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Daleks were the armoured, mutated descendants of the Kaleds of the planet Skaro. They fought the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War, ending in the near-total destruction of both races. Intensely xenophobic and bent on universal domination, the Daleks were hated and feared throughout time and space. They were the oldest and most frequent foes of the Doctor, having faced him several times in every one of his incarnations.
Although the Daleks looked entirely robotic, they were in fact cybernetic organisms (or cyborgs), with a biological body encased in and supported by a protective outer shell of Dalekanium metal armour, armed and mobile. These were actually the Mark III travel machines designed to carry their mutant forms, and they were not true integrated biomechanoids. (AUDIO: The Four Doctors) In this respect, they were somewhat similar to a Cyberman; unlike them, however, the Daleks' bodies had mutated so drastically from their Kaled ancestors they had lost all humanoid appearance, save for one eye (see below). (TV: The Daleks, Evolution of the Daleks) The Daleks shared information using a sort of artificial telepathic network known as the Pathweb. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
- Top: The Dalek's means of vision and communication, a dome with a set of twin speaker 'lights' (referred to as luminosity dischargers). (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) On the upper part of the sides and a telescope-like eyestalk in the middle. This was attached to the mid-section by a "neck".
- Midsection: On the Dalek's midsection, the gunstick and manipulator arm were attached. These provided the Dalek's means of offence and operating capabilities. In later models, the midsection was capable of swiveling.
- Bottom: The Dalek's means of mobility was a sturdy base with a skirt-like structure of plates studded with globes. This allowed movement and, in later models, flight.
Battle armour Edit
The creatures inside their "machines" were almost always Kaled mutants, which the Seventh Doctor once described as "little green blobs in bonded polycarbide armour". (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) According to one account, the creatures inside the Dalek casing were originally known as Dals. (TV: The Daleks)
- Main article: Daleks of human origin
The interdependence of biological and mechanical components made the Daleks a type of cyborg. The Imperial Daleks created by Davros during the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War were true cyborgs, surgically connected to their shells. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
Externally, the Daleks resembled human-sized peppershakers, with a single mechanical eyestalk in a rotating dome, a gunstick and a manipulator arm. The casings were made of both polycarbide and dalekanium. (WC: Captain Jack's Monster Files)
The Dalek creature had no visible vocal apparatus as such and their voices were electronic. Their most infamous battle-cry was "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!", each syllable screeched in a frantic-sounding, electronic scream (the last two syllables together). Other common utterances included "I (or "WE") OBEY!" to any command from a superior. Daleks also had communicators built into their shells to emit an alarm to summon other Daleks if the casing was opened from outside. (TV: Planet of the Daleks)
The Dalek's eyepiece was its most vulnerable spot – as there was no back-up system if this was obscured, damaged or destroyed – and impairing its vision often led to the Dalek panicking and firing its main weapon indiscriminately. (GAME: City of the Daleks) The Dalek casing also functioned as a fully-sealed environment suit, allowing travel through the vacuum of space or underwater without the need for additional life-support equipment. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Parting of the Ways) A Dalek's eyepiece could be connected to other Dalek vision centres. (GAME: City of the Daleks, TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
Due to their gliding motion, earlier models of Dalek were baffled by stairs, which made them easy to overcome under the right circumstances. One time the Fourth Doctor and his companions escaped from Dalek pursuers by climbing into a ceiling duct. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) Some models were able to hover, or fly under their own power like small spacecraft. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks, et al)
The power source of the Dalek casing also changed several times. During his first encounter with them on Skaro, the First Doctor learned that the casing was externally powered by static electricity transmitted through the metal floors of the Dalek City. Isolating a Dalek from the floor using a non-conductive material shut down the casing, although it was not immediately fatal to the occupant. (TV: The Daleks) The Daleks initially overcame this weakness by adding dishes to their casing to receive power, (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth), although even these were ultimately replaced by vertical rectangular slats around the midsection. (TV: The Chase)
By the beginning of the Last Great Time War, the Daleks had adapted their technology to use a type of energy apparently linked to the process of time travel. On more than one occasion, Daleks and their devices were seen to leech this energy from time-travellers to power themselves. (TV: Dalek, Doomsday)
Whatever the power source the Daleks used in the interim, it was (apparently uniquely) immune to being drained by the City of the Exxilons. Strangely, the Daleks retained motive power and the ability to speak even though their weaponry was shut down, which suggests the weapon systems had a separate power supply. The Third Doctor indicated that this was because the Daleks were psychokinetic, and the City unable to absorb psychic energy. Other references to the Daleks having psychic potential are scarce, but on the planet Kyrol, the Eighth Doctor discovered an enclave of humanised Daleks who had, through years of meditation, developed psychokinesis to a remarkable degree. (TV: Death to the Daleks, COMIC: Children of the Revolution)
The casing was booby-trapped, making even dead Daleks a dangerous foe. They were frequently equipped with virus transmitters which worked automatically. (PROSE: I am a Dalek) Furthermore, the armour contained an automated distress beacon which activated if disturbed. (TV: Planet of the Daleks)
The inner casing, in which the actual Dalek resided, also held a life support system and a battle-computer for strategic and tactical knowledge. The Dalek mutant operated the casings manually. Once removed, other life forms could pilot one if they could fit within. (TV: The Daleks)
The interior mutant was, as the Seventh Doctor described it, a green or pinkish "blob." (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) It was the brain of the Dalek and the true creature that hated everything not a Dalek. The "blobs" were usually genetically mutated Kaleds or, at times, other species captured by the Daleks. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks, The Parting of the Ways, Asylum of the Daleks) They were depicted with multiple tentacular protrusions, either a single eye or a normal right eye and a left eye so reduced in size as to be easily missed - overall resembling what Lucie Miller described as "if someone threw up a squid dinner." (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks) Despite their apparent lack of any motive capability, they were capable of defending themselves, as demonstrated when a Dalek attacked and killed a soldier. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)
While Daleks were typically small mutants, at least one member of the species, Dalek Sec, had extremely large tentacles and was pale green; he could even produce a sac-like membrane that appeared to come from his mouth (most likely a self-induced alteration in preparation for the final experiment). It was this membrane that he used to absorb Mr Diagoras and transform into a human-Dalek. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan) Before or during the Last Great Time War, the Daleks mutated even more, developing a large eye in roughly the centre of the lumpy flesh that comprised its body and tentacles. (TV: Dalek)
Although they were nearly invulnerable, Daleks had several exploitable weaknesses. These changed and varied depending on the Dalek's type.
