Now Russell T Davies is probably a name that is familiar to most Doctor Who fans. He is after all the man who brought the show back after a 16 year hiatus and restored it to its rightful position as one of Britain’s most popular television series.
He made many big contributions to the franchise during his 4 years as showrunner. He cast both the a=Ninth and the Tenth Doctor actors Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant, and he also created the characters of Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble and Captain Jack Harkness as well as the two Doctor Who spin off series “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures”.
Despite this however he is nevertheless somewhat of a polarising figure. Many revere him as the man who saved Doctor Who from the wilderness. Others meanwhile regard him as the man who destroyed Doctor Who due to the massive changes he made to his revival of the series, such as making the Doctor a more romantic figure.
Still despite this it cannot be denied that Russell has had an immense influence on franchise as a whole.
Personally I think that one of Russell’s biggest contributions was the way he handled the Daleks.
Now again as I said in the last article, part of what I think made Russell such an excellent writer for the Daleks was the fact that he loved them so much. Just like David Whitaker before him, Russell believed the Daleks to be not only the greatest of all the Doctors enemies, but of all science fiction monsters.
Russell really beefed the Daleks up to being the Doctors arch enemies as well his most dangerous enemies more so than any other writer. He also gave them a much greater influence in the programme itself than they had ever had before, and made their feud with the Doctor much more personal.
I think when you look at Doctor Who in the 80’s you can see that the Daleks role in the show becomes less and less. They are pushed to the background and really become the least prominent of all of the Doctors main enemies.
I think this was due to the fact that neither John Nathan Turner the producer of Who during the 80’s or Eric Saward the script editor for Who during much of the decade particularly liked the monsters.
Saward said he found them to be boring and weak and if given the choice would much rather have not written for them.
Turner meanwhile I don’t think so much disliked the Daleks, but rather having to deal with Terry Nation who always insisted that Turner change certain aspects of his Dalek scripts to his liking.
Apparently things got so bad between Nation and Turner at one point that Turner didn’t send the final scripts of “Rememberance of the Daleks” to him which greatly angered Nation.
Thus as a result of this throughout the 80’s the Daleks really don’t do much when compared with other villains.
The Master kills an incarnation of the Doctor, murders his companions father and her step mother, destroys her home planet and murders his other companion Teegan’s Aunt (who is her only living relative). The Cybemen meanwhile kill a companion, whilst even the Rani manages to murder an incarnation of the Doctor. The Black Guardian meanwhile is the main antagonist of the shows 20th season at least and plays an important role in shaping Turlough’s character.
The Daleks however like I said don’t really do much at all in that decade. The don’t kill any companions, they don’t kill any incarnations of the Doctor, they are not the main villains of a season. On top of that they are not even the main focus in any of their stories as Davros generally takes centre stage such as most notably “Revelation of the Daleks”. Thus they are really the least of the Doctors many enemies.
In addition to this they aren’t even the most powerful of the Doctors enemies during this time. Indeed their empire has been destroyed by the Movellans and they spend more time fighting with one another and squabbling than they do invading and conquering other worlds.
Of course that’s not to say that the 80’s Dalek stories are poor. Far from it, I would rate all 3 of them as classics. However I would still rank the 80’s as the low point of the Daleks careers.
In order for a foe to be the heroes arch enemy they need to have something about them that makes them stand out from the rest. It can be anything. They can be the villain who causes the hero the most grief, they can be the villain who is the most powerful, the most recurring, or even the one who represents the heroes dark side more than the others.
The Daleks fell short on every one of these requirements during the 80’s and to a lesser extent even during the 70’s too.
Though the 70’s does contain the single greatest Dalek story “Genesis of the Daleks” by and large the Daleks again don’t really do much to the Doctor or his friends to warrant being called his arch enemies. I think the problem was during the 70’s the makers of “Doctor Who” felt that the Daleks fame and past history was enough for them to seem like the Doctors main enemies but sadly that wasn’t true.
In order for the monsters to truly stand out they need to be made to stand out.
Russell T Davies I felt understood that. If he was going to make the Daleks matter to the new generation and make them stand out from the rest of the Doctors colourful rogue’s gallery; then he was going to need to make them stand out and not just rely on their past fame and glories.
Russell to start with really worked hard to make the Daleks feud with the Doctor more personal than any other writer before him.
He made the Daleks responsible for every horrible thing that happened to the Time Lord.
