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Waterloo Doctor Who buffs build life-sized Dalek (2010)

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WATERLOO-For just over a year now, Rob Green and Peter Nesbitt have been building a robot supervillain.

But fear not, citizens. The robot is fictitious.

Since last May, Green and Nesbitt have been working together to build a model Dalek, the robo-antagonist from the popular British science-fiction television show Doctor Who. And while those unfamiliar with the show might not understand all the fuss, Green said that for a pair of men who grew up watching Doctor Who, the project was a great stroll down memory lane.

"As soon as Nesbitt told me about this idea, I said, Wow, we have to do this,'" said Green, noting that he's been watching Doctor Who for as long as he can remember. "I grew up with this as a kid, and building this thing really took me back to when I was four or five, so it's been pretty amazing."

Green and Nesbitt scoured their homes and communities to find the various parts - including a toilet plunger, paint roller and old Christmas ornaments.

Construction cost around $1,500 in total. Now standing about five feet, six inches tall, and being large enough to fit the six-foot Green inside, the gold Dalek features movable weaponry, a wheelchair motor and even a voice modulator so the machine, named Auric, can say the villain's signature catchphrase - "Exterminate!"

The Dalek is operated manually by a person sitting inside, and both Green and Nesbitt said they've been getting a mix of amazed and puzzled glances from people who have seen their handiwork around town.

And though Daleks have been known to leave a trail of death and destruction in their wake on Doctor Who, Nesbitt promises that this Dalek will be used for good.

"I don't think it will be used for evil," he joked. "We hope to use it for conventions and charity, if possible."

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