I remember it as if it were yesterday. As I rushed 'round to a
newsagent's just about to re-open after lunchtime, I tripped on a slab
and plunged head-first between two metal railings, banging my head on
them in the process. "That'll teach you not to run!" came the voice of
one of two old biddies sat on a wooden bench to the side of my prostrate
form. Suddenly her friend shouted "Oh, look at the blood!" and I was
hurried upstairs to a nearby doctor's surgery where I was cleaned
up and had two stitches put in the wound in my forehead.
my mother came back from the shops with a CHERILEA DALEK
as a gift for my stricken self, still dazed from the thump to my head and
the loss of the blood which had run down my face like an avalanche of
crimson snow. It had looked worse than it was, of course, but I was only
about nine or ten and, to me, it felt as if I'd been involved in a major acci-
dent. I had a scar on my forehead that's still visible to this day, and I yet
have the stitches as a memento, although it took me 19 years to reclaim
them after inadvertently leaving them behind when we moved
house four or five years later.
consisted of three main parts (not counting the appendages), and was
an ill-fitting and not very accurate representation of DOCTOR WHO's
arch-enemies The DALEKS. It came in an assortment of colours that
could be swapped from one to another, depending on just how many you
were lucky enough to have. As far as I remember, it was only available
in WOOLWORTH'S, and I eventually came to own several of them. In
fact, the one my mother brought home may not even have been the first
I had, but it's the only one that has a story to accompany it. Whether
it's a story worth telling is another matter, but we Bloggers need
material to write about, so you're stuck with it.
all those I had as a child. I couldn't say if its colour matches any of
my previous ones, but hey - it's an actual, Cherilea Dalek from Woolies
and these things don't grow on trees. So say hello to my new pal, and
if you have any memories of having this toy, feel free to share them
with your fellow Criv-ites in the captivating comments section.