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Dalek hierarchy

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Due to their highly militaristic culture, the Daleks operated under what was nominally a rigid hierarchy. Its structure evolved extensively over time, incorporating numerous systems of government, honour systems and rank branches.

Overview Edit

Command structure Edit

Figurehead Edit


The Golden Emperor. (COMIC: The Rogue Planet)

The Daleks were typically led by the Dalek Emperor (TV: The Evil of the Daleks, The Parting of the Ways), the overall leader of the Dalek Empire and Skaro. However, this was not always the case, as during the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, Davros, the creator of the Daleks, was installed as Emperor of the Imperial Daleks. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks)

In the early days of the Daleks, the Black Dalek was the direct second-in-command to the Emperor. (COMIC: Duel of the Daleks) Later on, the Supreme Dalek became the Dalek Emperor's subordinate, functioning as a high-ranking general in command of major operations or planetary occupations. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) However, in the absence of a Dalek Emperor, Supreme Daleks would often take command. During the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, the Renegade Dalek faction was led by a Supreme instead of an Emperor. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks) In the New Dalek Empire, a Red Supreme Dalek took command. (TV: The Stolen Earth)

With the creation of the New Dalek Paradigm, the Dalek race was reorganised into a colour-coded caste society; the leader of this first batch of Daleks was the white Supreme Dalek. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) Later, two New Paradigm Dalek Emperors were encountered by the Doctor; one blue, and the other purple. (GAME: City of the Daleks, The Eternity Clock) Eventually, the Parliament of the Daleks was created, led by the Dalek Prime Minister. This Dalek mutant was housed inside an immobile transparent tube, and outranked even the New Paradigm Supreme Dalek. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

The Dalek Time Controller was given strategic command over all Dalek missions involving time travel. (AUDIO: Patient Zero) At one point, the Dalek Time Controller was among the ranks of the New Dalek Paradigm and outranked even the Supreme Dalek in certain cases. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

Council Edit

Cult of Skaro

The Cult of Skaro. (TV: Doomsday)

The Cult of Skaro was a council of elite Daleks created to think of imaginative strategies, formed during the Last Great Time War. (TV: Doomsday)

The Dalek Emperor had a squad of black-domed Daleks as his personal guard that usually protected and served it. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks) Some versions were equipped with two gunsticks. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)

The Eternity Circle was a council of five blue and silver Daleks created by the Emperor to research temporal weapons during the Last Great Time War. (PROSE: Engines of War)

A large convocation of New Paradigm Daleks — led by the Supreme Dalek and the Dalek Prime Minister — was known as the Parliament of the Daleks. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

Commanders Edit

Low ranking Daleks Edit

Non-Daleks servants and slaves Edit

Several non-Dalek species worked under the Daleks under some form of enslavement.

Mercenaries Edit

Ogrons were mercenaries employed by the Daleks on various occasions, (TV: Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space) as were Werelox, (COMIC: Doctor Who and the Dogs of Doom) and Dalek Troopers. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks)

Visual distinctions Edit

Daleks often showed their rank via colours. According to one source, gold Daleks were the highest, followed by black, red, blue, and grey. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)

In the early days, the majority of Daleks were silver with blue "bumps", with mid-ranking Daleks (like the saucer commanders) being partially black and the commander a black Dalek Supreme. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)

Dalek Identification

Dalek identification. [source needed]

During the Last Great Time War and in the New Dalek Empire, almost the entirety of Daleks shown were of the same colour; the Supreme Dalek in the latter was marked out by being red with golden trimmings, while Dalek Sec of the Cult of Skaro was black. All of these Daleks used symbols, located below the eyestalk, for identification (TV: Dalek, The Parting of the Ways, Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks, The Stolen Earth, Journey's End), and in the Second World War, displayed a Union Flag. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

An Ironside

An Ironside Union Flag Identification. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

The restored Daleks sported bright colours, with each colouring showing their role: the Supreme was white, the strategist was blue, the scientist was orange, and the drones were red. The yellow Dalek was given the title of "Eternal" and was the only one to have black orbs instead of silver. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

Purity Edit

Daleks ranks were often established by their genetic purity. In The Parting of the Ways, the Dalek Emperor created his new army out of human DNA, which caused them to not only obey but worship the Emperor as the only pure Dalek.

