THEY are the arch villains of Doctor Who, but now Daleks have found a new enemy – the Royal Marines.
The alien mutants have invaded the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney and more are on the way for a mass takeover this weekend.
At the risk of being exterminated, museum staff say they have given in to their invaders’ demands to hold a Doctor Who convention on Sunday.
There will be nowhere to hide – except, perhaps, upstairs – as the Daleks show off their skills in an obstacle race and X-terminate Factor talent competition in the museum’s grand Mountbatten Room.
The extraterrestrial creatures will also, bizarrely, be holding a question and answer session.
The invasion has caused a buzz among science fiction fans on internet forums and the museum is expecting a good turnout.
‘There’s been a fantastic response to the Daleks,’ said museum spokeswoman Clare Chapman.
‘There’s a huge following of Doctor Who out there online and we’ve been delighted to see how much interest we’ve had on Twitter and Facebook.
‘As far as I’m aware there’s no other event like this in the south east of England.
‘We’re expecting people to come from all over to see the Daleks and have their photo with them.
‘We’re even offering a question and answer session with them, although I’m not sure what I’d ask a Dalek.’
Four of the aliens are keeping a low-profile among the Royal Marine exhibits as they await the arrival of six more on Sunday.
They usually reside in the front garden of Doctor Who enthusiast Ian Beazley, whose house in Charlesworth Drive, Waterlooville, has become a mecca for fans of the cult television programme.
He said: ‘I’ve built eight of them altogether but I’ve only brought four of them along because it’s just too difficult getting them up the stairs.’
The 47-year-old said he was not surprised the invasion has attracted so much attention from keen followers of the Time Lord.
He said: ‘Daleks are very much like red telephone boxes or London buses – they are an iconic British object. They have been around so long and that’s part of their appeal.’
The Dalek Invasion of Portsmouth event is 10am to 5pm on Sunday.
The museum said there will be fun prizes for those visitors who turn up in Doctor Who fancy dress.
Tickets are £10 for adults, £5 for children under 12 and £3 for kids aged under five.
For more information and tickets, call (023) 9281 9385 or visit royal marinesmuseum.co.uk/daleks.