Sunday, April 27, 2014


Since their introduction in 1963, the Daleks from the Doctor Who series have become one of the most recognizable bad guys in scifidom. Over the course of 50 years on television, their appearance evolved as the props used for filming were changed for various reasons, but the basic form has remained fairly consistent.

The BBC sells Dalek replicas, and states that they stand at 5' 3" in accordance with BBC props department specifications.

I'm not sure that this height is entirely correct for the specific Dalek replica that they sell since it seems to be a "wide fender" version, that should be 8" taller than the original prop (to accommodate a rider on a tricycle), but I'm fully willing to accept that all Daleks are the same size regardless of the actual size of the prop used for filming.

In any event, most of the Daleks that are seen in the series seem to be much shorter than humans.

The latest model (Paradigm Daleks) however, seem to be taller and a lot bulkier than humans.

Late last year, Forbidden Planet released an exclusive Doctor Who edition of Risk containing what some claimed to be 1/72 scale Daleks and a 1/72 TARDIS. I was hoping that the game would eventually make its way to the US, and it is now available through the BBC Doctor Who Shop.

There seem to be some differences in the game pieces between the two editions, but I have not seen pictures of the Forbidden Planet game pieces so I can only say that it is described as having three Classic Dalek armies (Classic Bronze, Silver, Black), and two Paradigm Dalek armies (Yellow, Red). Each army contains 42 small Daleks, 15 medium Daleks, and 6 large Daleks.

The BBC version has five armies as well, but it only has two Classic Dalek armies (Orange, Black), and three Paradigm Dalek armies (Yellow, Gray, Mustard). Each army has a reduced number of game pieces, with only 36 small Daleks and 15 medium Daleks.

Below are photos of the small and medium Classic Daleks.

The medium Daleks are spot on for 1/72 scale, while the small ones will probably work very well for 15mm.

Next are the Paradigm Daleks. I think that the gray ones are supposed to be silver, while the mustard colored ones are supposed to be bronze.

These Daleks are shorter than they should be, though I think that it would be easy enough to add some height to the fender and build up the area under the collar to make them the proper height.

Finally, a comparison of Classic and Paradigm game pieces, along with the TARDIS.

Unfortunately, the TARDIS is grossly undersized for 1/72 scale, but it is probably very close to the correct size for 15mm.

In conclusion, I have to say that while the detail on the game pieces is shallow and the design is simplified, they are still tolerable representations of Classic Daleks in 1/72 scale. The Paradigm Daleks are not so good, but can be fixed relatively easily if one were so inclined. The Forbidden Planet version of the game is probably a better value, since you get more Classic Daleks. I'm not sure if Hasbro is selling the individual game pieces like they did in the past, but if they did, it would be a great way to build up a huge Dalek army.


Sam Wise said...

Interesting and well documented.
I've some Daleks which are freebies of Dr Who Adventures magazine + some "monsters" from the same source.
Note that a Tardis could be found in 28mm scale but usable with 1/72 maybe ?

EY said...

Hi Sam,

28mm may work for the 2005 version of the TARDIS, but Ainsty does not seem to give any dimensions for their model.

I guess if I really want one, I can always build a papercraft model. Those are plentiful on the internet, scalable, and free as well.

Sean A. Emrick said...

These should go great with either Revell/Matchbox's Falklands War British Paratroopers or Call to Arms British infantry of the 1970's set. Would be great to see someone post pictures comparing those sets. Now if only someone would make suitable Cybermen in 1:72