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Dad and son from Diss make life-size dalek

PUBLISHED: 11:37 23 July 2017 | UPDATED: 20:07 23 July 2017

Max Powley, a ten-year-old Dr Who fan got his dad, Alan Powley  to make him a life-size dalek. Looking into the dalek is Joseph Hall. Photo: Lucy Begbie

Max Powley, a ten-year-old Dr Who fan got his dad, Alan Powley to make him a life-size dalek. Looking into the dalek is Joseph Hall. Photo: Lucy Begbie

Alan Powley.

A ten-year-old Doctor Who fan won't bat an eyelid at the new female Doctor Who - as long as he can climb into his own dalek and exterminate.

Max Powley, a ten-year-old Dr Who fan got his dad, Alan Powley to make him a life-size dalek. Photo: Lucy BegbieMax Powley, a ten-year-old Dr Who fan got his dad, Alan Powley to make him a life-size dalek. Photo: Lucy Begbie

Max Powley from Diss got his dad to make him a life-size dalek and now the pair are planning to build a K9 too.

The schoolboy was watching the popular sci-fi series one day when he asked his dad, “can you make me one of those?”

His father Alan Powley who runs a business making shepherds tents and tear drop caravans thought, “why not, we’ll give it a try.”

Together the father and son came up with a design to make the dalek in the workshop at the family home on Fair Green.

The new Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker.- (C) BBC - Photographer: Colin HuttonThe new Doctor Who will be played by Jodie Whittaker.- (C) BBC - Photographer: Colin Hutton

They used plywood for the structure and polystyrene balls and even a plunger and egg whisk for the exterminator’s arm guns.

And now Max takes the dalek to festivals and is the envy of his school friends who call around for an exterminating session.

“I’ve always made things and I like to make things that are a bit different, “ the designer dad said.

“I can’t stand making things that are ordinary, and that lends itself to daleks.”

“When we were finished Max absolutely loved it - we couldn’t get him out of it.

“I think he was the envy of all his mates - we had loads of young boys wanting to have a go.”

The father and son worked on the dalek in the evenings and at weekends.

They used castor wheels on the bottom of the invention so when Max got in he could move around easily.

“It was a bit of trial and error - a lot of trial and error to be honest,” Mr Powley said.

“We had to get it light enough so Max could get in and move around easily.

“We had to use really light plywood and add stiffening brackets to make it strong.

“It made Max think slightly out of the box and be more creative and problem solving.”

And now the dalek duo are getting materials together to build a pet K9.

They’ve got a remote control car and are going to create it on top of that.

“Max is over the moon - he just wants me to get on with it, ” the doting dad said.

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