In Russell T Davies’s era the Daleks destroy the Doctors entire race. That alone puts them ahead of all of his other enemies old and new, but they also cause other tragedies in his life.
They cause the death of the 9th Doctor in “The Parting of the Ways” (marking the first time they actually cause the death of an incarnation in over 40 years), separate him from Rose Tyler in “Doomsday”, and cause him to lose Donna in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”.
Also its worth mentioning that the Daleks killed Harriet Jones a former close ally of the Doctor (which marks the first time they killed off any major character of any kind either regular or recurring.)
They also killed Captain Jack, and though he returned it was as a cursed immortal.
Finally the Daleks also cost the Doctor another regeneration technically in “The Stolen Earth”.
So yes the Daleks were behind every bad thing that happened to The Doctor throughout the entirety of the Davies era.
All of the most heartbreaking moments that people who grew up with the Davies era remember affecting them the most are all caused by the Daleks. 9’s goodbye to Rose, that’s because of the Daleks, 10 standing on the beach with a tearful Rose and being cut off before he can tell her he loves her back, that’s because of the Daleks. Donna tearfully begging the Doctor to let her stay as he places his hands on either side of her head and wipes her memory? Yep, that’s because of the Daleks!
The Daleks probably made more Whovians ball their eyes out during the 00’s than Michael Grade did during the late 80’s.
What was even more horrible about these tragedies the Daleks inflicted on the Doctor however was often the fact that they would force him to actually do them himself.
For instance they forced him to kill his own people in the Time War. They also forced him to wipe Donna’s memory in “Journey’s End” too. Also even in “Doomsday” it was the Doctor who actually opened the rip between realities and activated the device that pulled Rose into the other universe too.
Thus not only does the Doctor carry around an unbelievable amount of pain because of his dealings with the Daleks, but guilt too.
He has the knowledge of exactly how many billions of children he burned on Gallifrey and the images of Rose crying alone, trapped in another universe and of Donna begging to stay with him in his mind forever because of the Daleks.
The fact that they had been responsible for so many departing cast members in such heartbreaking ways for the viewers would also have no doubt helped to make the Daleks seem more terrifying to viewers.
Unlike other monsters the Daleks during Davies time would have actually seemed like they were capable of doing horrible things to the main characters.
There were only two main characters who did not depart because of the Daleks during Davies entire time. Martha Jones and the Tenth Doctor. Thus I’d imagine that whenever they appeared it would be frightening for the simple reason that you would know that a main character, possibly even the Doctor himself would leave under very tragic circumstances.
The fact that the Daleks had been the architects behind the Doctor and his friends, Jack, Donna and Rose’s suffering not only made them a greater threat, but also allowed Davies to show a darker side to the Doctors character at the same time.
It was during Davies era that the Doctor for the first time actually hated the Daleks. Indeed this marked the first time the Doctor had ever hated any of his many enemies. The Doctor had of course been willing to kill his enemies before including The Daleks, Davros, the Cybermen and even the Master, but he never hated any of them.
The Doctor only killed the Daleks before if he needed to.
In “The Evil of the Daleks” he only destroys them out of self preservation. In Genesis he memorably gives up an opportunity to destroy them as he believes it is the right thing to do in every respect. Morally he does not believe he has the right to exterminate a race from existence, and practically he thinks that some things might actually be better with the Daleks. Many worlds who may have destroyed one another in wars, including earth and Draconia instead become allies due to their mutual hatred of the Daleks.
By the time he reaches his Seventh incarnation however he now feels the Daleks must be destroyed. They are on the brink of gaining the same level of power as the time lords through the hand of Omega. Thus if they are not stopped they will decimate all of creation.
The Seventh Doctor therefore makes a very logical and again practical decision to destroy the Daleks. It is not because he hates them. He looks at it in a very cold, logical way and even wonders if he has done the right thing at the end.
“Doctor we did good didn’t we?”
“Perhaps time will tell, it always does.”
During Davies time however the dynamic completely changed between the Daleks and the Doctor.
The Ninth Doctor because of what happened in the Time War despised them. In “Dalek” he tries to murder the Metaltron when it is mutated, confused and helpless. Its hard to imagine any previous Doctor in this moment.
Here unlike in “Remembrance of the Daleks” the Doctor is not looking at things practically. He is motivated purely by hatred. In the season finale “Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways” the Ninth Doctor tells the Daleks that he is going to foil the Dalek invasion of earth, rescue Rose and then destroy them.