- Eyestalk susceptible to concentrated fire (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Dalek, The Parting of the Ways)
- Impurities (TV: Revelation of the Daleks, AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks, TV: Evolution of the Daleks, AUDIO: Brotherhood of the Daleks)
- Lack of imagination
- Movellan virus (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)
- High explosives (TV: Planet of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks)
- High-powered energy weapons (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Journey's End)
- Bastic bullets (Necros Daleks only) (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)
- Dalek gunsticks - Extermination and Disintegration (TV: Evil of the Daleks, Planet of the Daleks, The Five Doctors, Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Evolution of the Daleks, Victory of the Daleks, PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks, COMIC: The Threat from Beneath)
- Extremely low temperatures (TV: Planet of the Daleks)
- Extreme heat and pressure
- Photon beams (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Dogs of Doom)
- Machine guns (PROSE: Legacy of the Daleks)
- Reliance on logic & machinery (TV: Destiny of the Daleks)
- Dinosaurs (COMIC: The Planet of the Daleks)
- Time Vortex (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)
- Metallic bats upgraded by the Hand of Omega into energy maces (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
- Overloading (TV: The Power of the Daleks, Asylum of the Daleks)
- Rocks in the path (Original Daleks only) (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
- Intense sonic beams (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)
- Similar Dalekanium weapons. (GAME: Destiny of the Doctors)
- Judged as threats to their own kind by other Daleks (TV: Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Evolution of the Daleks, Asylum of the Daleks)
- Profound insanity (TV: The Stolen Earth, Journey's End, Asylum of the Daleks)
- Hatred towards self-impurity (TV: Dalek, The Parting of the Ways, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks)
- Conflicting ideologies with other Daleks (TV: Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, Journey's End, Victory of the Daleks)
- Memory erasure by hacking into Pathweb and deleting information (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
- Regeneration energy (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
Origin of name Edit
Davros found a prophecy in the forbidden Book of Predictions, written in the extinct language of the Dals, which stated "...and on that day, men will become as gods." In the original language, the final word was pronounced "Dal-ek." (AUDIO: Guilt) Davros heard the word in the proposed "Dalek Solution", presented to him by assistant Shan; he soon stole her idea, and adapted it into what would become the creation of the Daleks. (AUDIO: Davros)
According to one account, "Dalek" was an anagram of "Kaled", the race from which the Daleks were genetically engineered. Ronson, a member of the Scientific Elite under the command of Davros, mentioned that the word "Dalek" had never been heard before the Fourth Doctor used it and then, hours later, Davros himself uttered it. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
Encountering the Doctor Edit
- Main article: Creation of the Daleks
At one point, the Daleks were stranded in their city, where they found that the Thals had also survived what was known as the neutronic war. After discovering they became dependent on the background radiation to the point of the anti-radiation meds Susan Foreman gave them being lethal to them, the Daleks attempted to set off atomic weapons which would have left them as the only living species on Skaro. The First Doctor and his companions led a Thal assault and deactivated their power. (TV: The Daleks)
The Daleks had conquered and occupied the Earth in 22nd century. The Dalek invasion force were led by the Black Dalek known as the Supreme Controller and each saucer was under the command of a Dalek Saucer Commander. They used Robomen for patrols and overseeing slaves. The Daleks commenced a mining operation in Bedfordshire in order to reach the Earth's magnetic core, replace it with a propulsion system, and turn the whole planet into a massive spacecraft. However the First Doctor foiled the plan and the volcano eruption killed the Daleks and destroyed their base. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)
Over the course of their history, the Daleks developed time travel (TV: The Chase), an interstellar (and later intergalactic) Dalek Empire (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan) and factory ships for conquest. (TV: The Power of the Daleks) The radio dishes which had originally been required to allow them to travel on surfaces without a static charge (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) also vanished, enabling Daleks to move under their own power.
The Daleks formed an alliance with several species and Mavic Chen, who supplied them with an emm of Taranium,which was vital to the Time Destructor to wipe out the Solar System . The First Doctor escaped with the Taranium. The Daleks pursued him until he apparently surrendered it to them. This was a fake so a Dalek task force pursued him and his Companions through time until the core was recovered in Ancient Egypt. The Doctor activated the Time Destructor which destroyed the Daleks and leaving Kembel a wasteland. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
A factory ship crashed on Vulcan. It lay there for three hundred years until Lesterson penetrated the capsule. The Daleks claimed to be the colonists' willing servants. The Daleks took advantage of the colonists' naive trust to establish a reproduction plant - on a conveyor belt system - with which to increase their numbers. The Second Doctor eventually destroyed the Daleks by turning the colony's power source against them. (TV: The Power of the Daleks)Daleks led by the Emperor began working on more advanced time travel technology in conjunction with Theodore Maxtible. The Daleks wanted humanised Daleks, so they forced the Second Doctor to implant the Human Factor into three Daleks. This would also identify the Dalek Factor, which they would spread through Earth's history. However, the Second Doctor encouraged the three humanised Daleks, Alpha, Beta and Omega, to defend themselves. Fearful of the implications, the Emperor ordered many Daleks through an archway that would reimplant the Dalek Factor. However, the Doctor switched factors so that all Daleks through the archway were humanised. Dalek Civil War broke out on Skaro apparently ending the Daleks. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)
However, the Dalek Civil War did not end the Daleks as the Doctor predicted it would. The humanised Daleks were defeated and the Emperor's forces began rebuilding, resulting in the emergence of a new command structure involving grey Dalek drones and Gold Supreme Daleks. The Doctor next encountered the Daleks in his third incarnation and reflected on how he was wrong to believe that the Daleks had been utterly defeated. (TV: Day of the Daleks)
Near the civil war, the unmodified Daleks were too numerous and the surviving humanised rebels, led by Alpha, were forced to flee Skaro in a captured saucer. Alpha had a vision of a world where they could live in peace and seclusion, knowing the rest of their species would never stop hunting them. They settled on Kyrol in a subterranean city, Azhra Korr, beneath the sea bed. Here they created their own culture, making art, meditating, and developing the psychic abilities latent in all Daleks. The Eighth Doctor and his companion Izzy Sinclair helped the humanised Daleks defeat the Kata-Phobus, the last Kyrolian. The Kyrolian race became extinct when Alpha and the other Daleks self-destructed. (COMIC Children of the Revolution)
The Daleks allied with the Master to undermime the Earth and Draconian Empires and set them against each other and then take over with a huge army assembled on Spiridon. (TV: Frontier in Space) Despite the Master's failure to cause war, the army was prepared and the Daleks looked at invisibility caused by Spiridon's inhabitants. The army was frozen by the Third Doctor and the Thals (TV: Planet of the Daleks) Once the Earth and Draconian Empires learned it was the Daleks disturbing the peace, war was declared on the Dalek Empire.
After decades of fighting, the Daleks found they were losing. They tried to use the Arkheon Threshold, a rift in time above a planet they had destroyed decades earlier, planning to use the rift to wipe out humanity throughout time so the human race never existed. They used human prisoners to dig through the crust of the planet to reach the Threshold. The Tenth Doctor joined forces with a crew of Dalek Bounty Hunters on board the Wayfarer. About the same time, the people of the planet Auros learned of an approaching Dalek fleet. The population fled before the Daleks arrived. The Daleks waited for the refugee fleet to come to them and the Dalek Inquisitor General, Dalek X, ordered the citizens sent to work in the Arkheon mines. The crew and the Doctor were taken prisoner on Arkheon and the Doctor admitted who he was. Dalek X arrived to subject the Doctor to torture and extract Bowman's brain to learn how to bypass Earth's defence systems. The Doctor explained that the Daleks did not have the technology to use the Threshold but Dalek X thought the Doctor's TARDIS would allow their plan to succeed. The Doctor took Dalek X to Hurala, using the TARDIS as a lure, where Bowman, Koral and he escaped due to Cuttin' Edge attacking a Dalek and being exterminated. The Doctor detonated the abandoned fuelling station on Hurala, destroying all the Daleks as well as Dalek X's flagship, the Exterminator. The loss put a huge dent in the Dalek war machine. Earth pushed back their fleet and the Dalek Empire surrendered shortly after. Dalek X was knocked down a gantry and survived the explosion, though was badly damaged and unable to escape. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
After the Dalek war, a Dalek Saucer travelled to the planet Exxilon in search of Parrinium. All of its power was taken by the Exxilon City. The Dalek taskforce on Exxilon was led by a Dalek with orange dome lights. They encountered the Third Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith and formed an unholy alliance with the humans. While their gunsticks doesn't work, the Daleks enslaved the Exxillons in search for parrinium. When the power was restored, The Daleks revealed they were the cause of the Space Plague and were about to fire plague missles to kill the Exxilons and the Doctor. They left when the ship took off. It was destroyed by Dan Galloway, who had stowed away on the ship with a Dalek bomb, which he detonated. (TV: Death to the Daleks)
The Daleks got involved in a war with the Movellans which resulted in a stalemate: each side's purely logical battle computer keeping them in deadlock. To this end, the Daleks returned to Skaro to find Davros so his biological mind could reprogram their battle computers to win the war. However, the Fourth Doctor defeated them and the Movellans and Davros was taken by the Daleks' former slaves to stand trial. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) The war continued for 90 years, until the Movellans developed a Movellan virus to defeat the Daleks. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks) Unknown to Davros and The Doctor, The Dalek-Movellan war was a fake as part of the Dalek Prime's plan to prevent Skaro's destruction by the Hand of Omega. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)The Daleks' plan was to exterminate the human race by channelling 100 times the required energy into the receivers on Earth in 2025. This will lead to the formation of a giant forcefield around Earth, which will counteract the effect of gravity. The Moon will be forced out of Earth orbit. This will in turn cause the Earth in shift on its axis of rotation, leading to highly destructive floods, Earthquakes and tectonic events which will eventually wipe out all life on the planet. The Fourth Doctor and Leela stopped them by redirecting the energy transfer to their ship as they fled. (AUDIO: Energy of the Daleks)
The Fifth Doctor took Tegan and Nyssa to Florana early in its history, when it was a barren planet. He found that a Dalek had crashed and taken control of the planet, pretending to be its god. It was destroyed by Thane, who attempted to take over himself. This resulted in the killing of many of the inhabitants, and the flowers Florana was named after grew from their ashes. (AUDIO: The Elite)
War between the Imperials and Renegades Edit
Afterwards, a detachment of Daleks led by a Supreme Dalek went to free their creator to find a cure for the virus. They also used a time corridor and and a Dalek Duplicate called Stien to trap the Fifth Doctor to duplicate him and his Companions to assassinate the Time Lord High Council. However, the Doctor broke free of duplication and turned Stien to his Cause. Meanwhile Davros turned several Dalek Troopers and two Daleks to his cause but the Supreme's Daleks destroyed the rebels. Both Davros and the Doctor unleashed the virus and the Dalek ship was destroyed by Stien. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)
Davros escaped to Necros and began to turn intelligent cryogenically frozen people into Imperial Daleks to conquer the universe. However, Takis called the Renegade Daleks to take Davros to stand trial. The Renegades fought their way past the Imperials to take Davros. He tried to get them to take the Sixth Doctor, but they didn't recognise him. The Renegades' attempt to recondition the Imperials failed because of the Imperials' destruction by the Doctor and Orcini. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks)
En route to Skaro, the ship carrying Davros crashed on the planet Lethe. Davros was rescued. He set himself up as 'Professor Vaso' and attempted to create a new machine, a Juggernaut based on a Mechanoid design.
