Dalek needs a good home
A SCIENCE fiction writer and avid Doctor Who fan is looking to sell his prized possession – a life-sized replica Dalek.
Disabled author Grant Robinson, 34, purchased the Dalek on-line 15 years ago – but he's finding the 5ft 3in extraterrestrial just too big to accommodate at his family's Gainsborough home.
Grant lives with his parents in Lissington Road in the town.
And with a price tag of £2,500, Grant is hoping another sci-fi enthusiast or collector will give his Dalek a good home.
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The black and silver model is a replica Dalek purchased from the website This Planet Earth – www.thisplanetearth.co.uk – a creator of life-sized officially licensed props.
"They are still selling them on the website now, but the older ones are a lot more collectable," said Grant.
"I have always followed the programme and the Daleks stood out from the rest of the characters. People always say it's a real talking point."
Grant suffered a debilitating stroke at the age of 11 – and he has immersed himself in science fiction ever since.
And the former pupil of Lincoln's St Francis Special School is proud to have had three of his own novels published.
Under the pen name of Ronan Strobing – an anagram of Grant Robinson – adventure novels To Avenge The Father and Terror Reigns Again were published, in 2008 and last year respectively.
His first science fiction title, Revenge Of The Scimitar, followed in January this year.
"I just find it therapeutic to write and am mainly inspired by things happening in the world," he said.
Citing 1980s superstar Sylvester McCoy as his ultimate Doctor, Grant admitted to being nervous before watching the 2005 re-launch of Doctor Who, with Christopher Eccleston then David Tennant playing the title role followed most recently by Matt Smith.
He said: "I was a bit cautious at first, but, with time, the new series has grown on me."
Antony Wainer, spokesman for the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, said: "This Planet Earth are very good at making replica Daleks and there are very few original ones in existence, which are mainly in collectors' hands or at the BBC.
"The Daleks are such an iconic part of popular culture. Dalek mania occurred at the same time as the Beatles, when all the kids wanted one, which they do again now with the renewed popularity of Doctor Who."
Grant's Dalek comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Interested? Call him on (01427) 616917 for more details.