Resurrection of the Creator
When the idea of a Davros sequel was first mooted, Michael Wisher - the original actor to play the role - was available to return, having missed out on Destiny of the Daleks. However, when the story was postponed to the next season he was unavailable and so actor Terry Molloy was cast in the part. Molloy was most famous for playing Mike Tucker in the long running radio soap The Archers and therefore would bring a distintcive voice to the part. Molloy was small enough in stature for the chair, but the original Davros mask had deteriorated beyond repair following years of display at the Longleat and Blackpool exhibitions. A new mask therefore had to be created.
Molloy's face was cast and a new Davros sculpted. The new design had more of an alien appearance rather than the original wizened, old man of John Friedlander's mask. The chair also underwent some changes with the top panel adorned with new controls added. The script called for a panel to open in the side of the skirt, and a spring-up section in the dashboard.
Although Davros became the main focus of the story as in Genesis, the Daleks themselves were not forgotten and the selected props received some refurbishment before going in front of the cameras. By the summer of 1983 the pool of Dalek parts was reducing due damage, but four props were able to be assembled as follows:
Dalek One-7Meaning 1 had been most recently used in The Five Doctors and therefore needed little work to get it ready although the large chip in the dome that was visible in the story was repaired. The prop retained its Goon neck cage and original dome. A rubber tube was laid between the neck and shoulders in some of the final scenes through which foam could be pumped to simulate the Movellan virus attacking the Dalek. Its upper collar and mesh were also given silver finish.
Also in good condition was Dalek Six-exMeaning 2 which had most recently been on display at Madame Tussauds and the Longleat convention several months earlier. Dalek Six-ex still retained its 'Shawcraft style' neck but the dome had changed so that it now carried the Shawcraft original with the 'U' shaped attachment inserted into the pivot hole to prevent the eye from dropping too far. Proper replacement hemispheres were now fitted also where previously only a temporary patch-up had been applied.
The last two props were assembled from old components in new combinations. Previously, the shoulders of Dalek Seven had been paired with the skirt of Goon ii for Destiny of the Daleks, but this time it was paired with the skirt of Goon v on which the hemispheres of the front panels were quite haphazard. The prop retained its Goon neck cage and dome although - as with the dome of Dalek One-7 - it had had its eyestalk moved back and its pivot socket filled slightly so the eyestalk couldn't lower as far.
The final prop consisted of the shoulders and neck of Goon v and the original Shawcraft skirt of Dalek Five to make the combination of Dalek v-5. The dome used on this prop was from a Goon and had been used on Dalek Six-ex at Tussauds. The pivot hole remained unmodified on this dome.
All the Daleks were painted to match the battleship grey of Dalek One-7 (except for the upper collar and mesh which remained dark), and their newly-refurbished eyestalks had a diminished number of disc along the length. At this stage the lights of Dalek v-5 were red and orange and the lights of Dalek Six-ex were red.