Doctor Who – The Story of an Asylum Dalek

Doctor Who – The Story of an Asylum Dalek

So we’ve now seen the episode Asylum Dalek of The Daleks -but what about all of those the classic Daleks? where did they come from – Here is the story behind one of them.

The BBC production team needed classic Daleks so all those available were drafted in, but with the vast majority of original Daleks had been sold off over the years it was down to the rescued remains and fan made examples to take third place.

This particular Dalek prop is PART original & PART replica, and remains in it’s ‘Resurrection Of The Daleks’ colour scheme – the story from which it comes.

Resurrection of the Daleks is a 5th Doctor story, which was first broadcast in February 1984. This story features Davros and marks the final regular appearance of Tegan Jovanka.

Many parts of the upper body date back to the 1970’s and are thought to have first appeared in the Jon Pertwee Story ‘Planet Of The Daleks’ – and has now been featured in the new series in ‘The Asylum Of The Daleks’ – making it the only Dalek ever to have appeared in both the classic series and the NEW! (at least in part)

After the filming took place the prop was returned to it’s owner Mark Barton Hill (Who fulfilled a childhood dream by appearing in this episode as a Dalek operator)

“It was absolutely smothered in Asylum cobwebs and dust and needed industrial strength cleaning to return it to a normal condition, at one point my heart sank as I thought they’d totally wrecked the paint on the dome and upper body- some of which date back to the 1980s”

Fresh from filming it has now been returned to The Doctor Who Experience Cardiff where it can been seen on display.

The Red sticker was put on it’s dome by the BBC as part of the story in ‘Asylum Of The Daleks’ this marking (symbol) means it’s been deemed insane and condemned to the Asylum for eternity.

Visitors to The Doctor Who Experience may notice that it still has this Asylum RED marking on the dome, but it’s been disguised with grey paint to blend in – as this Dalek represents the 1970’s/80’s appearance in the Evolution of the Daleks.

Asylum of The Daleks airs on Saturday 1st September on BBC1 7:20pm – 8:10pm

Matt Smith returns as the oldest time-traveller in the universe. The Time Lord, Amy and Rory are kidnapped by their oldest foe the Daleks and forced on a seemingly impossible mission – to enter the Asylum, a planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of the deadly aliens’ kind.

They need an escape route, and fast – but with an army of mad Daleks closing in, and the Ponds’ relationship in meltdown, it is up to the Doctor to save not only their lives but his friends’ marriage. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill co-star.

Last updated: September 1st, 2012 | 46 comments

46 Responses to :
Doctor Who – The Story of an Asylum Dalek

  1. Posted by: matt Reply

    January 11th, 2013 - 7:05am

    Hay guys if you want to know what its like living with a full size Dalek!!! its Fantastic!!
    Only problem is i cant get it to make me a cup of tea :(

    • Posted by: random guy

      February 8th, 2013 - 4:28pm


  2. Posted by: Christopher Reply

    October 15th, 2012 - 11:31pm

    Too bad we never really saw it in the episode, huh?

    • Posted by: Christopher Brown

      April 26th, 2013 - 10:03pm

      Best comment of 2012, in my opinion. The episode severely disappointed me in this respect

  3. Posted by: robert Reply

    September 1st, 2012 - 5:45pm

    cannot wait for doc who to be on in a hour

  4. Posted by: sheepinafez Reply

    August 28th, 2012 - 11:00am

    i really hope the classic daleks all die that would just be depressing

    • Posted by: sheepinafez

      August 28th, 2012 - 11:01am

      i mean i really hope the classic daleks DONT die

    • Posted by: Daveroper00

      September 1st, 2012 - 1:57pm

      Here Here

      I Love the classic Daleks .

      I’m making one out of cardboard today

  5. Posted by: Anthony Reply

    August 26th, 2012 - 2:26pm

    OMG I CAN NOT WAIT FOR NEXT SATURDAY I LOVE THESE PATICULAR CLASSI C DALEKS THERE SO AWESOME AND BRILLAINT AND HAVEING WANTING THE NEW SERIES TO AHVE THEM IN FINALLY ! i rember 2005 first dr who then sore classics now these are in the new who wait i menan genasis are back and the dead plane ti hope co release more of these well weve alreday had the dalek wave but have more in supremes back sore it in the traielr

  6. Posted by: bowtiemadjacob Reply

    August 26th, 2012 - 12:30pm

    My theory is that when the doctor defeats the Daleks they get sent to the asylum for not defeating the doctor therefore inprisoned for life…

    • Posted by: Jason doctorwhoone

      August 26th, 2012 - 3:05pm

      No, the Asylum is for Daleks who are mentally unstable, and a threat to other Daleks, so they send them to this planet to simply die their, usually by attacking or being attacked by other mentally unstable Daleks I should imagine.

    • Posted by: bowtiemadjacob

      August 27th, 2012 - 7:15pm

      Ahh i get ya i still think my theroy is cool though :P

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 28th, 2012 - 3:26pm

      i guess the daleks who are not physcopaths will escape for the finale

  7. Posted by: CYBERMEN97000 Reply

    August 26th, 2012 - 12:28pm

    Im going to the Doctor Who expieriencetomorrow first time too so i hope its good :)

    • Posted by: Anonymous

      August 26th, 2012 - 5:36pm

      hope you injoy it

  8. Posted by: Jason doctorwhoone Reply

    August 26th, 2012 - 9:39am

    I’m very confused about something concerning the Emperor Daleks.

