Dalek mysteriously appeared at elementary school

A Dalek has mysteriously turned up at an Exeter, England elementary school. Nobody has claimed it. Davros could not be reached for comment.
 275580 Article Images 2676110 1790396 "We'd like to return him to his owner if possible because he's taking up quite a lot of room and is living in a cupboard at the moment."

The value of the Dalek is not known but Ms Willey estimates that the replica could be worth hundreds of pounds.

"He's a little bit damaged here and there, but he's still got to be worth hundreds," she said. "Someone out there must know where this Dalek has come from. And if the owner doesn't come forward, maybe we could give it to some charity or organisation that can do something with him." The school contacted police but officers say they have received no reports of a missing or stolen Dalek.

"City school hasn't got time or space for lost Dalek" (via Fortean Times)

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  1. If you leave something like that outside a school in the United States, the bomb disposal unit of the police will blow it up.

  2. EXTERMINATE!!! ;)

    It would be cause for extreme alarm if that blog post headline ever came up in the actual Doctor Who universe.

  3. “O.K., I just stared into the time vortex, so bring in the… Wait, where the #*@! is it? You put it where? Thanks, guys. Thanks a lot.”

  4. that’s a pretty crappy-looking Dalek from the picture. My last snow dalek was more accurate. Is Dalek reproduction really a lucrative field? are people buying crappy daleks for hundreds of dollars? bc i could make a better one & up the price…

    1. that’s a pretty crappy-looking Dalek from the picture. My last snow dalek was more accurate.

      That’s because it is still a baby Dalek that hasn’t fully matured. It certainly explains the small size and why it was left at the school. ED-U-CATE, INT-E-GRATE, AS-SIM-I-LATE!

  5. “Ms Willey estimates that the replica could be worth hundreds of pounds.”

    It looks a little bit dumpy to me. But then, the interwebs always show me the very best Dalek replicas. Perhaps I’m spoiled.

  6. A branch of Waterstones in Norwich which I frequent regularly has a life-sized Dalek near the SF section, and has done for years. It talks at random – you’ll be quietly browsing the shelves and suddenly you’ll hear a distorted voice – “EX-TER-MIN-ATE!”.

  7. I’ve just moved out of Exeter, but this could be the Dalek from the Doctor Who shop, which if I’m thinking of the right school is only a few hundred meters down the road. An yes, there’s a Doctor Who shop.

    1. i wanna go there! in america i had to blow 20 bucks on a replica sonic screwdriver. it must be cheaper there.

  8. WOW. Doctor Who is my favorite show and i am soooo jealous!! i would take this if it isn’t claimed. I was even planning on being a dalek for halloween.

  9. I have spent several thousand dollars building a replica dalek prop. Albeit one that is rather more accurate than the one in the story and made out of fiberglass.

    So yes, people do spend hundreds.

    If you want to actually buy a dalek you can only do so legally through ‘This Planet Earth’ which has the BBC license for full size replica props.

    http://www.thisplanetearth.co.uk/main/

    One of their props will set you back GBP 3,000 or so.

    Actual props have sold for less at auction, but they were in very bad condition and the buyer just spent GBP 15,000 having one of them restored.

  10. As an aside, does being completely mystified by peoples’ desire to spend large amounts of money to build replica Daleks make me a bad person?

    There doesn’t appear to be a similar community of cylon-builders or droid-builders – what is it about Doctor Who that makes people want to build the props?

    1. Doctor Who has been running since the Sixties, aside from the big gap in the Ninties/Noughties. It’s a family show, so people have grown up watching it and kept watching it for their whole life in some cases. This makes it a part of their life and they want to participate by recreating.
      Anyway, you’re on boingboing. If you can’t understand people spending silly money to make silly things by now, you never will.

    2. Actually there is a HUGE droid builder community, they even have their own magazine.
      Same goes for Cylons, there is even an actual Frakking Cylon toaster.
      There is now a Wall-E building community. People love this stuff.

  11. Okay, I’ve never seen an episode of Doctor Who, so maybe someone can explain how a thing with arms or legs kills people. Couldn’t you just tip one over or go up stairs or something?

    1. The same way that half-blind zombies barely capable of stumbling along on their decomposing limbs are able to kill people.

    2. Cydonia
      maybe someone can explain how a thing with (no) arms or legs kills people. Couldn’t you just tip one over or go up stairs or something?

      The part you are looking at is not the actual Daleck. You are looking at the outside of a combat suit. It is sort of a one man (Actually one Daleck) tank. It can shoot people, blow up things, even do a bit of flying. If it has trouble getting upstairs it will simply tear down the building until whatever it wants is low enough to reach conveniently.

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