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12/21/2012 04:00:00 am - Reported by Chuck Foster

Today marks the 49th anniversary of the first Dalek serial, with The Dead Planet airing at 5:15pm on Saturday 21st December 1963. Though the full design by Raymond Cusick would not be revealed until after Christmas, this episode ended with an iconic moment of Barbara's scream as she is menaced by an unknown 'something' . . .

Talking about this very first appearance, Steven Moffat - writer of their most recent adventure on screen, Asylum of the Daleks - said:
The whole nation convulsed when you saw a little bit of that sucker come onto the screen - brilliant, brilliant work all those years ago!
Doctor Who's lead writer reflects on the Daleks in a series of videos celebrating their iconic moments, presented on the BBC's Adventure Calendar throughout December: their first appearance in The Daleks, their size and settings in Evil of the Daleks, and their exciting return after a number of years in Day of the Daleks.


Daleks - Invasion Earth: 2012 AD!

Not just content with confronting us with a host of old and new variations during Asylum of the Daleks, the Doctor's most persistent adversary has also been 'terrorising' children and adults alike throughout the year at various local events - here is a selection of their many appearances:

23 May: Hackers in Boulder, Colorado, altered a road sign to warn of Daleks ahead! <a target="_blank" href="http://www.coloradodaily.com/ci_20689381/warning-daleks-ahead-boulder-road-sign">Colorado Daily</a>8 June: Davros is superseded by Lowestoft's Nathan Ward as Dalek creator ...  <a target="_blank" href="http://www.edp24.co.uk/news/bernard_matthews_youth_awards_winner_from_lowestoft_creates_fundraising_dalek_1_1404510">EDP24</a>21 July: Encouraging pupils to read over the summer <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dudleynews.co.uk/news/9821593.Children_s_summer_reading_challenge_launched/">Dudley News</a>23 July: Appearing at Heroes and Legends at Margam Castle <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Daleks-Doctor-Heroes-Legends-park-event/story-16581680-detail/story.html">South Wales Evening Post</a>6 August: Helping to raise money for Great Western Air Ambulance at the Grand Pier, Weston-super-Mare <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk/news/dr_who_s_nemeses_invade_grand_pier_for_fundraiser_1_1473166">Weston Mercury</a>6 August: Julian Vince's wish to immortalise them as a statue <a target="_blank" href="http://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/local/wimbledonnews/9855725.Dalek_model_maker_calls_for_permanent_invasion_of_iconic_villains/">Wimbledon Guardian</a>12 August: Helping to raise money for charities in Norwich <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eveningnews24.co.uk/news/dalek_doctor_who_and_predator_take_part_in_charity_mission_in_norwich_1_1479129">Norwich Evening News</a>31 August: A Dalek is found lurking in Cleeve Hill woodland <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Mystery-Dr-Daleks-Cleeve-Hill/story-16797642-detail/story.html">Gloucestershire Echo</a>3 September: Friend reunited? Original Dalek director Christopher Barry at the Power: Re-Imagined event, Fareham <a target="_blank" href="http://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/local/daleks-come-to-fareham-but-it-s-all-for-good-causes-1-4219109">Portsmouth News</a>24 September: Invading Cheltenham to collect money for the NSPCC <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Exterminate-Daleks-invade-Cheltenham/story-16973044-detail/story.html">Gloucestershire Echo</a>25 September: On the loose at Alford's Grampian Transport Museum <a target="_blank" href="http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2946812">Aberdeen Press and Journal</a>28 September: Collecting for Ovarian Cancer UK and KiDs in Westhoughton, Bolton <a target="_blank" href="http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/districtnews/districtatog/9955318.Dalek_drops_in_for_charity_collection/">Bolton News</a>28 September: A Dalek from the second movie came up for auction at Dickins Auctioneers’ Antiques and Collectables, Buckinghamshire <a target="_blank" href="http://www.buckinghamtoday.co.uk/news/local/dalek-invasion-at-auctioneers-1-4303582">Bicester Advertiser and Review</a>24 October: On the front line to keep Aldbourne tidy! <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/10004662.Extermination_to_keep_Aldbourne_village_tidy/">This is Wiltshire</a>29 October: Getting reacquainted with Steven Taylor, aka Peter Purves, at a Bury St Edmunds Exhibition <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eadt.co.uk/entertainment/gallery_doctor_who_s_tardis_lands_in_bury_st_edmunds_1_1673184">EADT</a>12 November: Supporting the Movie Buffs' Collectors' Fair  at Hull University <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/Invasion-movie-buffs/story-17299745-detail/story.html">This is Hull and East Striding</a>28 November: 'Celebrating' Rowde village shop’s third anniversary. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/news/10074698.Daleks_set_to_invide_Rowde_shop_celebrations/">This is Wiltshire</a>18 December: Raising funds for Marie Curie at Sainsbury's in Swindon. <a target="_blank" href="http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/10114207.Customers____tears_of_laughter_as_Daleks_invade_supermarket_in_Swindon/">Swindon Advertiser</a>