CONFLAGRATE! CONFLAGRATE!

By Phil Plait | October 11, 2009 8:00 am

dalek_matchsticksDo you think you’re a Doctor Who fan? Hey, I thought I was one… that is, until I read about this guy, who took two years to built a Dalek out of matchsticks.

Wow. But I can’t help wondering: 480,000 matchsticks plus 3 coats of varnish? I don’t remember Daleks being particularly flammable, but if an open flame gets near that one it’ll make the Purge of Skaro look like a walk down the Grand Park on Raxacoricofallapatorius.

Tip o’ the sonic screwdriver to IVAN3MAN.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Humor, SciFi, TV/Movies
MORE ABOUT: dalek, Doctor Who

Comments (25)

  1. Joe MA

    That is awesome.

  2. Yousuf Khan

    Don’t sell yourself short, Phil. Maybe if you get started now, you can make your own Doctor Who Cyberman out of paper mache within the next two years? :)

  3. Navneeth

    Wow, fans of this Doctor Who person are jobless.

    *Runs away*

  4. The Man Version

    I miss the old days when people were just spending thousands of dollars to put nacelles on their VW vans.

  5. Hey Phil,

    Did you get the link I sent you a while back of the TARDIS cake? It was pretty spectacular. That Dalek is pretty awesome, too.

  6. It’s ok to be a fan of a TV series, but with respect to this guy, I can only quote William Shatner’s immortal words:

    “Get a life!”

  7. David

    Interestingly enough, the guy says in the article “”I have to admit though I’m not a Doctor Who fan myself, I did have a careful look at the more recent episodes of the Time Lord’s adventures to ensure that the continuity of every detail was just right.” He just likes making things with matchsticks!

  8. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    To pre-cut and unprepared “matchsticks” we can add pre-cut but unprepared jokes. :-D

    Dalek, schmalek. What I really want to know is where I can see a bang up [or is that bang down?] matchstick model of a “Death From The Skies!” asteroid. Um, not to scale, please.

  9. DrFlimmer

    Why am I not surprised about the one who sent this information to Phil?

  10. If I didn’t know that IVAN3MAN was actually younger, I’d suspect that this was actually an article about him! :P

  11. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    @ DrFlimmer and @ Larian LeQuella,

    You’re both just jealous because I got a “Tip o’ the sonic screwdriver”!

    :cool:

  12. “I don’t remember Daleks being particularly flammable, but if an open flame gets near that one it’ll make the Purge of Skaros look like a walk down the Grand Park on Raxacoricofallapatorius.”

    Wow… the geek shall inherit the Earth? Mind you, on my website (plug!), I have an entire section devoted to tearing apart the word “Doctor Who” episodes, so yeah. :)

    BTW: Phil, you going to be at the Gallifrey convention in LA next year? Sounds like it should be oodles of fun! Which is different from Oods of fun, cause it’s actually fun. :D

  13. TS

    @IVAN3MAN

    You’re happy with just a tip? I would want the whole thing.

  14. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    @ TS,

    I think that if Phil ever got his hands on a sonic screwdriver, he would never part with it!

    P.S. Neither would I!

  15. BJ

    Surely, Dr. Plait, you meant Skaro, one “s”?

  16. TS

    @IVAN3MAN

    Last night I was at Royal Albert Hall to see and hear The Cult. In the foyer they had a special exhibition of portraits of notable people in UK astronomy and one of them was none other than Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

    Click my name to see the portraits, they are fantastic.

  17. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    @ TS,

    You’re right! Thanks for that link!

  18. Great link. I think the pic of Dr. Viti was a great composition, particularly relating to her field, and her state of being. :) And, Dr. May is probably more recognizable than even Dr. Plait, but not for astronomy (yet?).

  19. Markle

    He added: “I have to admit though I’m not a Doctor Who fan myself, I did have a careful look at the more recent episodes of the Time Lord’s adventures to ensure that the continuity of every detail was just right.

    “I’d really love it if a former Doctor Who or David Tennant would visit Bognor Regis to come and see the Dalek.”
    ….

    For sale

    Brian and Hazel want to see the massive model sold to the highest bidder by Christmas, as they have no room in their house to hold on to the human-sized Dalek.

    The sale will help Brian pay for larger matchsticks projects.

    Not so much a fan as someone who chooses his project projects carefully so that he can recoup and have somebody finance his hobby. That’s £240 of die cut wood.

  20. IVAN3MAN AT LARGE

    @ Markle,

    Maybe Brian will… E-BAY-IT! E-BAY-IT!

  21. Everyone should have at least one large triumph in their life, and this is his. Bravo.

  22. LSandman24

    I want one… :-(

    There’s a museum in Glasgow, Scotland that has a Doctor Who exhibit. I flew over from my station in Germany just to see it (Ryanair = dirt cheap). There’s even a dalek diorama with a button that says “DO NOT PUSH!” So yea, I pushed it and the daleks came after me with a vengeance… “Human presence detected! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!” I cried like a little girl.

  23. Buzz Parsec

    TS – Great link! Well worth clicking on it. BTW, in case anyone misses it, there are 4 pages of photos, click the little vertical bars at the lower left to change pages.

    The pictures are really well done and most of them have some sort of visual pun pertaining to the subject matter. (Or maybe they all do, and I just missed some of the jokes.)

    I usually don’t click on tangential links, but this time, I’m really glad I did.

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