Unlike the 7th Doctor who destroyed them purely out of practicality, 9 makes it clear that he is going to destroy them after he has stopped them. Even if they surrender he is still going to wipe them from the face of the universe and we actually see the Daleks panic in response to this. In this moment the Doctors hatred is greater even than the Daleks.
Many have praised the ninth Doctor’s interactions with his greatest enemies. I would say the Ninth Doctors interactions with the Daleks were definitely the most interesting and dramatic after the Second Doctors.
Of course its worth noting that the Ninth Doctors first Dalek story “Dalek” was actually written by Robert Shearman. However a large part of what makes the Doctors interactions with the Daleks so tense and memorable is the time war back story which was invented by Russell T Davies.
The Doctor and the Daleks confrontations had certainly never been more tense than they had been during the Ninth Doctors era.
Davies also aside from making the Daleks the Doctors most personal enemies also made them his most powerful and dangerous.
The Daleks had never actually been the Doctors most powerful enemies. Indeed Terry Nation had often deliberately made them weak physically, whilst David Whitaker did make them all powerful war machines, Davies however made them practically gods.
I always felt the Daleks in Davies era were comparable to the Old Ones from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the works of HP Lovecraft, though considering Davies’s love for Buffy I think it is the more likely influence.
The old ones in both Lovecraft’s work where they originated and in Buffy are ancient Demons who were once the masters of creation. They were more powerful and more evil than we could possibly imagine.
However fortunately for us they were banished from our reality years ago. In Lovecrafts work many of them were imprisoned in the earth, but the point is they were gone and the universe could breathe a sigh of relief.
However in both Buffy and Lovecrafts works there is the threat of what if they return? If they do then all hope is lost. Nothing can possibly stand against them and so we have to prevent that from happening above all else.
All we are ever shown is glimpses of the old ones power throughout Buffy’s run. We maybe seen one emerge from the hellmouth for a few minutes, see Ilyria on the spin off show Angel who possess immense power and strength that is virtually limitless.
The Daleks in the Davies era I think are very similar.
They too are ancient creatures who were once the most powerful and dangerous force in the universe. Much like the Old Ones they were more powerful and evil than we could imagine, but they too vanished from our reality in the time war.
Just like the Old Ones they passed into myth and legend. Even Captain Jack with all the incredible things he has seen and done is unable to believe the time war actually happened. Paterson Joseph’s character at the same time also finds it hard to believe that they could actually still exist.
However a few of them have survived and are now trying to rebuild their fallen empire and race and if they do then its all over. Nothing can stand against a full Dalek empire. The last time even the Time Lords were unable to defeat them and had to sacrifice themselves to stop the Daleks. Now however nothing could stop them and they would rip apart all of creation itself.
This is seen in “The Parting of the Ways” where the ninth Doctor at one point is seemingly prepared to sacrifice the earth to stop them pointing out that if he allows this fleet of Daleks to rebuild then the whole universe is in danger.
Like the old ones we are only given glimpses of the Daleks power throughout most of the Davies era.
In “Dalek” we only see one of them.
In “Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways” we only see an invasion fleet. Granted its a fleet of half a million, but its still not representative of a full Dalek Empire. A full Dalek Empire consists of whole planets of Daleks and millions of fleets of billions of Daleks. This single fleet of half a million Dalek does not even begin to represent the full might of a Dalek empire.
Similarly in “Army of Ghosts/Doomsday” we only see 4 of them and even the army that is glimpsed at the end also cannot even begin to represent the full might of a Dalek empire.
This of course provided a totally new take on the Daleks. Before even at their most powerful the Daleks were merely intergalactic conquerors. In the Davies era however they were like long lost gods.
They had almost supernatural powers, including being able to bring themselves back to life through the touch of a time traveller, catapult planets through time and space like Tennis balls and reduce whole stars to nothing. They also fought in wars that were beyond our comprehension, wars that even people like Jack believed had to have been myths.
I often wondered if Davies turning the Daleks into long lost gods whom people believed were a thing from the past was perhaps a clever meta reference to the fact that in real life the Daleks had been away from our television screens for so long, and many saw them as being a thing from the past.
We finally do get to see what a full Dalek Empire can do in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”. Now this was risky of Davies after the way he had built them up for the past four years, but I don’t think it disappointed.
To start with having the Daleks as the main villains of a story like “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End” demonstrates how powerful they are. “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End” is really like the “Crisis on Infinite Earth’s” of Doctor Who. Its the big crossover story that brings everyone together for a big battle.
