The circumstantial evidence for the Dalekness of Orikal includes- its speech pattern, identical to comic book versions and some book version of how-Daleks-talk; it is from another universe; the reference to the eternal time stream, the pattenr on its indistinct arms is somewhat like the globular hemispheres on a Dalek casing, and indeed reducing the body to its simplest outline it is less a crouching figure and much more distinctly pepper pot shaped…
1966 saw the release of a Dalek movie in America, and Kirby was a voracious consumer of media, especially off the wall media. Also this was the period when Marvel tried to set up a British base, and in the course of that exchange it is virtually impossible to think that no Doctor Who information appeared on their radar. It was the summer of not just the Beatles but also Dalekmania!
In the same way Star Trek became a (manufactured) phenomenon the monstrously unoriginal but very safe Walking Dead has attracted fan addiction and kudos.
And in the same way Lost in Space is always considered the retarded camp cousin of Star Trek, Z Nation is the same backwoods retard version of the Walkng Dead, supposedly.
Having watched all of both, I actually prefer Z Nation to be honest. It has a quicker pace, the characters don’t do the same illogical and willfully stupid crap all the time and there aren’t the same number of “special” episodes to let a medium talent actor have his or her moment. It also has a much more interesting world.
Most of the weaknesses are inherited from the Walking Dead comic book, which like most comic books was incredibly derivative in the first place. Z Nation is just rattling along on its own vector, a little like the way Stargate on TV had to make its own road.
Perhaps another example is the Buffy versus Charmed experience. At the height of its mass appeal, each week Buffy would end and people would jones for a fix until next week– leading to Charmed changing its premise and content enough to cater to the Buffy audience. Z Nation helps Walking Dead fans scratch their itch, but it can find its own destiny.
I like Walking Dead too, but don’t suck its dick- it isn’t all that and neither is the 99% other people’s content comic it comes from.