Individual Dalek Characters

The Daleks were originally intended to be faceless drones by their creator Terry Nation. However over the years as many other writers have added their own unique take on the Daleks, we have been introduced to a number of very different individual Dalek characters, across many different mediums.

In this article I will be taking a look at all of them. The Daleks who saw the light, the mutated or rather even more mutated Daleks and the homicidal or again even more homicidal Daleks, as well as some of the most unique Dalek Variants the show has produced over the years.

Hopefully this may show some of you who feel that the Daleks are boring and one dimensional that you can actually make a Dalek into a more 3 dimensional character. You don’t always need to bring in Davros to stand in for them.

There are a number of very different and interesting characters in this list as you will hopefully soon see, all of whom have helped add a fresh dynamic to the monsters over the years.

Zolfian and Yarvelling

Now I wasn’t sure whether or not include these two characters as I suppose they are not technically Daleks. They are members of the humanoid race whom the Daleks evolved from in the comic book series “The Dalek Chronicles”.

However I have decided to include them here anyway as the race they belong too is still called Dalek. I wont be including Davros and Nyder as though they are also members of the humanoid race that predated the Daleks, there is I feel more of a clear distinction between their race and the Daleks as their race is referred to as Kaled (an anagram of Dalek).

Thus these two though they are humanoid are still technically Daleks, so therefore I will be including them.

Zolfian and Yarvelling appear in the first “Dalek Chronicles” strip Daleks: Genesis of Evil. This story which was printed in the 1960’s marked the first time anyone had ever tried to tell the origin of the Daleks in any medium.

The “Dalek Chronicles” were written by David Whitaker, though this issue in particular was written by both Whitaker and Alan Fennell. It would later be hugely contradicted by Genesis of the Daleks.

The issue depicts the Daleks as originally blue skinned, bald, squat, humanoid creatures simply called Daleks.

They were locked in a war with the Thals who lived on a different continent to them. Zolfian was the Daleks leader who sought to use a radiation bomb to destroy the Thals, whilst Yarvelling who was their leading scientist was planning to create a new war machine to eradicate them.

Ultimately however a metiorite storm strikes the city and sets off Zolfian’s bomb causing the Dalek city to be engulfed in radiation and the Dalek race to be seemingly wiped from existence. Only Zolfian and Yarvelling are able to survive in the War council chamber where they remain for two whole years. Eventually however they decided to leave, to search for more Daleks and to see if any Thals have survived so that they can finish them off.

When they emerge from the chamber they discover a few Daleks did survive the blast, but have been horribly mutated and are now housing themselves in Yarvelling’s war machines.

What Yarvelling created to destroy the Thals, has now become the Dalek race’s only hope. The first of these mutated Daleks asks Zolfian and Yarvelling to construct more war machines to house the other mutated survivors. They agree and are able to build a Dalek war machine production line as well as a special casing for the first Dalek who confronted them who declares himself the emperor. Zolfian and Yarvelling however soon die of radiation sickness. The Daleks meanwhile still need more casing built and being unable to build it themselves soon seek out other life forms to build them for them. According to the story this is where the Daleks desire to dominate other life forms begins. As they need them to build their war machines for them.

Obviously this origin story is no longer considered canon after the events of Genesis. There are still a number of fans however who have tried to work it into canon.

Zolfian and Yarvelling’s design was inspired by the Meekon, Dan Dare’s archenemy.

The Mekon also inspired the design of Davros the other creator of the Daleks too, according to Philip Hinchcliff in an interview which you can watch on the Genesis of the Daleks DVD.

Dalek Zeg

Zeg has the honor of being the first proper Dalek to be given a name. He appeared in the “Dalek Chronicles” strip “Duel of the Daleks”. He was originally a Dalek inventor but after an accident in his lab he was mutated into becoming virtually indestructable. His mind was also affected too, to the point where he could experience emotions such as joy that were alien to the Daleks. His casing was also turned bright red as a result of his mutation.

Zeg soon tried to take control of the Daleks from the Emperor himself.

The Brain Machine a computer that the Daleks look to for advice suggests that Zeg and the Emperor duel to determine who is the master.

The Emperor tries to destroy him with acid and mercury, but eventually manages to eliminate Zeg with liquid nitrogen.

Zeg marked a huge turning point in the development of the Daleks. It marked the first time we saw a Dalek develop its own personality and desires. Though Zeg was a far cry from the later more benevolent individual Daleks of the revival, he still can be seen as their forbear in some ways, as he is a Dalek who experiences human emotions and turns on other members of his kind.

