Big Finish’s stained glass Dalek is too beautiful for TV’s Doctor Who

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That headline? Yeah, that’s a dare. Prove me wrong, BBC!

Big Finish Productions’ full-cast audio dramas are well known for redefining elements of TV’s Doctor Who. November’s release “Order of the Daleks,” however, may just take the cake.

The story was penned by Mike Tucker, a longtime special effects master on the original series when it ended in 1989, and author of many original books and audio adventures, particularly featuring the Seventh Doctor. And “Order” features, prominent in its cover art, a stained glass Dalek — something never attempted on television.

Sure, we got wooden Cybermen in Matt Smith’s swansong “The Time of the Doctor,” but there was a tactical reason for that. (Not to say there isn’t in this case — time will tell.) There was also a translucent glass (or Perspex) Dalek in 1985’s “Revelation of the Daleks,” for some reason; that story also starred Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, who appears in “Order of the Daleks.” (And there were the Power Ranger-candy-themed “new paradigm” Daleks from Smith’s first season that were quickly forgotten and basically retconned out of existence, although they still show up for family reunions such as in “Asylum of the Daleks.)

With the stained glass and bent lead variation, we may have reached peak sci-fi steampunk — but I don’t care.

Producer-director Jamie Anderson chronicles the creative process behind his, Tucker’s and designer Chris Thompson’s new-old take on a classic, beloved “bug-eyed monster” that few have dared to reimagine.

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