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Robots beginning with DDaleks –   Created by writer Terry Nation and designed by Raymond Cusick for the BBC Doctor Who TV series. They also appeared in the film ‘Doctor Who and the Daleks’ (1967 BBC Productions).
The Daleks first appeared in the second TV Dr Who story ‘The Daleks’ (a.k.a. ‘The Dead Planet’ ) 1963 and again in 1964.

Daleks are cyborgs from the planet planet Skaro. In the original history, a thousand year war was fought between the Dals and the Thals. Radiation caused both races to mutate and become disfigured. The Dals retreating into metal shells and become Daleks, while the Thals eventually became a race of physically perfect individuals.

Dalek history was re-written by Terry Nation in his 1975 story ‘Genesis of the Daleks’. In this new history, it is the Kaleds (anagram of Daleks), not the Dals, who become cyborg. A physically deformed mad scientist called Davros, after genetic experiments on his own people, creates Kaled mutants which he then places in war machines. The result was the Daleks, creatures driven by hate and the desire to exterminate all lifeforms.
There are many different incarnations of the Dalek form.

“Exterminate”    The creation of the Dalek         Wikipedia link

 

Dark Star –  See Bomb 20


Data
(Lieutenant Commander) from the StarTrek universe.
Data (played by Brent Spiner) first appeared in StarTrek Next Generation – ‘Encounter at Farpoint’ (1987)

Data is an android with a positronic brain, created by Dr Soong in his own likeness; he was found on the planet Omicron Theta by the crew of the Starship Tripoli and re-activated.

In later episodes a similar android is discovered and reassembled, only to find he is Data’s older, bad brother, Lore.
In a later StarTrek film it emerges that Data has an even older brother called B-4!
Data’s mother, Dr. Juliana Tainer is revealed as an android in a later episode too!

Data like many fictional robots wishes to become more human and this goal comes closer with the discovery of Dr Soongs withheld ’emotion chip’ and when Data decides to create an android daughter, calling her Lal. Sadly Lal did not survive.

A good source of data (sic) is Memory Alpha Wiki

Point of Interest: The term Positronic brain was first coined by the writer Isaac Asimov.

 

D.A.R.Y.L –  (Data Analyzing Robot Youth Life-form) featured in a film of that name by Paramount Pictures in 1985. D.A.R.Y.L was played by Barret Oliver.

The US military build a boy android as part of a program to build super-soldier robots. Some scientists take pity on D.A.R.Y.L and free him; a chase ensues and D.A.R.Y.L loses his memory. He is taken into foster care where all parties think he is a normal boy; however, they soon find out he is actually an android with incredible talents when he ‘helps’ the local baseball team. The Military eventually capture him and deem the experiment a success – D.A.R.Y.L is about to be scrapped when…

Decepticons – From the ‘Transformers’ universe of Toys, TV, comics, books and film. Decepticons are villainous shape changing gladiator robots from the planet Cybertron. Their leader is Megatron.

The Decepticons come in all shapes and sizes(sic) and can transform into cars, boats, planes and even construction vehicles. They always seem to be fighting the other Transformer faction called the Autobots. Although all Transformers where originally created equal by Primus, a god like original robot.

Transformers first appeared as toys in the 1980s. The toys could be physically reconfigured from robot to vehicle such as cars, planes and trucks.

There are many generations of Transformers, so for more information visit this Wikipedia link.
Another good resource is Transformers World.

Dewey – is one of six service robots, called ‘drones’, aboard a specially adapted spaceship called Valley Forge in the 1972 cult sci-fi film, Silent Running.
Silent Running on Wikipedia

Other notable drones in the film where Huey (drone 2) and Louie (drone 3).
The three drones are named after Donald Duck’s nephews, Huey, Louie and Dewey.

Towards the end of the film, poor little Dewey is left all alone to tend the plants and forests of the dome as it drifts into deep space!

Cheryl Sparks played Dewey.
Mark Persons played Huey.
Larry Whisenhunt played Louie.

Make your own Drones thanks to Shunichi Makino of SF Papercraft website.
Destiny Models UK, offer resin kits.

Donbot – From the TV animation ‘Futurama’. The Donbot is the leader of the robot mafia which consists of Clamps and Joey Mouspad. The Donbot is married to Fanny an erotic dancer bot and they have a daughter called Bella.

 

See the list of Futurama Robots.

 

Dynamo – (Dynamic Nanotechntronic Monobot). From the cartoon series Powerpuff Girls; episode 13 ‘Uh Ho Dynamo’, 1999.

Fearing for the girls safety, professor Utonium builds a fifty-foot tall, multilayer titanium shielded combat  ‘mecha‘ for them to pilot against a monster attacking Townsville.
During the battle half of Townsville is destroyed, such that the mayor describes Dynamo as a “Bot-strosity” (how’s that for a word!).

Dynamo appeared again, when the unwitting mayor pressed a button, causing Dynamo to go on the rampage again, in the episode entitled  ‘Live and Let Dynamo’.

IMHO, the Powerpuff Girls anime was really quite violent!

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