Planet of the Daleks Review

Jon Pertwee’s third outing against Skaro’s finest. Planet of the Daleks was also Dalek creator Terry Nation’s first story in almost ten years.

It also featured the first appearance of the Thals, the Daleks old enemies since the first Dalek story.

Plot

Jo Grant helps a wounded Doctor into the TARDIS. The Doctor sends a telepathic message to the Time Lords, asking them to help the TARDIS follow the Dalek spaceship to their base. In the last story Frontier in Space, the Doctor prevented the Master from provoking a war between the earth and Draconian empires. Though he was successful, he discovered that the Master was working for the Daleks, who were assembling an army to invade both empires regardless. The Masters plan was to simply make things easier for the Daleks conquest.

The Doctor blacks out after sending the message. As soon as the TARDIS lands on a new jungle planet, Jo ventures out to try and find help for the wounded Doctor.

Jo is attacked by a plant monster that poisons her before a group of blonde haired, blue eyed humanoid aliens are able to take her to the safety of their ship.

They tell Jo that they are Thals, and that they are here on an important mission. They promise to try and help her friend, but insist that she stay here for her own safety.

Whilst they are away however, an invisible creature breaks into the ship and kidnaps Jo who has passed out from the poison.

The Thals are able to pull the Doctor who has now recovered from the TARDIS. The Doctor knows of the Thal people from his first visit to Skaro and realises that they are here to deal with the Daleks plans too.

Along the way the Doctor and the Thals discover a Dalek that has mastered the power of invisibility, though doing so ultimately drained it of all power.

The Doctor also learns the name of and history of the planet he has landed on. The planet is called Spirodon, and its inhabitants, the Spirodons are a race of primitive creatures who are invisible.

The Daleks easily conquered them, slaughtered most of their population and have turned them into a slave force. According to one of the Thals named Vabor, there are only a few Daleks on Spirodon, but they are working on not only becoming invisible, but a new secret weapon that will allow them to conquer the galaxy.

Vabor clashes with the leader of the mission, Tarrant who he considers to be weak and scared. He believes that they should strike now whilst the Daleks are weak. At one point things become so tense between Tarrant and Vabor, Vabor actually pulls a gun on his commander!

The Spirodon who captured Jo meanwhile cures the poison in her arm. When she comes too he tells her that his name is Wesker, and that he is part of a tiny resistance movement against the Daleks. Jo tells him that she wants to find the Doctor, but Wesker tells her she needs to rest for now.

The Doctor meanwhile is captured by the Daleks along with one of the Thals named Codal. Two Daleks find the Thals spaceship first and decide to destroy it. The Doctor however thinking that Jo is still in there, pleads with the Daleks for her life, but the monsters stun him (as they want to interrogate him) and destroy the Thal ship.

The Doctor along with Codal is able to escape from the Daleks cell ironically by turning the tape recorder Jo left him into a makeshift weapon.

On the other side of Spirodon another Thal ship arrives. One of its team Rebecc tells Tarrant that somewhere on this planet there are over 10 thousand Daleks!

The Thals are able to make their way into the Daleks base where they are reunited with the Doctor and Codal. Though the Daleks corner them, and exterminate one of their number along the way named Marat. The Doctor and the Thals are able to escape up a ventilation system.

Jo Grant meanwhile manages to sneak into the Dalek base with Wesker’s help. There she discovers that the Daleks are planning to unleash a virus capable of destroying all life in the galaxy. After she escapes Jo is later able to stop a group of Daleks from stealing the Thals bombs by setting one off and destroying them.

She then reunites with the Doctor who is overjoyed to see that she survived, and the rest of the Thals. Despite this however tensions continue to rise between the group which results in yet another fight between Vabor and Tarrant where Tarrant assures him that next time he will kill Vabor.

Enraged and tired of Tarrant’s lack of action. Vabor takes the two bombs and attempts to launch a kamikaze attack on the Daleks. Along the way however he is jumped by Spirodons who take him too a Dalek partol. The Daleks exterminate Vabor when attempts to flee, despite Tarrant and Codal’s attempts to rescue him.

Unfortunately the two Daleks follow them back to the camp. The Doctor however is able to defeat the Daleks by pushing them into a lake of molten ice which kills the mutants inside. One of the Thals then gets inside the Dalek, whilst the Doctor and a handful of Thals disguise themselves using Spirodon cloaks (the Daleks make the Spirodons wear purple cloaks to see them.)

Wesker meanwhile having found out what the Daleks are planning foils their plot to unleash their poisonous plague on planets across the galaxy by releasing it into the Daleks base. The Daleks section leader is forced to seal himself and his subordinates in a small room to prevent the plague from escaping, as they were the only ones who were immunised, if it escapes it will kill everything on Spirodon, including the Daleks themselves.

The Doctor and the others are soon discovered by the Daleks who chase them to the lower levels of the base. 

Meanwhile the Dalek Supreme, a member of the high council arrives on Spirodon to check on the progress of the plans. He is angry at the loss of the plague and exterminates one of his subordinates in response. He demands that their army be awoken from the ice to begin the invasion of the galaxy.

The Doctor however in the lower levels is able to use the last of the bombs to cause an explosion which sets off the ice volcano near the base. The entire Dalek base as well as their army is buried under several tons of molten ice.

The thals then use the Dalek Supreme’s ship to escape from Spirodon back to Skaro. The Dalek Supreme and a few of his subordinates who escaped meanwhile chase the Doctor and Jo through the jungle, but the two are able to escape in the TARDIS. 

Despite these setbacks the Dalek Supreme insists that the Daleks have been delayed, but not defeated as the Daleks are never defeated!

In the TARDIS, the Doctor wonders if Jo, who got close to one of the Thals named Latep has regrets about not going with him back to Skaro when he asked her, but she tells the Doctor that she just wants to go back to her own planet and the Doctor obliges.

Review

Planet of the Daleks is definitely one of the weaker Classic era Dalek stories. In fact I’d say its probably the weakest of the 70s after Destiny of the Daleks.

Still that does not mean its a bad story, as all of the 70s Dalek stories are excellent (in fact they include two of the all time greatest stories from that decade, Day of the Daleks and Genesis of the Daleks.)

I’d say that Planet is an above average story. Above all else its extremely enjoyable. Nation always knew how to pace his stories brilliantly. There’s just non stop action and what’s great is that all of the cliff hangers to this story help move the plot along too. Sometimes, particularly with longer Doctor Who stories the cliff hangers can feel like they are just tossed in there at the last minute to have our characters be in some kind of peril. That’s not the case here however.

A lot of people have knocked the cliff hanger for the first episode when the Doctor acts surprised to find a Dalek on the planet despite having followed them there. However the Doctor is not surprised to find a Dalek, simply an invisible Dalek.

Nation also does a brilliant job in making Spirodon feel like a fully fleshed out world, by filling it full of diverse and bizarre creatures. Nation’s planets always felt a bit more fleshed out for this reason than other authors.

Compare say Telos in the Tomb of the Cybermen. All we see is the Cybermen and their city and that’s it. We don’t know what animals live on the planet, its history, or even see much of the planet except for the city and a few landscapes.

With Aridius from The Chase however, which only plays a minor role in the story, we get the full history of the planet’s ecosystem, of how it used to be a an ocean world before it dried up, we also get to see its animal life such as the Mire beasts, as well as the main humanoid life forms, the Aridans.

Similarly with Skaro in the first Dalek story we were also given a glimpse of the various animal life forms, such as the mutants in the lake, the petrified lizard like animal in the forest, as well the history of the planet, and various different set pieces from the jungles of the planet, to the treacherous cave system our heroes have to journey through, to the Dalek city.

Planet of the Daleks continues this tradition brilliantly. We see the Spirodons, the main humanoid life forms, as well as various forms of intelligent and hostile plant life, and hostile animals who attack the Doctor and the Thals during the night. We also get to see more of the planet, discover how it functions, and how its various species survive and live with each other too.

The Daleks themselves meanwhile in some ways are more effective in this adventure than previous Pertwee Dalek stories, whilst in others they are less.

In terms of being a direct threat they are far less dangerous. In Day of the Daleks and Frontier in Space we saw how just a few Daleks were able to slaughter their way through dozens of heavily armed humans without being slowed down for a second. Here however we see Dalek grunts get overpowered and killed by unarmed Thals and humans!

I wouldn’t say the Daleks are feeble in this story however. They are suitably ruthless such as when they ignore the Doctors pleas for Jo’s life and when they later shoot Vabor in the back as he attempts to flee. (I always loved the way that one of the Spirodons who chased Vabor is caught in the Daleks blast, but the Daleks just don’t give a shit at all.)

I think not having that many targets for the Daleks to shoot is a big problem in this story. In Day they had dozens of UNIT soldiers to mow down at the end, but here the supporting cast is just a tiny group of Thals.

Apparently Terry Nation did intend to have the Daleks exterminate all of the Thals in the final episode, but this was vetoed by Terrance Dicks and Barry Letts who were still concerned about the previous complaints of violence directed towards the series.

I think its a shame that they took this approach as had all of the Thals been killed then it would have made the story much darker, and would have certainly made the Daleks seem more formidable. Finally it would have also perhaps lessened the comparisons to the first Dalek story too.

Also another drawback is that the Daleks are not given a slimy, devious humanoid villain to play off either. In fact this is the only Classic era Dalek story after The Daleks Masterplan that doesn’t give them this type of character to interact with. Even their brief appearance in Frontier in Space gave them the Master to play off of.

Without this character the Daleks do feel a bit more like generic invaders. Its an important ingredient in the Dalek stories that I think should always be included.

Still the Daleks being an intergalactic power is explored in greater detail here than in other stories.

I like the way that the Spirodons are not freed from the Daleks rule at the end. They suffered an invasion every bit as bad as the earth in the 22nd century. The Daleks bombarded their planet, exterminated most of their population, have turned the unlucky survivors into a slave force, and have performed the most horrific experiments on them.

There is a disturbing scene where Wesker tells Jo Grant after the Daleks have captured the Doctor that if they perform their experiments on him, he would be better off dead. One can only wonder what Wesker has seen them to do other members of his kind, including most likely his friends or family.

Weskers fate is also a very dark moment as he is forced to kill himself in order to stop the monsters.

As seen with Wesker the Spirodons are clearly a race capable of both evil and good like humanity, but they are left to suffer at the end of the story. Its not because the Doctor doesn’t care about them, its because there is genuinely nothing that he can do to free them.

What’s worse is that no one else will probably even be aware of the Spirodons either. They aren’t a big galactic power like Earth or Draconia. They are just a primitive race,  who exist in a barely inhabited solar system, far away from earth or anyone else. They’ll continue to be dominated by the Daleks until the monsters have no further use for them after which they will most likely exterminate the Spirodons.

Its disturbing to think that there will be thousands, even millions of other races the Daleks will have done this too. Whole cultures they will have wiped from existence, and the Doctor, nor anyone else will ever have any idea who they were.

The same thing would have happened to humanity too in the 22nd Century. We just lucked out in that the Doctor, because of his grand daughter Susan, took a particular fondness to our planet.

But that’s the point however is that sadly the Doctor can’t help every planet that the monsters take over. Some like Spirodon he won’t even be aware of, and this story reinforces that.

That’s actually the scariest thing about the Daleks. They are a swarm across the universe, capable to erasing whole species in the blink of an eye, and the Doctor no matter how hard he tries can never hope to fully wipe them out. All the Doctor can hope to do is keep their numbers down, and save the planets that he is aware of like the earth.

When the Dalek Supreme says that they have been delayed, not defeated he’s right. Its not just the usual “you win this time hero”. The Doctor has stopped them from launching their plague and their army, but he hasn’t dented their empire, and hasn’t actually freed any world from their influence either.

Furthermore all they will have to do is free their army and recover the data that was lost about the plague, which will take them time. Maybe enough time for Earth, Draconia and other powers to regroup, but ultimately the Daleks will recover, and the Doctor will have to be ready for them.

To me this is far more frightening than in other stories where the Daleks are completely wiped out at the end. That to me makes them seem more like cartoon villains, who have to be completely defeated by the hero at the end of every story. This story instead makes them a grand force that the Doctor can have small, sometimes notable victories against, but that’s it.

I also like the way that all of the Daleks enemies in this story are aliens too. Again constantly having the Daleks be obsessed with humanity can often make them seem small. They are supposed to have the greatest empire in the universe, yet they are always obsessed with destroying, and constantly lose to our small, seemingly insignificant planet?

Here however you get the feeling that that they are a danger to the whole universe, with humanity just being one of many races they intend to exterminate, and again the fact that its not earth they have conquered means that there is no reset button where all of the Daleks have to be wiped out on Spirodon and the planet goes back to normal in a short time like in stories such as Doomsday and Journey’s End.

The Daleks are also far more active here than in Day of the Daleks. Director David Maloney really handles the Daleks well, shooting them in a way where they seem large and imposing, yet also quite fast too, which was difficult given the limitations with the props.

The Doctors interactions with the Daleks are also quite interesting in this story too. Here the Doctor is actually shown to take a sadistic delight in murdering a Dalek, exclaiming “for a man who abhors violence I must admit I took a great satisfaction in that”.  The idea of the Doctor taking a pleasure in destroying the Daleks is something that we’d see in later stories.

Its a key ingredient in their relationship that helped the Daleks to stand out as the Doctors worst foes, as whilst the Doctor is always prepared to kill, the Daleks are the only monsters he’s ever shown to be positively giddy when slaughtering.

Planet of the Daleks is the first story that really begins this aspect of their relationship.

The Doctors grief at Jo’s apparent death is also well acted on Pertwee’s part. His rage and hatred against the Daleks and desire to avenge Jo are there, but they’re subtle, and you can see it reflected when he murders the Dalek in the cell.

As for the guest characters, well they are by and large just bland good guys. The only one with any kind of personality is hot head Vabor, but he’s a complete moron.

Still Tarrant the Thals leader is played by one of the shows best guest actors, Bernard Horsefall. Its a slightly unusual part for Horsefall, as normally he tended to play more edgy or even villainous characters like Goth and Gulliver.

Still he’s really good at the dashing, square jawed hero, and he and Pertwee have a brilliant chemistry with each other too. I think Horsefall would have made an amazing Dan Dare based on his performance in this serial.

The story does have some negative qualities. As almost every review of Planet of the Daleks has pointed out, this story reuses elements of not only the original Dalek adventure, but other Terry Nation Dalek stories too. There are the invisible aliens from The Daleks Masterplan, the hostile jungle planet which is similar to Kembel, the city of the Daleks that our heroes must cross a treacherous cave system to enter, and finally there is even someone who hides inside a Dalek casing in both stories too.

Also I think the anti war message of this story is very heavy handed and clumsily done too. The final speech about not glorifying war goes on too long and sadly just comes across as patronising. It seems like either Terry Nation or Terrance Dicks were trying to emulate Star Trek here, as Kirk was often fond of giving big speeches to aliens such as the famous “We’re not going to kill today”. Sadly whilst it worked most of the time for Kirk, I just don’t think its quite as good a fit for the more alien, distant Doctor.

The production values for Planet of the Daleks are also quite shoddy in places. The scene of the monsters attacking the campfire are laughable. Its a shame because its really well written, and the actors give it their all, but all the great writing, directing and acting in the world can’t hide the fact that the monsters are just a pair of cheap eyes on the wall.

Still the jungle set is impressive, as is the set for the city of the Daleks too and most of the time Mahoney is able to get round any limitations.

The biggest fault with Planet of the Daleks is that it doesn’t really follow on from Frontier in Space that well. Other than a brief mention in episode 4 about the events of Frontier in Space are barely acknowledged. Also I think it would have been more interesting seeing the Draconians and the humans have to overcome their differences against a common threat, and the Master and the Daleks working together.

Sadly however its all tossed in the bin, and Frontier in Space and Planet of the Daleks despite being billed as essentially a 12 part epic, are really two completely unrelated stories, linked by a cliff hanger ending.

Still despite these faults, overall Planet of the Daleks is a very enjoyable, and exciting action packed adventure and a welcome return for Terry Nation to the series.

Trivia

  • The Dalek Supreme prop that was used for this adventure was an old recycled prop from the second Cushing Dalek movie. It had been given to Terry Nation after the film, and he loaned it to the BBC for use. As a further homage to the Cushing films, a few notes of music from the movie Doctor Who and The Daleks play when the Dalek Supreme first emerges from his ship and later when he first enters the city.
  • During the filming of this adventure David Bowie and his band at the time The Spiders From Mars visited the set and mingled with the cast. Bowie was a huge fan of science fiction series like Doctor Who and Dan Dare.
  • Two different stories across two different mediums have returned to the setting of this story. In the comic strip Nemesis of the Daleks, Davros escapes to Spirodon (after being captured in Revelation of the Daleks.) And revives the frozen Dalek army. In Return of the Daleks however the Daleks attempt to free the frozen army instead.
  • Whilst the Doctor foiled the monsters plans to invade, spin off material shows that there was still a war between the Daleks and the alliance of humanity and Draconia. The novel Prisoner of the Daleks featuring the Tenth Doctor is set in this time. The last great Dalek war is also mentioned in their next television appearance, Death to the Daleks.
  • This story marks the first and only time in the Classic era where the Doctor is shot by a Dalek.

Frontier in Space Review

The first of a two part story. Frontier in Space also marked the first time any of the Doctors enemies met, in this case the Daleks and the Master.

Though it would sadly be Roger Delgado’s last story as the Master, Frontier in Space is one of the best Pertwee era stories and a fitting send off for one of the greatest villains in the shows history.

Plot

The Doctor and Jo arrive in the far future. The earth empire is expanding into space, but it has come into conflict with another great power, the Draconian empire. The Draconians are a race of sentient reptile people. Though a generally peaceful race, tensions have been building up between the Draconians and the earth men for many years.

Recently both have begun to attack each others ships in hit and run attacks. Though the governments of both races deny having involvement in the attacks, war between the two empires seems an inevitability.

The Doctor and Jo arrive on a cargo ship where the crew instantly assume that they are Draconians. Jo meanwhile sees the crew as Drashiggs, ferocious giant carnivores she had encountered on a previous adventure.

Later the ship is attacked by Ogrons who the earth men still see as Draconians. The Doctor deduces that a third party is using some kind of hypnotic device to make people see what they fear the most. Jo Grant saw a Drashigg, whilst the humans of the ship saw Draconians, who humanity fears the most. Meanwhile when the Ogrons have attacked Draconian ships they have seen them as humans, as the Draconians fear humanity.

Whoever this third party is that’s employing the Ogrons (who as mere mercenaries would not have been able to think of this plan on their own.) They are responsible for all of the attacks on both the earth and Draconian ships, and hope to set both empires against each other so that they can emerge in the aftermath and take over.

When the crew come to after the Ogron attack they believe that the Doctor and Jo are traitors who were helping the “Draconians” and Jo and the Doctor are imprisoned.

On earth the Doctor speaks to the President, and at one point is kidnapped by the Draconians who believe that he is a double agent set to discredit them.

Sadly he is unsuccessful in convincing either that there is a third party plotting to provoke a war between them.

The Doctor is later sent to a prison colony on the moon. There he discovers that the third party employing the Ogrons is his old enemy, The Master!

The Master has using a forged identity become the chief of police and has framed the Doctor for several crimes. He decides to take the Doctor and Jo to meet his employers. It turns out that the Master is in the service of a greater power interested in provoking a war. The Master doesn’t say who they are, but tells the Doctor that they are very interested in meeting him.

Along the way there however the Doctor escapes and after a fight with the Master, the ship drifts into Draconian space where all three are captured by Draconians.

They are taken to meet the Draconian emperor himself. There the Master is rescued by Ogrons, and once again thanks to his hypnotic device, the Draconians see the Ogrons as humans. 

In the ensuing fight however, the Doctor is able to knock out one of the Ogrons, and after the Master escapes and the effects of the machine wear off, the Draconians are able see the Ogron for what it really is. 

The Draconians decide to use the Master’s ship to get back to earth, with the Ogron as proof of the Doctors claims. 

The Master however is able to intercept their vessel and capture both Jo and the Ogron.

Back on earth the Doctor and the Draconian Prince again attempt to convince the President of what is really going on. The Doctor asks to be allowed to use a vessel to travel to the planet of the Ogrons.

Though the President agrees, her attempts are shot down by General Williams, who had earlier torpedoed the Doctors attempts to convince the President.

The Draconian prince calls out Williams bigotry, telling him that years ago he destroyed an unarmed Draconian vessel which helped to kick off the current hostilities. Williams insists that the vessel was not unarmed, and that it was a battle cruiser. The Prince however points out to Williams that the cruiser was unarmed, as its weapons were empty, and that they had only chosen a battle cruiser as that was the only way a nobleman of Draconia could travel. 

Feeling guilty for his past sins, Williams agrees to help the Doctor find the Ogron planet. 

When the Doctor, Williams, the Draconian Prince and the team arrive on the planet however, they not only find the Master waiting for them, but that he has summoned those who employed him to provoke a war, the Daleks!

The Daleks slaughter Williams entire crew except for the Doctor, Williams himself and the Draconian Prince who are all taken prisoner.

The Gold Dalek declares that the Doctor will be exterminated, but ironically his life is saved by the Master. The Master tells the Daleks that he wants to torture the Doctor more by showing him the earth, and the galaxy that he loves so much in ruins before killing him.

The Gold Dalek agrees and leaves to prepare the army of the Daleks to conquer the Earth and Draconian empires after they have destroyed each in other in the Masters war.

The Doctor, Williams and the Draconian Prince are locked in a cell with Jo Grant. There Jo tells the Doctor that the Master has the TARDIS on this planet (which he had hoped to use to lure the Doctor into a trap.)

Jo also during a previous failed escape attempt had managed to steal the Masters fear device. The Doctor is then able to use it to hypnotise an Ogron into thinking he is a Dalek. The Ogron releases them, and Williams and the Draconian prince flee back to their home planets to warn their people of the Master and the Daleks plans. 

As the Doctor and Jo attempt to leave in the TARDIS they are ambushed by the Master and a group of Ogrons. Using the Master’s own fear device the Doctor scatters the Ogrons, but the Doctor is wounded by the Master in a shoot out before the villain flees.

Jo helps a wounded Doctor get back into the TARDIS. There the Doctor sends a telepathic message to the Time Lords, telling them to help him make his way to the Daleks base so he can stop their plans.

To Be Continued. 

Review

Frontier in Space is an overlooked gem in my opinion. A part of what makes it work is the world building it does.

We are taken into the future of humanity in so much more detail than other Doctor Who stories. Like many later sci fi series such as Firefly, Frontier in Space doesn’t present the future as either being rosey like Star Trek, or completely terrible like in Terminator.

Instead much like today technology and quality of life has improved for vast swathes of the population, but there is still sadly terrible corruption at the top, and vast inequalities and prejudice in other areas of society too.

We see many problems in the future that aren’t necessarily integral to the plot, such as the prison colony on the moon, and the radical left wing resistance movement who though fighting against an unfair system are still terrorists.

All of these help the viewer to feel as though they are watching a proper, fully fleshed out world.

Its also interesting the way the Doctor isn’t able to fix all of the problems in the future too. For instance the rebels on the moon who tried to help him escape are just left to rot after the Master captures the Doctor. Again it gives the setting a tinge of realism, as after all the Doctor can’t fix everything. When he arrives in modern day for instance he is only able to fix problems like the Axons invading the earth, rather than the energy crisis.

So here its the same. He can stop the Daleks from destroying all of humanity, but ultimately even if there are huge inequalities and problems facing human society, and good people suffering. He has to just step aside and let humanity sort its own problems out.

