Image of the Day: Striking stained-glass Dalek

In honor of Halloween coming down the mist-shrouded calendar, here's a beautiful stained-glass, goth-inspired Doctor Who Dalek that might be the most artistic version of the radical exterminating robots ever seen.  This shatteringly cool Dalek was created to promote the upcoming Doctor Who full cast radio drama from the folks at Big Finish titled, Order of the Daleks, with Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor battling an iron-clad, stained-glass Dalek carrying a medieval trident instead of the familiar plunger. 

Big Finish has been delivering fan-pleasing radio dramas set in the Who-verse since 1999, and for this latest installment,  director Jamie Anderson called on the talents of designer Chris Thompson to manifest the monk-made, stained-glass Dalek for the official box art.

 

"My main thought process was to create a “Gothic” Dalek and replace all the flat surfaces with glass designs, said Thompson.  "My initial sketches had palisades, crowns, spikes and other gothic elements, but we decided to dial a lot of these back for story reasons. In the episode itself these Dalek casings are made by very primitive monks so the focus needed to be on the stained glass and not the metal elements. The cloister style neck slats and the claw holding the eye did remain to add a bit of character.  The glass was the tricky part and I felt that getting a good design here was important, as it in itself could mean something. The slats on the skirt represent the seasons of the planet, the eye on the chest represents the mutant inside, the dome is entirely decorative. We decided to omit the ear lights as a way of making the design more primitive."

Have a look at the provocative box art and synopsis below for Big Finish's Order of the Daleks and tell us if you dig this Dalek's stylish sheets of glass!

 

In the Galactic Census, idyllic Strellin is recorded as a Grade Three planet – its inhabitants possessing neither advanced technology, nor knowledge of other worlds. Accordingly, Strellin is protected: landings by off-worlders are strictly prohibited. Unless, of course, those off-worlders are officials of the Galactic Census itself, come to investigate the origin of a mysterious sub-space signal – a signal no native of Strellin should be able to send...

Breaking all local by-laws, the time-travelling Doctor and his companion L/Wren Mrs Constance Clarke (AWOL) have only just landed on Strellin, too. But they and the Census officials aren't the only off-worlders to have come here. Inside a nearby monastery, the monks of the reclusive Brotherhood of the Black Petal are guarding a strange and terrible secret. Something that might bring disaster not just to Strellin, but to every civilised world in the galaxy!

Starring Colin Baker (The Doctor), Miranda Raison (Constance Clarke), John Savident(Pendle), Olivia Hallinan (Asta) and Robbie Stevens (Boswyck/Raspak), Order of the Daleks arrives in November but can be pre-purchased HERE.

(Via Nerd Approved)

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