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By: Ardis E. Parshall - November 06, 2012



Black Dalek at Bristol

“The Black Dalek invaded Bristol recently and caused a sensation among young members of the Church – who were all, obviously, avid followers of Dr. Who and his time machine.

“The Dalek was, in fact, the main attraction at the Bristol District Garden Fete, which was held in the grounds of the Bristol No. 2 Branch Chapel at Downend. The Dalek was a full-sized model, perfect in every detail, and could be operated from the inside by the children. It was built by the Bristol District President, Derreck Ireland.

“For the parents– who perhaps do not follow the Dalek adventures quite so keenly as their children – the highlight of the afternoon was a 15-minute performance by the South-West British Mission Choir, led by President Ray H. Barton, the Mission President.

“The District Relief Society held their bazaar in conjunction with the fete and raised £56. Apart from this the fete itself added £50 to the District Building Fund, which at present is being used to help finance the new District building at Wells Road in Bristol.”

– Millennial Star, January 1966, 10-11



  1. What a great surprise! Thanks, Ardis.

    Comment by Gary Bergera — November 6, 2012 @ 8:48 am

  2. After seeing how many Whovian costumes were featured in friends’ Facebook feeds, I thought the time was ripe …

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — November 6, 2012 @ 8:59 am

  3. Are Whovians from Whoville? Is Cindy Lou his daughter?

    Comment by Carol — November 6, 2012 @ 9:06 am

  4. Nice. We had a Doctor Who here for Halloween, and an additional two at the ward Halloween party. I can’t bear the show myself, but the kids sure seem to like it.

    Comment by Amy T — November 6, 2012 @ 9:13 am

  5. What a great model! I wonder what happened to it? Wouldn’t it be a surprise to open up a church closet and find a dusty old Dalek?
    My boys were the Doctor and a Dalek for our stake’s Trunk or Treat; most people didn’t know what they were, so my older son got a lot of mileage out of the “Doctor Who?” line.

    Comment by Heather Laurence — November 6, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  6. Fantastic Ardis. Love it. Any I would so love the jpg.

    Comment by Janiece — November 6, 2012 @ 9:26 am

  7. The awesomeness of this defies words…

    Comment by Nate Oman — November 6, 2012 @ 9:29 am

  8. Now that is a proper Dalek. From proper hide-behind-the-sofa Dr Who back in the days when everything was in black and white anyway. Lucky kiddies!

    Comment by Anne (UK) — November 6, 2012 @ 9:30 am

  9. That is fantastic!

    Comment by Jami — November 6, 2012 @ 9:50 am

  10. Well, whoever wrote the article for the Millennial Star had only a passing familiarity with the good Doctor. The TARDIS is much more than just a time machine. On the other hand, how cool is it that a Dalek showed up in a church publication all that long ago? Loved this!

    Comment by kevinf — November 6, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

  11. How decidely fun to see this article! Thanks Ardis.

    Comment by Cliff — November 6, 2012 @ 1:56 pm

  12. Fantastic!

    I can only imagine the work that went into that thing.

    Comment by The Brother of Jared — November 6, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

  13. Cool.

    Comment by Edje Jeter — November 6, 2012 @ 5:10 pm

  14. Love it. :)

    Comment by Chris Smith — November 7, 2012 @ 9:32 pm

  15. That’s brilliant!!! I would love to have those plans the district president used to build the Dalek. He should have built a TARDIS while he was at it.

    BTW: Just showed this post to my daughter and she approved. I love having geeky kids.

    Comment by Steve C. — October 25, 2014 @ 10:25 am

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