Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Dalek dredged from pond

EXCAVATE! A deadly Dalek invasion has been thwarted – by a pond.


Excavate ... the Dalek is pulled from the pond

This Doctor Who baddy was found by shocked volunteers digging out debris from the pool near Beaulieu, Hants.

Dalek experts believe the body could have been in the murky water for more than 30 years – but the head and eye stalk were still intact.

Daleks are the Time Lord's oldest enemies and attack foes using a lethal 'death ray'.

Terrified Marc Oakland, 42, made the startling discovery.

The sales executive said: "I'd just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface.

"I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.

"It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage.

"One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out."

The BBC took Daleks out on location for filming, and travelled to Hampshire on at least one occasion in the 1980s, when Colin Baker played the Timelord.

Jon Pertwee also made a number of Doctor Who episodes in the county during the 1970s.

Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, said: "We've dredged up everything from shopping trolleys, toys, and bicycles. But this is the first time a Dalek's appeared.

"We've all agreed it best to keep the pond's exact location under wraps. The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically searching for other Dalek parts.

"Who knows, this might be the remains of one of the originals from the old TV series. I'm told they they were built to last."


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