Lethe's atmosphere prevented the Supreme Dalek retrieving Davros directly, but its forces intercepted the Sixth Doctor's TARDIS, forcing him to serve as an agent of the Daleks and stop Davros' researches and manipulations. The Doctor discovered two of Davros' Necros Daleks had survived the crash, but were destroyed following Davros' final gambit on the colony and the Supreme Dalek's intervention. (AUDIO: The Juggernauts)
While on Skaro, the Sixth Doctor rescued Davros just before the Daleks carried out their sentence of death. The Doctor took Davros to Spiridon, where he could lick his wounds and bide his time. The Doctor intended to lay the groundwork for a Dalek civil war and spoke to Davros of his future destiny as Emperor Dalek.
When the Renegades led by the Supreme Dalek landed on Spiridon with the Seventh Doctor, Davros set his army of Imperial Daleks against them, along with a Special Weapons Dalek. The Supreme Dalek died. The Imperials then took over Skaro. (COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks!)
The Imperial and Renegade Daleks both headed to Earth in 1963 to claim the Hand of Omega. The Imperials controlled H. Parson, while the Renegades used Judith Winters as their battle computer and "allied" with the Association. The two faction waged a lengthy battle at Shoreditch. Aided by the Special Weapons Dalek, the Imperial Daleks won, almost wiping out the Renegades aside from the Supreme. The Imperial Daleks took the Hand of Omega, as the Seventh Doctor had planned all along. Davros (as "Emperor" of the Imperials) plotted to make the sun of the Daleks' homeworld Skaro go supernova, giving the Daleks the power of unlimited time travel. In the Imperial Daleks' time zone, he did so. This action, however, destroyed the planet and the Imperial fleet. On Earth, the Doctor talked the last Renegade Dalek, the black Supreme Dalek, into self-destructing. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
A new empire Edit
The Renegades survived this battle and began calling themselves Imperials. One account states that Davros' escape pod was acquired by a garbage ship, the Quetzel, which the Eighth Doctor and Sam Jones also ended up on. A group of Thals arrived, with the intention of using Davros to effectively turn them into Daleks so they could fight the Daleks better. A Dalek force arrived and took the Quetzel to a planet called Skaro. The Dalek Prime claimed that this was the original Skaro, and that the planet the Doctor had destroyed was a decoy called Antalin. The Dalek Prime knew that some of its own Daleks were loyal to Davros and put Davros on trial to flush them out. A battle ensued and the Dalek Prime emerged victorious. Davros was apparently executed but may have been teleported to safety by a loyal Spider Dalek. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)
Another account states that Davros' escape pod entered the time vortex and was found by a Nekkistani ship. The Eighth Doctor, Samson Griffin and Gemma Griffin found the Nekkistani ship in the vortex and the Griffins boarded the ship to investigate. Davros exacted his revenge by sending them back to Earth, wiping the Doctor's memory of them and operating on the TARDIS. Samson was sent home and Gemma became part of the "resistance" to the new race of Daleks Davros made on Earth. They conquered the planet, leaving only the area where Samson lived free from Dalek control. When the Doctor, Charley Pollard and C'rizz returned from the Divergent Universe, Davros was waiting for them. Davros' mind had become fractured between his own personality and that of "the Emperor". A series of events led to the Doctor actually giving the Daleks their Emperor and letting them leave Earth. Davros left Earth with his Daleks, the Emperor personality dominant. (AUDIO: Terror Firma)
At some point the Daleks under the leadership of a gold and crimson Dalek Supreme pretended to take the survivors of Red Rocket Rising to an other planet. But in reality they deflected the asteroid to destroy Martez's experiments. But failed. They planned to use their command ship to destroy the Mutant Dalek base to ensure that the blood of the Daleks remained pure, after that they will exterminate all humans of the planet. But an explosion cancelled the detonation and saved Eileen Klint's people thanks to the Eighth Doctor's companion Lucie Miller and Tom Cardwell. Despite that, The Daleks decided to destroy the mutants personally. Two Dalek groups confronted each other. The invading group ordered the mutants versions to stand aside and allow to access. but their demands were refused. More of the new generation already outnumbered the original group, but the Dalek Supreme was determined not to let the fake creatures win. Refusing to self destruct themselves, they believed to be superior. A full-scale Dalek battle was about to begin, with both Dalek groups determined to completely wipe out the other... but then they heard the sound of a large group of humans advancing on their position. The humans attacked both Dalek groups, the Skaro Daleks and Martez's Daleks. The Doctor and his allies defeated the Daleks and the ones hovering on the skies. The only survivors are the Dalek Supreme and one of Martez's Daleks. The last of Martez's creations dies by the Skaro Dalek and the Dalek Supreme, bleeding and damaged, dies before it could say the doctor must be exterminated. The Daleks gained a small victory over the Mutant Daleks. (AUDIO: Blood of the Daleks)
On the first stage of their new empire, the Daleks invaded Kar-Charrat to gain knowledge data from the Library on Kar-Charrat with their Test subjects. They created the first, but it went insane. However the second test subject was able to gain knowledge from the Wetworks facility and gained a respect for non-Dalek life and refused to obey orders to kill and destroy. It was destroyed by the Special Weapons Dalek. The Daleks were stopped by the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace who planted explosives which killed the Daleks and destroyed the wetworks facility, freeing the Kar-Charratans. However the Dalek Supreme retreated to its mothership and reported failure to the Emperor Dalek, who was infuriated and ordered it to self-destruct. It did and the Emperor decided another plan would be completed. (AUDIO: The Genocide Machine) Unknown to the Doctor, the Daleks gained information which they would use in their invasions including about the human mind and Project Infinity. (AUDIO: Invasion of the Daleks, Project Infinity)
The second stage of Dalek Empire was to take control of Gallifrey. The Daleks led by the Black Dalek removed the Etra Prime from time and space so that they could mine the Apocalypse Element from the planet kidnapping a Monan and Time Lord delegation including Lady President Romanadvoratrelundar. Twenty years later the Daleks sent Etra Prime on a collision course with the planet Archetryx, which was hosting a temporal treaty attended by twenty of the Temporal Powers. The Dalek force invaded Gallifrey and added their own mental energy to the Eye, which did contain the Element. The Daleks were defeated by the Sixth Doctor. Despite that defeat, The Daleks detonated the Element in the Seriphia Galaxy, destroying everything within it, and allowed the Daleks to establish a power base and to control over a million Skaros for their new empire. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element)
During the early days of the Dalek invasion and occupation of Earth in 22nd century a lone Dalek in 2158 Kansas was damaged by weapon fire which penetrated its casing, allowing for a parasitic wasp to enter the body. Once the Dalek returned to base, it was deemed damaged and sent to the repair bay where its genetic material was to be analysed. This was part of the Daleks' standard practice of taking the DNA to the reproductive factories for the breeding of more Daleks. It was at this point that the Dalek Emperor from an alternate future arrived and informed them of a great catastrophe that would befall them and provided them a cure; an insecticide that would prevent a so-called "Mutant Phase" from occurring. The Fifth Doctor and Nyssa arrived to help a Thal professor Ptolem and his friend Ganatus for the research over the Mutant Phase. This had caused the Daleks transformed into nearly indestructible creatures. the Dalek Emperor forced The Doctor return to the 22nd century to stop the mutant phase's origins and destroyed Skaro by exploding the planet in the 43rd century when it came under attack by the Mutant Phase. the Emperor implanted his mind into Ganatus' to make sure Ptolem and the Doctor did their work. It was The Emperor who was the cause of implementing an ineffective pesticide paradox and this divergent timeline. The Fifth Doctor convinced him to stop before he would endangered his species and the universe would be destroyed. The Emperor listened and negated the Alternate timeline and the mutant phase and The Emperor were erased from existence. (AUDIO: The Mutant Phase)
