Dalek goes on the rampage in Whiteley Shopping Village

ATTACK The Dalek 'destroys' Whiteley Shopping Village
ATTACK The Dalek 'destroys' Whiteley Shopping Village
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IT MIGHT look from these pictures as if Doctor Who’s arch-enemies, the Daleks, have finally succeeded in their goal of conquering Earth.

But fortunately they haven’t arrived to ‘exterminate!’ us all just yet.

This full-size replica was in fact taken to Whiteley Shopping Village in Whiteley, which is currently being demolished, to create these dramatic scenes of destruction.

The pictures were taken by the Dalek’s builder Duncan Willis, who lives in nearby Mollison Rise.

Duncan has been a lifelong Doctor Who fan and still recalls seeing the first episode on TV as a young lad in 1963.

The 53-year-old said: ‘It scared the life out of me, but it was enough to make me a fan. I wouldn’t describe myself as obsessive though, but I have got two teenage daughters who have really enjoyed the latest incarnations since it was revived in 2005.

‘They are quite embarrassed by me and the sci-fi stuff sometimes.’

The home-made Dalek has been dubbed Ray, in tribute to Ray Cusick, the BBC employee who designed the first Dalek props back in the 1960s.

It cost Duncan around £1,400 to put together, mostly from components bought on internet auction site eBay.

Ray has been fitted out with a comfy seat inside and a voice modulator to give the person talking from inside it that distinctive and authentic electronic sound.

The former sales rep added: ‘It’s a full-on Dalek experience. It’s always a positive experience when I take him out. Everyone knows what a Dalek is and they’re fascinated by it.’

Although Ray usually lives in Duncan’s conservatory he has made appearances at several charity events, including the annual Mad Hatter’s Party at the Marriott Hotel in Portsmouth for seriously-ill children, and for The Hampshire Bowman charity fun day at Bishop’s Waltham in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

As a confirmed sci-fi fan, Duncan also makes replicas of the puppets from the Gerry Anderson supermarionation shows of the 1960s, such as Thunderbirds and Stingray.