The main characters are also well fleshed out and acted too. The President played by Vera Fusek is quite an interesting character in that she is shown to be a fair and just woman, yet at the same time she is completely powerless against those around her, such as General Williams.

You’re not sure whether she is someone doing her best to fight against an unfair system, or just a spineless puppet who is easily manipulated by those around her.

Williams meanwhile starts out as the typical petty bureaucrat that Jon Pertwee’s Doctor has to deal with, but over time you can see that his hatred of the Draconians is really more his way of justifying his past actions

He knows that he acted rashly in destroying the Draconian ship, so the only way he can not feel guilty is if the Draconians are total monsters.

When he is faced with irrefutable proof that he did commit murder, then he realises that he must try and make amends and ends up becoming a heroic character, helping the Doctor and the Prince foil the Master.

The Draconians themselves are brilliant aliens. Their costumes are very well realised. As Jon Pertwee himself was often fond of pointing out, the Draconians benefited from having a design that could allow the actor a chance to actually use their facial expressions in their performance. You can tell that Jon Pertwee really enjoyed working alongside them which works even more in universe, as the Doctor has a great admiration for the Draconians and their culture.

Much like with his other more famous monsters the Silurians, Hulke goes to great lengths to make the Draconians seem different to humanity, but no more evil or good.

The Draconians ultimately just wish to survive. They have no desire for conquest, or any real hatred of humanity. Their culture isn’t exactly rosey, as they view women as inferior and refuse to even allow them to speak without the permission of males.

At the same time however the Draconians are shown to be far less xenophobic than humanity. Not only did the humans provoke the initial hostilities, but they also are more desperate to go to war than the Draconians are too. Its not just General Williams, the whole earth population is in support of a conflict as seen in the famous moment when a rabble rouser on the streets is shown to drum up support for exterminating the Draconians.

In contrast the Prince though arrogant and condescending, is desperate when he first meets the Third Doctor to prevent any bloodshed, whilst the Emperor is practically the only figure of authority on either side who gives the Doctor a fair hearing too and has no hatred or prejudice towards the humans.

The Emperor of the Draconians is shown to be respectful of the humans too. He even allows Jo Grant to speak in his presence, as even though women are forbidden to do so in Draconian culture, he respects that it is allowed in Earth society. The humans meanwhile regularly refer to the Draconians as Dragons in a degrading way and appear repulsed by their very presence.

The relationship between the Draconians and humanity is a metaphor for Cold War tensions. In this respect many have compared Frontier in Space to various episodes of the original Star Trek series involving the Klingons.

The frontier in space between both races is a very similar concept to the neutral zone. In some respects however I think the Draconians are a superior take on the whole cold war in space idea than any episode involving the Klingons in Star Trek TOS.

Obviously overall the Klingons are far better aliens as their society has naturally been fleshed out over the years, unlike the Draconians.

However though the Klingons were a good metaphor for the horrors of the Soviet Union. A problem I feel there was with some of the TOS Klingon episodes, was that the Federation, who were meant to represent the USA, where portrayed as whiter than white.

In the real cold war of course we know it was far from the truth. America was responsible for invasions of other countries such as Vietnam where they used some of the most obscene chemical weapons ever devised as they bombed their enemies “back to the stone age”.

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They also backed and supported some of the most brutal regimes and dictatorships such as the Khmer Rouge, and Augusto Pinochet too.

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With this in mind as much as I like Star Trek, it can feel a little bit rich when we see the Federation portrayed as the absolute good guys with no faults at all.

Frontier in Space however offers up a more nuanced and fair approach, by showing corruption, inequalities and labour camps in both societies, and not painting either as strictly the good guy.

In this respect the Daleks can be seen to return to their original role as the Nazis as they are the force that unites both the soviets and the west. The Daleks and the Nazis aren’t just fascists who want to consolidate their power. They actively want to exterminate anyone who doesn’t fit in with their idea of the master race, so naturally everyone ends up becoming their enemies too.

This idea is explored later in Genesis of the Daleks. One of the reasons the Doctor spares the Daleks is because he feels that many future worlds will become the allies with each other because of their fear of the Daleks. I’d like to think that Draconia and Earth were an example of this.

The Daleks and the Master are used effectively in this story. The Master’s plan is one of his best, to make his enemies destroy one another rather than just another invasion. Throughout the story he generally is two steps ahead of the Doctor and Jo, with both regularly playing into his hands, alongside the humans and Draconians.

Throughout most of this adventure the Doctor is desperate and struggling to get people to listen to him, whilst the Master is a respected member of the police force. That was always the best thing about the Master. Unlike the Doctors other enemies like the Daleks and Davros, the Master could turn the people the Doctor was trying to protect and even in some cases care about against him.

Delgado’s performance is excellent as always. I love the way he switches from appearing charming with Jo one minute. Jokingly telling her that she has his sympathies when the Doctor bores on about the Time Lords exiling him, but then turn vicious in a second when he stuffs her into an airlock and taunts the Doctor that he will eject her into space.

To me this is far more terrifying than making the Master just a cackling psychopath as here you never know when he is going to snap. Furthermore you can actually grow to like him when he is joking around with the Doctor and Jo, which just makes it all the more horrible when he threatens Jo and tries to brutally murder her without a seconds hesitation.

Delgado is also able to work a lot of great humour into the villain too, in moments such as his tantrum at the Ogrons for being cowards, his speech about preserving law and order (which prompts the Doctor to ask him if he is feeling well?) And his reading War of the Worlds as he provokes a war between two planets.

The only disappointing thing about this story is that it offers no conclusion to the Delgado version of the Master. To be fair it was never intended to. The plan was for Delgado to reappear next season in Jon Pertwee’s final story.

Sadly however Delgado was killed in a car accident not long after filming Frontier in Space, so it ended up becoming his swansong. As a story to go out on, he couldn’t have asked for a better script, but it is a bit of anti climactic end to his character, just to see him retreat back into the shadows for good.

The Daleks role in this story is obviously limited as they only appear at the end, but even then the writers make sure to treat them as a big deal.

Much like in Day of the Daleks, just three Daleks are shown to be dangerous. They completely slaughter a heavily armed earth expedition without breaking a sweat, and the Doctor tells the Draconian prince and Williams not to even bother firing at them as their weapons won’t even make a dent in the Daleks armour.

The voices supplied by Michael Wisher (who later went on to play Davros.) Are much better than those for Day of the Daleks. Wisher adds a the proper hysterical quality to the Daleks screeching voices.

The only disappointment is that we don’t get to see the Daleks and the Masters alliance in great detail. Though in a way I suppose its good that unlike in Doomsday neither are undermined for one another.

Still I would have liked to have seen how the two villains came to work together, as well as how they planned to stab in each other in the back. We only get a tiny glimpse of that when after the Daleks have left the Master sneers at them, that they’ll see who rules the universe once the war is over. Its a great moment, and I loved the way that the Master calls the Daleks “stupid tin boxes”, but sadly other than that this story doesn’t make much of the fact that it was the first time any of the Doctors archenemies met on screen.

Overall Frontier in Space is pretty much a perfect story for me. It has a brilliant, intelligent and engaging storyline, interesting supporting characters, a fully fleshed out world, and in spite of its ending, is a fitting send of for Roger Delgado’s Master, one of the best villains the show has ever seen.

There isn’t really anything I can fault in the story. Even from a production stand point, the sets are very well realised and the Ogron and Draconian costumes are very effective too. The only special effects failure that might have let the story down, the giant Ogron eater was thankfully cut, and only gets a fleeting cameo where we get a glimpse of how big it is.

Overall to me Frontier in Space is a brilliant story that deserves more appreciation.

What Could Have Been

In the top right hand corner is a concept drawing for the design of the Cybermen originally slated to appear in Frontier in Space.

Originally this story was to feature the Cybermen in place of the Ogrons as the Masters soldiers to attack both the Draconian and Earth ships.

The Cybermen would have been working as equals with the Daleks and the Master to provoke a war, rather than as their servants like the Ogrons (with all three planning to stab each other in the back once the war was over.) The finale episode where the Daleks capture the Doctor, would also have taken place on Telos, the adopted planet of the Cybermen, with the sets from Tomb of the Cybermen being recreated.

Sadly this was scrapped at the last minute and the Ogrons were used instead. Personally as much as I like the Ogrons, I think that it would have been better with the Cybermen. It would have marked the Third Doctors only encounter with the Cybermen. He would go on to encounter them in 20th Anniversary story The Five Doctors, but sadly he was the only Classic era Doctor never to encounter them during his era.

Also I think that had the Cybermen been used then it would have been more genuinely surprising when the Daleks showed up at the end. As it was, because the Ogrons had been introduced as their servants, then it was obvious that the Daleks had some kind of involvement from the start.

As to why the Cybermen were scrapped, no reason has been given, but there are 4 possible reasons.

1/ Terrance Dicks, the script editor during Jon Pertwee’s time HATED the Cybermen. He considered them to be boring, dull and useless. Dicks also appeared to dislike Kit Pedler, one of the creators of the Cybermen personally too. He called Pedler whiny, difficult to work with, and said that Pedler was no where near as talented as he thought he was. He said that all Pedler was good for was the occasional idea and scientific knowledge.

Dicks hatred of the Cybermen would later lead to him having them get slaughtered memorably by the Raston Warrior Robot in The Five Doctors.

With this in mind its not exactly surprising that the Cybermen didn’t appear in the 5 years he was script editor. Though they were still considered for this story, perhaps Dicks ended up putting his foot down on the decision.

2/ Jon Pertwee who played the Third Doctor wasn’t exactly enamoured with the Cybermen either. Though its true that he didn’t like the Daleks who appeared 4 times throughout his era either, the Daleks were simply far too popular to be left out of the show. Furthermore in contrast to the Cybermen, Terrance Dicks felt the Daleks were effective and got a long well with the creator of the Daleks, Terry Nation who he became friends with.

3/ Its possible that Terry Nation didn’t like the Daleks and the Cybermen meeting in this story. Whilst Nation was good friends with Cyberman co-creator Gerry Davies, he still didn’t like his monsters having to share the screen with other monsters and vetoed an attempt to bring the Daleks and the Cybermen together in the 1960s. When the Daleks and the Cybermen did finally meet in the 2006 story Doomsday, it was ten years after his death in 1996.

4/ They may not have simply had the budget to not only make the new Cybermen costumes, but also recreate the ice tombs of Telos. To be honest this seems like the most likely explanation, as the planet of the Ogrons, yet another quarry was obviously cheaper, whilst it would also have been cheaper to use the old Ogron costumes too.

Whatever the reason, sadly the Cybermen were not used, and their only appearance throughout the entire Pertwee era, is a tiny cameo in the preceeding story Carnival of Monsters.

Trivia

  • This was Roger Delgado’s last story as the Master. He was killed in a car crash not long after finishing the story. The death of Delgado, a close friend of Pertwee, as well as the departure of Katy Manning who played Jo Grant, both contributed to Jon Pertwee leaving the show next year. The Master would return just 4 years later where he was played by actor Peter Pratt instead.
  • This story and the next Planet of the Daleks, were originally conceived as one twelve part epic, with Letts hoping that it could rival The Daleks Masterplan. However again part way through production, Letts worried that one story wouldn’t be able to hold audiences for 3 months, and so they were split into two connected, but ultimately separate stories.
  • The end of this story where the Time Lords help the Doctor follow the Daleks to their base, marks the first time that there is any kind of conflict between the Daleks and the Time Lords in general, not just the Doctor.
  • Jon Pertwee always named the Draconians as being his favourite monsters. Pertwee praised them for the way you were able to see the actors mouths and eyes and therefore could act off of them properly unlike the Daleks or the Cybermen.

 

Day of the Daleks Review

The first Dalek story of the 1970s. Day of the Daleks is one of the few stories of the classic era to actually use time travel as integral part of the plot, rather than just as a way to get the Doctor somewhere.

Hugely popular at the time, Day of the Daleks helped to kick off a mini revival of Dalekmania throughout the 70s. Sadly it has become a somewhat polarising story in the decades since, with some critics slating its low key production values and poor Dalek voices.

Still overall I’d rate this as one of the best Dalek and 70s Doctor Who stories in general.

Plot

The Doctor and UNIT are called in to investigate the mysterious appearances of ghostly soldiers who have been appearing and then vanishing at Sir Reginald Styles house.

Styles is due to hold a peace conference which many (including the Brigadier) see as the last chance to prevent World War 3.

The Doctor discovers a highly advanced weapon near the house, whilst UNIT later stumble upon a soldier who has been beaten half to death. As they take him to the hospital however, the soldier vanishes into thin air.

The Doctor and Jo decide to spend the night in the house whilst Styles is away to find out what the real problem is.

In the morning they encounter more soldiers wielding futuristic weaponry, who are battling hideous, savage, ape like creatures called Ogrons. 

The soldiers leader explains that they come from over 200 years in the future. They have come to kill Styles who they claim will cause a third world war. According to the rebels Styles is a radical who will blow up all of the delegates, and himself too when he holds the conference in a few days time.

In a confrontation with the rebels, Jo Grant is accidentally sent forward into the rebels time. The Doctor then follows the rebels back to their time, where he discovers much to his horror that the Daleks now rule the earth.

After the world war that Sytles kicked off destroyed most of humanity, the Daleks saw their opportunity and conquered what was left of the human race. Most humans were rounded up into labour camps where they were forced to build weapons for the Daleks and mine the planet earth for resources.

The Daleks essentially turn the earth into a giant factory to build weapons and star ships to conquer other planets. The Daleks are also served by a race of ape like monsters called the Ogrons.

The human rebels who tried to kill Sytles are the last tiny pocket of resistance. With the aid of an inside spy, they managed to steal some of the Daleks own time travel technology with which they hoped to kill Styles and change history so that the war never happened. 

The Doctor searches for Jo in the wasteland of the future, but he is captured by Ogrons and brutally tortured by the Daleks human servants (who assume he is just another spy) for information.

The Controller however (latest in a line of the Daleks human servants who monitors the camps.) Halts the interrogation as he plans to use other means to find out what the Doctor knows. 

Jo Grant had earlier materialized in the middle of the Controllers base. After speaking with her, the Controller learned of the Doctor. Naturally when the Controller later mentioned the Doctor to the Daleks they were terrified.

The Controller believes that the Doctor can’t be broken, so he tries to trick the Doctor and lie to him that the rebels are the villains. 

Though Jo falls for his lies, the Doctor knowing who is in charge, and having seen the Dalek labour camps is disgusted by the Controller and brands him a Quisling. 

The Daleks do not recognise the Doctor (as he has regenerated since they last saw him.) So they torture him with a mind probe to discover his true identity. The Doctor resists the torture until it almost kills him, but his true identity is eventually discovered.

The Controller once again stops the Daleks from killing the Doctor, claiming that he can get more information out of the Doctor.

The Doctor however still refuses to tell the Controller anything. The Controller tells the Doctor that he does not serve the Daleks willingly, but that he thinks its futile to try and fight them as all who have tried have failed miserably. The Controller argues that he has made things easier for the people in their camps and has even saved lives, but the Doctor still views him as a traitor however.

The rebels meanwhile learn from their spy that the Daleks fear the Doctor, and so they decide to rescue him. Though many are killed in the fight, their mission is successful. The Doctor stops the rebels from killing the Controller, who is subsequently given just one more chance to find the Doctor by the Daleks.

The Doctor is able to figure out from working with the rebels that ironically Styles was not responsible for the explosion that kicked off the war. One of the rebels named Shura blew the house and himself up in a kamikaze attack against Styles. Unfortunately he was unaware that the peace conference was going on at the time. 

The Doctor and Jo head back to stop Shura, but along the way they are ambushed by the Controller and and a group of Ogrons. The Doctor convinces the Controller that he can finally free humanity from the Daleks. The Controller is skeptical at first, but eventually comes to believe the Doctor after having seen how scared the Daleks were of him. He also releases the Doctor as he feels he owes him for sparing his life when the rebels attacked.

The Daleks exterminate the Controller for his treachery, and decide to launch an attack on the conference to make sure that their version of history isn’t changed.

UNIT however are able to hold off the Dalek and Ogron attack force that arrives in the past long enough for the Doctor and the Brigadier to get Styles and the other delegates out of the house in time.

When the Daleks finally make their way into the house, they are killed in Shura’s explosion instead.

The story ends with the Doctor telling Styles to make sure his conference can go ahead as planned now, as he and Jo have both seen what will happen if he fails.

Review

Day of the Daleks is a brilliant reintroduction for the Daleks. At this stage the monsters had been absent from Doctor Who for 5 years (their longest ever break from the show, not counting the hiatus between 1989 and 2005.)

The Daleks needed a strong story that would remind older viewers why they had been such a big deal in the first place and show the new generation of Who fans how special they were.

Day of the Daleks accomplishes this by playing on all of the strengths the monsters had in previous stories.

Just like in great 60s stories like The Power of the Daleks, we get to see a manipulative side to the Daleks here, as the monsters create a situation where the humans ironically destroy themselves.

The Daleks are clearly aware that it was the rebels who destroyed the conference from the start, but they are able to trick the humans by letting them think that they have scored a victory in stealing their time machines, and planting a spy in their base. They even send Ogrons back to try and fight them in the past, all of which makes the rebels think that they have finally beaten the Daleks, when ironically they are playing right into the monsters hands.

This story also gives the Daleks a devious, manipulative human character to play off of too, which again had always made the monsters more interesting in the 60s (and would do so again for many decades to come.) Previous examples included Mavic Chen, Lesterson and Maxtible. The Controller from this story however might actually be the most interesting example of this type of character outside of Davros himself.

The Controller is not just a greedy, corrupt, power mad megalomaniac like Mavic Chen. There are moments that show he clearly enjoys being the Daleks right hand man, due to the power he can wield over other people, such as in a memorable scene where the Controller threatens the family of one of his subordinates.

Aubrey Woods plays the scene brilliantly, with the little sadistic smile on his face as the man pleads with him not to hurt his loved ones.

Still despite this its obvious that deep down the Controller does mean what he says when he tells the Doctor that he is doing all he can to help the people suffering in the Daleks camps.

He genuinely pleads with the Daleks for their slaves sake several times in the story, and is utterly horrified when the Daleks show no regard for their well being. I love the way that even with a lifetime under their rule, the Controller can still be surprised at how evil the Daleks can be. It shows you how there truly is no limit to the Daleks cruelty.

Ultimately the Controller proves where his true loyalties lie in the end when he lets the Doctor escape which costs him his life.

The Controller is someone who has spent his entire life under the Daleks thumb. He has seen countless people try and face them only to all fail miserably. Furthermore his father, his grandfather, his ancestors all lived their lives in exactly the same way too. So really its no wonder that he feels its hopeless to fight them, and that the rebels will ultimately only make things worse for future generations under the Daleks rule.

With the Doctor however he is the one person the Daleks have ever shown fear of. Whilst the Daleks have never shown even the tiniest bit of concern over the rebels. Even with all of their attacks and supposed victories, the mere mention of the Doctors name is enough to make the Daleks literally shake and panic, something which the Controller could have never conceived of before.

Ironically for all his sins, the Controller dies a heroes death. His final act of defiance to the Daleks before they shoot him is excellent as he finally tells the monsters who have dominated his entire life that he may have finally brought about their end.

The Controller also spares the Doctor because the Doctor prevented the rebels from killing him as well, further showing that unlike Chen or Maxtible or the later Davros who were all just greedy and selfish. The Controller was capable of genuinely selfless acts for others.

The Daleks finally are also portrayed as powerful and dangerous. Throughout the story they are creatures that humanity knows it can never possibly beat in a fair fight, so they have to basically cheat and change history.

People often knock the final battle between UNIT and the Daleks because there aren’t that many of the monsters on screen. In reality there were only 3 Dalek props at the BBC at that time.

Still I think this works to the benefit of the story as much like the later Dalek, and the earlier Power of the Daleks, here we see the massive damage just a few Daleks can do.

UNIT have been shown to be capable of fighting off hordes of the most dangerous aliens in previous stories. Look at their first story The Invasion where they blow up dozens of Cybermen with their rocket launchers, then there are stories like The Silurians, Spearhead From Space and Claws of Axos where they are shown to be able to hold their own against monsters like the Autons and the Axons.

Even in this story they blast their way through dozens and dozens of Ogrons. With just three Daleks however? The Daleks absolutely slaughter UNIT, who aren’t even able to slow down one Dalek!

Honestly this story I think sold the idea of one or two Daleks being capable of destroying everything in sight better than any other Classic era adventure.

Power of the Daleks showed us how they were able to manipulate people, but we never actually got to see how much physical damage a lone Dalek could do, as by the time they were ready to attack they were an army.

Here however we get to see how just 3 of them can decimate UNIT in matter of minutes. They do feel like mini tanks that just roll their way through bodies of men no problem.

The only real drawback with the Daleks portrayal is their voices. The actors (who only supplied them for this one adventure) don’t capture the anger and hysteria that the Dalek voices need to have.

The Daleks are not like the Cybermen who just speak in dull monotone voices. There has to be an emotional content there, as the monsters are driven by an irrational hatred of other life forms.

Still overall I think this is a great showing for the Daleks. It doesn’t do anything new with them per se, but it does use them in the most effective ways it can.

Jon Pertwee is also on top form in this story. Ironically he hated the Daleks in real life, but I think he works his disdain for the monsters into his performance really well. You can really feel the Doctors disgust for the monsters when he comes face to face with the gold Dalek.

Its in the scenes with the Controller however that Pertwee really shines. I love the way the Doctor doesn’t buy into the Controller’s bullshit for a second and tears into him for seemingly selling out his own people. When he condemns the Controller as a Quisling. Pertwee’s anger is understated, but powerful.

At the same time however what’s interesting about the Doctors portrayal in this story is that it actually the Doctors compassion that saves his life.

Had he not spared the Controller then his replacement, who later sold the Controller out to the Daleks and was shown to be genuinely greedy and power hungry, ould not have allowed the Doctor and Jo to escape when he cornered them.

The story overall also moves along at a great pace. There’s no padding, the mystery around the house builds up well throughout the first episode, but doesn’t drag and there is also plenty of action right the way through even with the budget limitations.

The twist that the rebels created their own horrible future is brilliant and helps the story to stand out from the usual more straight forward aliens invade earth adventures that had come to dominate the series at that point. Whilst the Daleks are the main threat. Ironically its entirely the humans who bring about their own downfall.

Even before the Daleks show up, humanity has already exterminated itself. Later the Controller describes the years of the war as being the hardest humanity ever endured, including the Dalek invasion!

Overall Day of the Daleks is a an enjoyable, action packed, intelligent story and a brilliant way to start the next generation of Dalek stories.

Day of the Daleks vs Days of Future Past

Day of the Daleks was the main inspiration on the classic X-Men story arc Days of Future Past. Its author, Johnny Byrne was a big Doctor Who fan, and openly admitted to being inspired by this story. He even joked that he was lucky not to get sued!

Days of Future Past revolves around a dark future where mankind has been overrun by gigantic robots called the Sentinels.

The Sentinels were originally created to deal with mutants, but soon turned on and exterminated most of humanity. The few unlucky survivors are rounded up into ghettos and work camps. A tiny pocket of resistance remains however, and one of the X-Men, Kitty Pryde is able to travel back to the 80s to stop the mutant Mystique from assassinating the president, which sparked anti mutant hostility and eventually led to the creation of the Sentinels.

Days of Future Past would later be adapted in various X-Men animated series including the classic 90s series, and as the 2014 blockbuster Days of Future Past (where Wolverine took the place of Kitty Pryde.)

