Several years ago I made a few amigurumi Daleks, two for swaps and one for a friend, but I never made any for myself. A photo of one even made it onto Have I Got News For You
when Tom Baker was the guest host! So, with the latest season of Doctor Who just starting, I decided that now was the perfect time to make myself a Dalek or two, and perfect the pattern while I was at it. I'm now really happy with all the details of the pattern, and have made a grey and black Dalek from the classic 1970s era of Who (that I grew up watching) and a bronze and gold one from the new series that I also love.
I had fun trying to get all the details as correct as I could, given their size (they're about 7" tall). The bumps are made with bobble stitch and the vertical slats in the 'chest' area are made by working round the post of the single crochet to give a ribbed effect.
They're great fun to play with - while I was doing their photoshoot they ended up dancing:
I also think they'll be fun to dress up. The grey one decided to wear a wig I'd made for something else, I think he looks a bit like Boris Johnson in it.
If you want to have a go at making one for yourself, you can download the pattern at the bottom of this post. It is quite detailed and complicated, so I think you'd need to be a fairly experienced amigurumi crocheter to make it. If you do make them, feel free to give them to family and friends, but please do not sell them.