We’ve been on the look-out for Doctor Who toys this week as we get ready for our stall at Whooverville VI at the end of the month. Whooverville is an annual gathering of Doctor Who fans in the East Midlands. It’s on Saturday 30 August this year and returns to last year’s venue, Derby Quad.
Peter Davison, the fifth Doctor will be there along with Terry Molloy, who has played the role of Davros, creator of the Daleks more times than any other actor. Molloy regularly appears at conventions all over the world and was the last actor to play Davros in the original series, when he battled the seventh Doctor and Ace in Remembrance of the Daleks back in 1988.
As Molloy is one of the guests this year we were very pleased to find a Dapol Davros action figure from the same era. We’ve also picked up some other Dalek toys to take, that are mostly made by Character (previously Character Options), a British toy company who have been producing the Doctor Who toys since the new TV series kicked off in 2005.
This smashing Dalek Battle Pack with Rose Tyler is in the “going to Whooverville” box. It’s one of the first two toys Character produced at the start of their run – the other was also a Dalek Battle Pack, but with the Doctor. If you missed it on the telly, you can watch Rose battle the Daleks in this brilliant Rotersand video Exterminate, Annihilate, Destroy.
Then there’s this mask of one of the weirdest looking of all the daleks, Dalek Sec Hybrid. He appeared in the Series 3 episode Daleks in Manhattan when Cult of Skaro leader Dalek Sec merges with a human to create a new half-dalek / half-human hybrid race. The Dalek Sec Mask is great for cos players; it says Dalek Sec phrases and has a voice changer mode so the wearer can even sound like a Dalek.
There have been eight of the new Doctor Who series so far and halfway through, in series five, Character changed from their distinctive red and yellow packaging to what you might call Tardis blue. That same year they brought out this 13 inch radio controlled Dalek Strategist that will be reminding visitors to Whooverville that Daleks are the supreme beings in the deep gravely voice of the new Daleks.
This week we also found this unusual magentic Dalek construction toy. It is one of a series of “supermag” Doctor Who toys that include a Tardis and Cyberman. The Daleks don’t turn up very often and even with the instructions it was challenging to complete, but I really like it. It’s got a nice weight to it and the top with the eye stalk is balanced on a magnet and has a smashing smooth swivel that’s really quite spooky (if you are slightly unnerved by Daleks like me).
Last on the list of Whooverville Dalek goodies is this Dalek bubble bath, that’s modeled on the Supreme Dalek from series four. I have a tendency to pick up toys for the bathroom and was very tempted to keep this to go with my Tranformer, Dath Vader and Tombliboo bubbles (among others!) Especially as the Supreme Dalek made Doctor Who history in 2008, when it was the first red Dalek to appear in the TV series.
But then I found this rather fab Dalek watch – which is why I couldn’t keep the bubble bath – because it’s staying with me, sorry folks!