Both Days of Future Past and Day of the Daleks follow the same basic idea. In the future humanity has wiped itself out in a war. The survivors are then taken over by horrifying, xenophobic, mechanical monsters who round them up into camps. The last pocket of resistance knows that they have no hope to beat them in a fair fight, so they travel backwards in time to change things.

In both cases the war that wiped out humanity was not only caused by a political assassination, but by a radical who believed that they were ironically helping their people. Mystique who thought she was standing up for Mutant’s rights, and Shura who thought he was killing Styles and preventing the war.

Days of Future Past is not just a rip off of Day of the Daleks. Its a classic piece of Sci Fi in its own right, that has been adapted successfully across many different mediums.

Still you can see how Day of the Daleks was its predecessor in a number of ways.

Notes/Trivia

  • Jon Pertwee and Katy Manning said this story was their least favourite.
  • This appeared to be the only Dalek story by another author that Dalek creator Terry Nation was pleased with, calling it an exciting batch of episodes.
  • The Daleks made their third appearance on the cover of the radio times to promote the first episode of this story.

  • In order to accompany this story Terry Nation wrote a short story for the Radio Times called “We Are The Daleks” which explained their origins. This story was different to the later Genesis of the Daleks.
  • A special edition of this story was later released on DVD that featured new and improved effects and a new Dalek voices supplied by the voice of the Daleks in New Who and Big Finish, Nicholas Briggs.

What I Would Have Liked To Have Seen In The Peter Capaldi Era

Its hard to believe that the Peter Capaldi era has come and gone. It only feels like yesterday that the former “Thick of It” star wandered onto our screens after being announced as the 12th Doctor. Holding his lapels in a Hartnellesque fashion with the promise of a new and wonderful era ahead of him.

Sadly however as I am sure all of my regular readers know, I wasn’t that keen on his era.

In this article I am going to run through things I would have liked to have seen happen during his era. I’m not saying that all of these ideas would have been better objectively.

These are just things that I personally would have been interested in. Let me know what you think in the comments below. PS its also worth noting that not all of these ideas are mine. A lot of them are actually fan theories and ideas, as well as pieces of spin of material too.

Lets get started then.

1/ The 12th Doctor

Peter Capaldi’s Doctor as he stands now is probably the best thing about his era. Sure there were some terrible moments with his Doctor like the Tank bit, but overall Peter Capaldi did always give a brilliant performance, and there were some interesting aspects to his characterisation.

Still there were many huge problems with the 12th Doctor, though none of them can be attributed to Peter Capaldi.

First and foremost I would not have had the 12th Doctor be doubtful of himself. I didn’t like the “Am I a good man” story arc. It made no sense.

The previous Doctor had discovered that he had saved Gallifrey. Furthermore the war on Trenzalore, though long and protracted, still surely laid any doubt to rest about the Doctor being a hero?

He wore down his final life to protect a small village for over 1000 years and was given a new lease of life by the Time Lords because they, the people he thought he had burned, believed he was a hero.

So really why would the Doctor go back to doubting if he was a good man after that?

Also I really don’t think it was a good idea to have 12 be in love with Clara either as not only was it not a good fit for Capaldi and Jenna, but by this stage the whole Doctor/companion romance was really quite tired and boring too.

With 12 and Clara they basically repeated all of the previous Doctor/companion love stories from New Who.

We had the tedious love triangle between the Doctor, his female companion and her clingy, jealous boyfriend with Danny, Clara, and Capaldi.

We also had a mad woman who starts out as an evil psychopath that wants to kill or harm the Doctor but then he makes her a better person and she falls in love with him (River Song, Missy.)

We had the Doctor and his female companion get too attached to each other to the point where she becomes reckless and arrogant which leads to bad consequences for her (Rose and 10 in season 2, with it being their actions that create Torchwood that separates them, Clara and 12 in season’s 8 and 9, with it being Clara’s arrogance that leads to her own demise in Face the Raven.)

Then there was the Doctor being unable to accept his lovers death and doing something that allowed her to live just a bit longer as an immortal. (River Song in the Library, Clara in the TARDIS with Me.)

And finally we had a male character go through an unimaginably long hard time just to save the woman he loves. (Rory and the box for Amy, the Doctor and smashing his way through the wall for Clara.)

Be honest you could replace 12 and Clara with 10 and Rose in this scene and it wouldn’t be any different.

I think it would have been better if they had made 12’s story arc be about finding Gallifrey. That was basically what we were promised at the end of the 50th when the Curator tells 11 “oh you’ve got so much work to do.”

Turns out he didn’t. Gallifrey was back and it wasn’t even mentioned how! The search for Gallifrey story arc could have opened the door for many interesting story options.

For one thing the Doctor could be torn about bringing them back. On the one hand he would want to see his home in the sky, and his people happy and prosperous again. On the other the fear of the Time War returning would obviously still be on his mind too.

Yet perhaps the Doctor would want the Time War to start a new. Look at it this way, the Daleks are still free to roam the universe, destroying all other life forms. Whilst the Time War was a terrible thing it did severely limit the Daleks power across the universe.

Its kind of like World War 2 in a way. Yes World War 2 was a terrible thing, but in the end it was for the good of humanity. Would you have rather that the Nazi’s continued to march all over Europe unopposed?

So perhaps the Doctor might think after seeing more atrocities being carried out by the Daleks that he had a duty to bring the Time Lords back and lead them this time so that they don’t become corrupt, to finally destroy the Daleks once and for all.

Or perhaps he would be determined to wipe the Daleks out himself because he knew that when they were around he could never stand among his people.

These could all be serious moral dilemma’s for the 12th Doctor that could develop over time. Also his feud with the Daleks could have become more intense as the Daleks would naturally now view the Doctor as the only chance of the Time Lords returning and become even more determined to destroy him.

I also think that 12 should have been utterly ruthless to his enemies too. Again think back to what we were promised with his Doctor. We were told he would be the angry kick up the arse Doctor and this was how he made his entrance.

Yet we never really saw anything to demonstrate this on screen apart from a few moments of him being rude to people for no reason.

Take his dealings with the Daleks. He just threatens them a couple of times and that’s it. Okay he clearly hates them, but so what. Pretty much every Doctor hates them. I might add he was made to feel guilty by Clara for daring to think that the Daleks are beyond redemption.

Also his Doctor was fooled by Davros being unbelievably mopey too (well okay he knew there was a chance that Davros was tricking him, and so he had a back up plan.) Still 12 arguably showed more compassion to Davros than any other Doctor.

Then there was his relationship with the Master. 12 was the most lenient on the villain there has ever been. At certain points 12 even outright helped her to escape such as lying to Clara, Kate and UNIT about her still being alive (which put all of their lives in danger) or saving her from a public execution.

Also look at how he dealt with Bonnie the mass murdering terrorist Zygon. He forgave her and gave her a bloody job at UNIT! Bonnie is ironically going to be working alongside the friends of the people she slaughtered in cold blood like Jac!

Are there any examples of 12 being really vicious, and ruthless in dealing with any of his enemies?

The nearest is when he may have pushed the Half face man off of the edge of a building, but even then we have no idea if he did push him or not?

Now you might be thinking “well okay maybe they wanted 12 to be a lighter Doctor”, but that’s certainly not how they advertised him.

Steven Moffat Its Time For A Kick Up The Arse Doctor

Also more importantly look at the way the 11th Doctor was portrayed in his last few stories. You can clearly see that they are heading towards a darker and more mature Doctor.

We didn’t see many instances of this with Matt, but it’s obvious during 11’s final year that he was not only becoming more willing to kill (as seen with Solomon the Trader.) But that he was also getting more than fed up of dealing with the same enemies over and over again.

Take a look at this quote from A Town Called Mercy.

“But they keep coming back, don’t you see? Every time I negotiate, I try to understand. Well, not today. No. Today, I honour the victims first. His, the Master’s, the Dalek’s, all the people who died because of my mercy!” 

In addition to this 11 near the end of his time finally says goodbye to River too, showing that he has grown up and accepted that he needs to move on from her. His final action is also to dedicate himself to protecting Trenzalore until he becomes an old man, and after that he finally accepts his death.

Then of course there is the War Doctor, a more old school type of Doctor telling 11 that he (and 10) basically needed to grow up and act their age, and he wonders if he is having a mid life crisis when he sees them.

 “Oh, we might as well get started. Help to pass the timey-wimey. Do you have to talk like children? What is it that makes you so ashamed of being a grown up?”

The 12th Doctor as a more old school, serious Doctor, played by an older actor, who finally wants to dispose of his most dangerous enemies, fix mistakes he had made in the past (like sparing the Daleks in Genesis) and find his home would have been the natural progression from where 11 was headed in his last few stories.

Sadly however by the end of Capaldi’s first series this is all tossed in the bin. The 12th Doctor reverted back to being a cuddly hipster like 11 was, is still in love with his 20 something female companion like 10 and 11 would have been, and is ridiculously merciful to all of his enemies.

It could be argued that perhaps they wanted to go in a 1st Doctor, 6th Doctor, 9th Doctor direction, of making 12 start out as more ruthless and then get softer as time went on.

I wouldn’t have minded that at all, but my problem was just that they never really showed him being dark to begin with, and then just instantly reverted to making him more like Smith and Tennant.

So much for growing up eh? So much for no longer acting like a child jumping about, lusting after women not much older than Susan. So much for honouring the victims. Yeah you really honoured Osgood (and Kate) by snogging their killer and later covering for her when she escaped, or outright saving her when she was kidnapped. All that development from 10 and 11 realising that they were too easy on their worst foes. and 11 in his last few stories realising that he needed to grow up and be “the Doctor” again is just tossed in the bin so we can get more Master/Doctor slash fan fic bullshit, and more Doctor crying over his 20 something, latest one true love.

The 12th Doctor was not only written to be more of a zany, younger Doctor, but he was also I feel made into quite an ineffective and weak hero too.

In his first two season finale’s for instance he doesn’t save the day. Missy hands him victory (and even then its Danny Pink who blows the Cybermen up. Seriously what does the Doctor actually DO in that entire finale?)

In Hellbent meanwhile he creates the problem. Similarly in the Zygon Inversion though does stop the war, he created the problem in the first place! He was the idiot who thought it was a good idea to let 20 million hostile aliens live on earth. (I might add the only reason they came here was to fucking invade! Bit much to ask humanity be kind to their invaders!)

Why did 12 not you know use his TARDIS to take them to an uninhabited planet like he promised to do for Dalek Sec and his new Dalek people?

Does he really think a race so advanced that they fought in the Time War would be happy with pretending to be humans, working a dismal 9-5 job, signing on the dole, watching youtube videos, and downloading shit on Netflix?

Yeah cause the Doctor loved being trapped on earth didn’t he? And he LOVES humans, unlike the Zygons who wanted to destroy them, and took a delight in hurting them (see Osgood’s Zygon double.)

12 really suffered from also having no real big enemies to play off of. His villains were either dreadful versions of past glories like Missy, or they were crappy one off foes like the Lion man, or the Monks, or the eye boggie monsters from Sleep No More.

His biggest heroic moment is obviously enduring the torture for Clara’s sake in Heaven Sent. I got to give him that, it is pretty badass to endure 4 billion years worth of torture for your one true love.

Sadly however even this is ultimately undermined in Hell Bent as ultimately we find out that the Doctors plan for saving Clara would have risked destroying all of time and space! So actually 12 just ends up looking like an emo adolescent that can’t cope with loss, and is willing to put his own happiness over the rest of the universe, rather than the ancient, wise alien he should be.

I think the main problems with the Capaldi era can be summed up with the production team simply not having enough faith in Capaldi to carry the series ironically.

To start with they clearly got a bit scared at making the Doctor older in his first series. Clearly they were worried at losing their young audience, so they ultimately went back to making him act like the younger Doctors.

Take a look at this scene.

This clearly shows that they were more unsure of Capaldi right from the start, as the previous actor has to come in and basically beg Clara (and through her the audience) into accepting Capaldi!

Its very insulting and to be honest I don’t think Matt Smith should have agreed to do it. It was kind of stepping on Peter Capaldi’s toes.

Also more importantly I think that the PC pandering during Capaldi’s era made the team lose faith in him as well simply because he was another white male.

Now I’m not going to go too much into the SJW pandering again as obviously its a subject that I have covered extensively. Still it does need to be mentioned as its certainly a large part of why Peter didn’t get a fair crack at the role.

Capaldi was cast after the feminist backlash against Steven Moffat had begun, but before the push for a female Doctor really became all consuming. That only really happened after Matt announced he was leaving.

As a result of this I think Moff who clearly wanted to win favour with the feminist critics that had ruined his reputation over the past few years actually came to regret not casting a woman instead of Peter.

How these people treated Steven Moffat circa 2012-14

University Study on How Sexist Steven Moffat Is

Steven Moffat Tweets Against Accusations of Misogyny

The Terrible Problem Of Steven Moffat’s Doctor Who

Of Dice and Pen Sexism in Moffat Who

Steven Moffat’s Women: Amy and her skirt

Consent in Moffat Era Who

Steven Moffat Sexism

Sexual Assault in Doctor Who

Doctor Who Thunderingly

Whovian Feminism Reviews Time of the Doctor

How they reacted to Peter Capaldi’s casting

Something An Actual Person Said About The Doctor

Whovian Feminism We Need To Talk About Peter Capaldi’s Casting

Doctor Who’s Dude Preference Is Lazy

Examples of Moffat ADMITTING to pandering to them (as well as proof that the sexist accusations bothered him)

Steven Moffat: Doctor Who Needs More Women Writers

Steven Moffat Denies He Has Made Show More Sexist

Steven Moffat Slams Sexist Claims

As a result of this Moffat cared more about setting things up for a female Doctor to atone for casting another cis white het dude, than in actually focusing on Capaldi himself.

You can see that when Missy first prances onto screen in Deep Breath. Right there in Capaldi’s first episode Moff is thinking more about setting up the next female Doctor, than in giving Capaldi a nemesis that is right for him (which most certainly is not Missy.)

Similarly in this scene Moff has the Doctor shoot an innocent Time Lord in cold blood, simply so that he can shoe horn in yet another gender bending regeneration.

This scene is utterly disastrous to the 12th Doctors character in so many ways.

To start with he’s a huge fucking hypocrite. What he is unable to kill Missy, a sadistic, mass murdering psychopath, even when she murders his friends and the daughter of his oldest friend right in front of him and gloats about it, but he’ll happily shoot an unarmed man in cold blood?

Also the General risked his life to defend the Doctor from Rassilon and this is how the Doctor repays him?

You might be saying that “well he didn’t kill him as its just a regeneration” but even then each incarnation lasts for 1100 years, so the Doctor just shed a good chunk of the guys life off.

Again though Moff doesn’t care about how this negatively impacts the 12th Doctors character, as his main priority is in setting up a female Doctor. To hell with the current white dude. He’s just there to fill time.

Furthermore I think Moff, whilst not wanting to undermine Capaldi intentionally, actually became scared at the thought of just making Capaldi the strong, central heroic figure that previous Doctors like Jon Pertwee or Tom Baker had been, as that would appear sexist in his feminist critics eyes.

So naturally in order to overcompensate for this type of criticism, Moffat put too much focus on Clara to a ridiculous degree, and regularly had her actively undermine the Doctor by slapping him back into place and later finish the series by basically becoming a better Doctor than him.

All this silly backstage politics coupled with the fact that in many ways the production team wanted him gone so they could virtue signal with a female Doctor meant that Peter Capaldi really wasn’t given the attention or frankly the respect an actor of his calibre deserved in the role.

It would have been better if they had allowed Capaldi to play the role more the way he wanted. If they had given his Doctor a chance to show how dark he was in really vicious confrontations with his enemies like the Master. If they had given him a consistent character. And finally if they had made him a strong figure, NOT always doubting whether or not he was a good man and being slapped into place by his companion.

It seems to me like Capaldi wanted his Doctor to be kind of a cross between 1 and 3. Those seem to be his two favourite era’s. He’s always talking about them after all, and just about everything he wanted to see come back comes from those two era’s, like Susan, Mondasian Cybermen, Axons, Daemons etc.

You can see how these two Doctors and era’s are on his mind more than any other.

So I think ideally his Doctor would have been a dashing, physical Doctor who was incredibly brave, and serious about everything like Jon Pertwee, yet also at times somewhat ruthless, more alien and at times even distant like William Hartnell.

Sadly however whilst there were shades of this in his characterisation such as in this scene.

Most of the time he was just another modern, whiney, emo Doctor complaining about his girlfriend.

A final thing to mention is that I would have given Capaldi the original TARDIS interior.

Nothing can top the original white, roundrels, look. The proof of that is that that look stayed more or less with very few changes for close to 26 years, whilst all the others, 9 and 10’s TARDIS, 11’s TARDIS with the upstairs, the wooden TARDIS, the steampunk TARDIS in the movie and 12’s library TARDIS have all come and gone in a few years each.

It would have been so much better if they had just gone back to this. It would also have tied into 12 returning to his roots better as well.

2/ Captain Jack Harkness

Its hard to believe that its been 7 years since he last appeared in Doctor Who. Captain Jack Harkness was in my opinion one of the best things in all of New Who.

He was an interesting character overall, but it was really John Barrowman, one of sci fi’s greatest leading men of the past 30 years that elevated the character to being a legend.

I was really hoping that Captain Jack would become like the new series version of the Brigadier.

The Brig met all the classic era Doctors, and it became a rite of passage for the Doctor to meet him. It would always be such a wonderful moment when the Doctor would bump into the Brig who’d comment on him changing his face yet again.

I miss having a character like that in Doctor Who and Jack I think would be a great choice to fill that role after Nick Courtney’s passing.

Like the Brig, Jack is a man of action which serves in brilliant contrast to the Doctor. The Doctor as we know will use a weapon and kill if need be, but he is ultimately a more cerebral hero, and more willing to try and find a peaceful solution.

The Brig and Jack are very much shoot first, ask questions later type of characters. Both Jack and the Brig also run organisations designed to track down extraterrestrial threats and know the Doctor through multiple lives too.

Sadly however they stopped Jack meeting the Doctor after 10 which now just kind of makes him a Russell T Davies thing.

The first thing I’d have done would have been to bring Jack back and make him a recurring character throughout 12’s time.

Okay so he missed 11 which I think was a great pity, but you could always have him meet 11 in the 60th anniversary special.

He really needed to come back for 12’s era in order to be a rite of passage for the new Doctors. You can miss one Doctor, like the Cybermen missed the Third Doctor (until the 5 Doctors) but once a characters missed two in a row, then I think they end up becoming more like the Sontarans instead, IE a fan favourite, but not something that every Doctor has to meet.

The great thing about Jack is that much like the Brig he’s a character you can bring back at any point. He doesn’t have to take over a story, his relationship with the Doctor, though it changes, is still always relatively stable. You can just bring him back and have him help the Doctor, shoot some badguys and that’s that.

I think you could continue to bring Jack back to encounter future Doctors after 12, despite the fact that the character is an immortal. For one thing John Barrowman is ageing well (he looks at least 20 years younger than he actually is.) Also Jack is still meant to age. He just does it very slowly. You could simply have set Jack’s stories set in the very far future when John looks far too old.

There would be a lot of value in bringing Jack back besides simply creating a wonderful new tradition for the show.

To start with he has a massive fanbase. In fact John Barrowman himself has a huge fanbase among mainstream audiences and genre fans outside of Doctor Who thanks to his roles in shows like Arrow and Desperate Housewives.

Even those who didn’t grow up with Jack might be interested in seeing Barrowman in the show.

Also I think Jack and 12 would have a great dynamic with each other. The thing about Jack is much like the Doctor he is an old soul trapped in a young man’s body. He has lived for thousands of years, endured unimaginable hardship and loss. Everything from his brother, to his soul mate, to his grandson!

Just like the 10th and 11th Doctors, Jack often puts on a cheery, youthful facade to cover up his pain. When he met 12 however who was no longer trying to cover up the fact that he was so old, Jack I feel could actually be himself more, and I think he and the Doctor would develop a much closer relationship than ever before as a result.

I would also like to see Jack meet other 12 era characters like Osgood for instance (John Barrowman and Ingrid Oliver were good friends in real life, so I think they would have a good dynamic.)

Overall I think they definitely missed a trick in not making Jack the new Brig of the show.

3/ Clara Oswald

Now we all know that I am not the biggest fan of Clara. For the record I do like Jenna Coleman and I liked her with Matt. She just wasn’t a good fit for Capaldi.

I would have kept Clara for one year with Peter to ease the transition and then dumped her.

I would have had Missy be revealed to be the Time Lord version of Clara that we saw in Name of the Doctor.

In The Name of the Doctor, Clara throws herself into the Doctors timestream which creates splinters of her all over time and space that save the Doctor from the Great Intelligence.

One of them is shown to live on Gallifrey and even tells the Doctor which TARDIS to steal.

I would have revealed that this version of Clara later regenerated into a new incarnation, (played by Michelle Gomez.) This version of Clara would then have been the woman in the shop who would have brought 11 and Clara together so that she could have been born.

Missy/Clara would later decide that she would still help the Doctor by downloading the minds of all the people the Doctor had failed to save on his journeys into a virtual heaven, though she would later go on to download the minds of good people from all over the universe into her matrix.

In order to power this matrix she would drain energy from a nearby star. The matrix on Gallifrey remember draws energy from the eye of harmony, a compacted star. Doing so however would have eventually caused the star that she was draining to eventually die, leading to the destruction of all the planets in its solar system.

Clara/Missy would have destroyed many solar systems this way, but she would view it as being worth it as all of the lives she destroyed in each solar system would be downloaded into her matrix.

Clara/Missy though having simply started out as wanting to help the Doctor would now see her cause as the greatest in the universe.

She would also create a virtual hell where she would download the minds of the most evil humans who ever lived. We could see plenty of past evil people like Solomon the Trader and Madame Kovarian being tortured in Missy’s hell.

The Doctor would find this out in the season 8 finale. The promised land would be the planet Missy had her Matrix on and therefore would have been the place the aliens in previous season 8 episodes would have been heading too.

The Doctor would be forced to work with aliens whose sun was being drained by Missy to shut down Missy’s matrix in order to save the countless worlds she would destroy to power it.

In a further twist, Danny Pink who would still die’s soul would be sent to Missy’s hell for the murder of the child he carried out in battle.

After the Matrix had been shut down and the souls released, Clara would decide to leave the Doctor, feeling that after seeing Missy she wanted to reconnect with her human side back on earth.

You could still have her pop up now and again as a recurring character like Martha. You could also have the Missy/Clara escape and be a foe for the Doctor. She would at first be furious that he had shattered her dreams, (particularly when she had done so much for him.) Later however she would forgive him and could work alongside him now and again.

I wouldn’t play up a romance between them, but you could have her slowly become his friend.

In my opinion this would have been the best option for many reasons. To start with I think the Time Lord Clara would have been a better role for Michelle Gomez. I’ve often said that Gomez would have been good as the Rani, and she would, but I think Clara would have been an even better role for her. It would have been more of a going against type part for Michelle.

Gomez is often cast as villains and over the top lunatics. The Time Lord version of Clara however would be a genuinely good character who believed that what she was doing was right and would later become a hero. Gomez would get a chance to do more than just “IIIII’MMMM CRAAAZZZZYYY!!!!”

Gomez said that her favourite year in the role was series 10 because she got to show more sides to Missy, such as her guilt and remorse. It was an all around excellent performance from Michelle, but I feel that it would have been better if they did that with Time Lord Clara than the Master.