The One In A Million Dalek

Now this Dalek who also appeared in the “Dalek Chronicles” is the real precursor to all of these benevolent Daleks that we see in the new series. Dalek Sec, Dalek Caan and Rusty.

The One in a Million Dalek like Zeg becomes mutated, but unlike Zeg he develops compassion and affection, to the point where he even appreciates the beauty of flowers.

He begins collecting them and actually decorates himself with them, much to the disgust of his fellow Daleks, particularly the Emperor.

This story allowed us to see a whole new side to the Daleks. Not only did we get to see a benevolent Dalek for the first time, but we also got to see just how twisted the regular Daleks were as well.

Its disturbing to see how the Emperor doesn’t just simply kill the one in a million Dalek. He could easily, but he wants him to see first that his new way of thinking is wrong. He wants him to see that the beauty of the flowers decays, that it is not as strong as the hatred of the Daleks.

It shows us how for the Daleks exterminating their enemies is not enough. They must prove to their enemies that their way of thinking is superior. They must destroy everything that their enemies have ever believed in. Only then will they feel that they have truly won.

This helps to explain the Dalek camps in many ways. A lot of the time we see the Daleks keep their humanoid victims alive for months, years, even decades in these death camps. Sometimes they do use them for slave labour, but on other occasions there is seemingly no point to keep their victims alive. Their main goal is to exterminate all other non Dalek life forms why would they bother keeping millions of them alive?

However we now know why. Its because they are trying to break them, trying to prove to them how inferior they truly are, for experiencing emotions like love, compassion and pity.

Thus the One in a Million Dalek helped to flesh the monsters out in more ways than one.

The Emperor

Now I wasn’t sure whether to include him as he isn’t really a character. There have technically been five different Dalek Emperors throughout the years. The first emperor in Evil, Davros the creator of the Daleks himself, Nick Briggs Big Finish Emperor, the time war Emperor and finally the Emperor in City of the Daleks. There is also a 6th Emperor in the Dalek Chronicles.

However even with that I feel that the Emperor over the years has been somewhat more fleshed out than other Dalek leaders such as the Dalek Supreme’s.

The Emperor in David Whitakers Dalek Chronicles was certainly an individual character more so than the other Dalek leaders we were used too.

In Nations early 60’s Dalek stories the Black Daleks were no different, except for their higher ranking than his followers. The Emperor in Whitakers comics however had his own desires, his own petty grievances and wishes which might not always gel with his followers ironically.

David Whitaker really helped flesh the Daleks out more than any other writer. In doing so however he did take away from their alien nature. Nation had deliberately made them all faceless drones to emphasize their inhumanity and it proved very effective on a number of occasions such as most notably in Genesis of the Daleks.

Thus though the Daleks lost a lot of what had made them so effective and even unique through Whitakers stories. He still nevertheless added so much to their characters overall and is probably the most influential Dalek writer of all time.

Sadly when the Emperor appeared on screen in the story The Evil of the Daleks he was nothing like the character from Whitakers comics. He was just simply another Dalek Supreme, only bigger. He of course looked fantastic and his voice sounded superb, but he wasn’t really much of a character.

Nicholas Briggs fortunately would draw on the Dalek Chronicles for influence when producing his excellent Dalek Chronicles series and gave us an Emperor who was more of a well fleshed out character than the one in Evil.

Briggs also gave him a more distinctive voice. I liked the voice for the Emperor in Evil, but it did just feel like a loud Dalek. Briggs was able to inject a certain pomposity and sense of arrogance and even real pride into his Emperor’s voice.

Briggs Emperor seems like a creature who considers himself above all other life forms, even fellow Daleks.

When the Emperor made a proper return to our screens in 2005 for the season 1 finale The Parting of the Ways, Russell T Davies really changed his character like never before.

This Emperor was completely insane. He saw himself as a god and declared the destruction of earth to be his heaven.

I always felt that Russell T Davies based this Emperor on John Hurt as Caligula from “I Claudius”.

“I Claudius” was one of Russell T Davies’s favorite series growing up, in fact he has said that it was the show that made him want to get into television the most after Doctor Who itself.

You can see “I Claudius’s” influence very clearly in Davies’s interpretation of the Master. Davies’s Master is driven insane by the constant drumming in his head, which is also how Hurt’s Caligula is driven mad too. Both also go on to be crazy despots as a result of this as well.

I feel that the Emperor of the Daleks is just as comparable to Hurt’s Caligula. They are both insane emperors who see themselves as gods. Hurts Caligula’s death is similar to the Emperor’s as both believe they’re attackers who can easily dispatch them cannot as they do genuinely see themselves as gods. They both see however how wrong they are in their final moments.