The final stage of the Empire began when the Daleks launched over a thousand Dalek Saucers into the Time Vortex. A Temporal Extinction Device was deployed in a time fissure by a Dalek vessel within the Time Vortex. This caused instability. The Dalek time ship was swamped by a tidal wave of temporal energy. They were trapped in a Time loop however one pilot and two strategists arrived to General Mariah Learman after using an escape Time corridor the Daleks injected her with drugs in order a pilot with understanding be replaced after she destroyed the pilot by imploding it. They invaded earth in 17th century These forces were stopped by the Doctor, who left them trapped in the vortex. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks) The Time Lords later made a deal with the Daleks that allowed them to leave the Time Vortex. (AUDIO: Neverland)
Settling down to more general use of their time travelling abilities, the Daleks proceeded on a grand effort to create a permanent base of operations. Using knowledge from the library of Kar-Charrat and the power of Gallifrey, the Daleks obliterated the entire Seriphia Galaxy with the Apocalypse Element, remaking it to their own designs. From there, the Daleks staged several major invasions of the Mutter's Spiral, notably in the 42nd and 67th centuries. (AUDIO: Dalek Empire)
The Daleks intend to unearth their ancient army under the surface of Spiridon and make it invisible. An army of Daleks from the Seriphia Galaxy began the second occupation of Zaleria. Although the Zalerians fully cooperated with the Daleks, the Daleks began to handle the natives with more aggressive methods backed by Ogron troops. It soon became apparent that the Daleks realised they could revive the army and continue their invisibility experiments. Daleks of the Dalek Scientific Division experimented on the Zalerians by placing them in light-wave chambers, hoping to reverse their visibility and reverse-engineer the secret. Although Kalendorf and Susan Mendes attempted to stop them, the Seventh Doctor agreed to help the Daleks unlock the secret to invisibility in exchange for Kalendorf's life. Years later, the Zalerians' invisibility was restored when the Doctor released a contagion. The same contagion gave the Daleks a fatal light-wave sickness which the Spiridons thought also killed the Doctor. However the Dalek army that was revived already was destroyed and the invisibility was reclaimed to Zaleria's inhabitants. (AUDIO: Return of the Daleks)
The Time War Edit
- Main article: Last Great Time War
The Last Great Time War was known as the "final battle" between the Time Lords and the Daleks. The stronger casings used by the Daleks towards the end of the Second Dalek War eventually came back into use and became standard for all Daleks during the war. The Doctor claimed he killed the Daleks along with practically all of the Time Lords (TV: Dalek), when the Daleks actually destroyed themselves when every incarnation of the Doctor teamed up together to put Gallifrey and the Time Lords into a pocket universe, freezing it in time, leaving the Daleks with no target for their fire but each other. (TV: The Day of the Doctor)
Surviving the Time War Edit
The Ninth Doctor incorrectly assumed that "the entire Dalek race" was "wiped out" apart from a lone Dalek that fell through time into the Ascension Islands. (TV: Dalek) Other survivors of the Time War included the Dalek Emperor (TV: The Parting of the Ways), the Cult of Skaro and a group of million Dalek prisoners inside the Genesis Ark. (TV: Doomsday) The "last" Dalek somehow survived the time war and , fell through time and crashed like a Meteorite "on the Ascension Islands". The Dalek lay in its burning crater for three days, screaming the entire time, before it was retrieved. Its weapon systems inactive and its outer armour heavily damaged, the Dalek was sold at private auction and passed through several hands over the next fifty years. In 2012 it was acquired by a billionaire who secretly claimed the Internet named Henry Van Statten who nicknamed it as Metaltron. But the Dalek remained silent except for screaming in pain by it's torturer. It sent a distress signal to the Ninth Doctor and his companion Rose Tyler. When he learned the it was a Dalek, he tried to destroy it, but Van Statten's guards stopped him. The Dalek pretended to be a harmless creature to trick Rose touch it's casing which absorbed her DNA to regenerate itself, killed Simmons and absorbed the internet to heal itself and go on killing spree. When it learned it was the last Dalek in existence, the Dalek didn't kill Rose because her DNA had mutated it with emotions which it considered "sickness" and self-destructed itself (TV: Dalek) The Emperor survived and influenced the Fourth Great and Bountiful Human Empire as a cover for his plans and used the Jagrafess and the Editor as puppets in circa 199,909. He rebuilt the Dalek race using human cells to create an army of half million Daleks to ensure its plans would commence. It also built 200 flying saucers to board 2000 Daleks each. (TV: The Long Game, Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways)The Emperor's ship held 500,000 Daleks. This Emperor had recreated the Dalek race; it saw itself as God and immortal and so was worshiped by the new Daleks. These and other religious concepts such as blasphemy were new to Dalek psychology. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
The Emperor's pawn The Controller hated her masters and transmatted the Ninth Doctor and his allies to the Game Station to help defeat them. When he discovered the fleet and the new Daleks, the Doctor realised that the Daleks were part-humans and hated their own existence. Jack Harkness led a small human resistance to stop the Daleks. Thanks to Rodrick, humans on Floor 000 didn't help him. On Floor 500 The Doctor decided to create a Delta Wave to destroy the Daleks, but didn't have enough time to refine it so that it could distinguish between humans and Daleks. The Doctor decided to turn his chance down to use the delta wave to kill humans and Daleks alike. The Emperor thought he was victorious, but he and his entire fleet were atomised by Rose Tyler after she had absorbed the energies of the time vortex and became the Bad Wolf. (TV: Parting of the Ways)
Toward the end of the Last Great Time War the Daleks sent a time capsule to 70 AD Earth in order to spread the Dalek Factor amongst the humans. In this instance the Factor took the form of a distinctive set of genetic changes. The capsule's engine exploded, and the Dalek was killed soon after impact. It was only able to release a small amount of the Dalek Factor, leading to only 1 in 500,000,000 humans having it. The only known carrier of the Dalek Factor was Kate Yates.
The Dalek Factor was generally hidden amongst the genes. When the casing of the Dalek was rediscovered and activated in 2007, the Dalek Factor in Kate was reactivated. When Kate Yates was hit by a car, she was able to survive and regenerated the damage away. Her hair turned blond and she gained immense intelligence and increased strength. She also started to develop a Dalek mindset, hating all other humans and trying to help the Daleks. When she touched the casing of the Dalek, Kate was also able to reactivate it and cause a new Dalek to be grown from raw materials in the case. Eventually, she was able to overcome her Dalek instincts and was able to help the Tenth Doctor and Rose kill the Dalek, causing her Dalek Factor to deactivate. (PROSE: I am a Dalek)
A group of surviving Daleks unleashed their Proton cannon on 22nd century Earth resulting in all life becoming intangible (unable to touch solids). The plan was that, unable to eat, humans would soon just waste away from the Earth and the Dalek survivors would rebuild war ships and attack. The Tenth Doctor used the Krikoosh to enter the building and reach the proton cannon. Unhurt by the Daleks' rays, the Doctor makes some adjustments and turns the weapon against the Daleks. The humans become solid again and the Daleks with their 'protective' shield are now the intangible ones. The Daleks judge this an unacceptable outcome and initiate Self-destruct (COMIC: Extermination of the Daleks)
Cult of Skaro EditThe Cult of Skaro was created by the Dalek Emperor and had given names to it's members Dalek Sec the leader of the cult, Dalek Caan, Dalek Thay and Dalek Jast. They were "above and beyond the Emperor himself" and designed to "think as the enemy thinks" and to imagine new ways of survival and also imagine new ways of killing. (TV: Doomsday) The Cult survived the Last Great Time War by hiding in the Void Ship and fleeing to between universe The Void with the Genesis Ark. However the void ship travelled to Earth in 2007 on London. An army of 5 million Cybermen of a Parallel universe followed the void ship and invaded the earth. (TV: Army of Ghosts)
The void ship opened and the cult held Rose and Mickey Smith hostage. The Cybermen and Dalek Thay met each other. The Cybermen proposed an alliance with the Daleks to conquer the universe. Thay refused and killed two Cybermen. Cyber-leader declared war on the Daleks, which the Cult declared "pest control". Sec ordered Rose to open the ark, but she refused and mocked them about the Emperor's demise by her as the Bad Wolf which angered Sec.
