How to Deal with a Dalek

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This week’s photo prompt is from fellow writer Kent Bonham. Thank you, Kent! One of the drawings on the right page of the book reminded me of an upside-down Dalek, the alien-machine creature that has been intriguing viewers of BBC’s Dr.Who television series for decades. If you are not a Whovian, all you need to know is that the Daleks chased Dr.Who through time and space while screaming “Exterminate! Exterminate!”

Perhaps the illustration in the photo is an early blueprint for the monstrosity. Or perhaps it’s just a sweet children’s book….

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How to Deal with a Dalek

by Jan Brown

“Self-destruct in two minutes,” the mechanical voice shrieked.

“Clara!” pleaded the Doctor, clearly panicked. “If the Dalek explodes, it’ll take us along for the ride. Boom!”

“Hand me the sonic screwdriver, and we’ll be rid of it in a few seconds. Thank God this is the last one.” The cyborg’s back panel creaked open.  “It’s an old one. But stubborn.”

“What exactly are you doing?” asked the Doctor.

“I’m switching firmware for its core functions. The new code will cut power to the Dalek’s brain before it can self-destruct.”

As she closed the panel, they watched the last Dalek die.

 

 

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30 thoughts on “How to Deal with a Dalek

    • Yes, the Dalek was like a suicide bomber, ready to explode as long as he could take the Doctor, Clara and the TARDIS out as well. But Clara simply (or not so simply) powered him/it down. Fade to black 😁

  1. Now you’re talking my language 🙂
    I guess Clara’s doing the destructing as the Doctor has issues with killing. She’s probably been the most “take charge” companion the Doctor’s ever had.

  2. Doctor Who! I was so excited reading this, though I have a lot of catching up to do. Well done setting the tone and emotions in this piece. Clara would be proud 🙂

  3. YES! Suspenseful, fun! Awesome, Jan! 😀

    I used to know a lot about Dr. Who from years ago (the Tom Baker years) but I haven’t seen the reboots. SO much fun!

    If you check my March 12 entry, “Nerds Unlimited,” I did something similar.

    Five out of five public call boxes.

  4. I am really going to have to get caught up on this Dr. Who stuff… my nieces have been hounding me to get with the program already! Good job, Jan! Better power down than blow up, I say.

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