When the New Dalek Paradigm was created from pure Dalek DNA found in the progenitor, both they and the impure Daleks which created them believed the new race was superior due to their genetic purity, and that any impure forms must be destroyed. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

History Edit

The original Dalek hierarchy saw the Dalek Emperor as the overall leader of the Daleks. Daleks with black domes acted as both the Emperor's guards and lieutenants. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks) Each Dalek saucer was put under the command of a Dalek saucer commander. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) Dalek drones had silver casing.

This hierarchy for the most part remained unchanged until the defeat of the humanised Daleks at the end of the Great Civil War, after which the Daleks were able to restore order and rebuilt. A new hierarchy was established. The Dalek Emperor remained the overall ruler, but black Supreme Daleks were replaced with gold Daleks (TV: Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space) A Dalek Council was also organised, of which a special black and gold Dalek was a member among others. (TV: Planet of the Daleks) Dalek taskforces were silver with black globes. (TV: Death to the Daleks)

By the time of the Dalek-Movellan War, black Daleks were once again in command of the grey drones. With both the Daleks and the Movellans at a logical stalemate, the Daleks went in search of Davros to gain his aid in resolving the situation. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) Davros was displeased to learn that the Daleks were taking orders from a Supreme Dalek instead of him. He built his own Daleks to oppose those of the Supreme Dalek and declared himself the Dalek Emperor. A civil war between Davros' white and gold Imperial Daleks and the "Renegade Daleks" loyal to the Supreme Dalek and the Dalek Prime broke out. The latter side claimed victory. (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks, PROSE: War of the Daleks)

During the Last Great Time War, Dalek soldiers had bronze casings and were led once again by the Emperor. Davros also took part in the war but was supposedly killed during the first year. (TV: The Stolen Earth) Following the near-destruction of both the Time Lords and the Daleks, the surviving Daleks attempted to rebuild their race. The Cult of Skaro tried twice but were foiled by the Doctor on both occasions. The Cult's leader, Dalek Sec, had a completely black casing while the other three — Thay, Jast and Caan — had the standard bronze, although they were more than just soldiers. In the end, Sec was overthrown and Caan replaced him. (TV: Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks)

Caan, the last of the Cult, escaped from the Doctor back into the Time War, where he rescued Davros but lost his sanity due to breaking the time lock. Davros rebuilt the Daleks from his own cells and created the New Dalek Empire. The leader was a Supreme Dalek with a unique red and gold casing. (TV: The Stolen Earth) The Empire was obilterated by a clone of the Tenth Doctor. (TV: Journey's End)

The Dalek race was finally restored fully after the only survivors of the New Dalek Empire's destruction came across a Progenitor device. The restored Dalek race was led by a white Supreme Dalek. Drone Daleks were red, strategists were blue, scientists were orange, and the Eternal Dalek was yellow. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) These Daleks also had an Emperor which was blue, but when the Eleventh Doctor prevented the Daleks from taking control of Skaro, no Dalek became the Emperor and so the Supreme Dalek likely continued to lead the Daleks full time. (GAME: City of the Daleks) however a new Emperor Dalek existed during the New Dalek Paradigm's invasion of Earth in 2106 using the piece of the Eternity Clock. this Emperor was coloured purple and able to form itself into a sphere. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

Parallel universe Edit

In a parallel universe, the Daleks were led by the Mentor, the creator and leader of a faction of Daleks from that universe. (AUDIO: Dalek War: Chapter One)

Behind the scenes Edit

The Dalek Tapes, a feature in the Genesis of the Daleks DVD, has golden Daleks as members of the Supreme Council, followed in rank by black (Dalek Supreme), partially black, silver (scientific corps), and grey. Doctor Who: The Dalek Handbook states that the Black Daleks used to be the highest command until the civil war, and a Supreme was always taken from their ranks; after the war, the Supremes and their Council were gold-and-black, the Black tier was replaced with the golden Commanders, and the standard Daleks were grey-black, with a group commander picked from their ranks.

According to the non-narrative source The Dalek Handbook, Black Daleks acted as Supreme Controllers during planetary invasions and other missions of high importance, and were part of a tier of Dalek commanders. Dalek workers and soldiers were distinguished by their grey casings.

According to the non-narrative source Aliens and Enemies, the Dalek Council was a governing body under the Emperor.

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