The Tenth Doctor arrived and confronted the Cult. He doesn't know about the Genesis Ark and allowed the Cybermen and The Preachers enter the sphere chamber via his Sonic screwdriver which Dalek Sec called a Sonic Probe. However the Cybermen threat was defeated and the Ark was activated by Mickey by accident. The Daleks made their way out of Torchwood One while Sec overseen the freeing of million Daleks and the Doctor realised that "Time Lord Science" which the Dalek Sec referred was the Ark, like the TARDIS was transcendentally dimensional. It was a prison ship built by the Time Lords and contained millions of Daleks who attacked Cybermen and humans in the Battle of Canary Wharf. The Doctor opened a breach in the universe which sucked all Daleks and Cybermen to the Void. Unknown to the Time Lord, the Cult initiated an emergency temporal shift to escape to 1930 in New York City. (TV: Doomsday)
The Cult infiltrated the construction of the Empire State Building and set up a base inside the sewers. They attempted to create new Dalek embryos but failed. The Daleks created new servants called Pig slaves to kidnap humans. Those who had high intelligence would be part of the Final Experiment while the ones who had low intelligence would become more pig slaves. Dalek Sec viewed Diagoras as the best option and ordered Caan for the human to be brought. Sec decided that he needed his flesh. But Thay objected that it was against the Dalek ideology. Jast said that Daleks are supreme and humans are weak. Sec told them that their purity had led them to extinction and they have to adapt to survive. After his evolution was completed, Sec became the human-Dalek. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan)The Tenth Doctor freed the prisoners by distracting them and the Pig Slaves follow them and find Hooverville. Sec, witnessed the murder of Solomon, halted the attack and allow the residents unharmed as long the Doctor would help the cult. The Hybrid Sec explained that they needed his help to make their race reborn as the Human-Daleks with human emotions and Dalek intelligence. He told that the Gamma radiation would strikes the energy conductor and awakes the army. The Doctor and Sec worked on the genes to wait for the lightning hit the transmitter and restore the Dalek race as emotional race. The rest of the cult sabotaged the project and fit the new bodies with pure Dalek DNA. The Pig slaves restrained Sec while the Doctor escaped and trying to remove Dalekanium from it, but he failed. The lightning hit the transmitter and the Doctor and awaken the Dalek-Human army. Caan realised the Doctor survived and ordered the army and Thay and Jast to kill him.
The Doctor pleaded them they would listen to Sec because he was the cleverest Dalek in existence. He told them that if they choosed death and destruction, and death and destruction would choose them. Thay tried to kill the Doctor but Sec sacrificed himself to save him. Sec's death angered the Doctor and he told the army what a Dalek really was. The army took aim at him. But they questions their orders. The Doctor revealed that the lightning has causing his Gallifreyan DNA to mixed the Dalek-Humans that gave them freedom. Thay and Jast killed a few Dalek-Humans but were killed in the process. Caan commited Genocide by killing the army with a high pitch sound that kills them when they refuse to obey orders and shocked the Doctor about the genocide. He confronts Caan and offered help. but the Dalek used a temporal shift to escape the Doctor. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
New Dalek Empire's creation and destruction EditDespite the Time-lock, Caan shifted himself to the time war and was able to save Davros from the Nightmare Child on the first year of the Last Great Time War at the Gates of Elysium. But it cost his sanity. Davros recreated Dalek race out of using Kaled cells and built two hundreds ships for the Dalek Fleet. The planet-sized station known as the Crucible was the flagship of the New Dalek Empire. The Supreme Dalek was created and locked him and Caan inside the Vault while guarded by Vault Daleks. The new fully-Empire transported 27 planets to the Medusa Cascade and took control over the planets. In their attack on Earth, they took many humans aboard their ships, and wiped out any resistance that they met. The new Daleks also killed Harriet Jones. (TV: The Stolen Earth) During the Dalek invasion A Dalek who was observed by a young Adelaide Brooke as it did her while be be passed by her house. This Dalek spared her life, flying off to space. This inspired her to go to space, not for revenge, but to explore. The Tenth Doctor believed it recognised her as a fixed point in time. (TV: The Waters of Mars)
The new Empire planned to use the 27 planets in conjuction with the Crucible's energy source to power a Reality Bomb created by Davros who intend to make the destruction of all existence and allow the Daleks to be the sole inhabitants and masters of the universe. The Supreme One made an arrangement with Davros; the creator of the Daleks would ensure their domination of the universe if they allowed him to live. The plan failed by the inteference of DoctorDonna and Davros demanded Caan why he had not foreseen their defeat. The Doctor realised that Caan had foreseen that. Caan said he "only helped". When Davros accused him for betraying the Daleks. Caan replied that rather, he had witnessed the evil of his kind throughout all of time of space and how many innocent lives were massacred by his race. Even as Davros rebuilt the Daleks, Caan decreed no more. The Supreme Dalek descended personally to the Vault and accused Davros for betrayal When Davros revealed that it was in fact Dalek Caan who betrayed them, the Supreme Dalek did not care: all would be purged from the Vault. He only destroyed the Magnetron before Earth could be returned to its place. But Jack Harkness quickly opened fire with his defabricator, blasting the Supreme Dalek to pieces. Dalek Caan pressured the Meta-Crisis Doctor to destroy the Daleks, which he did by destroyed the Daleks and their fleet. Caan was aboard the exploding Crucible with Davros, reminding the Doctor before he left that "One will still die." The clone committed Genocide on the New Dalek Empire which The Doctor never did this on his life and was exiled to Pete's World (TV: Journey's End) The reality bomb used by other Daleks later weakened the dimensional walls, allowing some Cybermen to escape The Void. The rest, along with the Daleks, who were sucked here after the Battle of Canary Wharf, perished, according to the Doctor, as a result of the events surrounding the Reality Bomb. (TV: The Next Doctor)
New Dalek Paradigm Edit
After the destruction of the New Dalek Empire by the Meta-Crisis Doctor three Dalek survivors onboard in their surviving ship used a Time corridor to escape the genocide to earth in 1941. The trio found a surviving Progenitor which contains pure Dalek DNA which they intend creates new Daleks to restore their race. But it doesn't recognise them as Daleks when they are created using cells by Davros. They started a scheme called the Ironside Project and created an android named Edwin Bracewell to claim they were his inventions and two of the three Daleks pretended to be ironsides for the British Army on the World War II to ensure Winston Churchill will contact the Eleventh Doctor to trick him into deliver his testimony to the progenitor. Despite their cover blown, the Ironsides return to their ship to commence their plan. The Doctor used a Jammie Dodger to fool them thinking it was a TARDIS self-destruct. The Daleks revealed that the Progenitors were created in their past and they could be used in their future and activated a beacon to turn the lights of london on to allow German bombers destroy London. Five new, larger Daleks were created, with pure DNA, a new colour-coded rank, and a white Dalek Supreme as their commander. There was also a Blue (Strategist), Orange (Scientist), Yellow (Eternal) and Red (Drone). The Supreme Dalek told the old Daleks they were impure which they accepted and allowed themselves to be disintegrated with no resistance. The new Daleks discovered the deception and the Tardis self-destruct was fake. The Doctor told Danny Boy to destroy the ship after he destroyed the beacon. The Daleks threatened to destroy the Earth with the Oblivion Continuum inside Bracewell unless The Doctor called off his attack. He complied and returned to earth to disarm the bomb. After the bomb was disarmed, the new Daleks escaped in a time corridor to rebuild their empire based on the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
Following their escape, the Daleks discovered the lost Time Lord artefact, the Eye of Time, allowing them to alter time as they saw fit. The Daleks returned to Skaro, rebuilt their capital city of Kaalann, appointed a new Dalek Emperor and began rebuilding their Empire. In this new timeline, they killed every member of the human race. However, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy undid these events, leaving Earth unconquered and Kaalann still abandoned. (GAME: City of the Daleks)