Briggs does as an excellent job as the insane Emperor. He keeps the same sneering, arrogance of his emperor from the Audios, yet adds a real hysterical, erratic quality to the character that really helps to make him seem like a complete and utter lunatic even by Dalek standards.

Davies’s Emperor also gets many memorable moments with the 9th Doctor such as the famous “Coward or Killer” scene which many feel helps to define the ninth Doctors character.

Whilst he may have been portrayed as just another generic Dalek leader at times, when done right the Emperor actually has potential to be one of the shows most interesting individual villains.

Alpha, Beta and Omega

Now these three Daleks Alpha, Beta and Omega appeared in the Second Doctor story The Evil of the Daleks.

They marked the first time in the series itself that we saw Daleks develop human emotions and turn against the other members of their kind.

Now all of these ideas had been done in the Dalek Chronicles before hand. What made these three Daleks original however was that this was the first time we got to see these types of Daleks interact with the Doctor himself. The Dalek Chronicles did not feature or even reference the Doctor at all. Thus none of its individual Dalek characters got a chance to meet their archenemy.

Here however we get to see these Daleks actually become friends with the Doctor, who is even the one to give them names. This of course offers up a wonderful new take on the monsters relationship with the Time Lord. Showing him actually attempt to help them for once, something which would later be picked up on in the Tenth Doctors era.

These three humanized Daleks would later go on to appear in an 8th Doctor comic strip The Children of the Revolution where we see that they have come to view the Doctor as their saviour. He freed them from being mindless, evil drones, unable to experience anything but hate. Thanks to the Doctor they could experience all of the beautiful and wonderful things in the universe that we often take for granted. They no longer feel driven to destroy, they can live their lives in peace and actually experience happiness.

In a way this makes you pity the Daleks. It shows you how each individual Dalek drone has no say in what it is. They are all just conditioned to be monsters, but they miss out on so much. Its not even like the Cybermen as the Daleks do still have emotions, but its only negative emotions, hate, anger.

Imagine being only able to feel these poisonous emotions and feeling them every second of every day. It would be a living nightmare. Thus it makes sense that these three Daleks see the Doctor as their saviour for he allowed them to escape from the horror that was their existence before hand.

Special Weapons Dalek

Now this Dalek isn’t really an individual character. Its more a variant, but since it is such an unusual variant I still feel I have to include it. This Dalek as you can see is like a cross between a tank and a Dalek. Its virtually indestructable and can blow up about 50 Daleks at once. According to spin off material its fire power it equivilent to 100 Daleks.

I think this type of Dalek has been criminally underused over the years. It has actually only made one appearance on television since its debut in Rememberance of the Daleks in 2012’s Asylum of the Daleks where it made only the tiniest cameo.

With all the many appearances of the Daleks in New Who I really don’t know why the haven’t brought this guy back more often. I would have loved to have seen him the Stolen Earth/Journey’s End during the Dalek invasion.

Test Subject Dalek

This Dalek only appears in the audio story The Genocide Machine opposite the 7th Doctor. This Dalek is downloaded with all the knowledge of the library of Kar-Charrat, the largest library in the universe.

Initially the Daleks hope to use this Dalek as a weapon, but it soon turns on them. Whilst this might seem like a retread of the one in a million Dalek idea, I feel that they are able to present this idea in quite an interesting fresh way.

This Dalek develops a conscience because due to its intelligence it comes to see things in a more logical way. Even though ironically the Daleks often look at solutions to problems in a logical way, they themselves  are anything but logical creatures.

They are driven purely by an irrational, emotional hatred and fear of other life forms. This new Dalek however abandons their way of life as it can see how foolish it is. How foolish it is to waste so many Daleks and resources on pointless wars with other life forms, many of whom would never have even come into contact with the Daleks anyway.

It can also see that it is logical to preserve life in the universe, that all life is unique. And that it is the worst thing imaginable to waste potential, which the Daleks do all the time, not only in the people they kill in their wars. But also in all the Daleks they get killed in their own wars. All of whom are geniuses and who could have given so much more to the universe than just designing more weapons. Think of all the potential that gets wasted every time a Dalek drone gets destroyed. As the Ninth Doctor said each Dalek is a genius it can calculate a billion combinations in less than a nano second.

If the Daleks were not consumed with their hatred they would probably be as great a civillisation as the Time Lords.

This is a key difference between the Daleks and the Cybermen. Though they are both conquerers the Cybermen who are purely logical beings want to preserve life. They want to upgrade all other life forms into Cybermen. They believe that logically they will be helping all other life forms as they will be ensuring that they never die, and never have to deal with the pain that emotions can bring. Thus even though they are villains in their own strange way they are not truly evil. They are merely trying to preserve all life in the universe in their own way by upgrading it to its next stage.

