TARDIS Index File

German language

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German was a language that originated in Germany. Nyssa found it to be highly logical, expressing that, "I rather like it." (AUDIO: 1963: Fanfare for the Common Men)

Polly Wright could speak German. (TV: The Underwater Menace)

Germany fought in the wars that the War Lords had arranged, thinking they were fighting their own war. Lots of them was heard speaking German. (TV: The War Games)

Through the TARDIS' telepathic circuits, Elizabeth Klein heard the Seventh Doctor speaking German in "a stuffy Prussian accent". (AUDIO: Survival of the Fittest)

Group Captain Ian Gilmore had what he described as a "smattering" of German. However, Professor Rachel Jensen had no knowledge of the language other than a few select words. (AUDIO: Unto the Breach)

During the Dalek invasion of Earth in 2009, when Martha Jones made her way to Osterhagen Station 1 in Germany, she witnessed a squad of Daleks patrolling the forests speaking in German, threatening whomever might be listening. The German woman at the station also threatened Martha in German. (TV: Journey's End)

Behind the scenes Edit

The word "exterminieren", which the German-speaking Daleks used, is not commonly used. In classic dubs of Doctor Who, Daleks shout "vernichten" (meaning "to kill off"), whereas in modern dubbing, the verb "eliminieren" is used, meaning "to eliminate".

The full dialogue for the German Daleks is as follows: "Exterminieren! Exterminieren! Halt! Sonst werden wir Sie exterminieren! Sie sind jetzt ein Gefangener der Daleks! Exterminieren! Exterminieren!" This translates as: "Exterminate! Exterminate! Stop! Or we will exterminate you. You are now a prisoner of the Daleks. Exterminate! Exterminate!"

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