    Most things Ive read, such as Doctor Who – The Dalek Handbook, suggest or claim that the ‘Evil of the Daleks’ Emperor Dalek is the same one from 2005’s ‘Parting of the Ways’.

    Doctor Who Wiki however claims ‘This Emperor was seemingly destroyed by a civil war between humanised Daleks and un-altered Daleks. However, a light was seen blinking on its casing at the end, indicating some kind of activity’.

    So is the Emperor from ‘Evil’ and the one from 2005 the same Emperor, or is it just a big mess up that they are not the same but happen to be completely different Emperors ?.

    I personally believe they are not one and the same.

    • Posted by: Anonymous

      August 26th, 2012 - 11:31am

      They are not the same (we know because there was another emperor entirely at one point, Davros).

    • Posted by: Jason doctorwhoone

      August 26th, 2012 - 3:08pm

      True, Davros was Emperor only to the Imperial Daleks loyal to him.

      But from what I know of Evil of the Daleks, it seems the Emperor Dalek may have survived, and just was not seen again until the Time War so many years later as the 2005 version.

      Perhaps a story talking about the different Emperors would clear up the issue if the ‘Evil’ and 2005 ones are the same or not, cos most things Ive read say they are and some say they are not, it’s real confusing.

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 28th, 2012 - 3:29pm

      there are lots of dalek emperors but davros is the main one,he is dalek number one

    • Posted by: Anonymous

      May 10th, 2014 - 9:13pm


  9. Posted by: mechas8n Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 11:11pm

    Ah but are the cobwebs laid by a spider Dalek?

    • Posted by: dalek galt

      May 12th, 2013 - 6:16pm


  10. Posted by: TheWhomobile Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 10:22pm

    This is a little off topic, but I’ve been thinking about going to the Experience in Cardiff for some time now. Can anyone that’s been tell me if it’s any good and worthwhile or not for older fans (i turned 16 earlier this month).

    • Posted by: Boodleoo

      August 26th, 2012 - 1:40am

      The storys quite good but the museum excellent I went to the london one going to be 16 in may.

    • Posted by: Jason doctorwhoone

      August 26th, 2012 - 7:07am

      You could just watch videos on YouTube about the Doctor Who Experiance. Saves going up there, but not as fun.

    • Posted by: booboo

      August 26th, 2012 - 11:23am

      its for all ages and well worth the money for the exhibition alone

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 28th, 2012 - 3:28pm

      there are loads of emperors but davros is the best,he comes first as dalek number one

  11. Posted by: Jason doctorwhoone Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 8:17pm

    Funny, I thought this Dalek belonged to Russell T. Davies himself.

    • Posted by: Anonymous

      August 25th, 2012 - 9:14pm

      No, that’s a different one.

    • Posted by: Sam

      August 26th, 2012 - 1:33am

      No,that was the gold one featured on the Aslyum Of The Daleks poster.

  12. Posted by: The Time Lord of Doom Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 5:25pm

    Does this mean there’s no other classic ones returning? The Daleks I want back are:

    Bronze Daleks (definetaly! :) )
    Imperials (I hope they return!)
    Paradigm (but only the Drones and Strategists)

    And also, one that’s not returning but I wanted it to….. Ironsides! If Davros was in this, I could imagine them with the tea tray and saying to him “Would you care for some tea?” :lol:

    • Posted by: booboo

      August 26th, 2012 - 11:22am

      no there other ones just not originals

  13. Posted by: dr who Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 4:05pm

    i want some classic dalek figures,i hope they do a set

    • Posted by: booboo

      August 25th, 2012 - 4:06pm

      may be some damaged Asylum ones like this

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 25th, 2012 - 4:10pm

      i don’t want damaged i want classic daleks,because forbidden planet is way too far away,the one i really want is remebrance of the daleks

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 25th, 2012 - 4:12pm

      booboo what figure set is better ,genesis of the daleks or ressurection of the daleks

    • Posted by: booboo

      August 25th, 2012 - 4:14pm

      either really

    • Posted by: Matt smithy

      August 25th, 2012 - 10:14pm

      I have made an idea for an asylum set BooBoo
      It could be exlusive to forbidden planet or toys R us. It would have 5 figures:
      Figure 1- the Doctor (with sonic screwdriver)
      Figure 2- Paradigm drone (with new paint design)
      Figure 3- Dusty resurrection dalek
      Figure 4- Extremly damaged Time war dalek
      and I can’t deside figure 5.
      Figure 5- option 1- Rory (a new veriant)
      option 2- 60’s dalek (with some cobbwebbs)

      What do you think BooBoo? :)

    • Posted by: dr who

      August 26th, 2012 - 9:45am

      i really want a special weapons dalek,but forbidden planet are too far and there delieveries are really slow

    • Posted by: Matt smithy

      August 26th, 2012 - 10:50am

      so what if they are slow? At least you will get one.

    • Posted by: Bigger on the Inside

      August 26th, 2012 - 12:35pm

      And a Amy!

    • Posted by: Dalek The Supreme

      March 1st, 2013 - 1:51pm

      Actually, I’d like to see them do a set for the new scale, with a Dalek Drone (New back section and paint scheme), SW Dalek, damaged bronze Dalek, and either Dead Planet or Resurrection Dalek.

    • Posted by: Dalek The Supreme

      March 1st, 2013 - 1:52pm

      I mean Dalek Strategist, not Drone, sorry

  14. Posted by: Mark T Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 4:03pm

    wow its covered in cobwebs looks awesome

  15. Posted by: Liam Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 4:03pm

    so we can see this at the experience then, cool

  16. Posted by: Anonymous Reply

    August 25th, 2012 - 4:02pm


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