Doctor Who Daleks -- Vintage Photos
Daleks Boarding a Bus — 1960s

Updated: 9/6/14

Now that another luminary related to the world of Doctor Who has passed, namely director Derek Martinus, I thought it was time to update this blog post with new photos. Original Article with Updated Images:

Doctor Who’s Daleks, The BBC and 1960s Swinging London Culture: A Retrospective

With the passing of Raymond Cusick, the original designer of the Doctor Who Daleks — the arch rivals of the Doctor  — a great piece appeared in the Guardian UK. The article discusses the link between British Pop Art and the invention of The Daleks. Some excerpts:

“With Roy Lichtenstein whaaming ’em at London’s Tate Modern, it is all too easy to forget that pop art began in Britain – and our version of it started as science fiction.”

And…

“The Daleks are a wonder of pop art’s fantastic vision, at once absurd and marvellous. Most of all, they share the ironic juxtaposition of real and unreal one finds in the art of Richard Hamilton. Like a Hoover collaged into an ideal home, the Daleks are at their best gliding through an unexpected setting such as central London – a metal menace invading homely old Britain.”

(Full Guardian UK Article Here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2013/feb/25/daleks-legacy-british-pop-art)

Photo of Ray Cusick — Designer of the Original Doctor Who Daleks

ray cusick

In a 2008 episode of Doctor Who Confidential on BBC Three, Mr Cusick explained that inspiration for the Daleks’ design came from a lunch with special effects expert Bill Roberts, who was responsible for making the creatures. Mr Cusick picked up a pepper pot and moved it around the table before he said: “It’s going to move like that – no visible means.” Dr Who viewers were told on the show that the Daleks had been the creation of a scientist who believed they would help him survive a war on their home planet of Skaro. But the alien race was later responsible for his death. Read Full Story

Terry Nation — Writer Who Thought Up the Idea of Daleks

Terry Nation -- creator of the Daleks -- with his daughter Rebecca.
Terry Nation — creator of the Daleks — with his daughter Rebecca.

“Creator of the Daleks Terry Nation Could Get Blue Plaque on His Former Cardiff home”

“Llandaff Society hoping to join 50th anniversary Doctor Who BBC celebrations by inviting main character to unveil a plaque on Fairwater Grove” Full Story at WalesOnline.

More Early Photos of Daleks

From: http://www.doctorwhoreviews.co.uk/K.htm

 

The Daleks, 1964
The Daleks, 1964, Daily Herald Archive. Courtesy National Media Museum
Christmas with the Daleks
“I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek” was a pop song sung by The Go-Go’s in 1964. It was produced to capitalise on the popularity of the the Daleks at the time.
It was used to illustrate some (then silent) footage from The Daleks’ Master Plan on Daleks: The Early Years video. Source: http://tardis.wikia.com/wiki/I’m_Gonna_Spend_My_Christmas_With_A_Dalek
Dr. Who and the Daleks  with Peter Cushing.  A 1965 film.
Dr. Who and the Daleks with Peter Cushing. A 1965 film.
From: "The Daleks' Master Plan"
From: “The Daleks’ Master Plan”
"Patrick Troughton's debut appearance as the new Doctor Who goes almost unnoticed as the Daleks are the focus for 'Radio Times'. As this was the first time 'Doctor Who' had changed its lead actor, the emphasis for this edition of the magazine is very much business as usual. The half-page feature on page 3 reassures viewers that the serial is directed by the same man who brought the Daleks to the screen in their first adventure and that the metal monsters are, once again, voiced by Peter Hawkins. Patrick Troughton's debut is almost an aside. Article courtesy of 'The Radio Times' Magazine."
“Patrick Troughton’s debut appearance as the new Doctor Who goes almost unnoticed as the Daleks are the focus for ‘Radio Times’. As this was the first time ‘Doctor Who’ had changed its lead actor, the emphasis for this edition of the magazine is very much business as usual. The half-page feature on page 3 reassures viewers that the serial is directed by the same man who brought the Daleks to the screen in their first adventure and that the metal monsters are, once again, voiced by Peter Hawkins. Patrick Troughton’s debut is almost an aside.”
Article courtesy of ‘The Radio Times’ Magazine.

Above Image Reference Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/changingwho/10306.shtml

Daleks in Trafalgar Square Courtesy of the BBC
Daleks in Trafalgar Square
Courtesy of the BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/galleries/p00y1wfw
The First Doctor (William Hartnell) with teeny tiny Daleks.
The First Doctor (William Hartnell) with teeny tiny Daleks.
Daleks, ever the showman, couldn't resist giving the BBC interview to spread their singular message of "elimination".
Daleks, ever the showman, couldn’t resist giving the BBC interview to spread their singular message of “elimination”.
Doctor Who and the Daleks:  Based on the 1965 Film
Doctor Who and the Daleks: Based on the 1965 Film

Doctor Who Daleks -- Vintage Photos

It’s a Mod Mod Mod Dalek World
Doctor Who Daleks -- Vintage Photos
A UK Post Bus Meets Some Daleks in the 1960s.
Raymond Cusick, inventor of The Daleks

 

A Mod Dalek London
A Mod Dalek London
I’m worried this human doesn’t know to fear the giant tin can Dalek…
Just your garden variety Daleks, 1960s London
Tom Baker as the Doctor and scary Daleks in background. Not from the 1960s but too cool to leave out!

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