Well, as you may know, we've used the Emperor Dalek a number of times, notably for the stage play by "Our Friends in the West".
Now we also have a model version - to one-fifth scale which was built by Ashley from this parish back in 1989. It may well have been part of the trigger as to why we started filming Devious in the first place. We wanted to make some model daleks to go around it, and then we thought we could make a film too, and the rest just happened.
Well it's no secret now that we have the dalek emperor in the story - but what does it look like?
Well when we filmed the main dalek control room a year or so back half the time was spent with the central control area with two dalek brain units hovered over it, and the last session was spent with the Emperor prop in place.
How we enjoyed the corridor scenes! Bolting down them being chased by two speedy daleks. It's what everyone should do in their spare time. Well, we only did it once, and that's enough! We had nearly a hundred feet in length around one corner with doors at each end and in two other places. This was enough to give us what we wanted to make any chase scenes more realistic. No-one needed to run on the spot!
This is a room cnstructed in a bit of a hurry when we filmed the corridors. However with the right lighting we're confident the effect we intend will come through. It's amazing what a few coloured lights, bubble wrap and some mood music will do. After all, the original series managed quite well with that formula on occasions! (Don't worry we're not knocking it but we do have experience of trying to get something out of nothing!)
We started with photocopied roundels on cardboard walls - and some scenes still show those (!). It was a good cheap way of constructing a set and did the job for the time. The image below shows the "wardrobe room scene" later dropped from the edit.