The Dalek Supreme led an attack on the SS Lucy Grey to recover the Daleks' lost Time Axis. The Eleventh Doctor defeated them by firing their ship into the sun. (GAME: Return to Earth) The Dalek ship escaped by making a random jump several hundred years into the past. The Daleks attempted to force the Doctor to fix their ship by attaching his TARDIS into their ship; the Doctor escaped and used his TARDIS to fling their ship into a black hole. (GAME: Evacuation Earth)
A Scientist Dalek sent an alien family plummeting through time and space to collect all the Time Orbs. The Scientist recruited many Strategist Daleks and Drones. It also recruited big armies of Cybermen and Silurians as a distraction for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. (GAME: The Mazes of Time)
At the beginning of the 40th century, the Daleks began another war with humanity which continued into the 41st century. The Eleventh Doctor and Amy encountered a group who had been sent on a mission to find a Dalek mutant being experimented on by a scientist who tried to make them less aggressive creatures. The Daleks referred to this mutant as "the Abomination". They attacked and destroyed Earth's top secret space station, Station 7, and chased the survivors to the planet Strantana below. After slaughtering all resistance, they finally found the Abomination in a hidden base, but it escaped its container and disabled the base reactor's safety measures. An explosion destroyed the base, the Daleks, the Abomination, and all the Dalek ships that had landed on the planet. The Doctor, Amy and Jay, an SSS officer, watched from a safe distance. The Dalek mission was a failure but the war continued. They had agents working in the SSS. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek)
The Daleks joined the Alliance to imprison the Eleventh Doctor in the Pandorica in 102 to save the universe. (TV: The Pandorica Opens) As the Doctor was not responsible for the Total Event Collapse as they thought, the Daleks, along with almost the rest of the universe, were destroyed, leaving only two Stone Daleks, one of which hindered the Doctor and his companions' efforts to save the universe in 1996. Nevertheless, they were successful and the whole of reality, including the Daleks, were restored. (TV: The Big Bang)
Searching for information on the Silence before going to what he assumed was his death, the Doctor found a badly damaged Supreme Dalek and looked up information on the Silence in it. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)Led by a new Emperor Dalek, the Daleks planned to remove Gallifrey from existence and become the new Lords of Time. They used a piece of the Eternity Clock to put a Time-Lock around a large part of London in 2106. Once they perfected their Time-Lock technology, they planned to use it to put temporal bubbles around other planets, making them unstoppable. The Eleventh Doctor and River Song infiltrated the Emperor's Flagship and managed to take back the piece of the Clock. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)
At some point, a small contingent of bronze Daleks were sent on a mission to travel through Earth's history and analyse how humans made war so that weaknesses could be found and exploited in future conflicts with the Daleks. They called this the Dalek Project. The Eleventh Doctor encountered these Daleks in the First World War in 1917 where he sent their ship crashing to the ground by ramming a plane into it. The remaining Daleks were destroyed by the combined armies of the war who had formed a very brief alliance to defend themselves. The Dalek saucer remained underground for one hundred years before it was found and accidentally reactivated by a team of archaeologists. The Eleventh Doctor arrived in time to save them and connected the ship up to a power line, overloading the Daleks. he called this "unfinished business". (COMIC: The Dalek Project)
With the help of the Dalek Time Controller, the Daleks discovered the artefact known as the Cradle of the Gods and its power to create or destroy. The Daleks established the Dalek Foundation and the Sunlight Worlds apparently to help humans recover from a huge galactic recession when in fact they planned to transform the 400 planets with the Cradle into copies of Skaro. They sent a hypercube to the Doctor's TARDIS to manipulate the Eleventh Doctor into leading them to and activating the Cradle. However, with the help of siblings Sabel, Jenibeth and Ollus Blakely, the Doctor managed to set the Cradle to self-destruct and the Dalek Time Controller abandoned the plan. It is unknown what became of the Dalek Foundation and the Sunlight Worlds after this. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)
When a human starliner, the Alaska, crashlanded on the Dalek Asylum planet, the security of the insane Daleks contained there was compromised. Fearing what would happen if these Daleks were to escape, the Prime Minister ordered the abduction of the Doctor, who he knew as the predator of the Daleks, so he could be sent to the Asylum and lower its impenetrable force field so the Daleks could destroy their derranged brethren, despite their wish to preserve them and their "beautiful" hatred. Understanding that the Doctor was best assisted by his companions, his most recent ones, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, were abducted as well.
Once the planet's defences were lowered by the human-turned-Dalek, Oswin Oswald, the Parliament launched an attack to destroy the Asylum, but not before she wiped out all memory of the Doctor in the minds of every Dalek. When the Doctor came back to their ship, he was bombarded with "the First Question" ("Doctor Who?") by the entire Parliament. He left shortly after, but not before taunting the bewildered Daleks that they'd never stop asking. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
The Daleks were one of the species that took part in the Siege of Trenzalore, trying to stop the Doctor from releasing the Time Lords back upon the universe or trying to restart the Time War if he succeeded. For centuries a force field projected by the Papal Mainframe kept them out, but they eventually invaded it and turned everyone into Dalek puppets. In the process of turning Tasha Lem into a puppet, the Daleks regained knowledge of the Doctor. They trapped the Doctor aboard the Mainframe, but Tasha regained control of herself and killed the Daleks nearby before teleporting the Doctor and Clara Oswald back to Trenzalore. When the siege turned into a war that raged on for centuries, the Doctor teamed with the Silence to fight the Daleks and the other races. Eventually the other races burned or retreated leaving just the Daleks who demanded the surrender of a frail old Doctor who could no longer regenerate. The Doctor surrendered, having nothing left to live for and knowing his destiny is to die on Trenzalore and taunted the Daleks for hesitating, believing he may still have some final trick. Before the Daleks could kill him, the Time Lords intervened through a crack in time at the behest of Clara, granting the Doctor a new regeneration cycle. The Daleks immediately panicked and tried to kill the Doctor, but he used his regeneration energy to destroy the flying Daleks and their mothership. When the Doctor's regeneration caused a massive shockwave, it destroyed the Daleks on the ground, saving Trenzalore and changing the Doctor's future. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)
Society and culture Edit
The Daleks were known to write poetry (PROSE: The Also People), and some of the more elaborate Dalek battlecries had an almost poetic quality about them (for example, "Advance and Attack! Attack and Destroy! Destroy and Rejoice!" (TV: The Chase) and repetition of words such as "Predict! Predict! Predict!" (TV: The Parting of the Ways) In an alternate reality, the Daleks showed a fondness for the works of William Shakespeare. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)
The Daleks were a warlike race who waged war across whole civilisations and races all over the universe. (TV: The Daleks, Doomsday) When the Eleventh Doctor was on the Dalek Asylum he considered the Daleks the most advanced warrior race in the universe. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
Due to their frequent defeats by the Doctor, he became a legendary figure in Dalek culture and mythology. They had standing orders to capture or exterminate the Doctor on sight, and were occasionally able to identify him despite his regenerations. The Daleks knew the Doctor as the "Ka Faraq Gatri", (which meant the "Bringer of Darkness" or "Destroyer of Worlds"). (COMIC: Bringer of Darkness) The Ninth Doctor claimed that the Daleks also called him "the Oncoming Storm". (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
The Doctor was also referred to as the Predator of the Daleks. Shortly before the destruction of the Dalek Asylum, Oswin erased all knowledge of the Doctor from every Dalek's memory. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
Daleks had little individual personality and a strict hierarchy. They were conditioned to obey a superior's orders without question, even if these orders resulted in pain or death. (AUDIO: The Curse of Davros) The most fundamental feature of Dalek culture and psychology was an unquestioned belief in the superiority of the Daleks. Other species were either to be exterminated or enslaved, and then exterminated when no longer necessary. The default directive of a Dalek was to destroy all non-Dalek life forms.
