This Gorgeous Stained Glass Dalek Is Just as Likely to Yell ‘Excommunicate’ as 'Exterminate’
by James Whitbrook
What happens when you cross a Dalek with a stained-glass window? You get the most weirdly beautiful looking killer pepperpot the world has ever seen.
This ridiculously ornate take on Doctor Who’s most famous monsters was actually made for the cover of a Big Finish Doctor Who radio drama re “Order of the Daleks,” in which Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor is menaced by a particularly dogmatic Dalek, wrought out of iron and plated with religious-themed stained glass panels. And, apparently, it also has a trident instead of a plunger for good measure, which is metal as shit, quite literally.
When the script for “Order” came in, Big Finish director Jamie Anderson knew the weird new Dalek had to feature on the drama’s cover, but instead of getting an artist to simply draw the creature, he drafted in designer Chris Thompson to actually create the Dalek as a full CG model. Not the first time that the Daleks’ fevered rhetoric has been linked to religious overtones, but certainly the most literal (and most pretty, which is an odd description to give to a Dalek).
Pictured above is Georgia Moffett Tennant with her father, her husband, and some guy named Peter, who I think might be her doctor or something.
I didn’t go to the Long Island Who convention last week, but I listened to the Big Finish podcast and there was a fun bit of (possible) news in there.
Nicholas Briggs was interviewing Paul McGann, Colin Baker, and Peter Davison. At one point Davison pressed Briggs (who is executive producer at Big Finish) to provide more work for his real-life daughter Georgia Moffett—perhaps by making audio adventures with Jenny, the Doctor’s cloned daughter from the David Tennant episode of televised Doctor Who “The Doctor’s Daughter” broadcast in 2008. Initially Briggs replied in a neutral tone, but then he hemmed and hawed a bit, making noises about it being a good idea, and a possibility if certain things fall into place. As he went on, he then seemed to chide Davison slightly about confidential information, and then there is what sounds like an edit in the podcast and the foursome suddenly begin talking about something completely different.
Not everyone is a fan of that episode, of the character of Jenny in general principle. Personally, it’s not my favorite episode, but the character could certainly be used in interesting ways. I like the idea of a tough adventurer, who tries to use her parentage as a commodity to negotiate advantages during her adventures. I don’t know if that’s the approach they would take at Big Finish, but I’d bet cash money we’ll see the publication of a Doctor’s Daughter Adventures boxed set some time before the end of 2017.
I love how people outside of the classic who fandom are so insistent that everyone hates six and adric and pays no attention to eight when really it’s just like
colin baker is god. worship the ground on which his crocs have touched. tomorrow we light our monthly memorial for our dearly missed adric and publish another book to give to paul mcgann for being such a cutie.