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Bronze Dalek drones and their red commanders. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

The Dalek drone was the most common Dalek model. (TV: Victory of the Daleks, GAME: City of the Daleks) They were used as the main "foot soldier", which led to them very occasionally being called warrior Daleks. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)

Pre-Time War

During and after the Time War

During the Last Great Time War, the Daleks reintroduced the bronze casings from the Second Dalek War. The basics of the design became standard for all Daleks. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks, I Am a Dalek, TV: The Last Day, The Day of the Doctor, Dalek) This design was much more advanced than the previous model, with a swivelling mid-section that allowed the Dalek a 360-degree field of fire and a force field that disintegrated bullets before they struck it. The design also added a new feature to the eyestalk: if something was obstructing its vision (such as paint), a heat discharge could melt the obstruction. It was also able to regenerate itself by absorbing electrical power and the DNA of a time traveller. The manipulator arm was also able to crush a man's skull in addition to the technology interfacing abilities shown by earlier models. (TV: Dalek, The Stolen Earth) At least the Cult of Skaro could also remotely interface with technology without using the manipulator arm and be able to have "Emergency Temporal Shift" functions. (TV: Doomsday)

The Daleks which escaped the destruction of the Crucible (TV: Journey's End) camouflaged themselves as "Ironsides" which were supposedly created by Edwin Bracewell. These Daleks were khaki-green-coloured, probably because it was a self-applied paint job in order to perpetuate the deception that they were obedient war robots. Following the restoration of the Dalek race, the standard Daleks became a bright red colour, but were otherwise no different from their superiors. The original three Daleks were then destroyed by their "superior" successors. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

While the design of the New Dalek Paradigm drone was initially mass-produced, (GAME: City of the Daleks, COMIC: The Only Good Dalek , GAME: Return to Earth, GAME: The Eternity Clock) the Daleks ultimately chose to return to using the bronze Time War model as the standard Dalek, with the red version being relegated to a higher position and given a more metallic burgundy colour. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, The Time of the Doctor, COMIC: The Dalek Project, PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

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