Daleks even regarded "deviant" Daleks as their enemies and worthy of destruction. The civil war between the Renegade and Imperial Daleks was an example of this: Each faction considered the other a perversion despite the relatively minor differences. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) This belief also meant that Daleks were intolerant of such "contamination" even within themselves. (TV: Dalek, The Parting of the Ways, Evolution of the Daleks, AUDIO: The Mutant Phase) Despite this, Daleks felt offended by exterminating their own "divine hatred", and deviant Daleks would sometimes instead be sent to the Dalek Asylum, should their hatred be deemed pure enough. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
Another result of this superiority complex was their complete ruthlessness. This was due to genetic modifications made to the original Kaled mutants by Davros. It was because of this that it was nearly impossible to negotiate or reason with a Dalek, and it was this single-mindedness that made them so dangerous.
Their reliance on logic and machinery was a weakness, albeit one that they recognised. Daleks considered illogical actions impossible. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) They transferred emotions from other life-forms twice, in one case humans, having refined the Human Factor with the help from the Second Doctor to create humanised Daleks. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks) In another instance, they refined savagery, hatred and cunning from other life forms. (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Dogs of Doom)
One unintentionally humanised Dalek occurred after it used Rose Tyler's DNA to regenerate after sustaining injuries, involuntarily developing positive feelings. Its traditional Dalek psychology remained, however, and it ultimately self-destructed in disgust.
The emotional capacity of Daleks was limited to largely negative emotions (hate being chief among them), as "human" emotions such as compassion and sentimentality were considered by them to be weaknesses. However, they were capable of comprehending these emotions, and often used them to exploit their enemies. A prime example occurred with the lone Dalek in Henry van Statten's vault; while talking with the Ninth Doctor, the Dalek chose its words carefully, hoping to goad the Time Lord into initiating a physical attack on the chained mutant. Later, the Dalek played on an unwitting Rose Tyler's feelings of pity and compassion, leading her to touch its battered casing and restore energy to the near-dead Dalek. (TV: Dalek)
Additionally, the Daleks used the greed of Theodore Maxtible to make him their ally. However, Daleks never formed permanent alliances; once their allies outlived their usefulness, they were usually exterminated on the spot. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)
As noted above, the Daleks created by the manipulation and mutation of human genetic material by a demented Dalek Emperor were religious fanatics. They worshipped the Emperor as their god. Normal Daleks had no religion, other than their fanatic belief in their own supremacy. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Legal system Edit
Although the Daleks had no regard for due process and Galactic Law, there were at least two occasions on which they took enemies back to Skaro for a "trial" rather than killing them on the spot; the first was their creator Davros (TV: Revelation of the Daleks) and the second was the renegade Time Lord known as the Master. (TV: Doctor Who)
Accounts differ as to whether the retrieval of Davros was for a 'trial' in the criminal sense, (COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks!) or a test to see if he was in fact worthy of becoming the supreme leader of the race. (AUDIO: I, Davros)
Dalek hierarchy Edit
- Main article: Dalek hierarchy
Although they saw their entire species as superior, the Daleks had a hierarchical system. This included a wide range of ranks bestowed upon selected Daleks. (TV: The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Evil of the Daleks, Victory of the Daleks)
Dalek writings Edit
- Main article: Dalek writing
Daleks used inscriptions as recognition codes. They also measured time in relms. (TV: Doomsday) They were able to read human numerals and words, even using them upon occasion. (TV: Planet of the Daleks)
Cultural effect Edit
The Daleks had a devastating effect on the races and individuals that encountered them. For the most part they epitomised fear and danger, especially for the Doctor; upon arriving in 1966 and seeing the Post Office Tower that contained WOTAN, the First Doctor remarked to Dodo he had felt like that when the Daleks were near. (TV: The War Machines) The Second Doctor used his encounters with them to warn Zoe Heriot of what she might encounter. (TV: The Wheel in Space) The Second Doctor also later used a mental projection of a Dalek to show the Time Lords of his enemies. (TV: The War Games) A Dalek was one of many fears that assaulted the Third Doctor in the Keller Machine. (TV: The Mind of Evil) When he approached his fourth regeneration, a vision of a Dalek came to the Fourth Doctor. (TV: Logopolis) An amnesic Eighth Doctor once looked suspiciously at a pepper pot, which was similar to a Dalek's shape. (PROSE: The City of the Dead) Their power over the Doctor continued through his personality when he used a Chameleon Arch; his human self, John Smith, sketched a Dalek within his Journal of Impossible Things. (TV: Human Nature) Daleks were among the creatures in the Atraxi's files of races that invaded Earth. (TV: The Eleventh Hour)
Their danger was on occasion negligible compared to a greater threat; when speaking of his fellow Time Lords at his trial, the Sixth Doctor stated that "In all my travellings throughout the universe, I have battled against evil, against power-mad conspirators. I should have stayed here! The oldest civilisation, decadent, degenerate and rotten to the core! Power-mad conspirators, Daleks, Sontarans, Cybermen - they're still in the nursery compared to us! Ten million years of absolute power! That's what it takes to be really corrupt!" (TV: The Ultimate Foe) When Rassilon threatened to break the Time-lock on the Last Great Time War the Tenth Doctor warned the Master, that "not just the Daleks" would be unleashed if it were broken. (TV: The End of Time)
The Daleks' impact on those humans who encountered them had different effects on their psyches. They appeared in dreams or visions; Ace associated the Daleks with Nazis; a Dalek with a swastika chased her, chanting "Heil Doktor" following her time in an alternate universe populated by Nazis. (PROSE: Timewyrm: Exodus) She later called the Daleks "the catch" to travelling with the Doctor. (AUDIO: Enemy of the Daleks) To Bernice Summerfield a Dalek appeared, also in a dream, along side several other races such as Sontarans and Cybermen in which the nature of evil was dissected. (PROSE: The Also People) Sam Jones, on awakening from unconsciousness exclaimed, "Anyone get the number of that Dalek?". (PROSE: The Taint) Alternatively, encounters with the Daleks took a certain pride of place for some individuals. Rose Tyler and Sarah Jane Smith compared their experiences encountering Daleks (and, in Rose's case, the Dalek Emperor) upon meeting. (TV: School Reunion) During the 2009 invasion, upon hearing the transmission of "EXTERMINATE", Sarah Jane and Jack Harkness reacted with undiluted terror, crying and holding their loved ones close. (TV: The Stolen Earth)
Dalek technology Edit
The key item of Dalek technology was the casing, derived from the Mark III Travel Machines built by Davros. The casings of Davros' Imperial Daleks were made out of bonded polycarbide. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)The eyestalk of the casing bestowed superior vision to the Dalek creature. The plunger-shaped attachment functioned as a flexible and adaptable limb. (TV: Dalek) Dalek gunsticks could kill almost any sentient being (TV: The Daleks, et al) and could paralyse their victims temporarily (TV: "The Survivors") or permanently. [additional sources needed]
The Dalek's gunstick evolved alongside other aspects of Dalek technology. When the First Doctor met them in the Dalek City, the gunstick seemed to have the same qualities as a human gun. Daleks could also change the effects of their guns' energy projectiles; at the lowest level, they would merely temporarily disable an individual in the area the projectiles struck. (TV: The Daleks) The highest setting on a Dalek gunstick would reduce a human to atoms, but the Daleks rarely used that. Instead, they made certain to dial their guns down to the lowest possible setting that would kill a person - that way, Daleks would ensure that all of their victims died as slowly and painfully as possible. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks)
On the surface of Skaro, within the confines of the Dalek City, the machines ran on static electricity fed from the city floor. They were incapacitated if removed from the floor. The casing technology changed over the years. The first Daleks to emerge from the bunker in which they had been entombed built a city and power from those. (TV: The Daleks) Those occupying Earth during the their 22nd century invasion had dishes on their backs. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) Later models of Dalek casing had internal power supplies, and even repulsor systems[additional sources needed] that allowed them to hover (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks, Dalek) and fly. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, Army of Ghosts/Doomsday, The Stolen Earth/Journey's End)
