What is thought to be the world's oldest Dalek is being restored in Dibden Purlieu

Chris Balcombe with the Dalek he is restoring

Chris Balcombe with the Dalek he is restoring

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DON’T tell Doctor Who but there is likely to be another adversary to add to the army soon as one Hampshire enthusiast is restoring what is thought to be the oldest surviving dalek.

Built in 1963, the dalek has been rescued and restored and is currently residing in a garage in Dibden Purlieu.

The prop can claim to have faced the first Timelord William Hartnell when the daleks debuted on screen.

Daily Echo:

It went on to battle every Doctor in the original series, including Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison and Colin Baker, making its final appearance with Sylvester McCoy in 1988.

In its filming career the dalek was buried in sand, thrown into a tank of water, and actually stolen from the BBC studios.

Doctor Who writer and historian Jon Green said the dalek is probably the most often-seen alien prop ever used in the series.

“The theft, in 1973, was widely publicised and the BBC’s Blue Peter show broadcast an appeal for sightings, which resulted in a young viewer spotting it dumped in London.

“It had been damaged but was thankfully safely recovered”, he said.

The dalek is being restored by enthusiasts Chris Balcombe and ThePropGallery.com who between them bought all the parts of the original prop and restored it with the help of visual effects.

Owner Chris has continued subtle restoration of the dalek, in a workshop near his home in Dibden Purlieu.

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12:32pm Wed 3 Sep 14

RomseyKeith says...

Good timing as there is the DEF-CON 3 mini sci-fi convention in Totton on 4th and 5th October, in which the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker will be attending. The event is for charity Clic-Sargent, so could be worth a visit to help raise funds.
Good timing as there is the DEF-CON 3 mini sci-fi convention in Totton on 4th and 5th October, in which the 6th Doctor, Colin Baker will be attending. The event is for charity Clic-Sargent, so could be worth a visit to help raise funds. RomseyKeith
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2:12pm Wed 3 Sep 14

excusemoi says...

It still frightens me to look at it! Yes i was a behind the chair fan of the Dr. lol
I still love the 10th doctor. So does my daughter!
It still frightens me to look at it! Yes i was a behind the chair fan of the Dr. lol I still love the 10th doctor. So does my daughter! excusemoi
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6:01pm Wed 3 Sep 14

derekbungworthy says...

I am so worried this is being done, on a regular basis a gentleman called Dr Who is seen on documentaries saving humans from creatures just like this one. Please for all of us, stop and think before you start any form of reactivation
I am so worried this is being done, on a regular basis a gentleman called Dr Who is seen on documentaries saving humans from creatures just like this one. Please for all of us, stop and think before you start any form of reactivation derekbungworthy
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11:33pm Wed 3 Sep 14

sapenny says...

I have an original sketch of a dalek drawn by somebody at the bbc and sent to my older brother back in the early 60's. It is still in its original posted envelope. I would like to get some background info on it from some experts out there if possible?
I have an original sketch of a dalek drawn by somebody at the bbc and sent to my older brother back in the early 60's. It is still in its original posted envelope. I would like to get some background info on it from some experts out there if possible? sapenny
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11:08am Thu 4 Sep 14

RomseyKeith says...

sapenny wrote:
I have an original sketch of a dalek drawn by somebody at the bbc and sent to my older brother back in the early 60's. It is still in its original posted envelope. I would like to get some background info on it from some experts out there if possible?
Although the Daleks were thought up by Terry Nation, who wrote their first serial in the 1960s for William Hartnell's 2nd serial, the look of the Daleks was designed by Raymond Cusick (who died in 2013). If the picture is from Raymond Cusick it could be worth something at auction.
[quote][p][bold]sapenny[/bold] wrote: I have an original sketch of a dalek drawn by somebody at the bbc and sent to my older brother back in the early 60's. It is still in its original posted envelope. I would like to get some background info on it from some experts out there if possible?[/p][/quote]Although the Daleks were thought up by Terry Nation, who wrote their first serial in the 1960s for William Hartnell's 2nd serial, the look of the Daleks was designed by Raymond Cusick (who died in 2013). If the picture is from Raymond Cusick it could be worth something at auction. RomseyKeith
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2:53pm Thu 4 Sep 14

whogirl42 says...

I am just tickled over this! How wonderful! Is he the original color? ( in an Adventure in space and time they were not portrayed this color , I do realise it had been used throughout the series but restored to the original color would be neat.
I am just tickled over this! How wonderful! Is he the original color? ( in an Adventure in space and time they were not portrayed this color , I do realise it had been used throughout the series but restored to the original color would be neat. whogirl42
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1:33am Sat 6 Sep 14

Cosmic Hobo says...

I hate to rain on anyone's parade but despite what is currently stated in the article this Dalek isn't from the first Dalek story. Parts of it date back to that adventure, but the entire Dalek doesn't. This link shows what the first Daleks looked like: http://guide.doctorw
honews.net/story.php
?story=TheDaleks

Find out more about this particular Dalek here: http://www.richardwh
o.com/collectors/chr
isbalcombe/
I hate to rain on anyone's parade but despite what is currently stated in the article this Dalek isn't from the first Dalek story. Parts of it date back to that adventure, but the entire Dalek doesn't. This link shows what the first Daleks looked like: http://guide.doctorw honews.net/story.php ?story=TheDaleks Find out more about this particular Dalek here: http://www.richardwh o.com/collectors/chr isbalcombe/ Cosmic Hobo
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12:40pm Sat 6 Sep 14

BShawsy says...

The first ones were silver with blue spots and they didn't have the mesh style panels around the side until his later Dalek stories
The first ones were silver with blue spots and they didn't have the mesh style panels around the side until his later Dalek stories BShawsy
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