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

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

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

Animated Daleks from The Power of the Daleks

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

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

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Custom New Series Dalek Figures – Part 6

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

Time War Dalek Strategist

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

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

Dalek Davros Guard

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

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

Dalek Justiciar

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

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

Dalek Platoon Leader

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

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

Custom 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 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.

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 New Series Dalek Figures – Part 1

One of the best things about creating the Asylum Project was the freedom to create any Dalek colour scheme I wanted and see it made real in figure form. Sometimes colour schemes didn’t work out the way I intended, or sometimes they took a few tries before I found the exact shade that made a particular colour combination work. However, most of the time a Dalek colour scheme would emerge fully formed and would just work on the first try – and many of the Daleks in this showcase are examples of that. Most of these Daleks don’t conform to lore, or if they do it is a tenuous link at best, but the most important thing about creating art is to allow only the limit of your own creativity to prevent you from creating a piece, not dogma or pre-established rules and expectations.

When collecting Daleks, particularly in the secondhand market, eventually one becomes over-encumbered with New Series Daleks – this is great news for the Asylum Project, but as much as I love making Asylum customs, I don’t want to limit the scope of my Dalek customisation to just Asylum Daleks. I have therefore created several New Series Daleks that, although complete, do not fit in with either my Big Finish or my standard New Series Dalek collections. Some of these Daleks are loosely based on canon designs, but many are simply my own colour schemes or heavily modified versions of existing colour schemes.

Custom Blue Dalek Sec Figure

The idea behind this custom was simple – what if the different members of the Cult of Skaro had different colour schemes? This would certainly have made them easier to identify, although if all three of the previously bronze Daleks had different colours, Dalek Sec would look bland by comparison. As such, I created this ‘alternate’ Dalek Sec custom, involving one simple change, making the skirt of the figure blue instead of black. Although this is a relatively minor change, the effect is striking – not only does it break up the consistent black colour scheme of the original figure, but it also adds menacing emphasis on the central rotating gunnery platform that makes up the Dalek midsection.

Custom Dalek Saucer Pilot Figure

Briefly seen in the 50th Anniversary Special The Day of the Doctor, the New Series Dalek Saucer Pilot is based off the original Dalek Saucer Commander from the 1964 epic The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Creating this custom was somewhat ironic for me, as I spend most of my time customising Saucer Commander Daleks by painting them to resemble other Daleks of the era – this time, however, I was repainting a completely different Dalek to that same design. The panels on the skirt section were certainly the most challenging, but using black Citadel paint I filled in the sections that required painting and then used a setsquare to scrape away the excess paint and leave a clean finish. I also used bronze and gold Citadel paint to add detailing to the neck rings, the eyestalk and the hemispheres. Finally, I replaced the front panel, including the gunstick and plunger, with that of a Dalek Commander figure, in order to break up the colour scheme of the midsection.

Custom Red Dalek Commander Figure

Red and Black is not a colour combination that has been explored very much with the Daleks, possibly because it makes the connections of their origin to certain fascist regimes slightly too overt. Nonetheless, the colour scheme still looks good on a Dalek, and it certainly adds an intimidating touch that is perfect for Dalek Commanders. I considered painting the head red as well, although I was unsure if this would create too much of a dominance of red in the colour scheme – after all, this figure is simply a Dalek Commander with the formerly gold detailing painted over in red, so I felt that sticking to the original design would make this figure consistent with other Dalek Commanders.

Custom Eternity Circle Dalek Figure

Featured in the War Doctor novel Engines of War, the Eternity Circle is a distinct sect of elite Daleks formed by the Dalek Emperor to develop Temporal Weapons for the Time War. In the novel, the five members of the Eternity Circle were been described as dark blue and silver, a colour scheme that was recently depicted in figure form via the new Big Finish Dalek Interrogator Prime figure. However, there are several points in the novel Engines of War in which certain members of the Eternity Circle are described as being dark blue and gold, and although this may be a simple misprint or mistake, I was intrigued to see what that design would look like. As such, I repainted a Dalek Interrogator Prime figure and replaced the silver detailing with gold, and then added a black wash to restore the figure’s original grimy appearance. The colour scheme works very well, particularly since it adds a certain degree of consistency with other Time War-era Daleks.

Custom New Series TV Dalek Figures – Part 2

Series 9 of the New Series of Doctor Who was controversial for many reasons, but one thing that absolutely no-one complained about was the appearance of more Classic Series Daleks in the New Series, a rare treat that, as of now, is confined to the Moffat era. In the Series 9 opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar, we are treated to some new-old Dalek designs, in that several of the Classic Series Daleks that we see sport brand new colour schemes that have never been seen on-screen before. So not only did the New Series bring back the Classic Series Dalek design, they also added new Classic Series Daleks that the Classic Series never even had!

