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With the Daleks capturing public imagination so swiftly, toy versions of The Doctor’s most celebrated adversaries soon began appearing on the market.

The earliest of these TV toys were mid-60s productions but this example was made by the British firm Palitoy in 1975 from plastic and is battery operated. It came to West Country auctioneers Bearne’s as part of a deceased estate complete with the original box and in unplayed with condition, with the moving eye and plunger components still wrapped in plastic. It was this combination of pristine condition and cult status that took the toy to £150 when it went under the hammer at the Exeter rooms on September 4.