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Who’s that driving the Dalek?

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A DR WHO fan has created a toy that only kids could dream of – a moving, talking, life-size Dalek.

Hartlepool man David Jackson became gripped by the hit sci-fi television programme in the 1960s when he was about seven and used to watch it religiously every Saturday night.

But more than 40 years later he dreamed up the idea of constructing a giant cyborg, which he has named Bom Bom, out of plastic, wood, metal and even part of his kitchen bin!

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David, 54, spent a couple of years engineering motors and electrics for the 5ft 5in-tall Dalek until his masterpiece was complete.

Its head rotates, its lights flash, its plunge arm moves and it even has a voice box which shouts the famous phrase “exterminate, exterminate” at the push of a button.

But the extra-terrestrial robot’s party piece is when David opens it up, climbs inside and drives it up and down.

David, an instrument gas technician, says it is now like a member of the family, and is well known with young Dr Who fans in the Clavering area of Hartlepool where he lives, and with his friends.

“There are no official plans for building a Dalek so I just built it to scale using other models and pictures,” said David, who lives with his wife Barbara, a personal assistant.

“It’s fully motorised and I can get inside and drive it.

“I don’t just get inside it and drive on a day to day basis, I haven’t gone completely mad. I just get it out if people come round and want to see it.

“A lot of people are interested in it and all the kids around here have been to see it. It draws quite a bit of attention.”

David added: “I got into Dr Who in the 1960s when it was in black and white and every child used to sit and watch it on a Saturday evening. I was about seven at the time.

“I loved it and I don’t know what it was that made me decide to build it. It was just something I really wanted to do.”

And despite Dalek models fetching a fair price for Dr Who fanatics, David said he did not make his for the cash.

He added: “People collect these things and I believe they can bring a good price. But it’s difficult to put a price on an individual item like mine.

“I didn’t build it for a profit, I couldn’t put a value on it. He’s just become part of the family!”

 

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