The Daleks however who are illogical and evil simply destroy. They don’t try and preserve.

Thus the test subject Dalek simply cannot ally itself with the other Daleks and ends up even saving Ace the Doctors companion from them in an effort to preserve life.

It was quite a nice twist to see a purely logical being look on the Daleks as irrational, emotional creatures. Often people just tend to think of the Daleks as robots who rely on pure logic, but this story and character I think reminded people that they were actually flesh and blood creatures underneath with actual emotions.

Dalek X

This Dalek appears in the Tenth Doctor novel “Prisoner of the Daleks”. It is without doubt one of my favorite Dalek characters.

Dalek X is the Dalek Inquisitor General. He is feared by every Dalek bounty hunter across the universe. Apparently Dalek X is not his real name, but he merely adopted it to inspire fear in humanity.

Dalek X is different to other Daleks in that he actually enjoys causing pain. Daleks are ruthless, but they are not sadists. They don’t enjoy hurting their victims as joy is a completely alien concept to them. Dalek X however somehow is able to take pleasure in his victims suffering.

Its a brilliant twist that a Dalek can adopt human qualities, but rather than positive ones like love and compassion its negative aspects that we have such as actually taking a pleasure in someones suffering that ironically Daleks don’t have.

This is seen when brutally tortures the Tenth Doctor in many different ways seemingly just for the fun of it. At one point whilst torturing the Doctor he remarks that he just wants to see how much pain he can inflict on the time lord.

The end of Prisoner of the Daleks sets up a potential future appearance of Dalek X, which sadly hasn’t happened yet.

Personally I would love to see Prisoner of the Daleks adapted for tv. I think it would actually fit Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor better than David Tennant’s 10th Doctor to be honest. The 10th Doctor whilst a great Doctor obviously didn’t have that same burning hatred for the Daleks that 12 has. He was trying to control his darker impulses. That was the point of his character coming after 9.

However imagine seeing 12 face the most evil and sadistic Dalek in the cosmos. That would be an amazing confrontation. I would also like to see Rusty added to the story. Again imagine Rusty the Dalek who hates Daleks vs the most evil of all Daleks.

Sounds to good an idea to miss to be honest.

As much as I love David Tennant (who doesn’t?) the Doctor with those angry, angry, angry, angry eyes would definitely be a much better match for Dalek X.

Metaltron

The first Dalek of the new Who the Metaltron as he was dubbed believed himself to be the last Dalek in existence. The Metaltron allowed us to see the Daleks in a whole new light. Here we saw a Dalek that was insane as it couldn’t believe that it was the last of its kind.

The idea of being the last of your kind would be enough to drive any life form insane, but its even worse with a Dalek. It goes against everything they believe in. Their whole function is to be the master race, the rulers of the universe. Thus the idea of being the last of the Master race who have become extinct is of course contradictory and it drives the metaltron insane.

The Metaltron later becomes infected with humanity which again is an old idea, but here it is shown to be more tragic for the Dalek.

Alpha, Beta and Omega all embraced their humanity and saw the Doctor as their saviour for freeing them. However unfortunately the Metaltron is unable to do so. He considers his humanity a contamination and a sickness and eventually commits suicide rather than face it.

I love how in his final moments with Rose we can see the look on her face changing from initially sympathy to utter disgust when the Dalek states that it will not be inferior like her.

The Metaltron remains one of the most compelling characters in the whole history of the show. His interactions with the Doctor were truly fascinating to watch, and the fact that they were both (seemingly) the last of their kind allowed them play off of one another in a way no Dalek, or indeed enemy of the Doctor had been able to with the time lord before.

The Cult of Skaro

The Cult of Skaro appeared in 6 episodes of the revival. Of all the Daleks in this list they were by far and away the most well developed. We saw members of the cult go from typical ruthless Dalek leaders to desperate creatures struggling to survive to insane prophets to unexpected heroes.

The creatures were a fairly interesting idea. They were a group of Daleks who had been given individual names and personalities in order to think like the enemy thinks and devise new ways of killing.  They consisted of a Black Dalek Supreme named Dalek Sec and three other standard Daleks, Dalek Caan, Dalek Thay and Dalek Jaast.

In their first appearance it is obvious from the start that these Daleks have more personality even before we find out who they are, as demonstrated by Dalek Secs hilarious and cutting remarks towards the Cybermen.

Their personalities are looked into in more depth in their next appearance Daleks in Manhatten/Evolution of the Daleks. Here we see how Sec is able to recognize that in some ways other life forms are superior to the Daleks such as human beings.

