A Dalek time machine, sometimes called a Dalek time ship, was roughly comparable in abilities to a Time Lord TARDIS. It was dimensionally transcendent and created for the express purpose of chasing the First Doctor through time and space. One of these craft enabled the Doctor's companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright to return home. The Doctor instructed the pair to set the ship for self-destruction after it had transported them to 1965 London. (TV: The Chase)
Behind the scenes Edit
This craft has been referred to as a "DARDIS" in fandom, but the name cannot be substantiated easily. It was never used in any televised adventure, and neither does it appear in the novelisation of The Chase nor in Mission to the Unknown or The Mutation of Time, the two book novelisation of The Daleks' Master Plan. Instead, author John Peel, like scriptwriter Terry Nation, predominantly uses the phrase "Dalek time machine", with occasional use of the phrase "Dalek time ship" for variety.
It has been alleged that "DARDIS" does appear in scripts for The Chase, but no clear source of this information has ever been identified, with the script itself having never been made available commercially.
However, the name does appear within an officially licensed story: in the Sixth Doctor novel The Quantum Archangel the Master is said to possess "the DARDIS core, stolen from Skaro itself". This is the full extent of the term's usage in the text, with nothing solidly tying this name to the Dalek time machines featured in The Chase.
Likewise, the meaning of the acronym DARDIS remains unknown. It is likely a contraction of "Dalek TARDIS", or possibly an acronym for "Daleks And Relative Dimensions in Space".