When I was growing up and watching Doctor Who on TV, I really was one of those kids who'd have nightmares about those metallic menaces, the Daleks, as they came to exterminate me. However seeing 'Davros' and all these variations of his instantly recognisable creations at the Doctor Who Experience in Cardiff Bay on May 20, 2103, was really a dream come true and I was in fanboy heaven.
Even though they look like robots, these merciless arch-foes of the Doctor are a race of cyborg aliens from the planet 'Skaro'. The genetically-altered mutant 'Kaled' race have been integrated into the tank-like mechanical shells covered with hemispherical bumps. Other distinctive features include their rotating dome heads with their now iconic cyclopean eyestalk, their telescopic sink plunger-like arms, coupled with an opposing mounted death ray weapon.
They were created for TV by science-fiction writer Terry Nation (who also negotiated a nice co-ownership deal), who wanted a creature that looked totally alien with no human features, and BBC designer Raymond P. Cusick.
During the seemingly endless war with the 'Thals' on his native Skaro, Davros was horribly scarred and crippled, requiring him to build a mobile life-support machine, which obviously became his inspiration for the armoured, death-dealing Daleks.
Davros has been portrayed in the series by several actors including his first appearance played by Michael Wisher (1975), plus David Gooderson (1979), Terry Molloy (1984-1988) and most recently Julian Bleach (2008).
Starring Sylvester McCoy as the Seventh Doctor, this Special Weapons version (a refurbished original) was the deciding factor for the Imperial Dalek Faction in their war against their renegade compatriots.
In fact, a single Dalek returned in the episode of the same name, the sixth episode in the first season which saw Christopher Eccleston headline as the Ninth Doctor. This Dalek or 'Metaltron' was a prized artifact in the underground facility housing rare alien treasures of a private collector in Salt Lake City, Utah in the year 2012.
Taking pity on the creature, the Doctor's companion 'Rose' unwittingly reactivates the exterminating monster when her human DNA and time energies from the TARDIS re-energises it. By the end of the episode, conflicted by absorbing Rose's DNA it activates its self-destruct and implodes.
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