Although these colour scheme changes were somewhat minor, the added benefit of the swanky new blue eyestalk on these old Daleks meant that they had a very distinctive design, and they stood apart from their 1960s-era brethren. I created these customs to pay tribute to the creativity and hard work of the production team behind this two-part story, and the great work that they did expanding the Dalek Pantheon.

Custom Dead Planet style Dalek

This slightly modified version of the original The Dead Planet Dalek design was first seen briefly in Series 7’s Asylum of the Daleks before making a more prominent (and cleaner) appearance in Series 9. To create this custom, I used a Saucer Pilot Dalek from The Dalek Invasion of Earth, painted the dome silver, painted the midsection cyan, and painted the skirt base silver. I then removed the chunky bottom of the invasion Daleks and coloured the eyestalk in blue with permanent marker.

Custom Dead Planet style Dalek Guard

This design was created by accident during the production of The Witch’s Familiar – during Missy’s attempt to escape the Dalek City, this Dalek can briefly be seen – an original 1960s Dalek sporting the black dome of the Emperor’s Guard, a combination that had never been seen before on-screen until now. Like the previous custom, this was once a Saucer Pilot, and the creation of this custom was similar to the previous – except I didn’t have to paint the dome silver.

Custom Skaro-style 1960s Dalek

A very prominent sight in the Dalek Control Room in the Series 9 opening episode, this Dalek is a modification of the standard late-1960s Dalek design, the only real difference is the addition of a blue eyestalk light and the cyan base of the midsection, which in the original Dalek stories was grey. This custom was created using an Emperor’s Guard Dalek from the Dalek Collectors Set #2, with the dome painted silver, the eyestalk coloured in blue, and the midsection painted cyan with Citadel paint.

Custom New Series TV Dalek Figures – Part 1

Welcome to the first part of a small sub-series of Custom Dalek figure showcases, in this post we will be looking at my collection of custom TV Daleks of the Time War sculpt. Character Options should be given a lot of credit for the versatility of their Dalek figures, as well as the robust construction. Throughout the community, fans have nothing but good things to say about Character Options Daleks, and although times have been hard for Doctor Who merchandise in the past, let it be known that Character Options has stood by the franchise and always tried to make the best Daleks that it can with the resources available to it, something that I can relate to.

The customs in this post are all based on specific Daleks from the TV series, and as I have always stated throughout my custom figure showcases, I focus less on making the custom appear screen-accurate and focus more on making the custom look the best that it can possibly be.

Custom Crucible Dalek Caan Figure

The destroyed Dalek Caan seen in The Stolen Earth and Journey’s End is a fantastic prop, not only does it use the pre-established lore of how the Dalek casing operates to create a twisted rendition of an opened Dalek, but it also suits Dalek Caan’s deteriorated mental state perfectly. This custom was fun to make, particularly as I could use my hacksaw and hot glue gun skills that I honed during the Asylum Project. I removed the front panel of this figure and cut it in half, revealing the mutant inside which I held in place with hot glue. The entire figure was given a black wash and wires were used to hold the figure down as in the episode. I had to rebuild the inside of the figure as the mutant housing was removed for another custom, and arguably the biggest challenge was keeping the upper sections of the neck rings in place – although I cut them perfectly, they simply would not stay attached!

Custom Assault Dalek Figure

Although only seen very briefly in the Series 1 episode The Parting of the Ways, the Assault Dalek left an impression on me as a child, and I was always fascinated with capitalising on the idea. This Dalek is not a screen-accurate representation of the Assault Dalek, as in the episode it appears as a standard bronze Dalek. However, I created this design using an Axis Strike Commander Dalek and thought that it worked perfectly with the Assault attachment. Personally, I believe that if a variant of Dalek with a blowtorch-cutter claw exists, it should at least have a slightly different colour scheme. I painted this Dalek using bronze Citadel paint and added some metallic scuff effects with silver dry-brushing.

