Image Credit: John Salway
Image Description: The Dalek Emperor and Dalek Drone figurines
By John Salway
Name: Dalek Drone & Dalek Emperor
Type: Figurines and magazine
Current TLV investment: £142.88
We may have seen the Daleks already in an escape room, and facing the Tenth Doctor in Defender of the Daleks, but now, it’s time for them to really take over the Time Lord Victorious range. They’ve just got their own animated series, appeared in some audio adventures with the Eighth Doctor, and been the subjects of three batches of models courtesy of the Doctor Who Figurine Collection. This time, I received the first of its sets – the silver-and-blue Dalek Drone, and the shiny Dalek Emperor.
The figurines themselves are exactly what I was hoping for; neatly painted, pleasingly shiny, and reassuringly weighty in the hand – although I would remind readers that I am no figurine expert, and a more trained eye may notice imperfections that escape my gaze. The suckers, gun arms and eyestalks are also quite firm, making breakages (touch wood) unlikely.
The short accompanying magazine is also an unexpected delight, containing a surprising variety of features while remaining entirely focused on the Dalek theme. Included are in-depth profiles of the Dalek Drone and Emperor; an overview of different Dalek hierarchies; a gallery of the various Dalek Emperors we’ve seen; an in-depth anatomy of the golden Emperor Dalek complete with fully rendered interior; and a short piece of fiction that builds on the initial Time Lord Victorious trailer, featuring a single Drone with a warning for the galaxy… If you like Daleks, this is the magazine for you! My only complaint is that there are quite a few typos, but this is easily overlooked.
But far more importantly, this magazine finally gives me some context in which to place the new Dalek designs seen in Time Lord Victorious. This is the Dalek Restoration Empire, dedicated to uniting the Daleks together after their civil war. With Davros out of the picture, the golden Emperor Dalek now has full control, and has sought to reclaim the race’s former glory. This is great stuff, solidly placing these adventures after Remembrance of the Daleks, and providing a convincing reason for the Daleks to have had a bit of a makeover.
I wasn’t sure what to expect quality wise from this first figurine set, having never partaken in the Doctor Who Figurine Collection in the past, but both the models and the magazine have impressed me greatly and I look forward to completing my Dalek fleet!