Sec is in many ways a reverse Davros. Davros was the creature who dragged the Kaled race down and turned them into monsters. Sec is their one chance for redemption. He is a one off. A Dalek who can think like the enemy thinks, but is actually compassionate enough to want to help them. All other Daleks who have seen the light hate the Daleks. Alpha, Beta and Omega tried to exterminate them, as did the test subject Dalek, whilst the Metalron was so disgusted at having human feeling it killed itself.

Sec however is the only one who actually could have helped them. In the Tenth Doctors words he is the one creature who could have “lead them out of the darkness” and actually allowed them to feel and choose their own destiny’s rather than blindly follow some path Davros laid out for them.

The fact that the Daleks destroy him over some petty feud just goes to show how beyond hope and how ultimately tragic they are. It also serves as quite a nice parallel to Davros at the same time who was also killed in a similar fashion to Sec in Genesis, with both ironically trying to convince the Daleks to show mercy.

When Dalek Caan appears again in Journey’s End we see him finally think like the enemy thinks and see the Daleks for what they really are. However unlike Sec, Caan knows that they are beyond help and so he destroys them.

The Cult of Skaro story arc was one of my favourites in Doctor Who. I found them to be very interesting characters. Though of the two of them Sec and Caan were the only two who really had any development. They were still among the most interesting Dalek characters in the shows history.

Stone Dalek

Now again this isn’t really a character more of a variant. Its character is just the same as any Dalek drone it kills things. The only difference is that it looks way more cool. To be fair though it does look really, really cool and is certainly one of the most creative Dalek variants there has been over the years.

I think the stone Dalek could only have really worked in the Steven Moffat era. The Moffat era was obviously more whimsical and surrealist than other era’s of the shows history. The idea of being erased from time turning you into stone is really more of a fantastical idea than a science fiction one, but it works in the Moffat era as it is more of a fantastical take on Doctor than most other era’s and so therefore the Stone Dalek works too.

Oswin Dalek

Yet another good guy Dalek. Oswin was featured in Steven Moffat’s classic Asylum of the Daleks. Oswin is different to the other good guy Daleks in that she was once a human being who was captured by the Daleks and turned into one of them.

This was not the first time we saw a Dalek turn on the other members of its kind. Or indeed the first time we saw human beings be transformed into Daleks. However it was presented in quite a new and interesting way where we see Oswin throughout the story and believe that she is a human being only to discover at the end that she has been hallucinating this whole time that she is still a human being.

Its a truly horrifying moment when we discover the truth and just see a Dalek sitting there talking as though it were still a human being.

Its probably Moffat’s best twist as I really did not see this coming.

Rusty

The star of the latest Dalek story Into the Dalek, Rusty is yet another Dalek that has turned against the rest of its kind. However with Rusty its one again in a different way.

Other good guy Daleks are usually Daleks who have developed human feelings such as compassion and therefore hate the other ruthless Daleks.

With Rusty however he does not actually have any compassion or mercy or pity he just simply hates the Daleks the same way that they hate other life forms.

He is still every bit as evil and pitiless as regular Daleks its just that he now hates creatures of evil.

The best part however is that his hatred for the Daleks comes from the Doctor himself.

The 12th Doctor attempted to link his mind with Rusty, but unfortunately the Dalek was unable to comprehend any of the Doctor’s positive qualities. It could only see his hatred, his hatred for the Daleks and it loved it. It embraced it and turned on its own kind.

The scene where it obliterates the squad of Daleks who ironically had come to rescue it in cold blood whilst a horrified Doctor stares realizing that Rusty has done this in his name is one of my favourite moments in all of Who.

In many ways Rusty does what the Doctor would love do. Exterminate every single Dalek he see’s. He is the living embodiement of the Doctors dark side in this scene the Doctor can see what his own anger and hatred is capable of like never before.

I so hope to see Rusty again some time. I think they would be mad not to bring him back for future appearances, there is so much potential in his character.

Lumpy

This character appeared in the most recent online game The Doctor and the Dalek featuring the 12th Doctor. Lumpy it seems to me is nothing more than a stand in for Rusty. I don’t know why they wouldn’t use Rusty for this game. I am hoping that its because they are saving him up for something much bigger on tv in season 9.

Whatever the case Lumpy is really just Rusty lite. He is another Dalek who turns on the rest of his kind, is given a funny nickname by the 12th Doctor and helps him battle Daleks and Cybermen and Sontarans too.

Whilst there is nothing particularly original about Lumpy’s character, its still quite a neat idea for a story. A good guy Dalek and the Doctor fighting his worst enemies across time and space. Its almost like a surrealist buddy cop movie.

