War of the Daleks board game
The *War of the Daleks board game is a vintage game based on the science fiction television series Doctor Who.
The game was first published in 1975 by the British manufacturer Denys Fisher Toys. The company was formed in 1960 by the English engineer Denys Fisher, who later went on to design the Spirograph in 1965. Fisher then licensed the Spirograph to the U.S toy company Kenner, sold his company to Hasbro in 1970 and continued to work for Hasbro as a consultant and toy designer throughout the 1980s and 90s.
The game is based on Doctor Who, the highly popular and successful British sci-fi series which began life in 1963 and continues today as the world’s longest-running science fiction show.
The Denys Fisher Toys ‘War of the Daleks’ board game
The aim of the game is for players (as Doctor Who) to reach the central point of the board, which represents a control hub for the Daleks. Players roll a dice to decide their number of moves, and make their way towards the center.
The game’s central point is attached to a disc beneath the board, and when it is turned it rotates the disc and moves the Daleks around in a series of concentric slots. Players can be eliminated or penalised if a Dalek moves into position and captures them.
The winner is the first player to reach the middle of the board and lift up the panels to reveal the control centre beneath. One of the panels contains the King of the Daleks, and if the player is next to that panel they are exterminated and return to the start.
How much is a War of the Daleks board game worth?
Due to the program’s large and dedicated fan-base around the world, the game is sought after collectors. Examples in good condition and with all their playing pieces intact (particularly the Dalek models) can sell for between $30 - $60.
Mint-condition copies have sold on auction sites such as eBay for around $100 in some circumstances.
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