THEY seek to exterminate everything in their path and the Dalek which has appeared in a field in York is bigger than most.
The giant Dalek can be clearly seen from the skies above the outskirts of York. The inspired piece of field art has been created by Yorkshire farmer and Doctor Who fan Tom Pearcy as his tribute to the 50th anniversary of the show.
Mr Pearcy’s York Maze design features a Dalek which is over 1,000ft long, cut out of an 18- acre field of over one million living maize plants. The design also includes images of the first Doctor in 1963, William Hartnell, and the current Doctor, Matt Smith. The 10km of pathways form an intricate maize maze which visitors can explore.
Mr Pearcy said: “Like many kids I grew up watching Doctor Who from behind the sofa and fell in love with the show. I wanted to create a piece of art as a tribute to the 50th anniversary and also make it interactive so visitors can have their own adventures in time and space inside the maze.”
Yesterday the sixth Doctor, Colin Baker met up with some of his old foes the Daleks at the launch of the maze.
He said: “It is fantastic to see how much interest there is in the 50th anniversary of the show. I have been invited to join events all over the world this year, but what York Maze have created with their giant maize maze has to be one of the most imaginative ways to mark the 50th anniversary I have seen.
“Who would have thought almost thirty years after I played the Doctor that the show would continue to go from strength to strength reaching a new generation of fans? It is great that children and their families will be able to have their own Doctor Who-inspired adventures in the York Maze this summer.”
The TV series first aired in November 1963.
York Maze is open to the public from today until Monday September 2. See www.yorkmaze.co.uk for details.