Picture of the Somethings

12th April 2010 • Blog Post by Seb Patrick •

If the Radio Times had their way, we really wouldn’t ever see anything for the first time upon its actual broadcast, would we? I’m honestly surprised they don’t just print a full synopsis of each episode in Alison Graham’s infantilised drawl each week.

Anyway, if you want to see something extremely big and important and relevant to this coming week’s episode, then follow the jump. And if you don’t want to see it, then for god’s sake don’t go into a newsagent before 6.15 on Saturday.

IT’S THE NEW DALEKS. Well, or is it? Is it simply the new Dalek? There are two options, here.

1. As The Flatmate of the Site has it, there’s only one new Dalek, and it’s this one :

… and the others are all simply mockups for the Radio Times, to tie in with the election (red, blue and yellow DO YOU SEE). And that this one Dalek is some kind of special one-off, or Supreme, or something.

2. There really are four new Daleks in four different colours, and this is how they’re all going to look for the entirety of the Moffat era.

And while TFOTS loves it, I’m… not sure. Okay, I like the panelling on the skirt. And it looks pretty cool and retro. And I can fully get behind white and black as a colour scheme after years of dull gold (then again, if they’re really going that way, I can fully get behind multiple colours of Dalek – particularly if those colours all indicate different ranks). But the shape of it just looks… wrong, somehow. It’s too chunky. It looks comical, rather than intimidating. Then again, we said that about the redesign of Cappsy, and look how that turned out.

The only real place to judge this is going to be when we see it onscreen on Saturday, but… well. This is going to be controversial. (In fact, it already is. But Moffat only has to use the word “the” in a script for Gallifrey Base to find controversy in it) And it does pose the question: are we going to get new Cybermen as well, or what? As well as the question: if there are four of the buggers, how much is it going to cost me to buy Character Options’ versions?

Seb Patrick once met Paul McGann, who immediately pretended to be Mark McGann. He writes for Den of Geek, BBC America, Film4 and the official Red Dwarf website, among others. He owns over thirty toy Daleks and wishes the Dapol factory tour was still open.

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