The Doctor facing a Dalek :
This looks to take place in the museum (?) where the Doctor encounters the younger Amy :
Plus, more Daleks – possibly beneath Stonehenge :
Here we see the White Supreme Dalek, Yellow “Eternal” Dalek and (an) Orange “Scientist”.
Will we find out what the “Eternal” Dalek’s function is…?
Mentioned in the clip (but not necessarily appearing on screen) are Terileptils, Zygons, Atraxi, Chelonians, Dranvins and Draconians – to ad to the list of those already confirmed as appearing (see earlier posts)
If you want to get hold of what are probably the first toys of the new-style Daleks – which also just happen to be on the right scale for use with war-games/role-playing games figures – the check out the “free gift” in this week’s “Doctor Who Adventures Magazine”* – issue number 170 price £2.20 – 5 mini new-style plastic Daleks.
Doctor Who Adventures Magazine #170 with 5 free Dalek models
DWA#170 went on-sale (officially) on Thursday 10th June 2010. The “magazine” is published weekly, so it will only be on-sale in regular shops for a few more days – if you are interested get it while you can – probably as fast as possible as some people are snapping up multiple copies.
Here is a link to the DWA official site but they do not sell copies online
For those who can’t pop along to a newsagent to browse for a copy, there are on-line suppliers for the magazine. I suspect many comic shops will happily post it to you but just as an example “Galaxy4” sell it on-line at the cover price plus P+P (possibly worth looking at getting the best postage deal you can, especially if you want to build up a small Dalek army).
This is a link to the Galaxy4.com page for the “current” issue of DWA (at the time of posting they have it as #169, I expect it will be updated shortly but if you intend to order do make sure it is the correct issue).
The official DWA website has a bright and colourful image showing you what the new Daleks look like (sort of…) but the mini plastic Daleks don’t come looking like this. They are all orange plastic (probably meant to be red as they are described on the cover as “Dalek Soliders”).
To see what the figures really look like have a glance at this post from An Evil Giraffe.
* Despite the use of the term “Magazine” most people wouldn’t really consider this to be a “magazine” – it’s a comic aimed at children, but I suppose it does do magazine-ish style content at a level suitable for younger children e.g. my 6 year old loves it, my 9 & 11 year old find it boring.
The Orange Dalek
The new Orange Dalek is described as a “Scientist” Dalek.
OK, the Daleks need scientists – but why are they orange? Beats me.
While I was initially rather sceptical about an Orange Dalek (whatever its rank or function might be) I was pleasantly surprised to find that the colour scheme didn’t seem too bad. I’m still frankly surprised that orange was chosen as a colour – for several reasons.
At the risk of grafting human expectations onto an alien species, personally I would have made the Science-Dalek the White Dalek – basically because of the image of a scientist as a bloke in a white lab coat.
A White Dalek Scientist would seem to make more visual sense to me (after all, they’ve gone for the equally clichéd red for warrior/drone/soldier Dalek).
While I did find that the Orange Dalek looked better than I’d anticipated, it also (unsurprisingly) looks rather like the Yellow Dalek. So why not make it a more noticeably different colour?
While I don’t really have a problem with the Orange Dalek, given that we’ve got a Red Dalek and a Yellow Dalek in the same show, why not chose something a bit more different – a Silver Dalek for example.
While I’d quite like to see a Purple Dalek on-screen (preferably a decent metallic purple) I suppose this was best avoided in this particular show, or the New Daleks would have looked even more like Teletubbies….
Some of the deliberately odd camera angles used in the story did make the Daleks seem fairly dramatic and on the whole this worked well with rapidly moving images. The trouble is that the Daleks don’t look so good when you look at them closely. From the front they at least look like Daleks, but the new shoulders look like something any child could have build out of Lego….
The rear sections of the new Daleks don’t make them look sleek, stylish or high-tech. They just look like the props department ran out of domes…
But the side view is by far the worst…
Jokes on the “does my bum look big in this?” motif are unavoidable…
It isn’t just that the new Daleks don’t look like the iconic originals – from the side they simply look silly.
Any attempt at redesigning the Daleks is only ever going to work if it adds to their essential nature, not detracts from it.
The Daleks are meant to be mutated blobs in virtually unstoppable killing machines. While I doubt that anyone can really improve much on the original design, tinkerings are fine, especially if it somehow adds to their sense of menace.
The problem is the new design simply isn’t at all scary looking. It comes across as a “cuddly” toddler-toy, a “My First Dalek” for the latest generation of fans.
Intelligent use of camera angles and lighting effects reduce the “cuteness” of the new design – but an effective Dalek should look imposing from any angle without this…
Looking at the new Daleks, it is really difficult to tell if they are actual TV Daleks or the latest batch of radio-controlled toys. They really do look like models not “the real thing”.
The new design works best when it is not viewed as a whole – seen only from the front, or from the front half, it still appears to be a Dalek – especially when lighting favours a few shadows here and there.
But when inspected closely there are simply too many elements to the design that look poorly constructed, half finished or done as a cut-price rush job.
The new “organic” eye (which was not really noticeable on screen) does look interesting in close up…
However, while it is certainly interesting, I remain unsure about it….
It does remind us that the Daleks are not simply robots but have a living organism inside. On the other hand, it makes the “New Daleks” seem rather primitive (which may perhaps not be a bad thing after the almost un-killable Time-War versions, which were perhaps at times simply too tough to be really interesting). I can certainly see lots of cries of “My vision is impaired – I cannot see” and “Aim for the eye-stalk” In the future.
Which is probably a bit of a shame really… Such weaknesses were great in earlier stories – they made the Daleks defeatable, which was good from the narrative of a story. But it would be more interesting to see the Doctor, his companions and allies find some new ways of fighting the Daleks rather than just falling back on the old standard ploys. I thought the “My vision is NOT impaired” line in “The Stolen Earth” was one of the highlights of the story… shame to back-track when a far more interesting option would be to work out a new way of exploiting a Dalek weakness.
The Dalek Scientist
The Future’s Bright – The Future’s Dalek
But the first job for the Scientist is to develop contact lenses….