We all know that the Daleks will be back en masse in the next series of Doctor Who – but the menaces from Skaro will also invade the shelves pretty soon, as the 2012 Character range was unveiled at this year’s Toy Fair.
They’ll be six Dalek designs, with over 10 phrases and an extermination effect, some of which might hint at which models will be seen again on-screen, including:
- Red Drone Dalek from the New Paradigm;
- Yellow Eternal Dalek, also from the New Paradigm;
- Gold-and-Black Supreme Dalek from Planet of the Daleks;
- Grey Dalek from Planet of the Daleks;
- Stealth Dalek, as not-seen in Planet of the Daleks;
- Bronze RTD era Dalek.
But that’s not all! Character won’t just be releasing Daleks; there are also some interesting accessories that might tell us a bit more about series 7. Alternatively, they may just be pointless red herrings like the ‘build your own sonic screwdriver’ thing.
Potentially most revealingly, there’s the ‘Personal TARDIS device’ with flip-up time rotor and working key pad that’s worn on the wrist. Could this be used in episode 5 of the next series, starring the Weeping Angels?
I think the most notable thing about this is their use of interactivity, with the ‘Personal TARDIS’ responding to all sonic screwdrivers.
Then there’s the ‘Dalek and Cyberman anti-time device,’ which looks to include a Dalek gun, eyestalk and Cyberman’s handlebar. Stupid name, sure, but could this crop up in episode one? We’ve already seen a Dalek eyestalk poking out of the snow…
And finally, the ‘Trans-temporal Sonic Screwdriver’ – yes, another model! We’ve already had the 9th and 10th Doctors’, the 11th Doctor’s, River’s, the Master’s and a ‘build your own.’ This new one looks to be an 11th Doctor spin-off, mixed with a bit of grime and ironwork.