4/ Other Companions

As regular readers of mine will know I really like Ingrid Oliver who plays Osgood and I had hoped for her to become the next companion after Clara. Having said that Bill played by Pearl Mackie turned out to be a perfectly charming companion in her own right, but more on that later.

Osgood I think would have been good choice for a number of reasons. Ingrid Oliver who plays her is a brilliant actress who really loves the show and would really I think throw herself into the role (well she pretty much already did in the limited time she was given.)

Peter Capaldi and Ingrid Oliver also had brilliant chemistry with each other. It was more natural because they could adopt a traditional father/daughter dynamic. As I’ve said before the problem with Clara and Capaldi was that they didn’t really have anywhere to go. They couldn’t go down the romance route as clearly as they did with Clara and 11, or 10 and Rose

They also couldn’t go down the classic father/daughter route, due to 11’s feelings for her. Finally Capaldi and Clara also couldn’t be just friends like say 11 and Amy, or 2 and Jamie as they didn’t really have anything in common with each other.

With Capaldi and Ingrid however you can see shades of Jo and Jon Pertwee, William Hartnell and Maureen O’Brien, and Sylvester McCoy and Ace even just in this little still. You have the bright young female companion in many ways being a surrogate figure for Susan to the Doctor.

Also I think the fact that Osgood admires the Doctor could be interesting if handled right.

I would tone down the cosplaying aspects. In fact I’d ditch them completely as soon as she boarded the TARDIS. I don’t like the meta aspects to Osgood’s character. Its never a good idea to have a character represent the fans.

I would however reveal that Osgood’s mother was the character called Laird from the 5th Doctor story Resurrection of the Daleks. Laird was a mousy scientist who worked for the military. Much like Osgood she was overly anxious and prone to panic and scream in tight situations but she was still brave when it mattered.

She is brutally gunned down by the Dalek agents when trying to flee from them. Now Laird to me looks exactly like Osgood and has the same personality too.

You can see the resemblance. In my opinion Laird is Osgood’s mother and it was Laird’s tragic death that inspired Osgood to follow in her footsteps. Osgood wanted to find out what it was that really happened to her mother (having not bought the cover up story) and eventually came to work for UNIT.

There she found out about the Daleks and the Doctor and came to admire the Doctor because he had done more than anyone else to fight the monsters that killed her mother.

I think this would be a good link to the classic era and it would also flesh out Osgood’s character. Think of what her reaction would be when she comes face to face with a Dalek!

Also you could later have Osgood learn that the Doctor spared the Daleks in Genesis and lose her faith in him somewhat as technically her mothers death would be his fault.

The other companion for 12 I would have accompany Osgood would be Journey Blue. Journey Blue was played by Zawe Ashton. She was a soldier who fought the Daleks in the far future as seen in the story Into the Dalek.

Now we didn’t see much of her character, but I’ve always thought she would have been a good candidate for a companion for a number of reasons.

First of all Zawe Ashton is a brilliant actress. Also I’ve always wanted a companion who had lived under the Daleks. It would help increase their menace as here we would have someone who’s family had been killed by them, who had spent years maybe in a Dalek camp and never known a life that wasn’t constant fighting, misery and pain because of them.

Also I think that Journey’s more aggressive, gun ho nature could put her at odds with 12, in a Brig, Jack kind of a way.

Finally I think that Journey would be a good choice opposite Osgood. At first glance both are totally different characters.

Osgood physically is a total wimp. She is also someone who believes in finding non violent solutions and shows compassion to even her former tormentors like her Zygon sister.

Furthermore Osgood is also a scientist who relies on her brains and resourcefulness to get out of tight situations.

Journey in contrast physically is very strong, fearless, uses weapons as a first option and having spent her life fighting against the Daleks is much more willing to kill.

Also in terms of their relationships to the Doctor they’re polar opposites. Osgood adores the Doctor, he also is very fond of her, and she’d be more willing to do what she was told, and build up his ego too kind of like Jo Grant and Vicki.

Journey however would definitely clash with him, question his authority more and might even do things her own way, much like the Brig sometimes did (such as at the end of the Silurians when he goes behind the Doctors back and slaughters the titular creatures.)

Also finally in terms of what they wanted to get out of travelling with the Doctor they’d be complete opposites.

Journey would be desperate to escape the horrible life she had fighting the Daleks, whilst Osgood would be desperate to explore other planets and times.

Things could be quite tense in the TARDIS with Journey and Osgood at first not liking each other. Osgood could disapprove of Journey’s violent methods, Journey could view Osgood as being a liability for being too weak and scared.

Still you could later have the two bond over losing their loved ones to the Daleks. I think you could have quite a good scene where Osgood shares with Journey the pain of losing her mother at such a young age, whilst Journey would tell Osgood of how her parents were killed, how she and her brother were among the few survivors of the Dalek invasion who were taken to live in the Dalek camps for years. They both would have suffered greatly with Journey doing all she could to protect him until they were eventually rescued when the Dalek camps were liberated, after which the two joined the resistance against the Daleks, before her brother was finally killed.

You’d then have the two bond over their suffering at the monsters hands, with Osgood coming to understand why Journey is the way she is, and Journey in turn coming to respect Osgood.

You also have Journey and 12’s relationship similarly improve too, with Journey by the end of her travels with the Time Lord coming to appreciate all of the great things she was able to see because of him.

For 12’s next companion after these two meanwhile, I’d have a character who came from the year 100 trillion. In Doctor Who it is established that humanity survives to the year 100 trillion and possibly becomes the last species left in the universe in the story Utopia.

I think it would be great to have a companion come from that time. Here we would have a companion who was eager to see a universe when it was young and healthy. Who could see planets like the earth that she had only heard about in ancient legends.

Imagine what her reaction would be at just seeing the earth during the day, having always scraped a living on a barren rock near the end of a universe that was slowly burning away into nothing!

I did not come up with this idea. I saw it on a forum (sadly I can’t remember who came up with it.) And I always thought it would have been a brilliant idea for a companion.

As for who could play this companion, well there are many actresses that I’d love to see in Doctor Who.

Jenny Hulse is a Scottish actress who I think is very underrated and would make a good choice for the companion to the Doctor.

(I am aware I have suggested a number of Scottish actors like Dawn Steele, Robert Carlyle and Jenny Hulse, but that’s not because I give two fucks about Scots representation. I simply know more obscure Scottish actors because I live here and I am exposed to Scottish forms of entertainment more. If I lived in England I’d know more local, obscure and underrated English actors too.)

Jenny Hulse, a very underrated actress who would have made an amazing companion to the Doctor.

Alison King is also a great actress too and would make a good companion. It might be more interesting to give the Doctor a more mature female companion. Barbara, Donna, Liz Shaw, and Romana 1 all represent a female companion who isn’t in awe of the Doctor as they are all much more mature.

Some people would say that these companions don’t work as well, as the younger audience prefers a younger companion they can identify with, but Barbara, Liz, Donna and Romana 1 were all very popular companions with both fans and the public.

To be honest though I’d be happy with Pearl Mackie. I suppose that’s one good thing about the Capaldi era is that it did give a number of lesser known actresses like Ingrid Oliver and Pearl Mackie a larger boost.

Pearl Mackie was a perfectly lovely companion. She was charming, funny, and had great chemistry with Capaldi. Also refreshingly whilst she was a strong and capable character in her own right she didn’t undermine him like Clara.

I did have some problems with how Bill was written however. I would have wanted Pearl Mackie to play the companion from the future and NOT Bill.

Bill though a likable character was ultimately yet another sassy, 21st century girl who works a boring job and wants to get away from it with the Doctor.

I really would have liked something new, like an alien, or at least someone from another time.

Also like many other fans I felt Bill’s sexuality and race was handled in quite a clumsy way. I have no problem with a gay character on tv. Furthermore I have no problem with a character constantly mentioning that they are gay either.

We get plenty of straight characters talking about their sexuality after all like say Joey on Friends, so why not have a gay character be unbelievably promiscuous like Joey?

It was more the way it was done. It felt like an obnoxious “I’m going to teach you plebs at home that gay people and black people matter too!” attitude from the writers.

The reason I think this was because, first of all Steven Moffat openly said that he cast Pearl Mackie for representation.

Steven Moffat Diversity

I really don’t think you need to cast anyone for the sake of representation anymore. Yes back in the 60’s when our society was racist, homophobic and sexist then it was important, but now I think the free market is the only fair way to judge it, though I 100 percent acknowledge that I did not always feel that way.

For the record I actually went through a tiny bit of an SJW phase in 2015. I always hated the idea of a female Doctor its true, but I felt after having been so hostile to the idea, and to the SJW’s criticism of Moffat that maybe I was being too harsh on them (added to that I was also more ignorant too and so I didn’t know that a lot of their complaints like the gender wage gap were bogus.)

So in 2015 I was open to things like representation, and women in refrigerators (I hypocritically said that Osgood’s death was sexist whilst praising the murder of Perdicus in Xena, even though they are both exactly the same. Steven Moffat should have kept her dead, much as I like Osgood just to piss people like me back then off!)

I also complained about sexualized images of female characters being harmful, and whilst I mostly defended him I did still think some of Steven Moffat’s work was a bit sexist too.

It was only during 2016 that I finally came to the conclusion that actually my initial reaction was right and the SJW’s complaints against Moffat (and in general) were completely bogus.

So with this in mind I think Moff might very well just be misguided and could actually come to regret some of the decisions he made with the show, RE pandering to the SJW’s, in years to come. Still whatever his reasons I think Moffat ultimately had the wrong attitude when casting Pearl Mackie.

Furthermore the character of Bill constantly went on about how she suffers bigotry and persecution too which is ridiculous. Okay there are still individual racists and homophobes, but come on here. What are the chances that a young, black, gay woman who works at a university, and hangs around with other 20 something young women would constantly endure racism and homophobia?

Whenever Bill would say she was gay, it wasn’t like it was just a natural fact of her character. It wasn’t like she’d just hit on a woman she thought was cute, or mention a woman she had a crush on, or even just be in a relationship with another woman.

Instead she would always have to sit down and explain to another character how she was gay and it would be presented as this big shocking thing of”OH MY GOD DO YOU PEOPLE AT HOME REALISE BILL IS GAY! I BET YOU’RE ALL SHOCKED AT THAT!”

Ultimately I think Bill reeked of being nothing but more SJW pandering which was a shame as Pearl Mackie was definitely one of the better companions in the series.

5/ The Master

The Doctors archenemy was probably the character who suffered the most after the Doctor himself during the Capaldi era (though he/she has some stiff competition from the Brigadier.)

Its a shame as I think that the Capaldi era could have marked a really good come back for the character.

We hadn’t seen him at that point for an entire Doctors era, so his return could have been a huge Earthshock style surprise.

Sadly by turning the Master into a woman they kind of ruined this. Everybody guessed that Missy (Mistress) was the Master from her first episode because of all the ridiculous hype about a female Doctor.

Missy is the Master According To Radio Times

If they had kept the character a man and brought him back at a later date however then they could have made his return a genuine surprise.

Worse however as I have been over before many times was the way that Steven Moffat threw everything about the character that made him interesting away.

His hatred of the Doctor, his insane lust for power and control, and his miserable cowardice, All gone and in its place was basically just a third rate River Song.

I think that during the Capaldi era, they should have first and foremost played up the Masters desire for power and control as his main motivation, rather than wanting to renew his “friendship” with the Doctor.

To me that’s always been the most fascinating aspect of his character. In those early Roger Delgado stories the Master could almost justify himself to the Doctor as he believed that when he ruled things would be better.

He argued that all the evil he was committing now actually was for the greater good and that the Doctor and the Time Lords were the real villains.

From his perspective the Doctor and the Time Lords had the power to help planets like the earth. They could with their advanced technology end all of their problems like disease, famine, poverty, and with their knowledge of the future they could avert catastrophic disasters like the Dalek Invasion and protect them from alien races such as the Cybermen by making sure they were advanced enough.

Yet the Time Lords just sit back and do nothing. The Doctor meanwhile helps out where he can, and so the Master at first has a bit more respect for him and even initially sees the Doctor as a potential ally. You can also see why the Doctor and the Master were friends back on Gallifrey with this in mind. Both were among the few members of their kind not content with just sitting back and doing nothing.

Ultimately however the Doctor does not believe in imposing his will on others. He will help those in need, but he will still let them choose their own destiny.

As a result of this the Doctor and the Master both come to view the other with even more contempt than either view the High Council.

Take a look at these quotes from spin off material and television stories with the Delgado Master to see what I mean. It amazes me that people often miss this great aspect of the character.

MASTER: Well? You waste time. I order you to kill him, Azal! 
AZAL: I command. I do not obey. 
MASTER: But I called you here and you came? 
AZAL: I answered your call because the time was come for my awakening. The time has come for the completion of the experiment or its destruction. 
MASTER: Then fulfill your mission by granting the ultimate power to me. Who else is there strong enough to give these humans the leadership they need? 
DOCTOR: I seem to remember somebody else speaking like that. What was the bounder’s name? Hitler. Yes, that’s right, Adolf Hitler. Or was it Genghis Khan? 
MASTER: Azal, I have the will. You yourself said so. 
AZAL: I am still not convinced. 
DOCTOR: I’m very pleased to hear it. 
AZAL: You wish to see this planet destroyed? 
DOCTOR: By no means. You see, I have an alternative. 
AZAL: State it. 
DOCTOR: Leave humanity alone. Just go. You’ve done enough harm. 
AZAL: We gave knowledge to man. 
DOCTOR: You certainly did. Thanks to you man can now blow up the world and he probably will. He can poison the water and the very air he breathes. He’s already started. He can 
AZAL: Enough! Is man such a failure then? Shall I destroy him? 
MASTER: No! A strong leader can force him to learn. 
AZAL: You are right. I have decided. I shall pass on my power. 
MASTER: O mighty Azal, I thank you. 
AZAL: But not to you. To him. 
DOCTOR: No! No, I don’t want it!

MASTER: That’s absolutely fascinating. The whole story is here. 
DOCTOR: Is it? Well, perhaps you’d be kind enough to explain it to me? 
MASTER: Well, this city was once the center of a great civilisation. 
DOCTOR: Yes, I had rather gathered that. 
MASTER: By genetic engineering, they developed a super-race. That priest we saw must be a remnant of it. 
DOCTOR: You deduced all that from these pictures? 
MASTER: Well, not exactly. I knew it already. The files of the Time Lords are very comprehensive. 
DOCTOR: Oh, so that’s more like it. You mean that you stole the information? 
MASTER: Well, it seemed an awful pity not to make use of it, you know? But of course that’s typical of the High Council of the Time Lords. Know everything, do nothing. 
DOCTOR: Tell me, why are you so interested in the history of this planet? 
MASTER: Well, this super-race developed a Doomsday Weapon. it was never used. 
DOCTOR: Why not? Super-weapons usually are eventually. 
MASTER: Who knows? Maybe it was due to a degeneration of the life strain. 
DOCTOR: I see. And so the super race became priests of a lunatic religion worshipping machines instead of gods. 
MASTER: So it would seem. 

DOCTOR: You’re going to use this weapon? 

MASTER: Not unless it’s absolutely necessary. Well, don’t you see, Doctor? The very threat of its use could hold the galaxy to ransom. 
MASTER: Doctor, why don’t you come in with me? We’re both Time Lords, we’re both renegades. We could be masters of the galaxy! Think of it, Doctor, absolute power! Power for good. Why, you could reign benevolently, you could end wars, suffering, disease. We could save the universe. 

JUDGE: Counsel for the defence may now cross examine the witness

THE MASTER: Thank you, your honour.

THE DOCTOR: Of all the infernal… You don’t mean to tell me he’s defending himself?

THE MASTER: Sadly, yes. Sir Roderick met with a most unfortunate accident.

THE DOCTOR: Yes… I’m quite sure that he did.

THE MASTER: Would the court please make note of the witness’s hostile attitude. The Doctor is a very old, and, may I say, a very dear aquaintance, but sometimes a little incautious and hot headed in his choice of language.

THE DOCTOR: I’m not hot headed, you scoundrel. 

THE MASTER: Do make a note of that.

THE DOCTOR: Now see here…

THE MASTER: I really think, Doctor, it may be best if you take a nice deep breath. I say this, speaking as a friend.

THE DOCTOR: I am no friend of yours!

THE MASTER: Indeed? The whole court has heard you give an impassioned speech asking for me to be shown clemency. Who but a friend would do that?

THE DOCTOR: A merciful man.

THE MASTER: A humane one?

THE DOCTOR: Yes.

THE MASTER: But it is these very humane humans of yours that wish to put me to death.

THE DOCTOR: Well… you’ve killed hundreds and tried destroy their planet half a dozen times.

THE MASTER: I dispute that last statement. I really must protest. I have not tried to destroy this planet. I will admit I have, perhaps encouraged regime change on several occasions.

THE DOCTOR: You admit it!

THE MASTER: The human race is not very advanced is it Doctor? They still, for example practise the death penalty.

THE DOCTOR: Yes…

THE MASTER: They regard all alien life as hostile and frequently wipe it out in their encounters with it.

THE DOCTOR: That is regrettable.

THE MASTER: You see, ladies and gentlemen of the court, please don’t take this amiss, but as a species you’re not experienced enough. You are likely to misconstrue the actions of other species simply because you cannot yet comprehend them. You may perceive our actions as a threat when really they are a benevolent attempt to bring you advancement. Would you not agree, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: I would not!

THE MASTER: So, when you brokered a peace treaty with the Silurians, what was the reaction of the human race?

THE DOCTOR: They, er, well, they blew them up.

THE MASTER: They destroyed an ancient civilisation? Dear me, hardly the action of an advanced species. Is it, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: No. No, on that I must agree. But humanity is… well… I mean, for a level 2 civilisation, they’re doing remarkably well.

THE MASTER: A level 2 civilisation! Would you care to define a level 2 civilisation?

THE DOCTOR: I’m not really sure I should.

THE MASTER: Come now, Doctor. You introduced it into evidence?

THE DOCTOR: Very well. A level 2 civilisation is one that has discovered elementary space travel, hydrocarbons, antibiotics and the principles of nuclear fission.

THE MASTER: A capital definition. And what do most level 2 civilisations do with the discovery of nuclear fission?

THE DOCTOR: They build power stations.

THE MASTER: But what, would you say, is the principal use made of it by humanity?

THE DOCTOR: Oh, that’s hardly fair. Its how humanity learns, they find a thing and their first use is always.

THE MASTER: Yes Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: In weapons. They make nuclear weapons.

THE MASTER: And how would such a development be viewed by, say, a level 3 civilisation?

THE DOCTOR: As barbaric. But..

THE MASTER: Barbaric! And tell me Doctor. What level is our own race?

THE DOCTOR: Ah, ah, well, a level 12 civilisation.

THE MASTER: So would you say you are more qualified to judge humanity’s actions than they are?

THE DOCTOR: Er…

THE MASTER: I’ll rephrase the question. Are they qualified to judge your actions?

THE DOCTOR: Certainly not.

THE MASTER: So are they qualified to judge me? All right let me put it to you. I stand here accused of being now what is it, ah yes under article 18B of the Emergency Powers Act of being of hostile origin or association, and of committing acts prejudicial to public safety. Doctor I dispute these allegations, and you are going to help me prove them false.

THE DOCTOR: I have absolutely no intention of helping you.

THE MASTER: Since arriving on this planet, would you not agree that I have revolutionised the efficiency of the plastics manufacturing industry?

THE DOCTOR: Yes, but

THE MASTER: Thank you. I’ll admit my methods were aggressive, but oh so human. And have I not also had remarkable results with the elimination of psychopathic tendencies in the criminal mind.

THE DOCTOR: Only by

THE MASTER: I’m afraid its a yes or no question.

THE DOCTOR: Yes, but

THE MASTER: And finally, did I not offer humanity a remarkable solution to its energy crisis?

THE DOCTOR: Fine, yes fine. But in every case

THE MASTER: I know, I know. My good intentions were rebuffed and misconstructed. Surely, however even you can agree with my actions in Devils End.

THE DOCTOR: Not in the slightest.

THE MASTER: Come now. Who better to sit in judgement on a level 2 civilisation than its creator, Azal of the Daemons. We can both see the mess this species is in. You can choose to do nothing. I tried, oh how I tried, and then when that failed, I appealed to Azal, hoping he could shape and reform it. Instead regrettably, he wrote the experiment off. Wasn’t that what happened, Doctor?

THE DOCTOR: Well… yes. If it hadn’t been for Miss Grant. You’re leaving out your actions on Uxarieus, where you tried to take control of.

THE MASTER: Where I attempted peacefully to adjudicate on a dispute between worthy pioneers and a legitimate mining concern. But I’m fairly certain Doctor that events on ther planets are outside the jurisdiction of this court, and should not be brought into play. 

THE DOCTOR: They prove that you want to play God.

THE MASTER: Merely to improve the existence of the common lot, I assure you. I am on this planet for its own good.

THE DOCTOR: If not the good of its population.

THE MASTER: Now, that is unfair, Doctor. I try my best. What more can anyone say? 

Later versions of the Master after Delgado would be portrayed as more vicious however.

I don’t think this was inconsistent. There was always a vicious side to Delgado, such as when he karate chops a man from the top of a tower in Terror of the Autons, and you can see this side slowly emerge towards the end of Delgado’s time too. Its also obvious that despite what he says about bringing order to the universe, he still regards all other life forms as lesser than him, hence why he is happy to sacrifice as many humans as possible in a petty feud with the Doctor.

The later Masters from Pratt to Simm simply represent this twisted side becoming more dominant due to other factors, such as whatever it is that leaves him more emaciated in The Deadly Assassin, and the Time War.

All post Delgado Masters are still always desperate for power over the galaxy, but they’ve dropped the supposedly altruistic reasons that the Delgado incarnation claimed.

Take a look at these quotes from all of the later Masters from the emaciated incarnation to Simm.

MASTER: Rassilon’s discovery, all mine. I shall have supreme power over the universe. 

MASTER: A turbulent time, Doctor, in Earth’s history. 
DOCTOR: Not one of its most tranquil, I agree. 
MASTER: A critical period. 
DOCTOR: You could say that. 
MASTER: Oh, I do. The beginning of a new era. 
PERI: Doctor, do you get his drift? 
DOCTOR: I’m afraid I do, Peri. 
PERI: He wants to pervert history. 
DOCTOR: Not that the Prince of Darkness here would see it as perversion. 
MASTER: Maudlin claptrap. The talents of these geniuses should be harnessed to a superior vision. With their help, I could turn this insignificant planet into a power base unique in the universe.
DOCTOR: And where will you take your toy next? 
MASTER: Does it matter? You’ll not be there to greet me. 
DOCTOR: I may not need to. You forget, Kamelion does have a mind of his own. 
MASTER: He obeys only my will. 
DOCTOR: Yes, but for how much longer? 
MASTER: For as long as I command it. Kamelion will not turn on me. 
DOCTOR: No? 
(The Doctor tries to change Kamelion, and fails. The Master laughs.) 
MASTER: You’re getting old, Doctor. Your will is weak. It’s time you regenerated. 
DOCTOR: You won’t win, not ultimately. 
MASTER: You’re mistaken. With Kamelion’s unique ability at my command, it’s only a matter of time before I undermine the key civilisations of the universe. Chaos will reign, and I shall be its emperor. 
DOCTOR: Earth is a primitive planet. You won’t succeed so easily elsewhere. 
MASTER: Where I cannot win by stealth, I shall destroy. That way I cannot fail to win. 

