Little did Marc Oakland know that his discovery would doom his town. As the sales executive worked on his volunteer duty helping to clean out a polluted wetland in his native Hampshire, his shovel dislodged a stump and brought the eerie and clearly alien artefact to the surface.
“I’d just shifted a tree branch with my foot when I noticed something dark and round slowly coming up to the surface.
“I got the shock of my life when a Dalek head bobbed up right in front of me.
“It must have been down there for some time because it was covered in mould and water weed, and had quite a bit of damage.
“One of the dome lights was smashed, but the eye-stalk was intact and the head and neck stayed in one piece as I carefully lifted it out.”
As the crowd gathered to examine their find, some looked up, bewildered, at a strange, short man, railing at them from the top of the hill, telling them to put the monster back in the pond or it would be the end of everything. Of course, it was all too easy to dismiss the little man, with his scruffy appearance, his baggy trousers, his unruly mop of black hair. They told him to go away, and set about cleaning up their discovery, which had weathered its years in the bog remarkably well.
A few hours later, all contact was lost with Hampshire.
- The Telegraph: Dr. Who Dalek Found in Pond.
As an aside, I’d like to comment on this paragraph from the article:
Pond warden Tony Brown, 70, was leading the volunteer squad clearing dumped rubbish from the pond, near Beaulieu, Hants.
He said: “We made a very thorough search of the rest of the bottom of the pond and there were definitely no alien remnants lurking.
“We’ve all agreed it best to keep the pond’s exact location under wraps.
“The last thing we want are sci-fi fans descending on the pond frantically seraching for other Dalek parts.”
I hate to tell you this, Mr. Brown, but I have a suspicion that a number of sci-fi fans already know where your Dalek is, thanks to their encyclopedic knowledge of where Doctor Who has been filmed over the years, and are on their way right now with shovels.
In fact, looking at the Dalek Marc Oakland is pulling from the swamp (noting in particular the design of the eye-stalk and its dome lights), as well as noting the other details of your article, I’d say that the Dalek was originally a white-and-gold “renegade” Dalek bred by Davros as seen in the classic Colin Baker episode Revelation of the Daleks. This story featured a fair amount of location filming, as I recall, which is the best explanation as to how that Dalek got there.