I’ve been watching a lot of Doctor Who lately, reveling in my favorite alien villains, the Daleks. So I’m glad I’m not the only one seeing Elon Musk’s Tuesday tweet on raptor engines and immediately thinking, “Ex-ter-min-ate!”
When not busy, digging tunnels or pushing Teslas, Musk is tracking SpaceX’s progress. He shared an image of a large group of Raptor 2 rocket engines gathered together at the company’s Starbase headquarters in Texas. Starbase is the main hub of spatialship.
The towering array of engines with bell-shaped metal bodies was reminiscent of the appearance of an invading Dalek force, minus the pistons and the burning desire to destroy humanity.
Many Twitter users chimed in to note the Daleks feel of the photo. “Don’t try to fool us. These aren’t rocket engines, these are Dalek prototypes! Get ready for mass production!” wrote Twitter user Madgician.
“Anyone else feeling this vibe?” » tweeted Cassandra Graham with an illustration of Daleks.
To be fair, the powerful Raptor 2 engines and the fictional Daleks are quite far apart. The Raptors are meant to propel Starship into orbit and eventually to the moon and Mars, expanding humanity’s reach in space. The Daleks seek to wipe out anything that isn’t a Dalek. Daleks probably wouldn’t like the idea of Raptor 2 engines.
Luckily, the Daleks aren’t real. So go ahead, SpaceX, but keep a sonic screwdriver handy just in case.