When Doctor Who returned in 2005 everyone wanted to see the Daleks and when a picture appeared in the tabloids it was reported that this creation was now “bling-tastic!” It looked bold, bronzed and bloody wonderful. Then when its episode, Dalek aired you knew that the series was back and better than ever. This emotional and intelligent episode gave the series the mature, dramatic impact that made everyone sit up and take notice. This figurine catches this metallic monster in all its reborn glory, sort of.
Your Figurine – The design of the Daleks has changed subtly over the years so it was no surprise that they would be given a bit of a make over when the series returned but it was done with care and respect for the original concept. This one is bulkier though, looks tougher and can now melt bullets with a forcefield. This section points out how the movies from the 60s influenced the design such as the larger base and lights. It looked like a machine and moved like one, superb in everyway. The details about the creature inside are a welcome addition with extra information from Mike Tucker.
A Moment In Time – Dalek was a bold, self assured piece of drama and the first episode that really proved how much the series would take its past seriously. The Daleks could easily have returned all guns blazing in the first episode to grab the attention of new fans and critics. But RTD was more savvy than that and looked to the Big Finish story Jubilee for inspiration and from his own play Robert Shearman created a masterpiece. Last time the Daleks made such an impact on me was way back in Genesis of the Daleks, but here, this lone alien made them credible and evil once more. This section focuses on the production, how the Daleks almost didn’t come back and highlights some of their more memorable moments.
50 Years Of Doctor Who – It’s 1966 and during the first half of this year Doctor Who is experiencing a ratings slide. Strange how newspapers seem to always have relished reporting this sort of story. Meanwhile it was the year Dodo joined the TARDIS, Gerry Davies was the Script Editor and Hartnell’s health was becoming a major concern. More memorable for your regular Joe was that it was the year John Lennon announced that The Beatles had become, “more popular than Jesus”.
Doctor Who Universe – Sonic Boom looks at all things sonic and includes some instruments I’d totally forgotten about such as the sonic knife that popped up in the City Of Death adventure. I don’t like the sonic screwdriver, it’s a device used all too often to get out of tricky situations and should only be brought out for nostalgia’s sake. When it was destroyed by the Terileptils it should have stayed out of action. The list of Sonic screwdriver uses is a fun reminder of how many times its been used for bizarre things.
Myths And Mysteries – More unanswered questions are put to the clever bods at the magazine and this time its all about this episode including, “Where does the Cyberman helmet come from?”, and “When did the Daleks learn to fly?”.
Who People – This short celebration of the character of Sarah Jane Smith, which was played so beautifully by Elisabeth Sladen, reminds us all about how important Sarah Jane was to the classic series as she was to the new run. Maybe a future issue will pay her a more full tribute.
The figurine here is a master class in replication and is a damn fine reproduction. The skirt and base look spot on as do the slats around the shoulders. What lets this weighty piece down is the rather sloppy paint finish the figurine suffers from, especially around the eyestalk. The silver has ran spoiling a rather fine looking piece.
Next issue is Sontaran General Staal, like the Dalek not the classic design but we’re getting closer to such things.
You can purchase the Doctor Who Figurine Collection in all good newsagents and from Forbidden Planet.