Souvenirs of London

More random weekend chatter…

If a big time Doctor Who fan visits London, what is it that he brings back as souvenirs? Well, I had wanted to bring back a large radio-controlled Dalek to harass my wife with, but I just couldn’t figure out how we would get it back on the plane, and I didn’t want to spend big bucks to ship it home across the Atlantic Ocean. So, I had to be more modest.

For example, there’s this to start out with:


Naturally, when you use it to open a bottle, it cries out “EXTERMINATE!” (That’ll discourage you from opening that extra bottle of beer, won’t it?)

Then, what die-hard Doctor Who fan could be without this?


As soon as I get the nerve up to open the box, it’ll grace my desk at home.


  1. #1 Bob O'H
    September 8, 2007

    You do realise, once you open the box, you’ll discover that the TARDIS is actually life-sized. It’s amazing what they could fit into that space.


  2. #2 6EQUJ5
    September 8, 2007

    Souvenir of London? Hmmm. Procol Harum. Snicker-snicker.

  3. #3 Thalia
    September 8, 2007

    Ooooooh, that TARDIS is way cool. (Covet covet covet.)

    I followed a link here from Liz’s As The Tumor Turns, and I was like, Orac? Couldn’t be referring to that Orac, could it, I mean how many Americans have actually heard of Blakes 7? Well, whaddya know. So now every time I read one of your posts I hear that little buzzy-whiny-whimper sound Orac makes when you unplug his on-switch thingamajig.

  4. #4 khan
    September 8, 2007

    Aaahoo, Souvenirs of London

  5. #5 ERV
    September 8, 2007

    ROFL @ Bob!

    Id be happy with a baby radio controlled Dalek to annoy the puppy! I bet we can find one somewhere this side of the Atlantic!

  6. #6 blf
    September 9, 2007

    I’ve now got this image in my mind of a Dalek running amok on airplane, rolling up and down the aisles blurting out “Exterminate! Exterminate!”…

    …with a manically grinning Mad Doctor Orac twiddling the joystick and pushing buttons on the control whilst cackling “Annoy! Annoy!”…

    …but even that won’t make airline food edible.

    (I wonder if the Dalek could be used on the TSA stormtroopers? Alties, cretinists, and the like are, alas, probably immune? There are some parts too dense for even a Dalek to reach.)

  7. #7 coz
    September 9, 2007

    That is soo cool.
    Love the bottle opener.
    When we were touring Britain we stopped at Port Merrion (where The Prisoner was filmed) and I found a leaflet for the Dr Who Museum in LLandgon or somewhere like that (not sure where it was now and Google is no help, maybe its not there anymore, this was in ’99)). Anyway we started driving for it when I realised we were heading for another town with too many L’s and had to change course.
    Anyway it was great, old costumes, a TARDIS, a Dalek where it changed your voice and a workshop where you could paint your own Dalek and buy all manner of trinkets.
    I bought stuff for my niece and nephew, so it stayed intact for about 30 seconds.

  8. #8 Alison
    September 10, 2007

    I didn’t think the bottle opener was all that, but when I told my daughter about it, I was treated to the sight of milk coming out her nose, she laughed so hard. What we want to get HER, though, is the dalek alarm clock that moves around so you have to get out of bed and chase it to turn it off.

  9. #9 usagi
    September 10, 2007

    Orac, It’s a toy from the new series. If you ever want another MIB, you’ll be able to find it with zero difficulty. There’s no point in collecting toys for your own enjoyment if you’re not going to open and display them. Do it (or just spill coffee near the box, ruin it, and alieviate any possibility of lingering guilt–the box was ruined anyway).
    PS I’m surprised you did pick up the USB hub.

  10. #10 CortxVortx
    September 12, 2007

    On I searched for “Dalek” and found a set with the 10th Doctor, a Dalek, and a Cyberman, for around $35 total. (Mostly because I’m collecting robots.)

    I’ve also seen (on eBay) a “Battle Set” with two small R/C Daleks and a Cyberman. I was outbid at $60, though.

    (Nyssa is still my favorite companion, but Rose is a very close second.)

    — CV

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