Are we using set photos or later photographs of the old props as a "source"? How would an episode shot in black and white describe a Dalek's colour scheme?
The Dalek drone was the most common Dalek model. (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 Edit
By the time the First Doctor first encountered the Daleks, the Dalek drones lacked slats on their midsection and instead depended on static electricity from the floors of the Dalek City for power. (TV: The Daleks)
Later, the Daleks readopted the gunmetal grey colour scheme used by the Mark III Travel Machines, (TV: Day of the Daleks) although the Daleks that were stranded on Exxilon had a silver and black colour scheme. (TV: Death to the Daleks)
The gunmetal and black design continued to be the standard for the Dalek Empire for many years. However, during his time at Tranquil Repose Davros genetically engineered an entirely new breed of Daleks from the Resting Ones - these mutants were completely loyal to Davros, and had distinctive white casings with gold sensor globes, neck grating and limbs. Following the eruption of the war between these and the original Dalek Empire, these came to be known as the "Imperial" faction, now featuring all-gold appendages and white bases and - for the first time - the ability to hover under their own power. Meanwhile, the original Skarosian faction of Daleks came to be known as the Renegade Daleks, and phased out the traditional gunmetal casings in favour of a battleship grey and black colour scheme. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)
The Dalek drones were still identified by their grey casings at the beginning of the Second Dalek War of the 26th century (TV: Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks) but the casings were altered as the war went on. By the end of the war, Dalek soldiers had a much heavier and more solid look with a distinctive bronze finish, an expanded base, larger cylindrical indicator lights, and a blue-lit eyepiece. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) However, they reverted to the simpler grey casings once again after the war was finished. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: War of the Daleks)
Time War and aftermath Edit
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, Engines of War, TV: The Last Day, The Day of the Doctor, Dalek) This design was much more advanced than any previous models, with a swiveling mid-section that allowed the Dalek a 360-degree field of fire and a force field that fully disintegrated approaching bullets. 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) The four unique Daleks who comprised the Cult of Skaro had the built-in "Emergency Temporal Shift" functions. (TV: Doomsday)
New Dalek Empire Edit
The drone casings of the New Dalek Empire were identical to the bronze casings of the Time War Dalek Empire. One minor variation, the Vault Daleks (found aboard their space station the Crucible) possessed a specialised manipulator arm with eight "digits" but were otherwise identical. The mutants inside all the New Empire casings were grown from the cells of Davros' own body.
New Dalek Paradigm Edit
When the Dalek race was successfully restored using the Progenitor device, the first five individuals of the New Dalek Paradigm emerged. Their casings were larger than their predecessors' and the new drone was bright red, but was otherwise no different from its superiors such as the Strategist Dalek and the Scientist Dalek. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) While the design of the red Paradigm drone was initially mass-produced, (GAME: City of the Daleks, Return to Earth, The Eternity Clock; COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) the Daleks ultimately chose to return to using the smaller bronze Time War model as the standard drone, with the larger red version being elevated to a higher position and given a more metallic burgundy colour. They also used older casing as seen on Skaro. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, The Time of the Doctor, Into the Dalek, The Magician's Apprentice, The Witch's Familiar; COMIC: The Dalek Project; PROSE: The Dalek Generation)
Behind the scenes Edit
- Colin Baker uses the Paradigm Drone Dalek to secure a part in the 50th Anniversary Special in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot.
- New Paradigm Drone Dalek is one of Dalek enemies used in the Doctor Who: Legacy mobile game.