Steven Moffat said he apparently originally thought up the idea for Into the Dalek for a video game, but decided that it would be better for a tv episode. I kinda wish he had done the same for this game as well. I would love to have seen this as perhaps a Christmas special.

I suppose Lumpy, Rusty, Alpha, Beta and Omega all of whom are still alive could maybe form a super hero team. Using their Dalek powers to fight crime across the universe.

THAT would be a fun idea for a Doctor Who video game.

As you can see there have been a lot of weird and different Dalek characters throughout Doctor Who. There have been many interesting types of heroic Daleks and exciting variants over the years. Anyone who says that the Daleks are just simply one dimensional monsters should take this into consideration. Not only have there been a lot of interesting new takes on them throughout the years, but there have been a lot of interesting Dalek characters too.

12 thoughts on “Individual Dalek Characters

  1. How absolute brilliant article as always. I just want you to know that even if I don’t always comment on all your articles I DO read every single one. It’s mostly due an extremely busy life, I safe them as offline savings during my train rides and they really make time fly.

    I really do love your passion for the Daleks which I share as well, I haven’t read any DW related novels or comics so a majority of these Dalek characters you listed were a real insight to me.
    Especially that Dalek X character made me realize the fact that Doctor Who REALLY could do SO much more to make these monsters more frightening than they are right now.
    The public eye views them as jokes or laughing stocks that are mostly kept around because they’re iconic and all.. but those people really fail to see the real horror behind these beings. They’re essentially Nazi’s from space, not parody ones but actual Nazi’s. They commit atrocities.
    Why can’t we ever get a Dalek torturing the Doctor? because the children are watching” is such a bad excuse- we have Silurians torturing the Doctor. We have the Tesselecta torturing River. We have Cybermen torturing their prisoner. Yet when it comes to the Daleks the writers always think they have to go the easy road as to not upset the kiddo’s who buy their toys.
    Do you feel this as well?

    The Daleks could do with a lot more adult content imo.

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    • Thanks Blessed great to hear from you again. Could do with more users like you on IMDB who actually want to discuss things.

      I agree we could be doing with more adult content in Dalek stories. I mean we hear about the Dalek camps, but that isn’t really much. Its just a generic we keep people as prisoners type of thing. All badguys have prison camps.

      I really want to see a story that takes the Daleks back to their roots as Nazi allegories. A story where we see them experimenting on people like Joseph Mengela that would be great.

      I agree that it probably is because the Daleks are favorites among the kiddies that people don’t want to make them too scary. I mean even when they killed Harriet Jones they cut off before we saw it. When Osgood got shot we actually saw her disentigrate.

      Its good that the kids like them, but they should make them more scary. I mean the Joker is a favourite among kids as well, but they definitely do not do him down.

      Dalek X would be great to see on the screen. He was good with Tennant’s Doctor as Tennant didn’t crack under the torture. He was his usual valiant self like when the Master tries to break him. But with Capaldi however it would be immense. I can imagine 12 getting really fucking angry back at Dalek X, spitting back at him like Eccelston and promising him he was gonna destroy him.

      Do you have your own blog Blessed? Would love to see your insights on Who.

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      • I once considered doing a blog back when I was reviewing the episodes while watching them, but I’m not really that much of a exceptional writer like you or Keekosdoctor with his reviewing site so it wouldn’t be worth anything much.

        I did like the mention of ‘Dalek camps’, especially the notion that followed of ‘nobody escapes the Dalek camps’.. but what I’d obviously love more is actually seeing them. #
        I though ‘Into the Dalek’ came the closest so far since a VERRRY long time to portray them in an adult way.
        Really like the idea of Dalek experimenting on their victims, THAT’s what I’m talking about adult content.

        I do think 12 has such a Dalek potential and I just can’t wait to see what Series 9 will bring us. I do hope it either will be Phil Ford or a writer who goes for the same tone as he did. I know in your blog how you said that you liked what Moffat did because they projected a fear worse then death. However while I obviously see where you’re coming from and definitely helped making me appreciate his stories a whole of a lot more. I’m still gonna have to disagree with that and say the Daleks really aren’t the suitable villains for that to explore such fear. imo
        One of the Daleks big MO is that they’re the big exterminators, the ‘Ultimate racial cleaners’ as 9 put them so well.
        I’m all for new things and expanding on new ideas but having the big exterminators around 3 seasons have them exterminate nub’ just robs them of their greatest potency.

