Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Doctor Who Ride-in Dalek
While 0.1 percent of the people reading this will understand, umm. I want. I want. I want.
Zappies in the UK has licensed the Daleks for this awesome inflatable battery-operated 360-degree movement ride-on toy with a retail price of £200, available June 2011. Unfortunately, it’s only rated for ages 3 to 6-years-old, not for adults. What were they thinking?
What you’re looking at is a science fiction alien, a Dalek. It’s from Doctor Who, the awesome UK-based family science fiction TV show. Doctor Who and the Daleks are as much cultural icons for Brits as Robin Hood. On the air almost continuously since 1963, everyone knows the lore.
In America, well, you had to catch the show at some odd hour of the night on PBS. Today, it airs on the BBC America cable channel and later on the SyFy channel.
Daleks are squid-like aliens protected by a robot exterior, bred to have only one emotion — hatred of all things not Dalek. The American equivalent is The Borg from Star Trek fame, except the Borg wanted to assimilate you. Daleks want to exterminate you. Even the Borg catch phrase, “Resistance is futile,” was lifted from the Dalek’s “Resistance is useless.”
Oh, and the Borg are also a ripoff of Doctor Who’s other big alien menace, the Cybermen, who do want to assimilate you by encasing your brain in a cybernetic body, releasing you from your imperfection.
Despite the preceding description, the Doctor is a fairly awesome role model, refusing to handle weapons and always using his brain to resolve situations, a 900-year-old being infused with a sense of altruism. For his arsenal he only packs a sonic screwdriver and psychic paper (a wallet flap that shows you want he wants to show you). Every few years, the actor playing the Doctor leaves the show, with the Doctor regenerating instead of dying, taking on a new face and personality, but with the same memory.
If you’re interested in checking out the show, say, via NetFlix, I suggest these episodes which don’t require much background knowledge:
- Series 2, episode 4: The Girl in the Fireplace
- Series 3, episode 10: Blink
- Series 4, episode 2: The Fires of Pompeii
- Series 5, episode 10: Vincent (van Gogh) and the Doctor
- Series 5 special: A Christmas Carol
And yes, a central part of the show is to provide a good scare along with humor and simply captivating storytelling.