Throughout time and space, there were many Dalek variants that sported different casings. A Dalek's ability depended on what features its casing offered. (TV: The Daleks, The Evil of the Daleks) The default manipulator arm could be replaced with the likes of flamethrowers and seismic detectors. (TV: The Chase, The Daleks' Master Plan)
By the era of the Last Great Time War, Daleks had force-fields. Whereas previous versions of Daleks could be destroyed by a well-placed bastic bullet, such bullets could not get close to these Daleks' casings. (TV: Dalek, The Parting of the Ways) However, they could be penetrated by their own weaponry, and variations thereof. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks, Victory of the Daleks) They not only could hover, but travel independently through space. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) These Daleks could use the DNA of a time traveller to regenerate their bodies just by virtue of the traveller touching the casing. (TV: Dalek)
The Daleks were also experts in biological warfare, and used (or attempted to use) biological weapons on several occasions. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Planet of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks)
Dalek travel technology varied over time. Dalek spaceships were (almost) consistently designed in a saucer shape, (TV: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways, The Stolen Earth / Journey's End, Victory of the Daleks) and hoverbouts allowed individual Daleks to travel without using their own power. (AUDIO: Fugitives)They were also able to hack into virtual reality systems, creating attack ships in Puterspace, although they were not particuarly good at it. (PROSE: Love and War)
The Daleks also developed time travel capabilities, usually in the form of time corridors which allowed limited transport between one era and another. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks) The Daleks also developed their own kind of time machine of similar capacities to the Doctor's TARDIS; though they could not change shape, they were also dimensionally transcendental. (TV: The Chase, The Daleks' Master Plan) Members of the Cult of Skaro could initiate 'emergency temporal shifts', which acted as teleports through time and space to let the Dalek escape a threat. (TV: Doomsday, TV: Daleks in Manhattan, The Stolen Earth)
Dalek weaponry Edit
- Main article: Dalek weaponry
The Dalek gunstick and manipulator arm could be re-purposed depending on what task was likely to face a specific individual, or removed altogether to render them defenceless and prevent mad Daleks from turning on them, particularly the ones in the intensive care in the Dalek Asylum. The alternatives were far ranging in the different functions they performed. (TV: The Chase, The Parting of the Ways, Asylum of the Daleks)
Behind the scenes Edit
Other appearances Edit
Two Doctor Who movies starring Peter Cushing featured the Daleks as the main villains: Dr. Who and the Daleks, and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D., based loosely on the television serials The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth respectively. However, this wiki only considers the original televised stories by Terry Nation as valid sources. The movies used brand new Dalek props, based closely on the original design but with a wider range of colours. Originally, the movie Daleks were supposed to shoot jets of flame, but this was thought to be too graphic for children, so their weapons emitted jets of deadly vapour instead. They also appeared in the Doctor Who Comic Relief parody, The Curse of Fatal Death.
Marvel UK was publishing Doctor Who Magazine at the time, [statement unclear] which included comic strip stories in its pages. Aside from meeting up with the Doctor in them, the DWM strips also introduced a new nemesis for the Daleks; the Dalek Killer named Abslom Daak. Daak was a convicted criminal in the 26th century who was given the choice between execution and being sent on a suicide mission against the Daleks. He chose the latter and, when the woman he loved was killed by the Daleks, made it his life's purpose to kill every Dalek he came across. The Daleks have also appeared in the Dalek Empire series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions.
Outside of Doctor Who, Daleks also made an appearance in the film Looney Tunes: Back in Action and the Star Wars comic strip, Fett Club. A Dalek-based Transformer that would transform into a Mark III Travel Machine features in an issue of Marvel UK's Transformers comic, as well as the Decepticon Starscream picking up Dalek transmissions while flying over a field in England. Spike Milligan wrote a sketch which featured a working-class Dalek with a family of his own, and a Dalek-spoof race (known as the Deacons) made an appearance in a Futurama comic.
Story titles Edit
Beginning with the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks, the best-known title format for stories featuring the Daleks has been "... of the Daleks". This was first used on television in the 1966 serial The Power of the Daleks and was used most recently on TV in 2012's Asylum of the Daleks and used on a 2010 adventure game. In fact, if comic strips, audios and novels are included, more stories exist that do not use this title format, but "... of the Daleks" is considered ubiquitous enough that the spoof film Myth Runner includes a joking reference to an apparent future Who story entitled Deuteronomy of the Daleks.
The word Dalek has been titular to more Doctor Who televised story titles than any other noun, although Planet and Death are more ubiquitous if Hartnell-era adventures — which originally did not have story titles as such — are identified only by their episodic titles. Indeed, in the whole of the Hartnell era, Dalek was used exactly once as an onscreen title — for episode two of the adventure later re-christened as The Dalek Invasion of Earth, "The Daleks".
A Nazi by any other name Edit
As he grew up during World War II, Terry Nation had vivid memories of the war and, in particular, the Nazis. The Daleks share many characteristics with the Nazi party deliberately. They both believe in the superiority of their race, whether it means the entire species, like the Daleks, or their ethnicity, like the German Nazis. Genesis of the Daleks is the most clear depiction of this parallel, with the Kaleds showing dedication to their cause and near-complete conformity. It also showed the killing of any opposed to their ideology; in this case, the Kaled scientists. Their shrieking voices were designed to parody the loud repetitive chanting and rants associated with Nazi rallies. The casting out or forced labour of the Mutos is comparable to the Holocaust, as is the Kaled consensus of them as lesser beings. Another comparison to the Holocaust appears in TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, in which Daleks refer to the destruction of Earth as "the final solution", a phrase associated with Nazism. They even to greet each other by raising their plungers vertically in a way reminiscent of the Nazi salute. Another blatant reference appears in TV: Journey's End with Daleks chanting "Exterminieren!" as they invade Germany.
They have been compared over the years with Nazis, but this is a tenuous connection at best. Certainly there is a lack of individuality, an unquestioning obedience of orders and a willingness to die for the race - all of this epitomised the Nazi stormtrooper ideal. It isn't hard to see, though, even in the most evil member of the Nazi hierarchy, some spark of buried humanity. Even the elite had their fears and superstitions. The Daleks had none of these.
Real life analogies quickly fail when applied to the Daleks. At times they're compared to the likes of Nazis, but in truth they're literally lacking in humanity. Even "conquest" as we generally understand the term doesn't really interest them - sometimes they put foes to work as slaves (as in Death to the Daleks), but this is almost inevitably in the interest of facilitating new atrocities and exterminations. The point is that one can (and should) hope to use reason against real-world governments, but there is virtually no chance of diplomacy succeeding against the Daleks. ... Basically, the Daleks collectively remain united behind one goal: kill everything that isn't a Dalek.
The catchphrase Edit
The single word most associated with the Daleks is "Exterminate!" which has been uttered by generations of British children impersonating the creatures. However, although a variant of the word, "exterminated" can be heard from the very first appearance of the Daleks, it was not until "Flashpoint", which was the final episode of TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth that a Dalek finally was heard uttering the word "Exterminate!"
In the BBC Wales version, Murray Gold gave the Daleks a leitmotif in the form of the track identified as "The Daleks" on Doctor Who - Original Television Soundtrack. This track was heavily choral. According to Russell T Davies on the DVD commentary to Bad Wolf, the chorus is repeatedly chanting, "What is happening" in Hebrew.
Due to the popularity of Doctor Who, Daleks feature briefly in many other shows, movies, and popular culture. In The Simpsons episode "Holidays of Future Past", for example, a blue Dalek briefly chases a woman in and out of a revolving door at the "Benny Hilton" Hotel, accompanied by the theme song from the Benny Hill Show. A Dalek can be also seen in the Looney Tunes: Back in Action movie during the Area 52 scene.
- Dalek 6388 - A detailed history of the Dalek props 1963 to 1988 and beyond
- Dalek article at Wikipedia
- Dalek variants article at Wikipedia
- Dalek-related Quotes at Wikiquote
- Project Dalek - build your own Dalek
- Dalek City - Dalek Building guides
- The Last Dalek - Flash game by New Media Collective, on the BBC website
- Pictures Time: Doctor Who's Vintage Daleks
- Dalek sounds