        I’m glad to see them portrayed again in the way I originally loved them in ItD.

        and that’s another I wanted to discuss which is somewhat unrelated to the topic but stems from this. About Moffat’s way of dealing with death and killing characters off.
        Russel T Davies often had episodes where characters where dying like flies left and right, while it feels like Moffat ( and I’m still talking S5-S7 here ) barely killed one of two in his episodes.
        In fact, when somebody actually got killed it almost felt out of place. Like seeing a character in a Pixar move or a Disney animators casually killed of.
        Like, it makes you think ” whoa, did that just happen ” only for a split subconscious second whereas in a Tennant it hardly tingled you and more or less just felt natural. I mean, it’s Doctor Who right?

        While part of me thinks it robs his stories of its tension and the threat of the monster/villain when you feel 90% of the cast is going to survive, it almost makes me think. Shouldn’t death shock you? shouldn’t a murder actually make you go “what the hell just happened?” in the era of Russell T Davies the stakes felt a lot bigger and admittedly where a lot more exciting to watch. But I didn’t react to someone dying the way I would in real life. Whereas in the Matt Smith-Moffat era every time someone DID die I immediately went “geez, this is a children’s program”

        So longer story short, what do you think is the better approach in showcasing and portraying death inside the program. And know that I’m excluding Series 8 since I feel in this Moffat actually took the old approach in ‘having someone die horrifically at least once per episode’

        Btw. you definitely missed on one individual Dalek character my friend. The Dalek Prime Minister from AoTD 😉

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  2. Like Blessed, I don’t have much of a background in the supporting media for the Doctor. I’ve read only a handful of comics, never played a video game, listened only to a sampling of the Big Finish audio, and read only the serializations available in America in the 80s. You may have already done this, and if so, apologies, but I’d be very grateful to see your top picks for where someone like me should start. Actually, scratch that–I doubt I’ll be able to catch up on everything, so where should I look for the biggest bang for the buck in alternate formats? Top 10? I thank you for all your care and generosity.

    I hadn’t heard of Dalek X, and love him now! If only we could have a troop of those. Set them up against a bunch of engineered Rusty’s, and you’d have some interesting Dalek on Dalek violence, as was suggested in Asylum of the Daleks. That would remove the immediate threat to the kiddos . . . although I think there’s a place for that, especially going one on one, the Doctor up against an augmented Dalek.

    Violence is interesting in Doctor Who, or any family program. Looking back on fairy tales, there’s plenty that’s violent and threatening. I think it’s a bit hypocritical to pad some bad guys so their scary bits don’t show, but then go all out on others (the Weeping Angels, the Silence, at least in their first appearances). I would love to see a Dalek as frightening as the Silence. It sounds like Dalek X was one who tortured for “joy,”–the same as the Silence in front of Amy in The Impossible Astronaut.

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    • I have written an article about top 10 Big Finish audios that should be adapted for tv and top 10 spin off characters that should be included in the tv show.

      Glad you like Dalek X he would be an excellent addition to the tv show.

      I think its after this one or the Valeyard one. I am gonna start tagging my articles. That way they will be easier to find.

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  3. Thanks for your reply Blessed. I think RTD’s way of dealing with death was more effective in some ways. I have written an article about RTD’s theme of death. I think that dying and the fear of death is a huge theme in the Davies era. The Moffat era in comparison is very light hearted, well at least during 11’s time.

    I think Moffat is now trying to be a very dark writer and it doesn’t suit him. He feels like he is overcompensating where as RTD just had a naturally dark tone.

    That doesn’t mean RTD is better than Moffat. I loved the light hearted fairy tale theme of Moffat era Who, but its just a shame, but sadly because there is a kind of thing nowadays where you have to be darker and edgier then I think Moffat has tried to be that now and it just doesn’t suit him.

    At the same time interestingly enough I don’t think RTD can do happy endings well. I mean look at Rose and Handy. EVERYBODY hates that ending and it is really cheesy.

    It feels to contrived, Rose gets a blow up doll David Tennant to smooch with forever LOL.

    However RTD’s most celebrated moments that fans still talk about ten years later are the darker ones. Rose and Ten on the beach, Donna losing her mind, the Master dying etc.

    So yes I think RTD’s way of dealing with death was probably better as he is a darker writer overall than Moffat. Moffat was a good showrunner to come after RTD as he was so upbeat and could pull off happy endings much better than RTD.

    Compare the happy ending in The Big Bang to Journey’s End and its a billion times better.

    However now Moffat is trying to be this dark writer it just makes him feel like an inferior RTD to me.

    I would like to see more stories in other worlds, dark and proper sci fi stories for 12 like Into the Dalek. And yeah I would love to see darker Dalek stories.

    I would love to see a story where Abslom Daak, Dalek X and Rusty fighting each other that would be epic.

