A History of the Dalek props in Doctor Who – From ’63 to ’88 and beyond…
Dalek 63•88 is a research project about a very specific area of TV production: The provisioning of Dalek props for Doctor Who. This site documents every casing which was created for the programme, the individuals who worked on them, the companies that made them, and the events (both on and off screen) in which they were involved.
- Series Nine & Ten (9/6/2017) - After a year of hard work behind the scenes, we have finally reached Series Nine & Ten and we are (as we write) up to date! You can read all about the Dalek props of The Magician’s Apprentice & The Witch’s Familiar here. Of course, the series goes on and no doubt the Doctor will […]
- Into the Dalek (8/22/2017) - We go ‘Into the Dalek’ in our latest research covering Series Eight! Find out more about ‘Rusty’ and the other Dalek props here.
- 50th Anniversary! (7/27/2017) - Our latest page covers the 2013 ‘Specials’ – Day of the Doctor and Time of the Doctor. You can find out more about the Dalek props used in these momentous tales right now!
- The New Series: Series Seven (7/7/2017) - Why not read all about the old, new and borrowed props that were assembled for ‘Asylum of the Daleks’. Our research has now reached Series Seven, and our updated page is now available to view.
- The New Series: Series Five (6/7/2017) - Our latest batch of research has reached Series Five and the controversial New Paradigm Daleks! You can read all about them on the Series Five page here…
We’re Jon and Gav and we’ve been researching Daleks together since 2005. Jon started the whole thing in 2002 but Gav came along later with a shared interest to help revamp the whole site. It’s not the first attempt at a prop history and much ground work was laid down in articles by Tony Clark and Stephen James Walker in the 1980s, and by Mark Dando and Dave Muirhead in the 1990s. But often the production team contradicted each other and resources in those days were limited. With episodes now clearer than ever on DVD, and so many photos available, we decided the only way to tell the whole story was to start from scratch and work through every piece of visual evidence from the start.
After two years of exhaustive investigation, a new site was launched in 2007. But over time, new fragments of information came to light and some cracks seemed to appear in the reasoning behind certain conclusions we’d reached. As the niggles accumulated, it became obvious that it was time once again to revamp the site.
Following some helpful insight from researcher Simon Ayers, seven months of painstaking analysis resulted in a huge relaunch in the summer of 2010. A new timeline was finally created in which each prop could be followed from its construction until its last appearance on screen – and in many cases beyond.
Since 2010, over 200,000 visitors have dropped by and we’re immensely proud to have been featured on the BBC’s Click programme. In 2013 our research began to be used for the Dalek ‘costume’ profiles in the Doctor Who Figurines Collection Magazine and in 2014 we have been honoured to contribute a feature to Doctor Who Magazine.
We continue to delve deeper into the stories of these props and many new pages are currently under construction. Our research time is often limited due to our jobs but we hope to put new pages live as soon as we can! (If you go on Facebook here and click LIKE, you’ll get all the news).
We have enjoyed everything that has gone into this site and we hope you enjoy reading it. We love getting comments and we’re excited to hear anecdotes about Daleks. If you have any private photos of TV props then please get in touch because they could solve the mysteries which still remain.
We’d like to express our sincere thanks to all the people who’ve shared photos and snippets of info down the years which have made our research possible.
For invaluable photos which made it all possible, thank you Richard Atkinson, James Russell, Robert Kew, Will Brooks and Tony Clark. For patiently answering our inane questions, thank you Mike Tucker, Stuart Brisdon, Martin Wilkie and Scott Wayland. For support, information, and general Dalek debate, thank you Richard Bignell, Simon Ayers, Steve Allen, Andrew Pixley, Andrew Beech, Mick Hall, Chris Balcombe, John Kelly, Derek Handley, Matt Parish, Mark Dando, Steve Murray and various members of Project Dalek Forum (John Darley, Tony S, J “MovieDalek”).
Jon has been a Doctor Who fan since the early 1970s and has a preference for Tom Baker stories but likes all eras of the show. He has his own Dalek and manages a family run Hi-Fi and TV Shop in Bath which has been established since 1946. He is a keen darts player and organises a local league, as well as being a fan of Pink Floyd and supporter of Liverpool FC. He has also supplied research for Doctor Who Magazine and Doctor Who Figurines Collection. Follow him on Twitter.
Gav was first introduced to Doctor Who during the summer of 1987 via his dad’s video collection of the 1983 repeats. He built his first Doctor Who website in 1997 and started themindrobber.co.uk in 2003. He contributes artwork to various Doctor Who products including the Classic and New Series DVD ranges, and has supplied various features, cover artwork and illustrations for books, Doctor Who Magazine, Doctor Who Adventures and Doctor Who Figurines Collection. Follow him on Twitter.