MASTER: Tomorrow, they launch. We’re opening up a rift in the Braccatolian space. They won’t see us coming. It kind of scary. 
DOCTOR: Then stop. 
MASTER: Once the Empire is established, and there’s a new Gallifrey in the heavens, maybe then it stops.

MASTER: My masterpiece, Doctor. A living Tardis, strong enough to hold the paradox in place, allowing the past and the future to collide in infinite majesty. 
DOCTOR: But you’re changing history. Not just Earth, the entire universe. 
MASTER: I’m a Time Lord. I have that right. 

Really it isn’t until Missy that the Masters desire for power is completely dropped with Missy giving up the chance for ultimate power (an indestructable army of Cybermen) outright saying that she doesn’t need an army. “Armies are for people that think they’re right dear”. That’s the opposite of Delgado actually being able to make Pertwee doubt that he is in the right!

I would have returned to the Master thinking that his evil is for a greater good in Capaldi’s time which would make more sense after Simm’s incarnation.

When we last saw the Master he came to realise just how evil he had become when he faced down Rassilon who had implanted the drums in his head (which in Davies time at least contributed to his madness.)

Now it can be debated as to whether or not the Master wanted to help the Doctor or just get revenge on Rassilon, but at the very least it cannot be denied that the villain for the first time demonstrated some self awareness here.

Look at what he says “You did this to me. All of my life. YOU MADE ME!” So clearly even he regrets what a monster he has become, and wishes that his entire life would have gone differently.

It would have been interesting if they continued this in the next Masters characterisation.

The next Master having realised how far he had fallen would have been desperate to redeem himself. Sadly however as we have seen, being a good guy in the Masters mind would be trying to bring order to the universe.

The Masters relationship with the Doctor would also change as a result too. The Master would now view the Doctor as an obstacle he had to get rid of, but didn’t care as much about as he felt he had wasted too much time in his previous lives feuding with him.

The Doctor ironically would be more desperate than ever to destroy the Master meanwhile.

To start with this would make most sense for 12. As we have been over, just before the end of 11 the Doctor was nearing a stage where he wanted to finally be rid of his oldest enemies.

I can imagine 12 would be the most devastated of all to find out that the Master had survived and was still out there after having been rid of him for over 1100 years!

Also as the rest of the Time Lords are now back he would feel no desire to help the Master anymore.

Finally as the Doctor had last seen the Master seemingly give up his life to stop Rassilon then he would be even more disgusted with the Master for reverting back to being the villain.

He’d have the attitude of “Okay you had your chance to change. You saw just how far you’d fallen, I’d shown you ridiculous mercy that you didn’t deserve as David Tennant, and even then you’re still an asshole. Enough’s enough“.

People always go on about how the Doctor would never kill the Master because he loves him, but that is bullshit.

Thing is in Classic Who the Doctor was almost always willing to kill the Master. There were a few instances where the Doctor didn’t want to kill the Master because he was unarmed, simply because he never kills enemies when they are unarmed.

The same was true of Davros in Resurrection, but it doesn’t mean he had any affection for him.

I feel that so many fans (including Steven Moffat) often get the Doctor and the Master’s relationship completely wrong.

Steven Moffat goes as far as to say that Delgado and Pertwee NEVER played it as enemies, and that they were always friends.

He seems to have been watching a different show to me?

DOCTOR: I still don’t see why you want to help them. What can you possibly gain? 
MASTER: The pleasure of seeing the human race exterminated, Doctor. The human race of which you are so fond. Believe me, that’ll be a reward in itself. 

JO: But I don’t see why you’re so upset. If you give him (the Master) back the circuit and he hands over the missile 
DOCTOR: You just don’t understand, do you, Jo? Once he gets that circuit back he’s free to roam through time and space. We’d never catch him. 
JO: Then you’ll just have to give in. The Master’s got the missile and all we’ve got is this wretched machine. 
DOCTOR: Jo, will you stop stating the obvious. What did you say? 
JO: I said all we’ve got is this machine. 
DOCTOR: Well, that’s it. That’s the answer. We’ve got the machine and we’ve got our friend, Barnham. 
JO: I don’t understand. 
DOCTOR: With a little help from you, old chap, we can destroy this machine and the Master at the same time.

MASTER: (After the Doctor attempted to trap him in a place that was about to blow up) Ah Doctor I was afraid you’d be worried about me, so I thought I’d let you know that I’m alive and well.

DOCTOR: I’m extremely sorry to hear that!

DOCTOR: Well, I didn’t actually see him fall, you know. I was quite busy. 
ENGIN: Oh, but if by some miracle he survived the fall into that chasm, he was dying anyway. 
DOCTOR: There was a good deal of power coming out of that monolith, and the Sash would have helped him to convert it. 
SPANDRELL: Are you suggesting he survived? 
DOCTOR: No, no, I hope not, Spandrell. And there’s no one else in all the galaxies I’d say that about. The quintessence of evil.

I’m not saying that the Doctor and the Master were never friends. They had once been friends, but now they were the bitterest of enemies as their ideologies had driven them apart.

Colony in Space really marks the final end of their friendship. Here it becomes obvious that the two will never be on the same wavelength as one seeks total control, whilst the other simply wants to explore.

From then on the Master sees the Doctor as a threat and wants rid of him, but the more the Doctor foils him, and the more his killing genuinely is for nothing, the further the Master is pushed down a dark path until he becomes a total monster consumed with hatred for the Doctor.

They were never friends who wanted to reconnect. The closest they came to that was in New Who with Tennant. Even then however this can be attributed to the fact that the Doctor simply wants to save the only other existing Time Lord. (I might add as well that Simm NEVER wanted to reconnect with Tennant. He always wanted to torture and kill him. He actually died just to spite him!)

So I definitely don’t think that its ever a good idea to make the Doctor and the Master still want to be friends as it ends up undermining both characters. The Master is undermined as before as seen in stories like The Mind of Evil the Doctor wanted to kill him, but he escaped. A big problem with any recurring villain is that they have to lose, but in the Masters case I don’t think that applies quite as much.

Yes the Master fails in his plan to take over the earth, but at the same time the Doctor is never able to finish him off either despite wanting to most of the time.

Furthermore the Doctor isn’t even ever able to imprison him or stop him from causing more death and destruction. So neither really wins completely.

That of course is all thrown out the window when the Doctor never wants to kill the Master. Now the Master only survives because the Doctor goes easy on him and this in turn greatly undermines the Doctor as a hero as he wants to be friends with someone that has killed trillions of innocent people.

CLARA: Doctor. You sent Missy your confession dial.
DOCTOR: Well, we’ve known each other a long time. She’s one of my own people.
CLARA: My point is, we both saw her die on Earth, ages ago. And obviously you knew that wasn’t real. Or worse, hoped it wasn’t. Either way, I think you’ve been lying.
DOCTOR: I’m sorry.

How can anybody not view that as a come down for the Doctor and the Master from The Mind of Evil where the Doctor wanted to kill the Master to stop him from hurting anyone else, and the Master not only survived his attempt on his life, but phoned him up to rub it in!

The explanation they gave as to why the Doctor went out of his way to help Missy was the Doctor felt she was the only person who was like him.

DOCTOR: I pick a scenario, we drop her down into it, and we see how she does. 
BILL: How does that work? 
DOCTOR: Ah. We just take the Tardis for a spin and we graze for distress calls. We pick a good one. Our usual Saturday. 
(Bill drops the potatoes into the deep fat fryer pan.) 
BILL: And what if she just walks out and slaughters everyone just for a laugh? 
DOCTOR: Well, I will be monitoring you the whole time. 
BILL: Me? 
DOCTOR: Yes. You and Nardole. You can be her companions. See? 
BILL: Ah, nah! Forget it. Absolutely no way. 
DOCTOR: Nardole agreed. 
NARDOLE: No, I didn’t. 
DOCTOR: You did in my head, which is good enough for me. 
BILL: Why do you want to do this? 
DOCTOR: She’s my friend. She’s my oldest friend in the universe. 
BILL: Well, you’ve got lots of friends. Better ones. What’s so special about her? 
DOCTOR: She’s different. 
BILL: Different how? 
DOCTOR: I don’t know. 
BILL: Yes, you do. 
DOCTOR: She’s the only person that I’ve ever met who’s even remotely like me. 
BILL: So more than anything you want her to be good? 

But that’s shit. Hey Doctor what about this woman?

I don’t know she was a friend who was like you Doctor? And she wasn’t a sadistic, mass murdering genocidal psychopath either!

I’m not saying you can never explore the friendship aspect of the Doctor and the Masters relationship, but I think it needs to be from a, its sad that they were once so close angle.

Like Lex Luthor and Clark Kent in Smallville. They start out like brothers, but once Lex crosses a certain line and you know, starts killing people, and harming his friends like Chloe, and Lana, then that’s that!

Ironically this line from Death in Heaven I think sums up the two’s relationship really well.

I had a friend once. We ran together when I was little. And I thought we were the same. But when we grew up, we weren’t. Now, she’s trying to tear the world apart, and I can’t run fast enough to hold it together.”

That’s really the angle they should have gone down. Its okay to give the Doctor feelings of regret for how the Master turned out, but I don’t think that you should ever have the Doctor want to reconnect with the villain.

I think it would have been great if the Master had actually underestimated the Doctor. Thinking he had gone soft after 10 showed such mercy to him, and then being quite shocked when after he did something horrible, 12 shoved him up against a wall, choked him and said that he would never put him before humanity.

Another aspect of the Masters character that I think should always be portrayed is his manipulative streak.

That’s another part of what makes him so fascinating is the way he is able to twist the minds of those around him. Whilst the Master would often play on people’s greed such as Goth and Kassia, he was also capable of tricking decent people too and turning them into monsters. Hell there were times where he was even able to make the Doctor help him unknowingly he was so crafty.

TRENCHARD: You’ve attacked a government employee, and tried to harm a prisoner under my care and protection. 
DOCTOR: I’ve done no such thing. The Master knocked that guard out himself, as you very well know. 
TRENCHARD: And as for this UNIT pass of yours, I believe it’s a forgery. 
(Trenchard rips up the UNIT 10 pass.) 
DOCTOR: That’s absolute rubbish. Anybody at UNIT headquarters will vouch for me, if you’ll permit me to use the telephone. 
TRENCHARD: Prisoners are not allowed to make telephone calls. 
DOCTOR: Colonel Trenchard, why are you allowing the Master to use you like this? 
TRENCHARD: All right, take him away. 
DOCTOR: Look, you’re jeopardising your entire career. 
TRENCHARD: I have nothing further to say to you. The interview is over. 
DOCTOR: Didn’t anybody else warn you about the Master?

TRENCHARD: I can’t keep it up, you know. The lies I’ve told. How long before that device of yours is ready? 
MASTER: Oh, just a few hours now. 
TRENCHARD: What is exactly is it? 
MASTER: It’s a perfect replica of the communications device used by the enemy agents. We are going to use it to lure them into a trap. 
TRENCHARD: I only hope it works. If it doesn’t, I’m for it, you know? 
MASTER: Oh, it’ll work. Don’t you worry about that. Just think of it, Trenchard. You will be responsible for exposing some of the most dangerous saboteurs this country has ever known. I think you’ll find that a grateful government will give you anything that you ask for. 
TRENCHARD: Oh, don’t want any reward, of course. Just doing my duty. 
MASTER: Yes, of course. I’d better get back to my quarters. 

HART: Doctor! 
(He has spotted Trenchard’s body.) 
HART: I don’t understand why. 
DOCTOR: The Master had no further use for him, that’s why. 
HART: But why did he help the Master in the first place? 
DOCTOR: What would you say was Trenchard’s strongest characteristic? 
HART: Oh, I don’t know. Patriotism, I suppose. 
DOCTOR: Exactly. And the Master used that patriotism as a weapon.

MASTER: You there. You were in the lane smashing machinery. 
JACK: Right, never mind the machinery, what’s thou doing here? 
GREEN: That’s easy. He’s one of brainy ones arrived early for this meeting. 
JACK: Aye, come to rob us of our jobs. 
MASTER: Hold hard. I intend you no harm. 
RUDGE: Talks funny, don’t he? Hold hard? This hard enough? 
(He threatens the Master with a large stone.) 
MASTER: Imbeciles. Are you incapable of using your brains? What advantage do you think that’d bring you? You let the man you should have destroyed go free. 
JACK: I did? What’s tha on about? 
MASTER: In the lane. He pretended to help you. Help? He’s a friend of Stephenson’s, an inventor. He’s here to mechanise the mine. 
GREEN: Does tha know what he’s getting at, Jack? 
JACK: Aye, he’s just trying to save his own skin. 
MASTER: Ask him. Ask him why he’s trying to take the bread out of your mouths. 
LAD: We’ll do more than that! Where is he, dost tha know? 
MASTER: He’s gone into the pit. 
(The young man rushes the barred gate.) 
MASTER: Let me. You can’t mistake him, he’s mean looking. 
(The Master uses a sonic lance to burn the iron bar on the inside of the gate.) 
MASTER: Wears yellow trousers and a vulgarly coloured coat. But go carefully, he’s treacherous. 
(The men run into the pit. The Master stays outside.)

LUCY: How should I know? 
VIVIEN: But I’ve got plenty of research on you. Yes, good family, Roedean, not especially bright but essentially harmless. And that’s why I’m asking you, Lucy. I am begging you. If you have seen anything, heard anything, even the slightest thing that would give you cause to doubt him? 
LUCY: I think 
VIVIEN: Yes? 
LUCY: There was a time when we first met, I wondered. But he was so good to my father, and he said. 
VIVIEN: What? Just tell me, sweetheart. 
LUCY: The thing is, I made my choice. 
VIVIEN: I’m sorry? 
LUCY: For better or for worse. Isn’t that right, Harry? 
MASTER: My faithful companion. 

GALLEIA: You’re a man who knows what he wants, Lord Master. 
MASTER: And takes it. 
GALLEIA: You want the crystal? 
MASTER: I am going to possess it. 
GALLEIA: Not without my consent. 
MASTER: Of course not. But I am confident that you will give it. 
GALLEIA: Why should I help you? 
MASTER: For the sake of Atlantis, Lady. Would you not see her restored to her former glory? Rich, powerful, magnificent among the nations of the world? Who would not be ruler of such a country? 
GALLEIA: Nothing must happen to Dalios. 
MASTER: Why should it? He will rule for many years, the beloved sovereign of a beloved prosperous people. 
GALLEIA: But surely you would want to 
MASTER: Well, purely because of Lord Dalios’ great age, it might be well if he were relieved of some of the more onerous duties of kingship. But the reins of power, Lady Queen, should be in stronger hands. Hands such as yours. 
GALLEIA: And yours? 
MASTER: It would be a pleasure to serve you. And then, when the end comes for Dalios, as it must come for all men, then perhaps? 
GALLEIA: The crystal shall be yours.

DOCTOR: Then satisfy my curiosity now. Are they indeed alive, or are they dead like King Dalios? 
GALLEIA: The King is unharmed. 
DOCTOR: The King is dead, Madame. 
JO: It’s true. We were there when he died this morning. 
GALLEIA: You were there? You saw him? Is this true? Is this true? Is the lord Dalios, your King, no longer alive? Answer me. 
MASTER: He died this morning. He was an old man. 
DOCTOR: And you were responsible for his death! 
GUARD: Quiet! 
GALLEIA: You promised                                                                                                        MASTER: I promised you power, and you shall have it. Power to realise your most ambitious dreams!
GALLEIA: You promised he should not be harmed!
MASTER: He was an old man. And he was stubborn!

THE DOCTOR: You intend to escape.

THE MASTER: Oh why bother? Someone will come for me. After the last war, both the Russians and the Americans snapped up Hitlers rocket designers. You have made me famous. I owe you a great debt, Doctor. The finest criminal mind on the planet. Didn’t your friend the Brigadier have trouble avoiding my extradition to… well, lets start with Geneva, New York, Moscow. Correct?

THE DOCTOR: Yes.

THE MASTER: In fact, that’s why this fine example of British justice is being beamed into the offices of every state leader around the world. Isn’t it?

THE DOCTOR: You’ve certainly brought a lot of attention to yourself. You always were a conceited show-off.

THE MASTER: Thank you, Doctor. Tell me — when you find a piece of alien weaponry lying about, what do you do with it? Do you hand it over to the Brigadier?

THE DOCTOR: Certainly not. I deactivated those fusion mines you left for me. They could have blown up an entire country.

THE MASTER: Indeed. An amusing little toy. I can rig up something similar in a trice. I really must thank you for proving my point so neatly, Doctor. You really should have arranged for my deactivation when you had the chance. You’ve just reminded everyone watching that I am the most valuable weapon in the world. And I very much look forward to doing business with all of you.No further questions.

THE DOCTOR: Now see here!

THE MASTER: No further questions! 

Personally I’m not keen on the Master just being a shouting, screaming lunatic. He’s at his best when he is turning people against the Doctor or sitting like a spider on someone’s shoulder spitting poison in their ear.

Finally as for who I would have liked to see play the Master in the Capaldi era, well as I have said before, Robert Carlyle I think would have been the best choice opposite Peter Capaldi.

Carlyle is a similar type of actor to Peter. Both are older, Scottish, known for playing angry, violent, often villainous characters and so you could continue the idea of the Master being like a dark twin of the Doctor that they had explored in Tennant’s time with Simm.

Also Carlyle I can see perfectly capturing the villains sneaky, manipulative, yet affably evil side as seen in this clip here.

You can see shades of the Classic era Master there. The magnificent bastard that’s able to dupe everyone around him, even the main hero and always manages to get scott free away with all the heinous things he has done.

At the same time however Carlyle is also brilliant at playing psychopaths too. Most of his career has been spent playing crazy bastards!

Carlyle thus I think could every now and again show us how the twisted crazy side of the villain as seen with the Simm Master and Ainley Master wasn’t completely away. Deep down despite the new more charming facade he was still a hateful, vicious sociopath.

Its sad that Peter Capaldi ironically despite being in more stories with the Master than any other Doctor never actually got a chance to face the Master. A sneaky manipulative, power mad villain who could turn anybody (including even the Doctors companions loved ones) against him.

The closest Capaldi got to a proper Master confrontation where his few moments with John Simm at the start of The Doctor Falls. If you ignore Missy or pretend she’s just the latest person he’s duped like Galia, then that’s actually a brilliant Master/Doctor confrontation when the two are on the rooftop.

Simm’s Master is completely in character with the others. There’s his petty hatred of the Doctor (to the point where he spent 10 years with Bill just to fuck her over to hurt the Doctor.) His insane lust for power over the Mondasians, and even his love of disguises.

Also Capaldi gets a chance to be more heroic as he is genuinely enraged at the Master after he’s hurt his friend and not you know snogging him! Sadly however Simm and Capaldi didn’t get enough scenes together, and Missy also weighed the episode down.

Not because of Michelle Gomez whose performance in The Doctor Falls was fine (though it still was NOT the Master in any way shape or form), but the idea of the Master wanting to shag himself turned it into a total comedy.

Still at least this episode gave us a glimpse of what a proper Capaldi/Master confrontation could have been like.

6/ The Daleks

My favourite villains. The Daleks have been used less frequently in the Capaldi era than in those of previous New Who Doctors like Matt Smith and David Tennant.

Now I do understand why Moffat did this. A lot of fans were complaining that the Daleks had been horribly overused in New Who and were actually glad that they were given a rest.

Now this is just personal taste I freely admit. Its not like the Master where I feel objectively they made a mistake, as they threw out his entire characterisation and only cast a woman for PC posturing.

Still I do think that the Daleks actually should have been the main villains of Capaldi’s time. Not only did they play off of him arguably better than any other villain, but there was also a lot of scope for interesting stories with the monsters in his time due to the search for Gallifrey story arc (well that is if they had gone down that route.)

First of all I think they should have tried to give the monsters a story arc in the Capaldi era. In my opinion its always better when the monsters have a story arc, as that justifies them returning in the eyes of the viewer.

Take a look at the Davies era. People wanted to see the Daleks show up every year, because each Dalek story would end with a tease for the next one, where one or more of the monsters had clearly escaped; leaving viewers eager to find out what happened to it.

Similarly from 1975 on there was the Davros story arc too which sometimes ended with a tease for the next story, such as Davros being frozen at the end of Destiny of the Daleks.

To me the Daleks are at their worst when they are just brought back for the sake of it. You can see this in the Matt Smith and Jon Pertwee era’s. Now I am not saying I dislike the Dalek stories from those eras. Day of the Daleks in particular is a classic, but still you can tell how the Daleks are kind of aimless in 3 and 11’s time.

Its not like the 60’s where there was no story arc, but the monsters were so fresh it didn’t matter. In the 60’s ideas that are cliches and staples of Doctor Who nowadays like the monsters invading earth, or travelling in time were exciting new ideas.

In later era’s I feel that its better to develop a story arc with them, or else it does just feel like “hey lets have the Daleks again”. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a good story with them like Asylum or Day, but a story arc gives them more of a purpose.

Now in 12’s time there was a potential for 3 great story arcs with the Daleks. I would have liked to have seen more with the Daleks war with the alliance of planets in the future as seen in Into the Dalek, the Daleks trying to stop the Doctor from finding Gallifrey, and finally Rusty the Dalek who hates other Daleks.

All 3 of these story arcs could have been woven together in quite an interesting way. You could have had the horrors the Doctor witnesses with the Alliance’s war against the Daleks perhaps convince him that the Time Lords should return to destroy the Daleks, with Rusty being the Doctor and humanity’s ally in the war against the Daleks too.

Incredibly enough we have never actually had a story that focuses solely on a war with the Daleks, apart from Into the Dalek (even then the focus was really on can you have a good Dalek or not?).

Most Dalek stories involve the Doctor trying to stop the Daleks from waging a war like Frontier in Space, or Planet of the Daleks, or they will deal with the after effects of a full scale war like in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and Day of the Daleks where humanity has already been conquered, or they’ll be little low key events set on some remote location like Death to the Daleks, The Chase, Asylum of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks or Dalek.

Sure we’ll see plenty of invasions like The Parting of the Ways, Doomsday and Journey’s End, but even then I wouldn’t really call those Dalek wars. The humans (and the Cybermen) have absolutely no chance against them. Its really just a massacre.

I suppose the closest we see to this is in the 50th anniversary story, which revolved around the Time War. Even then however the Daleks are barely in the story.

Really I’d like to see an adventure that’s set in the middle of a huge conflict with the Daleks that has been going on for years, maybe even centuries, and that has seemingly no end in sight.

Personally I think this would have been an interesting avenue to explore as we could see things that have only ever really been talked about before. Like how the Daleks are so destructive other races will often be forced to go to such drastic measures to bring them down, like the Time Lords who ended up becoming monsters during the Time War.

Also a story arc around a Dalek war could get round another one of the monsters problems that they always have to lose.

You could have one story where humanity loses many planets to the Daleks in the war, with even the Doctor failing to stop them. At the end things would look bleak, but humanity would still have a fighting chance against the monsters which could be continued in the next story.

You could even have the Doctor and humanity lose in several stories in a row, before finally pushing the Daleks back, and even then they wouldn’t wipe the Daleks out, just drive them back from completely destroying humanity, and there would still be hundreds of planets under their rule with there being nothing that could be done to help those worlds.

You’d play up what’s really scary about the Daleks that they are a swarm across the universe. You can stop them taking over one planet, but all you’ve done is set them back a bit. There are still hundreds, thousands of planets across the universe that are suffering under their rule.

Planets who have with rich histories, advanced cultures, who could have gone on to do great things, who’ve now been extinguished forever and the Doctor will never know anything of them, never mind be able to save them.