    Also finally about your blog, I think you should start it up. To begin with I was terrible. Some of my earliest articles are so bad they are unreadable. I didn’t have a lot of time to begin with so I would writer them up as first drafts and they are awful. Bad structured, no paragraphs, grammitcal errors all things you miss in a first draft. I intend to go back over them as soon as I get the time.

    You get better as you go on, and if you want to do its real fun.

    Oh also about the Dalek prime minister I thought about including him, but I don’t really think he counts as a character. He’s really just another variant of Dalek supreme, though maybe that might change.

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    • In Dalek terms the Prime Minister certainly WAS a character imo. not as major as say Dalek Sec or Davros or the ones you’ve described.
      He thought he was more another variant of the Dalek Emperor then the Supreme one. A see-through casing, a little more emotive and less robotical,
      I doubt we will see him again though, but if think he deserves a spot on your list. Even if there isn’t really that much to talk about him.

      I mean..

      You think the Stone Dalek in The Big Bang was more of an individual character than the Prime Minister?

      Like you, I also think death was more meaningful during Russell his era. Not because of the psychological reasons but because of the way it was depicted on screen. It had a lot more impact there somehow. I haven’t actually taken count ( really somebody should.. ahem-ahem* you could cough* ) but I do feel a lot more character died under his helm. It wouldn’t gloss over it or soften it up.

      I’m actually loving Moffat’s take on Series 8. I appreciate how he at least tried going for something different. I just hope for once he actually sticks with it for once. His series never settle for one particular tone. Series 5 was light-hearted and fairy-tale. Suddenly Series 6 was dark and gloomy. Then Series 7 one half is a light-hearted blockbuster and second half is dark and adventure style. And then off course Series 8 takes yet ANOTHER tone again.

      I’m finding it very hard to actually say ‘I’m loving where Moffat is taking the series’ because for all I know Series 9 might just go a total opposite of it.

      but anyway, yes I actually very liked Series 8. I found it a lot more adult like and I’m digging the 12th Doctor so much. I found it all very exciting ( that’s something I couldn’t say about Series 6 and 7 ) I liked Missy well enough also. 😉

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      • Well its true the Stone Dalek wasn’t a character at all, but he was more of an unusual variant than the prime minister IMO. Still liked the voice Nick Briggs gave the Prime Minister though.

        I may include him thanks for the suggestion.

        Obviously I don’t like Missy, but I now think that’s how Moffat wrote her. Good idea about how many people RTD killed in his who stories. I think I might get on that LOL.

        Also loving 12. Glad to see Capaldi has been so accepted. Not seen a single bad word about him he is a great choice for thee role.

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  4. No lovr Dalek Time Controller? One of Big Finish’s most intelligent and threatening characters?

    It’s outsmarted the Doctor on at least one occasion and manipulated him into doing his binding numerous times. It has temporal powers and if Briggs’ Novel The Dalek Generation is anything to go by, shapeshift or create illusions to trick people.

    In many ways it’s the Daleks answer to the Doctor. Changing its appearance, has sway over the Supreme Dalek and is one they turn to in certain times, it’s eccentric in personality compared to others and very few occasions, been seen to improvise on the spot. Also traded barbs with the Master which was fun.

    Then there was that bizzare incident in Dark Eyes 4 where it had a wife. o.O

    Just a little disappointed that you didn’t include the infamous Dalek Time Controller. But otherwise, yes! I would pay good money to see a 12 VS Dalek X faceoff. That would be awesome in ways I can’t even begin to imagine.

    The Eyebrows VS Sadism Incarnate. Let it be so!

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    • Thanks for the comment. I haven’t had a chance to listen to Dark Eyes yet, though from what you’ve told me I am interested. As soon as I’ve given it a go I will edit this article.

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      • It’s worth a listen even if you’re not out on the listen for Daleks. But yeah just a little disappointed when the Time Controller didn’t appear. It’s hands down one of the most individual Daleks ever know and created by Nick Briggs no less, someone who knows Dalek psyche very well. It become one of Big Finish’s most popular recurring villains which is pretty good for a Dalek.

        It also shares Dalek X’s sadistic tendencies, but it tortures people psychologically rather than physically, also for the hell of it. Especially the Doctor. It loves to be cruel to the Doctor.

        It has the same voice as the Dalek Prime Minster so it’s very clear its talking. You’ll recognise it immediately.

        It’s appeared in other stories than Dark Eyes, Patient Zero, Lucie Miller/To the Death and Briggs Novel but Dark Eyes captures it perfectly. Dark Eyes 4 actually centres around it, it is the major plotline of most of it.

        Anyway, comment over, can’t wait to see what you make of this Time Travelling, softly spoken, nightmarish Dalek from hell.

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