The main cast of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who are all here. For all of these types of stories you need to have a villain that is too powerful for one hero to defeat like the Anti Monitor. As great a villain as he is there is no way that the Joker whom Batman defeats on his own regularly could be the main villain of a story like this. Why would Batman need help to defeat a villain he beats on his own all the time?
As a result of this you will often need to invent a villain for this type of story rather than use any of the heroes involved’s enemies. Russell however was able to use the Daleks the most recurring enemies of one of the heroes involved because of how he built them up over his tenure.
The fact that he never showed us what a full Dalek empire could do meant that he could use them for this type of story as this story featured a full Dalek empire. This way not only was Russell able to use the Daleks in this story, but at the same time he was also able to show just by their inclusion how powerful a full Dalek empire was.
The Doctor is able to take on the Weeping Angels, The Cybermen, The Master, The Sontarans all by himself, Torchwood are able to take on Durac, Cybermen and all kinds of monsters by themselves, Sarah Jane and her gang can take on the Slitheen and the Sontarans by themselves. However a full Dalek empire is too big a threat for any of them to take on by themselves. They all need to unite to have any chance of stopping it. The Doctor can just about stop a rag tag group of Daleks by himself like the ones in “The Parting of the Ways”. However a full empire is too much for even he to take on by himself.
The Daleks also pose a greater threat than any other villain in either Doctor Who, Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures in “Journey’s End”. They threaten to destroy every single universe. In comparison the Masters plan from “The Last of the Time Lords” seems like nothing!
Many fans have complained that the Daleks where too easy to defeat in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”. I do agree to an extent.
Russell’s convenient kill all Daleks switch is quite frankly ridiculous. Why did the Daleks create a device that could kill all of them in the first place? And why did they stick it where they keep their most dangerous prisoners? And why did they construct it so that it is only operable by humanoid hands? The Daleks have only sink plungers remember.
Its a very lazy and stupid way to defeat the Daleks, and sadly does somewhat ruin “Journey’s End” .
Still at the same time it must be said it does take a huge amount to stop the Daleks in “Journey’s End” and the cost is immense.
It takes the combined might of three Doctors, 7 companions, UNIT, Mr Smith, Torchwood, K9 and Harriet Jones to stop them and even at that they still suffer heavy casualties.
The Doctor loses a regeneration, UNIT HQ is destroyed, Harriet Jones dies and Donna loses her memory. And that’s before we get into the millions of people who are killed by the Dalek in their invasion!
Even then I might add they only lose because 1 of the Daleks, Dalek Caan was a traitor who betrayed the rest of his kind and manipulated all of time itself against them!
The cost to stop the Daleks is always big in every Davies Dalek story in fact.
In “The Parting of the Ways” the ninth Doctor loses his life, virtually the entire population of earth which numbers close to 98 billion at that point are slaughtered as are the thousands of innocent people on board the game station and Captain Jack himself.
In “Doomsday”, Torchwood is destroyed, millions of innocent people are killed and Rose is left stranded in an alternate universe.
Even in low key Davies Dalek stories like “Dalek” and “Daleks in Manhatten/Evolution of the Daleks” still have a huge body count even when just dealing with a few Daleks or even just one.
You only have to look at how other characters react to the arrival of the Daleks in Davies stories to see how much more powerful they are compared to other villains.
In “Dalek” the Ninth Doctor who is normally a man without fear screams hysterically when he see’s one Dalek.
We have never seen him react that way before. He was cockey when facing an army of Autons or hordes of Slitheen unarmed, but the sight of one Dalek is enough to reduce him to a hysterical mess.
Similarly in “Doomsday” when Rose see’s just four Daleks emerge she is genuinely scared.
Prior to this she showed no fear when she believed it was the Cybermen, leader of the Cybermen in fact that was emerging. She was actually more focused on chatting to Mickey. However as soon as she see’s its just four Daleks she panics. I also liked how Jackie Tyler knew who the Daleks were because Rose had told her about them. Jackie didn’t know of the Cybermen, but clearly the Daleks had made a bigger impression on Rose.
Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Martha Jones and Rose Tyler’s reactions to the Daleks arriving in “The Stolen Earth” meanwhile really shows you how much more dangerous they are more than anything. All of these characters have been through so much yet they all break down in tears upon hearing the word “Exterminate”.
