SFX, the ever popular sci-fi/fantasy/cool stuff magazine, is repeating the success of last years “Redesign the Daleks!” competition with a “Redesign the Cybermen!” draw.

Just to get your creative juices flowing:

What do you reckon the silver giants from Telos should look like when they stride across our screens once more? We reckon you’ll want to bin the moon boots and cricket gloves, but how far would you go? Should they have fleshy bits showing? Must they retain those ear-like helmet handles? Where do you stand on the whole “shiny chrome or matt effect?” question?

SFX will be putting a gallery on their website, as well as printing a whole range of their favourites in the magazine over the coming months. Entry details are available via the link above.

Second on the news bill – massive congratulations to Chris Eccleston in finishing the Great North Run (always thought he would, mind) – his details are as follows:

Christopher Eccleston

DOB: 16/02/1964

Race Number 52253

Time: 01:27:19

Position 354

Which isn’t a bad finish at all. Also, I must congratulate my work colleague Steven Bartley who finished the run with very bloodied socks. Well done.

Sylvester McCoy is appearing at the Yarmouth Film Festival, according to The nine-day event – extended from last years 3 days – is expecting 1000s of film buffs to descend on the resort, while Seventh Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy will appear at the Hollywood Cinema at 7.30pm on October 2 for an interview and screenings of Battlefield and Remembrance of the Daleks. Jack Douglas of the Carry On films is also appearing the following evening with a showing of “Carry On Girls” (1973) which features an appearance by Meddling Monk actor Peter Butterworth.

Finally, Midlands local paper Express And Star have revealed what everyone else already knows – that the Daleks are on course for this years best-selling toy!

Remote controlled versions of the metal meanies are flying off the shelves in Kidderminster’s Classic Collectables shop in the Horsefair and staff there predict it will soon be the same story across the region.

Classic Collectables owner Brian Griffiths said: “I think these toys are the future in terms of presents, even if they are 40 years old.

“We are selling loads of them, and we are also selling inflatable daleks, but there are only a couple left.

“Last year’s big must-have was Lord of the Rings figures, but it seems that the daleks have taken over.”

The daleks have also infiltrated Bridge 55 fashion shop in Oxford Street.

Shop manager Craig Drescher said: “We are selling dalek T-shirts and they are exterminating many other designs.

“They are proving to be very popular and we are glad they have come to terrorise us.”

Ingrained into popular British culture, the Daleks live on as true icons of terror, still forcing the staunchest human to run for cover behind the sofa.

We hope to be reviewing a Dalek toy for your delectation some time in the coming months.

22.50 Update

You might be interested to know that the final Doctor Who Series 1 DVD featuring Boom Town, Bad Wolf and the Parting of the Ways has successfully been passed by the BBFC with no cuts made to any of the episodes. The DVD will have a PG rating, due to “mild violence and scary scenes”, “mild fantasy horror” and “mild violence, language and peril”.


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