Custom ‘Rusty’ Dalek Figure

I am a huge fan of both Into the Dalek and Rusty from Series 8, and I was so glad when this Dalek made a surprise reappearance in Peter Capaldi’s final episode as the Twelfth Doctor, Twice Upon a Time. However, I did not create this custom as a screen-accurate recreation of Rusty, merely my own extrapolation of the idea behind Rusty as a character. Many of Rusty’s design elements are present on this custom, such as the black panel with the red light replacing one of the spheres, and the general mass of wires surrounding the casing. I created this Dalek from a newer sculpt of the New Series Daleks, and the wires were held in place with hot glue that attaches better to this version of Dalek. Many of the pieces are plastic parts salvaged from Warhammer sets and old electronic devices.

Custom New Series Dalek Supreme Figures

Welcome to my showcase of custom New Series Dalek Supreme figures, showing off my collection of customised Supreme Daleks that I have gradually acquired over the years. Each one has been customised by me either to represent Daleks from other forms of Dalek media or to explore alternate designs that use the New Series Supreme Dalek sculpt. Series 9’s opening two-parter The Magician’s Apprentice and The Witch’s Familiar established that multiple Daleks with the same basic Supreme Dalek design exist, meaning that theoretically Supreme Daleks with alternate colour schemes could appear later in the series.

I had a huge amount of fun making these customs, as the Supreme Dalek sculpt is unique and fun to customise. Actualising several designs of Supreme Dalek that I have had in my head since my childhood was a rewarding experience, and this collection represents some of my best work as far as I am concerned. Remember that, although I have been customising Daleks for years, it doesn’t require much effort to start painting yourself – all you need is a brush, some paint, and something to paint on!

Custom Black and Silver Dalek Supreme

I created this custom out of an age-old desire to see this design of Supreme Dalek with the classic black and silver Supreme Dalek colour scheme. It actually looks really good, and if I were given the choice of which colour scheme to use for Supreme Daleks in the New Series, this would be it. I painted this Dalek using black Citadel paint and the detailing was completed with silver Citadel paint. The plunger has also been replaced with a Crucible-style claw.

Custom Blue and Gold Dalek Supreme

Like the previous custom, this figure has been an idea in my head for a long time and creating these customs gave me the chance to make it real. The original idea was to make a blue version of the standard red Supreme Dalek, but over time it evolved into its own thing. I painted this Dalek with blue Citadel paint and the detailing was done with gold Citadel paint. The hemispheres were coloured in with black permanent marker.

Custom Bronze and Cyan Dalek Supreme

This custom explores the idea of a ‘front-line’ Dalek Supreme – a Dalek Commander that, although important, is not above fighting on the field with its subordinates. As such, this Supreme Dalek sports a battered look. I painted this Dalek using bronze Citadel paint and the hemispheres were painted cyan. The entire figure was then given a black wash to add the grimy effect.

Custom Gold and Black Dalek Supreme

Fans of the Classic Series will recognise this design as being the Supreme Dalek from Planet of the Daleks, and that is correct – I based this design on that Dalek down to the purple headlamps, and the colour scheme looks excellent on a New Series Supreme Dalek. I spray-painted this Dalek black and then added the detailing with gold Citadel paint.

Custom Gold and White Dalek Supreme

Another Classic Series design for a New Series Dalek, this Supreme Dalek custom is based on the Imperial Daleks. I spray-painted this Dalek white and added the detailing using various shades of bronze Citadel paint. Unlike the other customs, I also painted the plunger arm as this is in-keeping with the Imperial Dalek colour scheme.

Daleks vs Cybermen Rematch – Who Would Win?

The 8th of July 2006 saw a defining Doctor Who moment play out on TV for the first time – the Daleks and the Cybermen, two long-time villains of the show who have both been appearing regularly since the 1960s, finally got a chance to go head-to-head in Doomsday, the Series 2 finale that saw a climactic battle between the Doctor Who universe’s two most powerful races. This battle saw a resounding victory for the Daleks, and although the Doctor managed to intervene to prevent both races from conquering Earth, it was clear even before then that the Daleks had the upper hand, despite their radically fewer numbers. By the time the Genesis Ark opened above London and the Daleks began slaughtering Humans and Cybermen alike in the streets, it was far too late for the Cybermen to even retreat.

However, fans have pointed out several reasons why the idea of a conflict between the Daleks and the Cybermen should return at some point in the show’s future, either on television or in a Big Finish audio. Though it is likely always on a writer’s mind when constructing a finale to a series of audios, TV stories or comics to have a Dalek vs Cybermen rematch, they are likely put off by the idea due to the fact that they either believe that Doomsday has used that idea already and so it cannot be touched or that they feel not enough time has passed for fans to simply say “You ripped that idea off Doomsday“. This post will argue why this is not the case.