Also a story line about a war with the Daleks could allow you to explore all of the main 4 interpretations of the Daleks.

As I have written about extensively before, there have really been 4 writers who have created their own interpretation of the Daleks, Terry Nation, David Whitaker, Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies.

Terry Nation tended to use the monsters as metaphors for the very worst of humanity. His main inspiration was primarily the Nazis but as I have pointed out in the past you can draw disturbing parallels between the Daleks actions in Nation’s stories and those of other real life monsters like General Chivington.

At the same time however somewhat paradoxically, Nation also made the monsters more genuinely alien than anyone else. His Daleks had no human qualities whatsoever. They didn’t understand what pity was, they were unable to comprehend basic human concepts and ideas like compassion, or love. They were not only totally alien, but completely malevolent as well.

David Whitaker meanwhile made the monsters more manipulative. In contrast to Nation’s Daleks who couldn’t understand any human emotions, Whitaker’s Daleks knew human beings inside out and were able to play on their every strength and weakness to their own advantage.

Russell T Davies meanwhile made the Daleks far more badass than ever before. His Daleks were practically gods. They had fought in a war with the Time Lords beyond our comprehension, and they were a thing absolutely everyone was terrified of returning as they knew no one could ever hope to stand against them.

Davies’ Daleks also were responsible for the greatest tragedies in the Doctors life too. From the loss of his people, to the loss of Ross and Donna, to the 9th Doctors death, the Daleks are behind them all. RTD loved the Daleks and so during his time no enemy could match them in terms of power, hurting the Doctor, and being the enemy that the Doctor hated. It was a golden age for the monsters.

Finally Moffat I feel added a somewhat more sadistic element to the Daleks. Its true that the Daleks were always hateful little monsters, but in the Moffat era they seemed to go out of their way to torture their victims, and the fates they inflicted on them were often far worse than ever before.

Like take a look at Tasha Lem. Its established that they could have just drained all of the knowledge they needed out of her mind no problem, but instead they decided to torture her to death, and then revive her, and then torture her to death again for possibly for centuries!

The Dalek puppets though quite cartoony on the surface are actually among the most horrific ideas ever introduced into Doctor Who. They are people who have been gutted out and then turned into the living dead, doomed to serve the Daleks forever.

What’s worse however is that the Daleks can bring the puppets back to life again, and wipe their memory of being killed, before killing them again! We see this with the red haired woman used to lure 11 into a trap in Asylum, who actually thinks the Doctor can help her daughter, who has probably been dead for years, maybe even centuries. Even more disturbing however is that the Dalek Puppets memories of their previous death is restored just before they die again too.

Also finally Moffat would often have the Daleks win against the Doctor too.

Although its not intentional this 2013 recreation of a classic scene from the Hartnell era, actually represents the 4 different takes on the Daleks there have been over the years. The first Dalek is from Evil of the Daleks a David Whitaker story, the grey Daleks were featured in many Nation stories like Genesis, Planet and Destiny of the Daleks. The bronze Daleks were obviously the main model introduced in RTD’s time, and finally the Yellow Eternal Dalek was part of the new Dalek paradigm introduced in the Moffat era.

Now in the war of the Daleks story arc I feel you could incorporate all of these brilliant interpretations of the Daleks.

To start with you could draw parallels between the war with the Daleks and other wars in human history like Nation used to do. I think it would be interesting if you showed other alien races that normally despised humanity actually become humanity’s allies  because they realised that the Daleks were worse.

Throughout history we have seen many warring nations and people be brought together for this very reason.

In World War 2 the USA and Russia, two great powers who would spend the next 50 years in conflict with each other, still came together because they realised that the Nazis were a greater threat. The Nazis planned to take over the entire world and to exterminate entire sections of humanity. If you were gay, Jewish, disabled etc. You couldn’t just live under the Nazis as a slave or a second class citizen. You’d be killed right away.

Similarly in the middle east right now we have seen various groups who normally dislike one another band together to stop ISIS and Al-Qaeda.

Christians, secular Muslims, even homosexual men have willingly fought for President Assad against ISIS despite the fact that he has outlawed homosexuality (and is in his own right a brutal dictator.) At the very least homosexuals, Christians and secular Muslims can actually live under Assad, where as ISIS and the other Islamic extremists would butcher them all.

We Don’t Have Rights But We Are Alive

I would play up a similar dilemma with the Daleks. You’d have humanity be forced to work with many old enemies, ruthless, pitiless conquerors, genuinely evil monstrous aliens who would normally be the villain in any other Doctor Who story.

I think this story arc would continue the way that Nation often used the Daleks and the struggle against them as real life metaphors for people’s battles against fascism and hatred,

The first Dalek story represents why you should never try and appease people like the Daleks who hate you simply for who you are.

The second Dalek story The Dalek Invasion of Earth represents how people react when being forced to live under fascism, with some simply giving up and only looking out for themselves, others using it to their advantage, others collaborating with the fascists, and others simply do not give up and keep on fighting regardless of how much the odds are against them.

This story arc meanwhile would represent the drastic measures people have to go to to stop an evil like the Nazis and ISIS. Its not always just a simple case of black and white even when dealing with the likes of the Nazis. We had to ally with Joseph Stalin, one of the most evil men in history to bring down Hitler.

The story arc would also represent why an evil like ISIS or the Nazis or the Daleks that seeks to exterminate everyone that doesn’t fit in with their idea of the master race will always fail, because it will bring everyone together against it.

Finally this would also tie into part of why the 4th Doctor spared the Daleks in Genesis. He says that many races will become allies due to their mutual hatred of the Daleks, and even says that out of the Daleks evil will come something good.

You could finally show that here. Many races including humanity, who may have been on the verge of wiping each other out will now work together to try and maintain the peaceful collaboration that ironically the Daleks had created the foundations for.

I’d love to see a scene when the Daleks were finally pushed out of the Milky Way Galaxy and all the different races celebrated. It would be like the recent victory over Aleppo or VE day. Even though none of the problems the allies had before would have gone away, and things would be far from fine, they still couldn’t contain their joy at the absolute worst enemy any of them had ever faced finally being destroyed.

Whilst the evil of the Daleks would be used as a metaphor for the evil of humanity, at the same time however just as Nation did, I’d have liked to have actually seen them act in a  totally alien way.

I think a problem with the Daleks in New Who is that they are far too human. We’ve had Daleks become religious fanatics, Daleks with names and a sense of humour, crazy Daleks, Daleks with a parliament and a concept of beauty and many good guy Daleks too.

It would have been nice if I think the Daleks went back to being more alien like Nation had envisioned them. You could highlight that in their dealings with their human enemies by showing how humanity are unable to understand the Daleks, predict what their next move is, and also how the Daleks are unlike anything they have ever faced before.

I also feel that the war story arc could give you scope to show a more manipulative side to the Daleks too just like in the David Whitaker era.

You could do a story where the Daleks are able to cut a deal with one of humanity’s allies, a truly ruthless race who were always the most reluctant and who would think that they could play the Daleks and the humans against one another and emerge in the aftermath, only for the Daleks to play them and split the alliance into pieces.

I also think it would be interesting to do a story where when humanity was on the verge of defeat, the Daleks use them to lay a trap for the Doctor (who they would be even more determined to destroy because he was the only hope for the Time Lords.)

The Daleks and the desperate humans deal would be that the Daleks would spare certain colonies if the humans called on the Doctor (who would be working with the humans regularly to the point where he had given them something to summon him like he did with UNIT.)

The humans would then be desperate to do the Daleks dirty work for them, and the Doctor would have to fight both humans and Daleks working together to escape.

Having the Daleks manipulate the humans I don’t think would contradict making them alien. It could actually add to the fear factor as here the Daleks though completely different would know everything about us, whilst we knew nothing about them.

At the same time the you could also have Russell T Davies style Dalek moments as well that showed how unstoppable the Daleks were. One story could end with the Doctor and humanity failing to save one of the alien races they had allied with. These aliens home world would be closer to the Daleks area of space and therefore harder to defend. The Doctor and humanity however would make one last ditch effort to help them, only to fail miserably.

The story would end with the Daleks invading and completely and utterly destroying the aliens home world. We’d see hordes of them as we regularly did in the Davies era flying through the air, killing everything in sight.

Those were always the best moments in the Davies era Dalek stories like in The Parting of the Ways and Doomsday. We’d see the Daleks slowly march their way towards their enemies who would throw absolutely everything they had at them only for it not to make the slightest bit of difference. They literally wouldn’t even kill one Dalek. At most they’d slow them down a bit.

When the Daleks attacked the aliens homeworld you’d definitely try and emulate scenes like these, and have all of the aliens weaponry not even make a dent in one Dalek as the monsters mowed down everything in sight.

The end of the story would see humanity and the rest of her allies mourn an entire race that had been wiped out in a day by the Daleks, which would really highlight how they are the most dangerous monsters in the entire universe as only they could destroy and entire planet, history, culture and race in an instant.

Finally you could also have the Daleks be more sadistic like in Moffat’s stories. I always thought it would have been a great idea to do a story about the Dalek camps.

You could have the Doctor be forced to go on a rescue mission deep into the heart of the camps (with Rusty helping them get in there.)

You would see thousands of different aliens locked up, suffering unimaginable torment. Just like they did with Tasha Lem, the Daleks would torture their victims to death and then revive them, over and over.

Some victims you could reveal had been in the camps for centuries with the Daleks still keeping them alive, torturing them to the point where they had forgotten who they were!

I’d also use this story to introduce Dalek X. Dalek X is a character from spin off material. He is a Dalek that enjoys torturing his victims and is feared, even by Dalek bounty hunters throughout the galaxy. The worst nightmare of people who slaughter Daleks for a living is to end up in Dalek X’s torture chambers.

I’d love to have seen a scene where 12 is captured and tortured by Dalek X. Capaldi really captured the Doctors rage and hatred against the Daleks as well as Christopher Eccelston in my opinion, so it would have been great if he had got a really dramatic showdown with them.

I’d also reveal that a Dalek death ray stimulates every single pain receptor in its victims bodies to the maximum amount of pain they can feel. Thus being shot by a Dalek would literally be the most painful way to die!

I think its vital to have the Daleks do more than just kill their victims. One of the reasons I don’t think the Daleks seem scary is because all they do is just shoot you.

Look at the Cybermen in comparison. They’ve always been scarier because they capture you and slowly rip your flesh away until its all replaced by metallic components, turning you into an emotionless machine monster.

Steven Moffat regardless of whatever else you may say about his Dalek stories understood that and came up with more grissly things for the Daleks to do to their victims, like the Dalek puppets and their ability to bring people they had killed back from the dead.

Imagine being cornered by a Steven Moffat era Dalek. Its a far more terrifying prospect than being cornered by an RTD one.

Yes the RTD one is an utterly unstoppable badass, but all it will do to you is shoot you and then that’s it. With a Moff Dalek however it will keep you alive possibly for centuries in a state of agony. You can’t even kill yourself to escape it, as it will still find a way to bring you back like they did with Tasha Lem.

I’d definitely continue this aspect of the Moff era and the introduction of Dalek X would be a great way of doing that.

Of course at the same time it would be important to show the Daleks killing as many people as possible. Whilst Moff had them do nastier things to their victims, its true that the monsters seemed less formidable as they only kill two people on screen in the entire 11th Doctors era.

You’d blend everything that had worked about previous writers portrayals together.

As for who could voice the Daleks well. I’d keep Nicholas Briggs on. I’m a big fan of Nicholas Briggs overall, and I think he does a brilliant job as the Daleks, but at the same time I would like there to be a bit more variety among the voices.

Gary Martin is an actor who I think would be a great choice for voicing the Daleks. Martin is one of the United Kingdoms most prolific voice artists. Among his most high profile roles include as the evil Dragon and main villain of the classic British animated series The Dreamstone, and Epideme the evil virus from Red Dwarf.

I’d love to see Martin come up with a suitably scary voice for Dalek X.

There’s only so much one actor can do. In the Classic era, there were only three stories, (Power of the Daleks, Frontier in Space, and Death to the Daleks) where the monsters voices were supplied by just one actor.

Finally I would liked to have seen Davros return to 12’s era, but in a way that actually followed on from his last appearance in Journey’s End.

Now I didn’t mind 12 and Davros’ interactions with each other. There were some interesting moments, but I didn’t like that story very much. At the time I enjoyed it sure, but on re-watch I didn’t like the fact that Davros returning wasn’t actually that big a deal.

The last time we saw Davros he had almost wiped out every universe. His return should have been a real “oh shit” moment for the Doctor and for the Daleks too.

I always looked at it this way. The new Daleks in Victory that slaughter the last of the Davros Daleks from Journey’s End are actually more primitive.

The last of the Davros or Ironside Daleks defer to them sure, but still the Paradigm Daleks are actually from an earlier point in the Daleks history before the Time War.

Thus they don’t have the technology that the RTD era Daleks had. This explains why the Daleks haven’t conquered the entire universe during Matt Smith’s time.

They are a full empire now so if they were as strong as the Davies era Daleks, then they would have presumably built another reality bomb and destroyed all of creation.

Clearly they aren’t because they are more primitive. This can also explain why 11 was able to wipe them out so easily in The Time of the Doctor too. It doesn’t make sense otherwise. How could the Daleks have won a war against the Time Lords when one Time Lord regenerating can wipe out an entire invasion fleet of them.

Remember the Daleks did win, as had it not been for all the Doctors cheating at the end of the Day of the Doctor then they would have slaughtered the Time Lords. See here.

So with this in mind, when Davros showed up he would be a vital asset to the Daleks. He would have knowledge of the Time War, and of Dalek history in general that could help advance them greatly.

Of course Davros wouldn’t just be willing to hand it over to the Daleks either. Rather than just have the Daleks be his servants, or Davros be their pet, you’d have them both work together. Davros would need their power, they’d need his knowledge, and both would be happy to stab each other in the back when the time was right.

You’d have the Daleks suddenly gain new and devastating weapons the likes of which humanity and her allies had never seen before, which would alert the Doctor that something was up. The Doctor would then discover that Davros was supplying them with weapons which would be a big reveal of “oh no this is more dangerous than we thought”.

You could also have after the war with the Daleks was over Davros being captured by the humans, and supplying them with weapons that could allow them to destroy their former allies against the Daleks., who in some cases might go back to being their enemies again.

There have been a number of solo Davros stories for Big Finish, and I think it would have be interesting to see if the villain could hold a story on tv without the Daleks.

Personally I think that Peter played better off the Daleks than any other villain. Whilst I am not overly keen on the season 9 opening two parter, I still did absolutely love this scene.

You can see how well Peter plays against the monsters. The Daleks were always his favourites. Everyone always goes on about how the Mondasian Cybermen were his favourite monsters, but no he has regularly said that it was the Daleks.

Sadly however the monsters weren’t really anything in his era. They only made two major appearances, and they actually didn’t get that many scenes with 12 either. The above sequence is practically the only major showdown between 12 and the Daleks. Sure he talks to Rusty a lot, but that’s not quite the same thing as Rusty is a redeemed Dalek.

Added to that the Daleks seemed quite weak in his era. Apart from Into the Dalek we generally tended to see them get beaten up, outwitted or just stand in the background.

In the season 9 two parter they don’t kill or torture anybody, they get outwitted by Missy (who kills one with a brooch), 12 also takes over their entire empire as he boasts in about 2 minutes (and they have to be saved by Colony Sarff).

Davros is also the one who completely comes up with their evil plan in The Witch’s Familiar, and they literally just stand at the back, doing NOTHING (except fail to kill two people) and then when it all goes wrong they get beat up by their own sewers.

Following this we then see a tiny cameo in the finale where a Daleks has been made the servant of the Cloister Wraiths, and then the next year we have another tiny cameo where Bill ridicules everything about them, before one Dalek is unable to kill the villain of the week who then vaporises it into nothing but dust with a wave of her hand.

12’s era wasn’t exactly a golden age for the Daleks, and fair enough you might think as a Dalek fan I’m quite spoiled as 9 and 10’s era’s were such great era’s for the monsters.

Still I think since they were Capaldi’s favourites and arguably the villains he played the best off of, then it would have been good to have given them a strong story arc throughout his era, and its even more annoying when you look at Into the Dalek as that looks like it could have been the start of a truly brilliant story arc.

I think they should have given Capaldi a Dalek story every year that followed humanity’s war against the Daleks.

Ideally I would have liked Capaldi to do 5 years (he actually almost did 5 years anyway. He was the current Doctor for 4 years, and really had it not been for this silly female Doctor nonsense I am sure they could have convinced him to do a 5th year.)

During those 5 years Capaldi would have had lots of Dalek stories that could have fully developed his dynamic with them and reinvigorated the monsters like never before.

7/ The Cybermen

The Cybermen have been very misused in New Who. Its not that their stories are bad, its more just that the writers have it in their heads that the Cybermen are second rate and write them accordingly.

For instance whilst RTD turned the Daleks into virtually gods, he did the opposite for the Cybermen and reduced them to unbelievably primitive earth bound villains.

All that’s needed for the Cybermen is a little bit of love and respect from the writers. The concept is still brilliant and frightening, and furthermore as the Cybermen are known for changing their look every few years, then you don’t have to try and revamp an old 60’s or 70’s design as you will with other monsters like the Ice Warriors and the Sontarans.

Now during 12’s era we did actually see a bit of a renaissance for the Cybermen. They were 12’s main enemies alongside Missy.

Though their first story Dark Water/Death in Heaven was the worst Doctor Who story ever made, it wasn’t because of how they were treated (unless you count Cyber Brig.)

Their second big story, the season 10 finale wasn’t that great a story either, but again it wasn’t because of how the Cybermen were portrayed.

In fact the Cybermen in all fairness did have some absolutely brilliant moments.

Bill’s conversion was genuinely horrifying, and 12’s final battle against the Cybermen was a truly spectacular sequence.

So the Cybermen didn’t really fare that badly in 12’s era. In fact compared to other villains, they got off quite lightly.

Still I suppose things I’d like to see in general with the Cybermen in Doctor Who are the following.

First and foremost for them to be treated as a legitimate menace in the series. Even in 12’s time they were still kind of undermined for other villains for the most part. In Dark Water/Death in Heaven for instance they were just Missy’s mooks and had no plans or goals of their own.

The Cybermen need to get a big story where they are the main villains and aren’t either trashed or pushed to the side for the Master or the Daleks, which sadly they haven’t had yet in New Who.

They also I think need to give us a totally different design of Cybermen. I don’t like the big clunky look in New Who, and the more sleeker look they gave them in Dark Water was terrible. Those Cybermen minced as they came out of their tanks!

I’d like to see Cybermen who don’t stomp. The Cybermen are at their best when they can sneak up on you. One of the most terrifying moments is in Attack of the Cybermen when the monsters surprise Lytton as he has almost climbed to safety. You could never do that with the New Who Cybermen who stomp, stomp, stomp everywhere.

The Cybermen also work best in tight claustrophobic settings like in the sewers of London in the Invasion, or the Ice Tombs of Telos, where they could be lurking around any corner, and where if they corner you, you know there is no hope of escape.

The Cybermen also I don’t think should talk that much. As Nicholas Briggs said what made them creepier than the bombastic Daleks was the way you could never tell what they were thinking.

I’d also play up the body horror aspect of the Cybermen. I remember Lord Slarr, a youtuber making some brilliant points that the Cybermen should actually look disgusting. There should still be bits of human flesh mixed in there, like with the Mondasian Cybermen who still had human hands, or the Cybermen in Earthshock who had flesh covering their mouths.

Also I think Cyber conversion should be shown to be a very slow and agonising process. Not just a quick flash with some buzzsaws and death rays and then its over like in the Tennant era.

Also NO more people who can resist Cyber conversion. Yvonne Hartman, Danny Pink, The Brigadier. Its undermined their menace too much that as long as you are a bit strong then you can just decide to not be a Cyberman. Once someone is converted then that should be it.

I do agree with Capaldi that the Mondasian Cybermen would be a good choice to return at some point too, though personally I would have preferred a story that showed you how they survived after the destruction of Mondas. That’s a big gap in their history that might be quite interesting to explore.

We could see them slowly upgrade themselves as without Mondas as a power base they’d be dying. It would be like the old Troughton stories, more of a creepy base under siege story with the last of the Mondasian Cybermen struggling after the death of their world.

8/ The Sontarans

The Sontarans were somewhat undermined as a legitimate threat in 11’s era. Now I did like Strax a lot. He was very likable and funny, but I would have liked to have seen the Sontarans at some point return to being the bad guys as that is what they were originally intended to be.

A story that I think would have been good to adapt for 12 is The First Sontarans. If you haven’t heard it I strongly recommend it.

It features the 6th Doctor and Peri and reveals how the Sontarans were created. The Sontarans were the creation of a race called the Kaveetch whose homeworld Sontar, had been invaded by the Rutans. Though the first Sontaran warriors successfully drove off the Rutans, they later turned on and exterminated the Kaveetch whilst they were celebrating, with only a few Kaveetch managing to escape through time.

There are so many chilling moments throughout the story, such as when the surviving Kaveetch tell of how they had to abandon their children to the monsters as their planet went up in flames, or when one of the Kaveetch returns to Sontar and sees the devastating effect the Sontarans have had on it in her absence.

My favourite scene however is when the leader of the Kaveetch tells the Doctor that its possible that some other Kaveetch may have escaped only to be shot down instantly by a Sontaran commander that there is absolutely no possibility of any other survivors, after which he then simply dismisses the Kaveetch as an inferior species who lost their right to survive.

Its probably the darkest Sontaran story. At the end of the story the two surviving Kaveetch are forced to simply forget their vendetta against the Sontarans or else they too will end up dead.

I think you could adapt this story for television, and really all you’d need to do would be to change the name of the Doctors companion!

6 was always quite like 12 in a number of ways anyway, but this story is also a fairly straight forward action adventure that I think you could probably stick most Doctors in and it wouldn’t be that different.

In my opinion Last of the Sontarans would have been a brilliant way of restoring the Sontarns to being one of the Doctors deadliest enemies rather than just comedy sidekicks.

9/ The Valeyard

The Valeyard was a villain introduced in the 6th Doctors era for the season long story arc Trial of a Time Lord. He was revealed to be an evil version of the Doctor created in between his 12th and 13th lives.

How he was created or why has never been revealed, and at the end of Trial of a Time Lord he is shown to have escaped.

Sadly over 30 years on and the Valeyard, save a tiny mention in The Name of the Doctor has been completely forgotten about.

Personally I think it would have been great if they had brought him back as the main villain for one of Peter Capaldi’s seasons.

I would have loved it if they had used the fan theory that Handy was actually the Valeyard.

Now for those of you who don’t know who he is, Handy was the clone of the Doctor that was created in the season 4 finale The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End, who eventually went off to live with Rose Tyler in another universe.

Fans have been speculating that he was the Valeyard since the story aired, and the 2009 comic book miniseries The Forgotten got in on the idea by having the Meta Crisis Doctor seemingly return only now going by the name of the Valeyard! Ultimately this version of the Valeyard was later revealed to be just a dream, but it still shows you how popular the theory is. There is a lot of potential in this story.

To start with it would be an absolutely sensational story. Think about it, the Doctor would be facing the minions of an enemy who knows him better than anyone else and also hates him more than anyone else in the universe.

Naturally viewers would think it was the Master, but then at the end of the episode David Tennant would emerge, much older looking and full of hate.

You’d have to explain how the Valeyard went from looking like David Tennant to Michael Jayston, as well as what happened to Rose.

