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Jeff Builds Own Doctor Who Monster

A DOCTOR Who fan spent three years building a replica Dalek.

Dad-of-three Jeff Palmer, 45, built his evil mechanoid out of car parts, old Christmas decorations, baked bean cans - and, of course, a sink plunger.

He based his design on the 1972 version of the Daleks, who plagued Jon Pertwee's Doctor in the BBC TV show.

Jeff's full-size replica stands 5ft tall, is on wheels and comes complete with a motor that can travel up to 8mph. He said: 'I've been a fan of Dr Who since I was a child. The Dalek is an icon and it was my dream to own one. I love the reaction I get when I take it out for a spin.

'Doctor Who had dozens of adversaries - the Cybermen, the Sea Devils, the Yeti - but the Daleks are the most recognisable and keep coming back.'

Jeff plans to show off the Dalek at special events and fetes near his home in Swindon, Wiltshire.

And - though he hasn't told his wife Lynn - he's planning to build a Cyberman


1. Make the fender (the black bit at the bottom) from plywood.

2. Make the skirt from MDF/chip board. The spheres are Christmas decorations

3. The neck is made of chip board/MDF.

4. The dome is fibre glass and built on a turntable so it rotates.

5. The lights on the dome are Land Rover indicators. The eyeball is a sugar bowl with the end of bean cans stuck on top.

6. Make the robotic arm from a plunger.

7. Power the Dalek with an engine from a disabled scooter

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