|Dalek Flying saucer|
|Place of origin:||Daleks|
TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth
TV: Planet of the Daleks
TV: Death to the Daleks
TV: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways
TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End
TV: The End of Time (crashed, cameo), TV: Victory of the Daleks
TV: The Pandorica Opens
TV: Asylum of the Daleks
PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks
COMIC: The Only Good Dalek
GAME: Return to Earth
COMIC: The Dalek Project
PROSE: The Dalek Generation
In their first attempts to obtain space travel, the Daleks built prototype ships such as Proto 1, 4, and 9. Proto 13 had a flying saucer design, was successful in take off, space flight, and entering/exiting hyperspace. It became the standard Dalek ship. (COMIC: The Amaryll Challenge)
The saucers were also used by the Dalek Empire during the Second Dalek War of the 26th century. One saucer, named the Exterminator, was a supreme Exterminator-class flagship belonging to the Dalek Inquisitor General, Dalek X, and containing 510 other Daleks. When the Exterminator was destroyed, the Dalek fleet was pushed right back from Earth-Space. (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. When the power was restored, 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)
During the Last Great Time War each sphere contained over two thousand Daleks each and were small and bronze-coloured, the same colour as the drone Daleks of that time. The flagship was the same colour but many times larger and contained both Dalek drones and the Emperor's Personal Guards, numbering around a hundred thousand. It could fire projectile weaponry. (TV: Bad Wolf)
The Daleks launched over a thousand Dalek Saucers into the Time Vortex. 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)
At the end of the Last Great Time War, the Eighth Doctor caused all of the fleet to burn away except one, the Emperor's flagship, which fell through time to the the turn of the 2002nd century. The Dalek Emperor built two hundred ships of his fleet and created half a million new Daleks to rule. These were all destroyed by the Bad Wolf entity. (TV: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways)
The New Dalek Empire used saucers with a modified appearance in their 2009 invasion of Earth. Though the Daleks themselves could fly and had personal weaponry, smaller versions of the saucers served as fighter craft. (TV: The Stolen Earth)
One of these ships survived the the conclusion of the 2009 invasion of Earth, and fell through time to 1941. This ship hid behind the Moon. When the three surviving Daleks onboard were confronted by the Doctor, they used a beacon on the ship to activate all the lights in London, leaving it vulnerable to the German blitz. Enhanced Spitfires were sent to destroy the beacon. Three were destroyed by the Dalek defence guns mounted around the saucer, but the Eleventh Doctor disabled the ship's shields and the dish was destroyed. When their plan to detonate the Oblivion Continuum failed, the new Daleks left in their ship through a Time corridor. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
Dalek saucers were used in the attack on Station 7 when the Daleks conducted a search for "the Abomination". They disguised their saucers as asteroids which they discarded when the attack began. All were destroyed — save one, which was used by an SSS officer to travel home — when caught in a deliberate volcanic eruption. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek)
When the Daleks joined the Alliance formed to imprison the Eleventh Doctor in the Pandorica to save the Universe, many Dalek Saucers were part of the Alliance fleet which arrived at Stonehenge in 102 A.D. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)
The Doctor guessed the Daleks had a minimum of twelve thousand ships, but this has not been confirmed. He may have been confused by the many other ships present.
A contingent of Daleks send on a mission through human history to learn how humans fought war was foiled by the Eleventh Doctor and the combined armies of the First World War in 1917 and the Dalek saucer was sent crashing to the ground. One hundred years later, some archaeologists discovered the saucer underground and accidentally powered it back up. The Eleventh Doctor arrived just in time and connected the ship up to a power line, overloading the reviving Daleks and their ship. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)
On the Dalek Foundation world of Carthedia, the Eleventh Doctor assumed the Daleks would not fire on him and the Blakely children while they stood close to a Dalek saucer, as they risked damaging it. The Doctor was proved wrong as the Daleks opened fire on them, tearing the saucer apart in the process. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)
- Particle beam weapons. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
- Magnetise beams (to trap escaping ships) (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)
- Missile launchers. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
- A hypnosound device to make targets see what they most feared or desired. (TV: Frontier in Space)
Pre-Time War Dalek saucers could destroy entire planets with ease. Davros threatened to destroy Earth with his killcruiser, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) while Terakis was successfully destroyed by a saucer attack. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)
Behind the scenes
- Dalek flying saucers first appeared in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The DVD release of the story featured a new and more convincing CGI special effects version of the saucer as an alternative to the original. On the same DVD they also appeared in the entire story's title sequence at the beginning of part one.
- Dalek saucers featured prominently in the action of The Dalek Chronicles comics and other print-based Dalek stories.
- The non-canonical theatrical film Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (based on The Dalek Invasion of Earth) featured a Dalek command craft, the front section of which resembled a saucer. A drawing of this "saucer" appeared on the cover of the Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth novelisation even though the book's content drew from the television version.
- A Dalek flying saucer (post-2005) appears in the online game Doctor In A Dash as one of three enemy ships, along with a Slitheen craft and a Judoon rocket, that race along with the Doctor's TARDIS (the player) to find a Space-Time Manipulator. Like the other enemy ships, the Dalek flying saucer can fire energy weapons to immobilise the other ships temporarily. Assuming the player completes the game, the Tenth Doctor claims the Space-Time Manipulator and destroys it to prevent it falling into the wrong hands.
- The interior of the flying saucer seen in Victory of the Daleks was not specially made for the show - it was in fact filmed in the storage room of an empty cigar factory.