Personally I see it as going like this. The Doctor and Handy were mistaken as to how much Time Lord DNA Handy had. They both thought he would age like a human, and whilst he did only have one life,  it was ultimately the same length as an individual Time Lord incarnation’s life span and thus far longer than a human one.

As a result he outlived Rose. They still had a happy life together. You wouldn’t undo that, but after she died of old age, Handy would start to go mad. With no one to curb his darker impulses, and being left on earth, one planet, outliving everyone he loved, Handy would grow to resent the Doctor.

He’d have a point when you think about it, as what was it the Doctor exiled him for exactly? Destroying the Daleks? Kind of hypocritical when in the next story Dalek story, Victory he tried to wipe them out!

Handy would kind of be like the Doctors version of Khan from Star Trek. The villain who does have a genuine grievance against the main character, as the hero did just stick them somewhere and then forgot about them.

When he returned to make the Doctor pay (having found a way to travel between universes somehow) he would try and steal 12’s new regeneration cycle. He would manage to steal one regeneration from the Doctors new cycle during the story.

At the end of the two parter we would see Handy regenerate into a young Michael Jayston, which would be achieved the same way that the young John Hurt was in The Night of the Doctor.

The Valeyard would then reappear in the season finale, played by Michael Jayston the age he is now, (with Trial of a Time Lord having happened in between from the Valeyards perspective.) This story would then mark the final showdown between the Doctor.

I think it would be interesting to have the Valeyard use the Moment against the Doctor.

The Doctor must have put the moment somewhere safe. Its the most powerful weapon in the universe remember so he’s not likely to just leave it lying around. He wouldn’t kill it as its sentient, and he probably wouldn’t trust himself with it after he believed he burned Gallifrey, and he couldn’t give it back to the Time Lords, so it must have hid it somewhere.

The Valeyard meanwhile who has all of the Doctors memories would know where it was stashed and so he could capture it and use it as a weapon.

The Valeyard would cannibalise it and use it to create a paradox machine type weapon that could control the universe.

This could also explain how he intended to steal the 6th Doctors remaining lives in Trial of a Time Lord without wiping himself from history.

In the finale the Moment would be struggling to break free from his control whilst the Doctor would perhaps be forced to work with one of his enemies like the Rani to bring down the Valeyard.

I think it would be a great way of linking Old and New Who together. You’d bring the Time War story arc, the Doctor/Rose love story, and the Trial story arc all together.

I’m really annoyed that they didn’t take the golden opportunity to do this story arc.

10/ The Rani

A very underused villain. The Rani in some ways is just as interesting a character as the Master himself.

Unlike the Master or Davros the Rani did not seek to conquer the universe. She was a great scientist back on Gallifrey and simply seeks to further her experiments which she believes are for the greater good of the universe.

She is not above experimenting on animals however and sadly to her that’s all human beings are. She has a point in a way. Human beings are billions of years behind Time Lords, as seen with Donna a human can’t contain the knowledge of even a lowly Time Lord like the Doctor without dying!

Added to that our life spans are pitifully short compared to theirs. One Time Lord’s incarnation can last for 1100 years alone.

Now given the horrifying ways we mistreat animals can we really have that much of a moral high ground to the Rani. Can the Doctor?

DOCTOR: These are human beings, Rani. Living creatures that have done you no harm. 
RANI: They’re carnivores. What harm have the animals in the fields done them? The rabbits they snare, the sheep they nourish to slaughter. Do they worry about the lesser species when they sink their teeth into a lamb chop? 

The Rani also somewhat refreshingly isn’t utterly obsessed with the Doctor either. She simply regards him as a nuisance, and really tends to view both the Doctor and the Master as nothing but a pair of sad gits!

RANI: You were expecting to see the Master? 
DOCTOR: To see? Not exactly. He was burnt to a crisp the last time I saw him. 
RANI: Your smugness is misplaced. He’s here. He’s very much alive and he wants vengeance, curse the pair of you. 
DOCTOR: Well, since we’re insulting each other, I can’t say I care much for your taste in clothes. Doesn’t do a thing for you. 
RANI: Hmm, your regeneration’s not too attractive, either. But at least I can change my appearance. You’re stuck with what you’ve got. 
DOCTOR: My face is of no importance. Brain regeneration is what I need. I should have been able to pin this one down to you. Personality changes, probably due to an imbalance in body chemicals. Yes, you’re the obvious culprit. Well, you had me fooled, if that’s any consolation. 
RANI: It isn’t. 

What’s interesting about the Rani and the Master is that they balance each other out.

In some ways the Master is worse, as all he cares about is power for himself, and his own petty feud with the Doctor.

At the same time however the Rani is in some ways worse as the Master at the very least the Master still views human beings as intelligent beings.

Ironically in his own twisted way the Master loves the earth as much as humanity does, which is why he is always trying to rule us, instead of say the Ice Warriors.

The Rani however sees us as just pests insects and that’s why she experiments on us rather than (in her mind) an intelligent race.

Whilst the Master can have respect for the Doctors human allies and companions like Jo Grant and Martha Jones, the Rani will just view us as lab rats, and in some ways that makes her even more terrifying.

The Rani is also in some ways far more intelligent than the Master or the Doctor. The Doctor and the Master back on Gallifrey were miserable little nobodies. Both were failures at the Academy, (with the Doctor only scraping by with 50 percent on the second attempt.)

The Rani meanwhile was once one of the greatest scientific minds on Gallifrey, responsible for many great advances in technology, who ultimately was forced to go into exile after one of her experiments went wrong.

She is therefore capable of many great things that neither the Master or Doctor are, and her TARDIS is also vastly superior too.

At the same time however the Master is a more experience criminal, and is far more sly than the Rani. When they first meet she has nothing but contempt for him, but the Master is able to trick her and manipulate her by playing on her pride until eventually she agrees to help him.

RANI: At last you’re back, you incompetent egoist. Give me my phial. 
MASTER: This? The precious brain fluid? And I thought you were waiting for me. 
RANI: If I didn’t need that desperately, I’d have put light years between us. 
MASTER: What better reason could I have for keeping it? 
RANI: You’ll play that card once to often. With you on the scene, I might be wiser to cut my losses and go. 
MASTER: Perhaps this will make you change your mind. Read it. 
(Stephenson’s letter.) 
RANI: The meeting’s been cancelled? 
MASTER: No, it was never delivered. 
RANI: Well 
MASTER: You disappoint me. A scientist and you’re not thinking objectively. Davy, Faraday, Telford and others. Over twenty men of genius. Have you no conception of what we could achieve if we control them? Harness their genius, and this planet could become the platform for the most devastating power in the universe. 
RANI: You’re forgetting, I already rule a planet. Miasimia Goria. 
MASTER: Help me, and I promise you all the facilities you need. Instead of sneaking back here in disguise, you’ll be able to set up a laboratory and process as many humans as you choose. A hundred, a thousand, there are millions of them. 
RANI: What guarantee would I have? 
MASTER: My need. That unique box of parasites will not go far. Only you have the formula. 
RANI: The Time Lords will never permit it.                                                                        MASTER: Who’s going to alert them?
RANI: Indeed.

You can see how the two villains balance each other out quite well and make an effective team. Its not like Doomsday where the Cybermen just get completely undermined. Both villains play on each others strengths and weaknesses to get what they want.

Another interesting aspect of the Rani’s character is that she loves Dinosaurs as much as the Doctor loves humans. In her first story she even keeps several Tyrannosaurus Rex’s as pets!

Personally I think its very short sighted to assume that NOTHING interesting could be done with this villain, just because her second story, Time and the Rani was crap.

I’m not going to defend Time and the Rani. It is terrible, but its hardly because the Rani is the main villain in it. The story had everything going against it. McCoy was cast at the last minute, Andrew Cartmel had no experience with tv, the team were told to make it camper and sillier by Michael Grade (who said that it was to counteract the “it was too violent” criticisms but in actual fact it was just to harm it.)

All of these factors would have made it a crap story whether it was the Rani, the Cybermen, the Daleks or the Master who was the main villain. I might add the Master and the Cybermen have been in far worse stories than Time and the Rani in New Who, like Dark Water/Death in Heaven.

There is so much that could be done with the Rani in New Who. Like what happened to her during the Time War? Did she perhaps create many of the monstrosities that the Tenth Doctor described during the final days of the war, perhaps as weapons to destroy the Daleks that backfired?

You could have the Rani try and capture the Doctor to find out how the Time Lords were able to give him more regenerations. The secret of more regenerations was always presumably something that the high council kept locked up secret.

Now however that they were gone, and the Doctor had been given new lives you could have the Rani try and find a way to discover the secret from the Doctors bones!

I also think it would be interesting to explore her relationship with the Silurians. We know she loves Dinosaurs, and since the Silurians are for all intents and purposes Dinosaur people, then presumably she would think there was some potential in their race.

I think it would be interesting if you had the Doctor travel back to the time of the Silurians and discover that to them the Rani is a hero. The Rani would not few the Silurians as just animals the way she does humanity (as the Silurians were always more advanced than humanity.)

She could have saved them from alien invasions, diseases, and helped build up their society much to the Doctors shock.

You could also do an interesting story where the Rani tries to aid the Silurians in stopping the asteroid from landing (which caused them to retreat underground and go into hibernation, later allowing humanity to take over in their absence.)

I think this would have been an interesting idea for a story as it would have in some ways cast the Doctor as the villain of the piece.

The Doctor would have to sabotage the Silurians and the Rani’s attempts to build the rocket, forcing them to go underground in order to save humanity, but at the same time he would be basically dooming the Silurians.

The Doctor would not have the moral high ground, as he would essentially be destroying one civilisation in order to allow another one to exist in its place, but at the same time the Rani obviously wouldn’t either as she would be trying to wipe humanity from existence. It would be a fight between two Time Lords for the future of their favourite races which I think could be an interesting conflict.

You would also have the Rani and the Master work together again at some point too.

Sarah Parish and Juliet Aubrey would be my top two choices for the Rani. Both have experience playing villains in genre series. Aubrey’s character from the British sci fi series Primeval is somewhat similar to the Rani in that she is a ruthless scientist who seems to prefer Dinosaurs to people!

Parish and Aubrey also both look more mature, cerebral, yet also somewhat cruel like Kate O’Mara (though I’m sure they’re lovely people in real life.)

Sarah Parish

Juliet Aubrey

I would have LOVED to have seen either of these actresses opposite Robert Carlyle as the Master.

The reasons that Steven Moffat always gave for not bringing the Rani back were so lame. He claimed no one would know who she was. Really? That why you brought back the Great Intelligence, the Autons, the Silurians and fucking Coal Hill School?

I think its a shame that we didn’t get to see at least one Rani story in New Who.

11/ Romana

Romana is a great character who I think should have been brought back along with Gallifrey.

There is a lot of room for development as the character was meant to have been the President of Gallifrey during the war, but was at some stage dethroned by Rassilon. It seems likely that the Time Lords felt she wasn’t the right person to lead them against the Daleks.

They would have chosen Rassilon, simply because he was more ruthless and vicious, which eventually led to the corruption of their society in general.

When she returned Romana could perhaps be a more embittered, resentful character at first who would gradually soften up and return to her old self at first.

If Romana’s reintroduction went well, then I would have given her, her own series instead of Class.

There’s a lot of value in a Romana spin off. To start with I feel it would have got round the whole female Doctor debate rather nicely. Also I think that with Romana for once you’d have a Time Lord character that you could flesh out a bit more.

The thing about the Doctor and the Master is that they are meant to be mysterious so you can’t really expand on their backstory at all.

Romana could be a totally different hero, with her own set of enemies, companions, her own TARDIS, and you could also have brilliant crossovers between Doctor Who and Romana.

Also a Romana show would be the only one that could ever rival Doctor Who as it could potentially run for as long, as the character of Romana can change her face too.

As for who could play Romana well I think Dawn Steele and Katie McGrath would be great choices.

Dawn Steele

Katie McGrath

To be honest I think Katie would probably be better opposite Capaldi. As Dawn is Scottish then it would probably look like a Scottish mafia if the Doctor, the Master and Romana were all Scottish, though Dawn could always play a later incarnation of Romana down the line in her own show.

12/ Rassilon

I think Rassilon would have been a good villain for 12. They did have him face 12 in Hell Bent, but not only did I not like that episode (in fact I think its another contender for the worst episode of all time after Dark Water/Death in Heaven)

I also did not like Donald Sumpters performance as Rassilon either. He is a good actor, but that version of what was supposed to be the most powerful Time Lord of them all was just too ineffective and weak.

I think Brian Blessed would have been an amazing choice for Rassilon. Brian is a massive Doctor Who fan, and he’s good at playing, big, grandoise, mighty characters (to say the least.)

I think Rassilon could have been an interesting opponent for 12 and the Master. You could have it that at the climax of the End of Time, Rassilon and the Master fell through the vortex together and didn’t end up on Gallifrey but somewhere else (with both of them regenerating at the same time.)

Rassilon would be such a threat that the Doctor and the Master would be forced to team up at one point. Remember the Master hates Rassilon more than he does the Doctor, so there could be room for some quite interesting conflict between Robert Carlyle and Brian Blessed.

I can just see a scene where Rassilon mocks the Master telling him that ironically the Master has been nothing but his pawn for his entire life, which in a way is true.

Rassilon is a character whose history on television has always been a bit sketchy, but there is plenty of spin off material you could draw from to flesh him out on screen.

13/ Historicals

Now the historicals were stories which featured the Doctor travelling back to the past, but there not being any other sci fi elements other than the Doctor himself.

Whilst unpopular at the time many historicals such as Marco Polo and the Crusades have since gone on to become among the highest rate 60’s stories.

Sadly however other than Black Orchid, a short, two part 80’s story, there haven’t been any attempt at pure historicals since the Troughton era!

Personally I think its time for a comeback. Given that Peter wanted to draw on the First Doctors era for inspiration.

Whilst the historicals were big flops during the 60’s, I think times have moved on. You have to remember that back then Doctor Who was a sensation because of its monsters like the Daleks and the Cybermen. So naturally people would be upset when they didn’t appear.

However in later years I’d say that Doctor Who became more popular because of the variety of its stories. Really I don’t think the odd historical would upset viewers too much, and if well researched and written I think they could end up being very popular too.

14/ Different Music

Now I don’t hate Murray Gold. I’ve liked a lot of his work for the show, but after 10 years (when Peter first took over) it was time for a change.

I also find that Gold’s music can be intrusive at certain points too. Its always so loud and jarring and boisterous which is fine for a big moment like Capaldi blasting the shit out of the Cybermen, but I’d rather that there not be music ALL the time, and for there to be more subtle, quiet music for more low key, spooky scenes such as the Cybermen creeping up on their victims.

15/ Less Soap Opera

A part of the reason that I wanted Osgood and Journey Blue to be the two companions is because I feel that they would cut out the soap opera elements.

New Who tends to focus too much on the companion for my liking. Worse the companions life is often an everyday boring thing. Really Doctor Who is a sci fi show first and foremost.

Now I understand that a lot of fans and viewers like these scenes as they do help to flesh the companions out.

So I’d see a happy compromise simply being to have the companions home life being more sci fi oriented, like Osgood and Journey Blue. Osgood works for an organisation designed to track down aliens, whilst Journey comes from the future with the Daleks so if you did go back to their home lives then it wouldn’t just be sitting in a kitchen with Clara’s family or eating chips with Jackie Tyle and Mickey.

Conclusion

I think that if the 12th Doctors era had been a return to more adventure based stories, had explored the search for Gallifrey story arc, and featured more Time Lord characters then it would have been better.

I see the ideal layout of the Capaldi era overall being this.

1/ Capaldi does 5 years.

2/ The Daleks, the Robert Carlyle version of the Master and the Brian Blessed version of Rassilon are the most recurring old enemies throughout his era (with other old enemies only appearing fleetingly, maybe once or twice each in his era. The rest of the time, its all new villains.)

3/ Return to historicals and stories set on alien planets. NO stories about the companions home life

4/ Capaldi is not undermined for his companions.

5/ Focus is put on Capaldi rather than on setting things up for the next Doctor to be a woman.

Sadly however I feel that they wasted Capaldi for the 4 years they had him. Still you might feel differently or have your own ideas about the series, so let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

Doctor Who Reviews/ The Evil of the Daleks

The final Dalek story of the 1960s. The Evil of the Daleks has a somewhat more surrealist, even whimsical aspect to it, though it would also set down many tropes and ideas that later Dalek stories (particularly those of Big Finish and the New Series) would use.

Sadly all but the second episode is missing from the archives though much like The Power of the Daleks its reputation is still high among Doctor Who fans. It was even voted the greatest Doctor Who story ever made in a poll taken for the 30th anniversary.

Premise

The Doctors TARDIS is stolen in London in 1966. The Doctor and his companion Jamie are able to track the perpetrator down, a man named Edward Waterfield who sells Victorian clocks.

At his shop they discover an advanced, seemingly alien machine at the back, as well as the dead body of a man named Kennedy who appears to have died in the most terrible agony.

Before the Doctor can investigate further however, he and Jamie are knocked out by gas and whisked away 100 years into the past by Waterfield.

There Waterfield reveals why he stole the TARDIS and what his plan is. Waterfield and his friend Maxtible were experimenting with time travel technology which eventually created a portal to another time and world, Skaro!

The Daleks arrived through the portal and captured Edward’s daughter, Victoria who they threatened to kill unless he helped to lure the Doctor into a trap by capturing his TARDIS.

The Daleks threaten to destroy the Doctors TARDIS unless he helps them with their latest experiment. The Daleks have always been defeated by human beings and believe that it is because of certain traits that human beings have. The Daleks call this “the human factor” and wish to isolate it from humans in experiments and transfer it into themselves.

With no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks and even performs experiments on their human captives, Victoria and Jamie.

The Doctor eventually is able to isolate the human factor and transplant it into three Daleks. The Daleks develop human emotions, become happy, caring and even come to see the Doctor as their friend.

The Doctor gives the three Daleks names, Alpha, Beta and Omega. Whilst Edward Waterfield only serves the Daleks reluctantly, Maxtible is willingly working for them as they have promised him the secret of alchemy.

The Doctor plans to spread the human factor like a virus throughout the Dalek race in the hopes that it will lead to a civil war that will destroy them.

However his plan fails and he is captured by the Daleks and taken back to Skaro (along with Waterfield, Maxtible, Jamie and Victoria.) the Emperor reveals that he no longer wants the human factor. Considering the experiment a failure after Omega, Alpha and Beta became too compassionate. The Emperor instead wants the Doctor to implant the Dalek factor (which makes the Daleks evil, xenophobic, and ruthless) into the human race throughout all of history which will wiping humanity from existence.

Once again with no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks. The Doctor is able to isolate the Dalek factor which the Daleks then transplant into Maxtible. Maxtible comes to think and behave exactly like a Dalek just as they hoped. 

The Daleks then plan to implant the Dalek factor into the Doctor himself, in order to make him their servant. Their plan however fails as the Doctor programs the machine to make sure the Dalek factor only infects humans. 

The Doctor however pretends to be loyal to the monsters and works against them from within. Freeing the three humanized Daleks, the Emperor becomes scared that the human factor will spread. The Doctor tells the Emperor to send all Daleks through the Dalek factor machine to which the Emperor agrees.

Unfortunately for the Daleks, the Doctor reprograms the machine to infect all of the Daleks who go through it with the human factor.

The humanized Daleks soon turn on the rest of their kind and a massive civil war erupts. The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape to the hills of Skaro where the TARDIS is. Sadly Edward Waterfield is killed whilst saving the Doctor from a Dalek. The Doctor promises Waterfield that he will look after his daughter.

As the city of the Daleks erupts in flames and the Emperor is seemingly exterminated, the Doctor comments to Jamie on how he believes he has seen the final end of the Daleks.

Review

The Evil of the Daleks is overall deserving of its status as a classic story, but I do think its flawed somewhat, particularly when compared with the previous Troughton Dalek adventure.

The Evil of the Daleks was intended to be the final ever appearance of the monsters in Doctor Who, and whilst I am of course glad that it wasn’t, it would have been a brilliant send off for them if it did, and still serves as quite a good ending for the 60s Dalek stories.

Evil takes us deeper into the monsters psychology, as well as their society and how they function than any other before. We see their chain of command, the Emperor and how they deal with members of their kind who are different.

Before we have only ever seen the Daleks persecute other life forms, but showing them turn on and actually exterminate members of their own kind was a nice twist that made them seem even more horrifying. It also helped to explain why the Daleks were so uniform, and also helps to set up why the monsters are doomed for extinction as ultimately any race, or society, or belief system that can’t look inward and change when it has too will eventually stagnate and die.

The idea of a Dalek being infected with humanity is an interesting concept, and one which many later stories particularly in the revival, such as Dalek, Into the Dalek and Journey’s End would explore too. Though David Whitaker had explored the idea of a humanized Dalek in The One in A Million Dalek comic story much earlier, Evil marked the first time this idea was explored in the television series itself.

The creatures are also at their sneaky and manipulative best in this story too. We get to see them twist the minds of various people, good and evil over the course of the story. With Waterfield they can recognise that he would never help them willingly so they threaten to hurt the person he loves the most to get him to serve them. Maxtible however fulfils the Mavic Chen type role of being the devious, self serving human who thinks he can use the Daleks for his own ends, but they play on his greed instead.

The interactions between the Doctor and the Daleks are also particularly strong in this story. I think this adventure and Power of the Daleks really helped to shape the kind of Doctor Patrick Troughton ended up being.

When you look at other stories in season 4, Pat’s Doctor tends be a more lighter version of William Hartnell. A crazy old uncle/ grandfather type figure, fond of name dropping all of the famous people he has known throughout history.

However in these two stories we see the Second Doctor become a more manipulative and sly individual, often putting on a bumbling facade and even resorting to lying to his companions too.

This would carry over into stories like Tomb of the Cybermen, The Web of Fear and The War Games and really became the dominant characteristic of Troughton’s Doctor that would also in turn carry over into later Doctors too such as Sylvester McCoy and Matt Smith.

I don’t think the Second Doctors manipulative side however was ever more effective than it was against the Daleks. The Daleks were the only enemies who were a match for the Doctor, as they knew all of his tricks, and so he would often be forced to go the extra mile against the monsters.

You can see that in Evil the way the Doctor and the Daleks use everyone around them like pieces on a chessboard and are constantly trying to stay one step ahead of each other.

The supporting cast of the story is very strong too. John Bailey is excellent as Edward Waterfield, who is a truly tragic character,

Despite the bad things he does you never lose your sympathy for him as Bailey always gives the character a real gravitas, and I liked the way the character is able to find redemption at the end when he sacrifices himself to save the Doctor. The final scene where the Doctor promises the dying Waterfield that he will look after is very touching. Victoria Waterfield played by the late Deborah Watling also gets a strong start.

Some fans have knocked her character for not being strong enough, but personally I think this is unfair. After all how do you expect a young, pampered Victorian woman to react to being menaced by monsters?

I always thought Victoria had a more interesting backstory due to losing her father under such tragic circumstances. On the one hand the last few things he did such as kidnapping the Doctor, and even covering up the Daleks murder of Kennedy were terrible which made his loss even more painful for Victoria as we see in the next story Tomb of the Cybermen, but on the other he only did them out of love for Victoria, and in the end he did give his life for the Doctor, so there is at least that comfort for her.

I also loved her relationship with both the Doctor and Jamie. We got to see a softer side to both characters in the way they take such an instant liking to Victoria and become very protective of her.

I always thought that Victoria served as quite a good surrogate for Susan, whilst at the same time the Doctor would have been a surrogate for her father, (both eccentric, doddering old scientists obsessed with time travel.)