Sarah Jane has faced Sontarans, Cybermen, Slitheen, Sutekh the Destroyer, Morbius and giant Robots.
Martha Jones has faced evil aliens that kill people and steal their bodies, the Weeping Angels and The Master. She has wandered the earth for a whole year battling evil monsters from the future.
Rose has fought Cybermen, Sycrocrax, stopped an entire Auton invasion by herself and even told the Devil to go fuck himself.
Captain Jack surely is someone who it is impossible to frighten. This is a man with a pet Pterosaur that eats Cybermen. He also has faced the Grim Reaper himself and has been killed in every conceivable way.
He has been tortured to death, stabbed through the heart, shot, starved to death, impaled, dropped 50 stories onto concrete, beaten to death, been killed over and over by The Master, one of the worst sadists in the entire universe, and been buried alive for thousands of years.
Imagine what he went through when he was buried alive. He would be trapped in a box and would die of suffocation again and again, and he would also die of starvation and dehydration at the same time. On top of that he would be covered in his own shit and piss in that box too.
Oh and on top of all that Jack can’t die, well he can die but he never stays dead. Even if you blow him up!
Yet even HE along with all of the others is shit scared when he hears the Daleks have shown up in “The Stolen Earth”.
No other villain could possibly stir up that much fear in our main heroes.
As if all of that wasn’t enough Russell also has the Daleks thrash the Doctors other major enemies too.
In Classic Who the Daleks got thrashed by other enemies. “The Space Museum” shows a Dalek sit among the Moroks hall of greatest triumphs, whilst both the Movellans and the Mechanoids thrashed them too.
In Davies era however nobody lays a fucking finger on the pepperpots.
4 of them kill hundreds of Cybermen, they wipe out the entire Nestene’s home planet off screen, they force the Master to flee to the end of the universe in fear of them and transform himself into a human being to escape them. Think about it the Master was so scared of the Daleks that he not only fled to the end of the universe a place no one had gone to before but he actually turned himself into a member of a race he hated and had been prepared to wipe out over a feud with the Doctor!
On top of that they also destroy the Valiant his main weapon effortlessly the following year.
They also wipe out the home planets of the Gelth, steal the worlds of the Pyrovales and the Adipose and Abzorbaloff’s people. Finally they also keep Davros and the holy Jagrafess as their servants.
Aside from being his most personal and powerful foes the Daleks also were the enemies who in some ways represented his dark side the most.
Both the Doctor and the Daleks during 9’s era in some ways can be seen to mirror one another. They are both survivors of a war where they lost everything. Not just their worlds, but everything they believed in.
The Doctor believed that he could be a good man, a man who makes people better. Unfortunately however when push came to shove he had to (seemingly) burn billions of innocents in order to stop the greatest evil he had ever faced.
He thus cannot believe that he is a good man any more. In a war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, a war with monsters like Davros, Rassilon and the Master the man who makes people better ended up having the most amount of innocent blood on his hands. Thus the Doctor we meet at the start of series 1 of the revival is a mere shell of his former self. He is angry, ruthless, even quite inept such as in “The Unquiet Dead”. Even the way he dresses is more stripped back. A sign he isn’t the same man he once was.
The Daleks meanwhile have lost everything too. They once believed that they were going to be the rulers of the universe, but now their race has died. There are only a few of them lived, forced to live in the shadows and even hyberdize with human beings, lesser creatures to survive. How can that be when they are supposed to be the Masters?
Thus as much as they hate one another the Daleks and the Doctor can even somewhat relate to one another. When the Ninth Doctor tells the Metaltron that everything you were and believed in is gone he is almost talking to himself.
The difference between them however is that the Doctor is eventually able to put this behind him and become his former self again, thanks to the influence of Rose.
Its in Dalek where we see this come full circle as Rose stands between the Doctor and the Dalek, trying to help both of them. Whilst she is able to get through to the Doctor, sadly she cannot get through to the Dalek.
Thus the Doctor from this point on becomes a better man. He becomes more merciful as seen in “Boom Town” and truly becomes the hero he once was as seen in the “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” where in contrast to “The Unquiet dead” where he caused the problem in “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” he saves absolutely everybody!
The Daleks however are unable to move on as all they ever had was their hatred to begin with and thus they degenerate further in caricatures of their former selves as seen in “The Parting of the Ways” where we see the half human Daleks.
