The Undiscovered Daleks

by Victor Lewis-Smith in York, England, United Kingdom

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To make the world's first definitive documentary for cinema about the Daleks.

by Victor Lewis-Smith in York, England, United Kingdom

***This film will only get made if we hit our target! We are doing 'all or nothing' crowdfunding, therefore your pledge of support will only go through if we are successful - With this in mind please share with friends to make this film a reality***

What is “The Undiscovered Daleks”?

It’s the first ever full-length documentary for cinema release devoted to the world-famous interstellar migrants from the planet Skaro.  In 1963, the Daleks made their first BBC television appearance, and single-handedly catapulted the “Doctor Who” sci-fi series into mainstream British pop culture (their popularity rivalling even that of The Beatles). Throughout the sixties, ratings for Doctor Who soared whenever they appeared, and drastically declined whenever a storyline did not feature them. And whenever the Radio Times has held a poll of “scariest Doctor Who monsters”, the Daleks  usually won it. They’ve been featured on hundreds of magazine covers, been manufactured as toys (full size and desktop models), have appeared in video games, and numerous sitcoms (from “Q6” and “Red Dwarf” to “Top Gear” and “The Vicar of Dibley”), yet astonishingly - despite the ubiquity of their fame – they have never been the subject of a full-length documentary. Until now.  It’s time to investigate the myths, misunderstandings, and unknown stories that surround these cybernetic monsters, as we separate fact from fiction in “The Undiscovered Daleks” 

Victor Lewis-Smith says:  "The BBC have commissioned hundreds of programmes from me (and still do),   but there is one proposal they've always rejected.  That's the unexpurgated history of the Daleks. Why?"

How will the film be made?

With your help, Associated Rediffusion’s  crack team of experienced documentary makers will tell the full unexpurgated story of the Daleks.   And while telling the story, we also celebrate the weirder side, such as The Gay Daleks, Pop star Daleks and  Dalek merchandise.  We also hope to visit Dalek-owning celebrities and Dalek fans, such as Tom Baker,  Jonathan Meades,   Mark Gattis, Stephen Fry and others.   Every aspect of Dalek culture will be explored.

How will the budget be spent?

Over many years, our research team have been making contacts with dozens of engineers, writers, actors, designers, and media archivists, each of whom can contribute a piece towards this gigantic Dalek jigsaw of a documentary. We’ll need to travel not just throughout Britain, but also across Europe and the US to visit these people, and film them and their Dalek-related material. We’ll also use the budget  to restore and transfer archive material (much of it from the 60s and 70s) onto modern formats, so that it can be seen for the first time in the modern era. And, of course, we need to pay for the professional services of expert camera crews, editors, and the production team.

How will the finished film be shown?

 “The Undiscovered Daleks” will receive its premiere in a London cinema, followed by a limited nationwide release in major cities. A few weeks later, it will be available to our supporters as either a download or a DVD (in return for their support), and a few weeks after that will be made available to the general public.

Who are the people behind “The Undiscovered Daleks”?

Victor Lewis-Smith is a legendary broadcaster, journalist, and TV and radio producer, who has been fascinated by Daleks throughout his life.   His hundreds of previous TV programmes include “Alchemists of Sound” (about the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), as well as “The Gay Daleks” (part of his Channel 4 cult comedy series “TV Offal”). He’ll be researching, writing, and producing the documentary, together with writing partner Paul Sparks and their production company, Associated Rediffusion.  Alan Martin, who has 25 years’ experience in the film industry, will act as  co Executive Producer.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Free access to a download of the finished documentary (available within a month of the cinema release).

£25 or more

£25 Reward

Free download plus your name as a supporter in the end credits

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Both of lower-cost rewards, plus you will be sent a regular update on the progress of the project by email.

£100 or more

£100 Reward

All of the lower-cost rewards plus a CD of (or downloadable link to) the “Radiophonic Style” music specially composed for the film (including tracks not used in the final cut).

£200 or more

3 of 500 claimed

£200 Reward

All of the lower-cost rewards plus a limited edition book containing an illustrated copy of the script (signed by the producers).

£500 or more

£500 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards, and an invitation to the London Exclusive First Screening of the film, where you will have an opportunity to chat to the Producers.

£1,000 or more

4 of 25 claimed

£1,000 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards, plus a personal two-minute video message from a Dalek.

£5,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£5,000 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards, plus spend a day with the production team during the making of the documentary. Please note that transport to the venue is not included.

£6,000 or more

1 of 10 claimed

£6,000 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards PLUS an evening at a secret location, to meet Dalek makers and learn the tricks of the trade. Get to handle some Dalek parts and hear stories from the last 20 years of Dalek making. Only ten of these rewards are on offer. And you may walk off with something in your hand at the end of the night (like a non functional Dalek gun with an official note saying that it was made by the team for future collectability.

£10,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£10,000 Reward

All of the above plus a short interview which will be included in the final documentary.

£15,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£15,000 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards, plus an Associate Producer credit in the credits of the film.

£20,000 or more

0 of 3 claimed

£20,000 Reward

All the lower-cost rewards, plus the opportunity to own one of 3 very rare special edition customised Daleks, based on the 1966 Sugar Puff competition prize model (designed for the Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. film). A recent original has sold for £40,000. Accurately reproduced and moulded from an original model, these special 3 Daleks are only available in connection with this documentary.

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