Who remembers that episode of Doctor Who, "Evolution of the Daleks," when Dalek Sec turned into a human-dalek hybrid? I do, because it was STUPID. Dalek Sec was the least threatening creature I have ever seen, it looked like Cthulhu had a baby with a cyclops, and somehow it turned out all inbred and whiny. Take a page from the Spartans and cast the abomination upon the rocks, I say!
Still, it was kind of a cool concept, even if the execution was terrible. As Halloween approached this year and it became more and more apparent that I wouldn't have the funds and time to build a full size Dalek, I decided a compromise was in order: I would build a Human Dalek costume, only it would be much more awesome than Dalek Sec's nasty tentacle face could ever be!
This way, I would have a cool costume to wear, some parts of which will be reusable for the real Dalek costume I will be building next year (for realsies this time). In particular, the dome and the electronics, all of which were a huge pain in the rear, will be completely reusable.
Here's a video of me being frustrated and exterminating things:
So, without further ado, let's learn how to build a Human Dalek costume!
Step 1: The Dalek Master Plan
The suit would consist of four major parts, two of which would be reusable once I do build a full size Dalek:
- The Slacks -- to be similar to the Dalek skirt and bumper section, including the hemispheres
- The Suit -- to be similar to the Dalek shoulder section, including death ray and manipulator arm
- The Helmet -- to be essentially identical in broad strokes to the actual dome, so as to be reusable later on
- The Electronics -- to be housed in the dome, but complex enough that I thought of them as a separate entity, including the voice modulator and voice activated lights, all to be reusable when I build a full size Dalek