It’s one thing to bring the Daleks back to our screens but uniting every single type of Dalek in the shows history; well that required men made of much sterner stuff.
Speaking to Wired, Wilson has recounted the moments leading up to two of the episodes most challenging scenes; the Asylum and the more grandiose Parliament set.
Wrangling Daleks, the crew put out a carrion call to the BBC, exhibitors, renovated a few battle damaged troops and, most importantly, the fans – whose dedication to build exact replicas meant they could stand up to the scrutiny of a HD close up:
Filling out the other hundreds and thousands of loyal drones was the powerful Solid Angle rendering software, Arnold, a batch renderer that allows you to render multiples and multiples of Daleks that Wilson comments would not have been achievable years ago on a television schedule.
However, to render all those pixelated pepper pots, there had to be Daleks present on set:
One of those ‘poor guys’ is Barnaby Edwards, who along with Nicholas Pegg, has been the principle operators since the show returned in 2005; faced the unique challenge of mimicking the little tricks previous operators to get an authentic Dalek performance:
Nowadays, though, they need to build a Dalek that will last, that can tour the country, appear in museums and then, in episodes, handle being fired at, kicked and generally blown up. They have to be more durable now so they have to be made out of heavier materials.