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A GROUP of Doctor Who diehards from the Midlands have transformed a battered old car into a Dalek for a charity rally across Europe.

Four friends from Warwickshire have spent months turning the seven-year-old Fiat people carrier into a four-wheeled likeness of The Doctor's arch-nemesis for the Wacky Rally, starting today.

Clare Brookes, a funeral director by trade, is hoping the eye-catching car will help them raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

"It smells a bit like a man's armpit inside already," she said. "But if you're going to do a job, you might as well do it right and hopefully we can raise some money."

Ms Brookes will be sharing driving duties over a course stretching from France to Spain with travelling teammates "The Doctors"; Michelle Orton, Martine Smith and Lesley Sheppard, all from Nuneaton.

Among the new additions are arms mounted on the bodywork fashioned from broom handles, a kitchen whisk and bathroom plunger, and a Dalek eye made from an old walking stick, fitted with an LED light.

Spheres of polystyrene chopped in half and painted black also adorn the bonnet, boot and door panels.

On top, there are flashing blue lights either side of the roof-box, completing the likeness of the BBC television science fiction villain. However, the 1.9-diesel car which - as the rally rules specify - cost under PS300, came with 188,000 miles on the clock and a host of mechanical problems.

Donations can be made at or by texting Darl53 followed by a space and then PS1 to 70070.

Caption: Clare Brookes with the car

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