Doom of the Cybermen

Though it seems obvious from the outcome of the episode, the Cybermen were doomed from the start in Doomsday, though this is more to do with the fact that these Cybermen aren’t actually the Cybermen that the Daleks are familiar with – these Cybermen originate from a parallel Earth, and had only recently jumped over from that universe to our own. These Cybermen lack the centuries of development and expansion that the actual Cybermen from our universe experienced – after all, entire planets fell to the Mondasian and Telosian Cybermen whilst the Cybus Cybermen had no knowledge of life on other planets. The only factor that plays in their favour is that their version of Earth runs on a faster timeline, so their technology is more advanced than that of modern-day Earth – but this still puts them leagues behind the Daleks.

Many fans have wondered how this battle would have played out if different versions of the Cybermen were present. Some say that the Classic Cybermen seen in Earthshock, Attack of the Cybermen and Silver Nemesis would have fared better than the Cybus Cybermen in this fight, though that is up for debate. The Cybermen’s biggest weakness in this battle was their lack of an effective defence against the Dalek blasters. Though the Classic Cybermen had more powerful weapons, they were still susceptible to Dalek firepower. One version of Cybermen that would have definitely fared a lot better, however, is the modern, updated Mondasian Cybermen seen in Nightmare in Silver, The Time of the Doctor, Dark Water, Death in Heaven and The Doctor Falls. These Cybermen are greatly upgraded versions of both the Mondasian Cybermen and the Cybus Cybermen, as the two races merged after Cybus Cybermen escaped from the void.

The Upgrade

Modern Cybermen appear to have advanced greatly in technology since their appearances in the Russel T. Davies era, as the newer incarnation is capable of adapting to weapons fire used against it – even if a weapon is capable of completely destroying a Cyberman, other Cybermen will adapt to be resistant to it. This could possibly present a problem for the Daleks, though they may be capable of adapting their weapons themselves as Starfleet does to counter the adaptive Borg shields in Star Trek. However, the modern Cybermen also feature far more advanced weapons, and although it is uncertain whether they would be capable of destroying Daleks in one shot, it is likely that concentrated fire of these weapons would yield better results than that of the wrist blaster in Doomsday. Had these Cybermen been featured against the Daleks, it is possible that the Cult of Skaro could have suffered casualties and the battle would certainly have been less one-sided.

The Cybermen featured in Series 12 also seem to have a more updated design that even the modern Cybermen, so it is possible that the Cybermen have upgraded themselves even further. It would be interesting to see how these new Cybermen fare against the Daleks, particularly as the Daleks themselves have had a few upgrades themselves.

The Supreme Beings

Since 2006, the Daleks have been shown to be capable of a lot more than they were during their battle with the Cybermen. For one, we know that the standard Dalek is capable of enhancing its firepower to create a devastating explosion, and that flying Daleks can use this technique to function as small, nimble bombers that can decimate a battlefield in just a few flybys. Three Daleks combining their firepower is enough to level a house, and the combined firepower of two Daleks was enough to take out an entire wave of flying attack vessels with pinpoint accuracy. Not to mention the fact that the Daleks have since been shown to have more powerful Paradigm weaponry, capable of disintegrating a fellow Dalek in a single shot, and several Special Weapons Daleks, who are known to be capable of mass-extermination with a single shot.

Without a doubt, a lot has changed for both of these races since 2006. The question remains – has enough time passed for another Dalek vs Cybermen battle to be viable as a finale, or even as an episode concept at all?

Daleks vs Cybus

As many older fans probably pointed out at the time, the Cybermen we see fight the Daleks in Doomsday are not technically ‘real’ Cybermen. The show has established that, due to parallel evolution, all the different Cybermen we have seen so far have slightly different origins, but they all fall under the Cyberman name. In the Classic series, the Cybermen that had regularly plagued both the Doctor and the Universe at large were the Mondasian and Telosian varieties, and (as previously mentioned) the Cybus Cybermen seen in the series in 2006 are severely underpowered compared to their non-parrallel brethren. As such, many fans believe that there is now more justification for a rematch between the two races, particularly since the Mondasian Cybermen have returned with a far more powerful upgrade.

Not only that, but Doomsday aired in 2006, nearly 15 years ago – for perspective, Doomsday was in Series 2, and at the time of writing this, Doctor Who is currently midway through airing Series 12. Even when you look at it from an in-universe perspective, the size and location of the two interstellar Empires of the Daleks and the Cybermen means that they would probably come into conflict all the time. As such, it is not only possible to depict a Daleks vs Cybermen rematch on-screen in the 2020s, it actually makes a lot of sense.