a lot like it. I painted this Dalek using blue Citadel paint for the dome, midsection and skirt, black Citadel paint for the slats, middle band, hemispheres and base, and grey Citadel paint for the neck rings and gunstick.

Dalek Time Controller

Big Finish Audio – Patient Zero / The Monster of Montmartre

Big Finish’s Dalek Time Controller has become almost as ubiquitous as the Dalek Emperor himself thanks to several appearances in both the Monthly Adventures and the Eighth Doctor Box Sets, and no bad thing – the unique design of this Dalek coupled with the incredible performance given by Nicholas Briggs makes this particular class of Dalek Supreme a great addition to any story. As such, it seemed only fitting to create a custom based on this design, and I went for a specific point in the Dalek Time Controller’s timeline – after Patient Zero and before, or during, the events of The Monster of Montmartre. The Dalek Time Controller was severely damaged and sent hurtling through time by the Sixth Doctor, and would later encounter the Eighth Doctor in 1920s France.

I created this custom using a regular Dalek with a third ear light added to the back of the dome, the front panel modified to include two extra neck rings, and two larger neck rings forming a criss-cross above the gunboxes in the classic Time Controller design. I used blue Citadel paint for the skirt, midsection and dome, gold Citadel paint for the neck rings, slats and some of the hemispheres, and black Citadel paint for the base and hemispheres. The front section also opens up, revealing the hideous Dalek mutant inside complete with its ‘Dark Eye’!