Dalek builder Ian McTeague and his wife Tracy (Credit: 050321_DALEK2_ITV)
It's not every day you see a Dalek rolling down the street - but one man has taken to carrying out his daily walks dressed as the infamous Dr Who monster.
Dr Who fan Ian McTeague, from Weston-super-Mare, is a train driver but, at weekends, he climbs into his full-sized Dalek and rides along the paths near his home. Sometimes he takes it to the seafront too.
“I’m 55 years young and people would say I’m growing old disgracefully. So, the idea of building Dr Who’s most fearsome weapon, for me, is the ultimate big-boys toy.”
His wife, Tracy, says she can ‘take or leave’ Dr Who, but has helped her husband with online performances in his Dalek contraption and at sci-fi conventions. And she encouraged Ian to turn out in support of the NHS. "When we did Clap for Carers, we had everybody at the end of the street clapping. And most of them were all right about it,” she said.
“It’s not every day you’re sat in your living room and a Dr Who Dalek goes wondering past your window. It’s like ‘I’m not drinking anymore'," said Ian.
Ian said he grew up watching Dr Who as a child and saw the Daleks from ‘behind the sofa or behind a cushion’. But it was only in the last year or so that he has been able to buy and build the Dalek. He has since bought a second Dalek, but that is stuck with a restoration firm in Chesterfield 'because of lockdown.'
When the restrictions ease, the McTeagues plan to take their Daleks to sci-fi conventions. In the meantime they have redecorated their front room with a Dr Who theme.