The design of the Dalek has been an icon of science fiction since the creatures debuted in 1963. No one has ever been able to put their finger on what quality the Daleks possess that makes them so successful, but Raymond Cusick’s model has been a knock out ever since.
The 2010 New Paradigm Dalek by Peter McKinstry (http://www.petermckinstry.com/) ruffled the feathers of many a devoted Doctor Who fan. I can understand why fans are divided on the New Daleks and this short video by TheMindRobber (please visit his site for his many amazing videos and designs) solves many of those problems.
What happens if you cross the shape of the original Cusick Daleks with the design features of the new McKinstry Daleks? Here is my hybrid.
I never disliked any specific design change of the 2010 Daleks, it was really all about the shape. The fixtures and fittings on the Daleks have been altered repeatedly down the years so I don’t mind new eye-stalks, lights, gun, etc. I like the raised skirt panels – and the the new rear hatch is interesting as it harks back to Cusick’s original unused plans.
For me, it’s the shape which makes the New Dalek Paradigm so disagreeable. Their tops are not in scale to the skirts, and they lean forward. So, I thought it would be interesting to give them a straight spine once again and return them to their small stature and original proportions. They are, after all, supposed to be small, compact travel machines – not massive, cumbersome, immovable tanks.