Tuesday, 27 August 2013

The original Dalek?



Since the dawn of The Last Great Time War has the origin of both the Dalek form and name been discussed by Whovians across our tiny little globe.

The BBCs most feared pepper pots of hate designed by Raymond Cusick, were supposedly mocked up in under an hour from a very short brief by Terry Nation, who wanted a legless antidote to the commonplace Doctor Who 'man in a suit' monster.

Now, having been brought up on science fiction, I have wandering eyes (and ears) for all things fantastical and other-worldly. Akin to Pareidolia, a condition where you might see faces in inanimate objects or animals in clouds, I tend to see Star Wars insignia on railings or hear Red Dwarf theme songs in David Bowie tracks. I also know I'm not alone in this.

So I happened to be visiting the Museum of London Docklands, wandering through the show cases of nautical and historical artefacts, when I happened upon what I instantly recognised to be a Dalek, imprinted in Saxon pottery fragments no less. Could this piece of Suffolk earthenware be the oldest recorded sighting of a Dalek? Was Davros trail-blazing round 700-850 AD East Anglia inspiring potters as his visage was committed to kilned flame? Was Raymond Cusick regressing to a former self to be subconscious eyewitness to the same sight as when the ceramic Kaled was captured?

Let the speculation, commence...

The first recorded Dalek? 700-850 AD

Does East Anglia have more unburied Whovian treasures to uncover? 

Top shelf Daleks on display at the Museum of London Docklands

Posted by: Geek Girl Kerensa Creswell-Bryant
Geek Girl, Updated at: 17:31