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So that’s what happened to that Dalek!

Damn, wouldn’t it have been cool to have been the guy who found this? A Dalek, lost from Doctor Who since the 1970s or 1980s:

Workers were baffled how the Dr Who relic ended up there, but it may have been in the murky water for more than 30 years after being dumped during location filming in the ’70s.

Marc Oakland, 42, who made the discovery, said: “I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface. I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up in front of me.

“It was covered in mould and weed, and had quite a bit of damage. One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact.”

The discovery of the Dalek — famous for its Exterminate threat — was made near Beaulieu, Hants.

Former Doctor Jon Pertwee made a number of episodes on location in the county during the 1970s.

The BBC also took Daleks there for filming in the 1980s when Colin Baker was Timelord.

Meanwhile, they’re keeping the exact location secret, to prevent a horde of Who fans descending upon it to look for more Daleks.

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11 replies on “So that’s what happened to that Dalek!”

Heh. too bad it wasn’t a crew of archeologists 1000 years from now. Finding a Dalek buried in a mud bog would have raised some serious questions. But a cool find — almost as cool as finding a P-51 Mustang in grandad’s old barn.

The lucky guy who found it would have been a little kid when Pertwee was the Doctor. If he was a fan, that had to scare the crap out of him for about a second.

I wonder if they’ll find the rest of the dalek down there, or just the dome/grill parts.

Still, in its own way it’s amazing that an overgrown pepper pot on wheels from the 60’s is instantly recognizable by people worldwide (years after the old series and even before the new series). About the only other sci-fi villain who comes close is Darth Vader.


Nothing new though. Back in 2005 some Who fans stole a dalek (it was later returned).

I noticed it was the Sun as well, however since they dont comment/display how big the Daleks breasts are, it may actually be true. 😉

From ‘Yes, Prime minister’.

Hacker: I know exactly who reads the papers: The Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it already is.

Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

Bernard: Sun readers don’t care who runs the country, as long as she’s got big tits.

Funny or sad: I would have been genuinely scared if I had found that abandoned Dalek, until I convinced myself it was a prop. And then I still would have had nightmares.


Goodness! If that had been me you could have heard the screams in Australia!

HAHAHAHAHA! Fantastic… maybe this is where they went with the emergency temporal shift before bringing back that sexy devil Davros.

Daleks and THE SCUM newspaper all on one page. If only they would go exterminate that publication.

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