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Published on August 29th, 2007 | by Christian Cawley

Dalek Record

How many Daleks can you get in a mini? I don’t know either, but I do know that some bonkers individual is attempted to set a new record for the number Daleks under one roof.

According to TheBoltonNews.co.uk, the Museum of Science and Industry, in Castlefield, hosted the attempt to smash the record for the largest ever gathering of the Doctor’s arch nemeses. Dalek owners from all over will be turned up with their Skaro scourges in order to help break the record.

To fulfil Guinness Book of Records criteria, the museum must attract more than 50 daleks, or people in costumes which “closely resemble a dalek”. And Mr Lythgoe-Hay’s pal, whom he made while working as a sculptor last year, is sure to be one of the more impressive – as it is built from some of the same materials as the daleks featured in the BBC series.

Lythgoe was one of 68 fans who turned up for a special event where the aim was to beat the record for the largest gathering of Daleks, which previously stood at 50. The success was recorded in the later issue of TheBoltonNews.co.uk

Jason said the day was a massive success – and was even lucky enough to meet the creator of the terrifying nemeses of Doctor Who, Raymond Cusick.

“It was a fantastic day. I’m so pleased I was part of the world record attempt. And it was such an honour to meet Raymond because he’s my childhood hero.”

Couple of briefs now – The Mirror reports that BBC One series Robin Hood plans to be darker in it’s second series in order to challenge Doctor Who’s supremacy – good luck… Doctor Who has yet another award, this time from the Edinburgh Television Festival where it was named best programme; BBC One was awarded channel of the year, reports the BBC News page

Apparently, fans of gardening are just as obsessive as Doctor Who fans, or James Bond fans reports the Guardian, basing this on a recent BBC Press release:

The BBC press office propose the delightful notion that, as with Dr Who or James Bond, everybody has their favourite Gardeners’ World presenter. I love this: Percy Thrower as Sean Connery/William Hartnell, Alan Titchmarsh as Roger Moore/Sylvester McCoy, Monty as Daniel Craig/David Tennant. You may think this is absurd, but it isn’t: Gardeners’ World means more to some of us than a jelly-baby-eating time traveller or 007. We just don’t go on about it.

No, no, I never hear of gardeners talking in exclusive tones about alien sounding plants that I’ve never heard of…

Oh Gee…

As you might have read in our Editorial, hugely significant Doctor Who fansite Outpost Gallifrey is set for a major restructuring which will see the four main segments split off into separate entities.

Shaun Lyon has decided to call it a day on being so heavily involved in fandom, but has left a massive legacy, both in the continuing parts of OG and across the web. Best wishes to Shaun in the future.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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