Finally Davies also gave the Daleks much greater prominence in the show than ever before. The Daleks are not only the main villains for three of Russell’s 4 years as showrunner, but they are also responsible for most of the major events in all 4 series.
In series 1 they are responsible for the Time War story arc. The Nestenes and the Gelth invading the earth because their home planets have been destroyed, the Doctor being haunted by the memory of what happened, the Reapers showing up because the time lords are gone. The events of “Rose”, “The Unquiet Dead” and “Father’s Day” only happen because of the Daleks.
They are also responsible for the story arc revolving around the earth’s future being changed. They are also responsible for the Bad Wolf story arc too, as Rose only sends those words back in time as a warning to herself.
Finally it also through the final battle with them that we see how far the main characters lives have come too. We see how the Doctor is no longer prepared to murder innocents to stop the Daleks when he declares that he would rather be a coward than a killer any day. We also see how Jack has gone from being a coward to a hero who faces the Daleks down when all hope is lost. Finally we also see how Rose has become a hero in hero own right when she doesn’t give up and manages to stop the Daleks.
In series 2 it is the Daleks who create the rip between realities that allows the Doctor and Rose and Mickey to enter the Cybermen’s reality and the Cybermen to later enter ours.
In series 3 even though they are not the main villains they are still responsible for the main story arc. The Master was after all resurrected from death by the time lords to fight against the Daleks and he fled to the end of the universe to escape them. Thus no Daleks, no Master in “Utopia”.
Finally in series 4 they are once again the main villains and everything happens because of them.
Ten and Donna meeting, Rose being able to enter our reality, the planets disappearing and races like the Pyrovale’s invading earth because the Daleks have stolen their world and the prophecy surrounding the Doctor Donna too etc.
Finally in the Specials the Daleks continue to influence the show as it is because of them that Rassilon and the rest of the Time Lords become corrupted.
The Daleks even influence Torchwood the spin off as without them Jack would never have been an immortal and without them destroying Torchwood 1, Ianto Jones would never have gone to work for Torchwood 3.
Whilst the Daleks of the 80’s could not possibly be seen as the Doctor’s archenemies, Russell’s Daleks fulfilled every requirement.
They were his most personal enemies, his most powerful, the villains who represented his dark side the most, and the villains who had the most influence in his era.
Russell’s Daleks were the ultimate Doctor Who monster and the ultimate archenemy.
However at the same time what was rather interesting about Davies’s Daleks was the way they were so pathetic despite their power. His Daleks were creatures who like I said had lost everything.
They were on the brink of death, living in the sewers, desperate to survive and even at times being forced to merge with lesser creatures, going against everything they ever believed in in the process. It was such a wonderful irony that even with their power they still couldn’t survive.
Davies Daleks like many of his villains were afraid of death. The theme of death and being afraid of death is strong throughout the Davies era. Many of his villains such as Lady Cassandra, Rassilon and John Lumic are people who are terrified of dying and do all they can to avoid it not caring who they harm in the process, just as long as they get to extend their life a bit longer.
The Daleks can be seen as the epitome of this in the Davies era. They are an entire race whose time has clearly come, but fight it, even when they are forced to give up everything they have ever believed in and are forced to live skulking in the shadows they still cling to life above all else.
Overall I would rank Davies as the third best writer of the Daleks on television.
He was really the first writer to really do anything new with them since the 60’s and whilst I still prefer Terry Nation and David Whitakers Daleks overall I have to give Russell credit for making the most badass Daleks of them all.
Best Dalek Moment/ The Daleks Announce Themselves/ The Stolen Earth
This is possibly my favourite Dalek moment of all time after the Daleks turning on Davros in Genesis. As I said before seeing these characters who have faced the worst the universe has to offer and have been through so much torment literally break down at the thought of facing the Daleks truly establishes them as the ultimate Who villain better than anything else.
Worst Dalek Moment/ Dalek Anne-Droid Fight/ The Parting of the Ways
What a shame such a stupid moment belongs in an otherwise cracking Dalek story. Still this is a low point for Skaro’s finest, fighting with and losing to Anne Robinson, though it is good when the last one blows her head off.
On bringing the Daleks back.
“I had about four or five of these toys when I was a kid. I still collect them now – it’s my weakness. I have one from every era, I love them. When I took over the show, I was absolutely determined to restore them to their former glory. People said they’d had their day and we should come up with new monsters, but I knew they would work – and I was right!”
Entertainment people try to revive old properties and concepts all the time, but few have the genius of RTD to do it greatly.