The sets and production values for this story are also among the best for any 60’s adventure. The Dalek Emperor is a truly spectacular prop and its destruction at the end of the story is a thrilling sequence as the monster pitifully begs its own subordinates to try and see reason and stop fighting or else the Dalek race will be destroyed.

In a way it reminds me of Davros later begging the Daleks for mercy in Genesis.

Despite these strengths however Evil is still let down by the fact that its just a bit too long. I think it drags when the Daleks make the Doctor perform their experiments. It picks up again when the main characters get to Skaro, but overall much like the first Dalek story it could definitely be an episode shorter.

Also some of the moments of comedy in the story are a bit too overt too like the infamous Dizzy Daleks.

Still overall The Evil of the Daleks is a classic, highly influential story and a great end to the 60’s Dalek saga.

Notes and Trivia

  • This is part of a trilogy of stories that all link into each other. At the end of The Faceless Ones the preceding story, the Doctor and Jamie discover that the TARDIS has been stolen which leads into The Evil of the Daleks. At the start of the next story the Tomb of the Cybermen meanwhile, The Doctor, Jamie and Victoria are still shown to be on Skaro before they take off for the next adventure.
  • Ian Levine attempted to animate all of the missing episodes for this story, but sadly his version has not been made available to a wide audience as of the writing of this article.
  • Though this was the last Dalek story of the 60’s the monsters would go on to make a cameo appearance in the Second Doctors last story The War Games.
  • Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks hated this story and said that if he had known about it when it was being made he would have pulled the plug on it.
  • Many aspects of this story pop up in future Dalek adventures such as the idea of Daleks being infected with humanity (Dalek, Into the Dalek) the merging of Daleks and humans (Revelation of the Daleks, The Parting of the Ways.) A Dalek civil war (Remembrance of the Daleks) and finally the Emperor of the Daleks (The Parting of the Ways.) Certain bits of dialogue such as the Doctors “final end” also pop up in future Dalek stories such as Victory of the Daleks.
  • Patrick Troughton named this as one of his favourite stories.
  • Fraser Hines who played Jamie has said that he was always desperate for the Daleks to show up as he had enjoyed watching stories with them before he was cast. Sadly for Fraser this marked the only time they appeared during his three year long stint as the companion.

The History of the Daleks Part 2: Masters of Time and War with The Movellans

The second phase of Daleks history. For many years it was believed that the Dalek race had come to an end in the Dalek civil war. The last Dalek chronicle discovered in the 1960’s by David Whitaker said that the creatures had seemingly been driven to extinction, when their archenemy the Doctor kicked off a war between the humanized and regular Daleks.

In the 1970’s however Terry Nation discovered yet another Dalek chronicle (which also coincided with supposed sightings of Daleks at a peace conference.) A small sensation began around the creatures once again and the hunt for many more cubes would soon continue for the rest of the decade.

Whilst it was always known that the Daleks had time travel abilities these cubes helped shed some light on how they had been able to truly master the 4th dimension. They also gave further details on how our future would be entwined with these metallic monsters.

By Petronella Osgood

The End of The War

The end of the war that nearly exterminated the Dalek race forever.

The Dalek civil war had gone on for many years. Their entire city had been levelled, the Emperor’s casing had been destroyed and millions of Daleks had been exterminated. Nevertheless by the end of long and bloody conflict the non humanised Daleks were finally beaten and thus the “pure” Daleks could begin rebuilding their city as well as restarting their war against all other life forms.

The Emperor had survived even though his casing had been destroyed. Nevertheless he was placed on a life support machine and would be out of action for many years, during which time a Supreme council was established to rule the Daleks in the Emperors place. The Supreme Council was led by a large black and gold Dalek named the Dalek Supreme.

The Dalek Supreme, leader of the Daleks whilst the Emperor was recovering.

Not all of the humanised Daleks had been destroyed. A small group ironically lead by the very original humanised Daleks, Alpha, Beta and Omega had managed to flee Skaro, eventually settling out of the regular Daleks reach on the planet Kyrol.

One humanised Dalek meanwhile was allowed to live among the regulars. Though infected with human DNA this Dalek nevertheless sided with the regular Daleks. It wished to gain power for itself and it longed to be a part of a race as powerful as the Daleks had once been. It did have human emotions, but they were emotions such as greed and personal ambition. The very worst human emotions.

It betrayed the other humanised Daleks, which ultimately is what led to their defeat and became a part of the regular Dalek race. The Dalek did not let on to the rest of its kind that it was humanised, fearing that they would either exterminate him or recondition him. It also secretly plotted to take control from the Supreme council.

Eventually however as the Daleks began to expand outwards from Skaro this humanised Dalek would soon discover that it enjoyed inflicting pain on lesser life forms. The Daleks had always tortured their victims, but it had only ever been to break their spirit or for information. They did not take an active pleasure in it as the concept of joy or happiness was alien to them. This humanised Dalek however however relished in torturing his victims as he, due to his humanity could experience emotions such as happiness. Nothing made him happier than protracting his enemies suffering for as long as he possibly could.

Eventually he would rise to the rank of Dalek Inquister general and would later be put in charge of the Dalek death camps. The Dalek Supreme appointed him this position due to his brutality. Though he was a little surprised at his behaviour, he nevertheless believed that the Dalek was useful in provoking fear among their enemies.

The humanised Dalek would later give itself a name to further inspire fear among its enemies. Dalek X

Dalek X described as “the devil in Dalek form” was a true monster that combined the very worst elements of the human and Dalek races.

The fact that Dalek X took a name caused the other Daleks to look on it with suspicion but it did not matter to Dalek X who had risen up the ranks to the point where he answered only to the Supreme Dalek. Even the Supreme Dalek did not like Dalek X, but again he kept him around because he realised how useful he was in inspiring fear.

It was the worst nightmare of every creature in the galaxy to end up in Dalek X’s torture chambers.

Dalek X would be placed in a harder casing which reflected his rank, and he had a massive claw attachment with which he could use to disembowel his victims and tear them apart.

The New Dalek empire was small. At first after rebuilding their city they could only conquer small primitive planets. One such world was Spirodon. Though conquering Spirodon proved a little bit more problematic due to the fact that the inhabitants were invisible the Daleks ultimately managed to conquer the planet by launching a plague missile onto the surface of Spirodon. The Daleks had the cure to the plague and thus the Spirodons were forced to surrender. The Daleks would force them to wear cloaks in order to identify them.

The Daleks also conquered another race during this time the savage and ape like Ogrons.

The Ogrons and the Spirodons. Among the first races to fall before the new Dalek empire.

The Daleks simply did not have the power to take on highly advanced races including even humanity who now had a massive space faring empire.

The Dalek Supreme believed that the Daleks due to the war had fallen behind their main enemies such as humanity. He feared that they might never be able to catch up to them again. Thus he decided to change the course of Dalek history itself.

The Daleks once again on the Dalek Supreme’s orders would begin to pour all of their efforts into time travel experiments. They kept many of the lesser races they had conquered alive as they needed all the slave labour they could get. They mined worlds like Spirodon and the planet of the Ogrons for all they were worth to build their new and improved time machines.

Their scientists also began building machines that they hoped could extract other time vessels from the vortex. It ran along the same principal as the one they had earlier used to track the Doctor’s TARDIS throughout time and space. They obviously hoped to try and extract the Doctor from the vortex and exterminate him.

The Second Invasion of Earth

During their second occupation of earth the Daleks come face to face with an old enemy.

The Daleks soon discovered what looked like an alternate time line to the current one. Paradoxically existing side by side with the one they inhabited. In this time line earth appeared to be a barren world 100 years before the Daleks first invasion. The Daleks tried to break into this alternate time which proved to be very difficult. Indeed most of their ships that tried perished in the vortex.

What the Daleks discovered was that there are a near infinite number of timelines that can spring from a single moment. Obviously only one comes to pass, but these alternate time lines can still be found if one were to travel through the vortex. Almost like ghosts, these time lines could be made to happen, if one were to make changes at the right points. Actually being able to view these alternate timelines even in the vortex was said to be a one in a billion chance.

One group of Daleks led by a gold Dalek who was the second in command of the Supreme Council managed to break their way into the alternate time and the alternate earth. They discovered that there were very few humans left in this alternate timeline.

In this version of events mankind had been involved in a third world war which had virtually destroyed most of the life on the planet. Only a few humans remained and they were easily conquered by the relatively small Dalek task force, and their Ogron servants, who had journeyed through the vortex with them.

With this alternate earth under their control suddenly this alternate time became the dominant one. For whatever reason the Daleks invading the earth had now completely changed the course of human history.

Now mankind rather than following the original history where they had become a major space power, and then were conquered by the Daleks, but eventually managed to repel them, instead followed this alternate version where mankind in the later part of the 20th century became involved in a third world war that eventually destroyed all life on earth apart from a few desperate groups of people before ultimately being conquered by the Daleks.

Thus the Daleks had succeeded in changing their history for the better. In the new time line these Daleks on earth soon contacted the other Daleks who were spreading their empire across the universe.

These Daleks were Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks and different to the Daleks who were ruling the earth. Nevertheless the Daleks who ruled the earth did not attack them as they were outnumbered. Instead they told them to free the other Daleks who were trapped under the bunker. Eventually Davros’s Daleks who were able to reproduce through cloning several million Daleks within a day; were able to outnumber Zolfian and Yarvellings Daleks and just like in the original timeline force them to become like them.

The unified Dalek race in this time line aided by unique resources that only the planet earth could provide create new and powerful weapons and used them to conquer more planets. The Dalek Empire grew and grew and soon overwhelmed the entire mutters spiral and the whole Andomeda galaxy and many more solar systems and planets. Their empire came to dwarf even the Sontaran empire.

Earth remained under the control of the original Daleks and their Ogron servants. Mankind was hearded up into work camps and forced to help mine the resources out of the planet. They suffered terribly with the Daleks being even more brutal than the last time they had occupied the earth in an effort to completely and utterly prevent another uprising.

Their brutality however reached such a point that their human prisoners began to die from various means, being tortured, starvation, dehydration, exhaustion etc. Thus in order to prevent this from happening, as the Daleks still needed them as a slave force the Daleks began to use human beings to help police their labour camps. These human beings were called controllers and though they were treated better than the people in the labour camps (who were still even with the controllers were treated appallingly) they were nothing more than superior slaves themselves.

The gold Dalek known as the Chief Dalek was the ruler of the earth.

The Daleks ruled over the earth for many years and despite their attempts at crushing humanity a resistance movement did spring up. These rebels were largely ineffective however and it soon became apparent to them that they would never be able to drive the Daleks from their home planet. Thus ironically much like the Daleks before them they sought to change their own history.

They heard from their spies that the Daleks had time travel technology.

Some of their spies had managed to infiltrate the Dalek high command by taking the place of their human servants that policed the camps. With one of these spies managing to get some small pieces of time travel technology and even some weapons to the rebels, the rebels travelled back to the 20th century in the hopes of changing things for the better. The third world war that had caused the end of human civilisation had been started by a man named Sir Reginald Styles.

Styles had been a politician who gathered all of the worlds leaders together for a peace conference to try and prevent a war. Unfortunately he was in fact a maniac who blew up his house where the peace conference was being held, killing all of the world leaders and himself. The rebels wanted to kill Styles before he could do this.

Little did they know that they were playing straight into the Daleks hands. The Dalek scientists back on Skaro had discovered what had caused the alternate timeline to become the main one. It was ironically the rebels themselves. When they travelled back to kill Styles one of their number had detonated a bomb in Styles house unknowingly whilst the peace conference had been going on.

Ironically it was actually he who killed all of the delegates and kick started the war not Styles after all. History had simply recorded it as being Styles as no one was aware of the presence of the rebel whose name was Shura, but Styles had in fact been a good man after all who could have prevented the war.

This had been why when the Daleks arrived they caused the alternate time to become the main one as their presence on earth is ultimately what caused the humans to travel backwards in time and kill styles and unknowingly kick off the third world war that changed human history for the worse and Dalek history for the better.

The Daleks allowed the human agent (whom they had spotted quickly) to give the time travel technology to the humans and allowed the humans to think they had outsmarted them. They still sent a squad of lumbering Ogrons back to fight them in Styles time however so as not to make the human rebels suspicious that the Daleks wanted them to kill Styles.

The Daleks plan would have most certainly worked and they would have continued to rule over the earth had it not been for their archenemy, the Doctor.

The Doctor at that point had been exiled to earth by his own people the Time Lords. Being forced to work with UNIT an organisation designed to track down extra terrestrial threats to mankind, the Doctor and UNIT would soon be called in to investigate Styles house when there were reports of ghosts and ape men around the premises.

The Doctor and his assistant Jo Grant soon discovered that the ghosts were in fact the rebels from the future and the ape men were the Ogrons. After a stand off with the rebels, Jo Grant was accidently sent forward into the future.

Arriving back in the Daleks base, the Doctor soon followed the rebels back to their own time to try and find her. Horrified to see the earth under the control of the Daleks, at first the Daleks did not recognise their old enemy as he had regenerated since he last met them.

Their controller soon informed them however of a member of the rebels called Doctor. With the mere mention of the name being enough to send them into a panic, the creatures proceeded to torture the man they suspected of being the Doctor. Though he held out for several hours eventually the torture became too much and he cracked and the Daleks were able to discover that he was their greatest enemy after all.

The Doctor is tortured by the Daleks in the future.

The Gold Dalek prepared to kill the Doctor but the Controller managed to convince him not to. The Controller said to the Gold Dalek that he could get information about the rebels from the Doctor. Though the Gold Dalek said that he would force the Doctor to talk through torture the Controller pointed out that he had already almost tortured the Doctor to death just simply getting his identity from him and that he would most likely die before he told them anything.

He assured the Gold Dalek that he could find out more about the human rebels and what exactly they knew about the time paradox, whether they knew not to kill Styles or not thanks to the Doctor.

The Gold Dalek reluctantly agreed to release the Doctor for one hour into the Controllers care after which if he did not get any information from him then he would resume his torture of the Doctor.

The Doctor refused to tell the Controller anything. He held the Controller in the utmost contempt declaring that he was a traitor to his kind. The Controller however argued that he was doing all he could to help his kind. He said that no one could fight the Daleks as they were simply too powerful but that he was making things easier for the people in their camps. He even argued that he had saved lives.

The rebels meanwhile soon launched an attack on the Dalek’s base. With the Daleks having not been expecting this they were caught completely off guard. Even then though most of the rebels were still killed, but they nevertheless managed to rescue Jo and the Doctor, who despite his disdain for him prevented the rebels from killing the Controller.

With the Doctor in the custody of the rebels the Daleks now began to genuinely worry that the rebels could erase their version of history. They ordered the Controller to capture the Doctor and warned him that if he failed them again he would be exterminated.

The Doctor meanwhile soon worked out that it was the rebels who had actually created their own timeline and quickly left with Jo to try and find a way to correct history.

Unfortunately he was soon ambushed by a gang of Ogrons lead by the Controller. Fortunately the Controller soon released the Doctor. He came to believe that the Doctor could stop the Daleks as the only time he had ever seen the Daleks scared was when the Doctor was mentioned. He also felt he owed the Doctor as the Doctor had spared his life.

The Controller was subsequently killed for his treachery by the Gold Dalek himself. His last words were a defiant “who knows I may have helped to exterminate you!”

Realising that the Doctor was planning to change history, the Gold Dalek decided to travel back to kill Styles and the Delegates himself.

Fortunately the Doctor managed to get back before him and warned Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart of the Daleks impending attack. The Brigadier managed to get all of the delegates and Styles himself to safety whilst the UNIT troops led by Sergeant Benton and Mike Yates tried to fight off the Dalek and Ogron squad that had arrived.

The UNIT soldiers proved to be no match for the Daleks despite outnumbering them greatly and the Daleks proceeded to slaughter their way through them.

The Daleks exterminate their way through UNIT’s forces effortlessly.

The Doctor meanwhile had managed to convince Shura not to explode the bomb, however as soon as Shura saw the Daleks arriving he asked the Doctor to let the Daleks into the house so that he could use the bomb himself. With Styles and the others long gone the Doctor reluctantly agreed to allow Shura to sacrifice himself.

The Brig soon called his men the few who were left to flee and the Daleks entered the house expecting to find Style’s and the Delegates instead they found Shura who quickly detonated the bomb killing the entire Dalek squad.

With Style’s and the rest of the Delegates saved, the conference went ahead as planned and history was restored to its rightful course where there was no World War 3 and the Dalek invasion of earth was ultimately repelled.

Though the Daleks were foiled it had been at a great cost. So many young men had been butchered by the Daleks that there were enquiries into Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart’s competency as the head of UNIT. His superiors wondered why he had lost so many men against such a few aliens. None of them were of course aware just how much more dangerous the Daleks were than anything UNIT had faced before, and sadly the Dalek invasion would remain a huge stain on the Brigadier’s career and reputation for many years to come.

Losing so many young men to just a few Daleks would haunt Lethbridge Stewart for many years to come.

The Gold Dalek meanwhile was in fact the only survivor of the attack. It had been badly damaged by the explosion, but its much more durable casing would allow it to ultimately survive. Low on power of the blast UNIT believed the Gold Dalek to be dead and placed its supposedly dead body alongside the other pieces of Dalek tech and remains from the attack in the black archive.

Unfortunately whilst in the archive the Gold Dalek managed to steal a piece of alien time travel technology.

Knowing that it was too low on power to try and use any of the alien technology in there to conquer the planet, it managed to make one trip using the time travel tech back to its own time on Skaro.

There its casing was repaired and it proceeded to share with the Dalek Supreme how their invasion had been foiled as well as the knowledge of the Doctors new face.

With time having been reversed the Daleks still continued on with their time travel experiments.

Working With The Master

The Doctors two greatest enemies meet.

Eventually they found a way to extract another time vessel from the vortex. Unfortunately for them it was not the Doctors. They instead snatched that of the Master another renegade time lord.

Even the Master found himself helpless against the Daleks

The Daleks initially believed the Master to be the Doctor who had simply changed his face again. The Master however assured them that that was not the case and that he could help them.

The Dalek Supreme was highly skeptical, but the Master managed to prove what he said by giving them vital knowledge and equipment something the Doctor would never do under even the most extreme circumstances.

The Master told the Daleks all about his own people the time lords. This had been the first time the Daleks had ever found out about the time lords having never known anything about the Doctors race before. The Master in order save his own life shared many of the secrets of the time lords with the Daleks and gave them access to highly advanced Time Lord technology which allowed their empire to expand forwards conquering more advanced worlds.

The Daleks also learned of fixed points and moments that were in a flux thanks to the Master. Fixed points are moments that always have to happen. If you were to try and change them directly then you would create a cosmic catastrophe. However moments that were in a flux were weak points, chinks in the chain of times armour that if you were to exploit them then you could change history. For instance the Second World War is a fixed point. If you went back and shot Hitler in 1939 then you would be breaking a fixed point, but if you went back to many centuries earlier and killed one of his ancestors when time was in a flux then you could erase Hitler and thus possibly the second world war itself from history.

This knowledge would come in very useful for future Dalek incursions into earth and other planets past.

Within a few decades the Dalek Empire was a force to be reckoned with again thanks in a large part to the Master and soon the Daleks set their sights on their old enemy, humanity.

The Master again in a further effort to save his life (the Master who was the Daleks prisoner was always having to come up with new ways to prove he was useful to them to avoid extermination) promised them that he could cripple humanity all on his own.

The Master would play on humanities fear of a rival power the Draconians. The Draconians were a race of intelligent reptiles. They had forged a mighty empire through space too and they had very nearly gone to war with humanity. Both races however had now established a frontier in space, but things were still very tense between them.

The Master planned to exploit this by sending Ogrons to attack both Earth and Draconian ships. Thanks to a hypnotic fear device the Master had constructed the humans would see the Ogrons as Draconians and the Draconians would see them as humans, causing both sides to think that they were attacking each other.

The Master hoped that this would provoke a war after which the Daleks could emerge and take over easily. Whilst the Daleks allowed the Master to carry out this plan they also had their own master plan for attacking the earth and Draconian Empire’s.

On Spiridon which had become their second main base of operations after Skaro itself the Dalek scientists had been busy trying to create a plague so lethal that virtually no life could survive coming into contact with it. In addition to this the Daleks were also preparing an army of several thousand Daleks beneath the planet to attack other worlds. Finally as if that wasn’t enough the Daleks were also planning to master the secret of invisibility too from the Spiridons.

Unfortunately for the Daleks and the Master, their archenemy the Doctor would soon arrive alongside Jo Grant, with his exile to earth having since been lifted by the time lords after he defeated Omega.

The Doctor initially was caught up the escalating conflict between the Draconians and the human race, but eventually he was able to convince both the Draconian emperor and the Earth President that there was a third party trying to provoke a conflict between them. Unfortunately however in order to fully convince the people of both planets and prevent a war the Doctor had to to get proof and so he and a group of earth men and the prince of Draconia searched for the Ogron planet.

Though they managed to find it, the Master who also held Jo Grant prisoner was able to successfully lure the Doctor into a trap where he was captured by the Daleks. The Doctor had not known that the Master was working with the Daleks and was genuinely caught off guard when they arrived. Though many members of the earth team were gunned down in cold blood the Draconian Prince and the leader of the crew managed to escape as did the Doctor and Jo, who quickly made their way to the TARDIS which the Master had on the planet. The Master however was able to injure the Doctor by shooting him with an Ogron blaster just before he managed to escape. Before he blacked out the Doctor managed to send a telepathic message to the Celestial Intervention Agency on Gallifrey.

The CIA had heard stories about the Daleks before but they had dismissed them as just another race of would be conquerors and many of them were unaware that they had returned after the Dalek Civil war. After hearing the Doctors message the time lords soon began to look into an alternate time where the Daleks where able to launch the plague they were creating on Spiridon as well as master the secret of invisibility. In this time line the Daleks completely and utterly exterminated the human race, as well as the Draconians and billions of other species across the entire Galaxy.

Feeling that they could not turn a blind eye to such destruction, the CIA guided the Doctors TARDIS towards Spiridon in order to prevent this alternate time line from happening.

Unfortunately when the TARDIS landed on this hostile planet the Doctor was completely unconscious and Jo unaware of where they had landed left to get help for him.

Spiridon was inhabited by hostile vegetation life that poisoned Jo. With her hand literally beginning to rot, Jo was soon discovered by a group of Thals who took her into their ship to protect her.

The Thals had spent many centuries living underground. Having built up a full society the Thals for many years were unaware of what was going on above they were too scared too take on the Daleks. Ironically in doing so they missed a golden opportunity to take the monsters out when they were weak during the Dalek civil war.

After several years however the Thals would finally muster up the courage to launch an attack on the Daleks again. Below the ground they had been able to intercept transmissions across space. The Daleks had absolutely no idea that the Thals had survived and those the Thals initially were able to work in secret. The Thals were later able to discover space travel by capturing two Dalek ships which they were later able to construct two crude replica’s of that they sent to Spiridon.

They knew from the Dalek transmissions that they had a base there where they were planning to create a plague that could potentially destroy billions of worlds.

The Dalek city on Spiridon

The first Thal ship had crashed on Spiridon where it had been quickly detected by the Daleks who though surprised to see that Thals had survived nevertheless sent a Dalek death squad to find it.

The Thals meanwhile rescued the Doctor from the TARDIS that was also being attacked by hostile vegetation life. Unfortunately with Jo left behind in the Thal ship the Daleks soon found it and prepared to destroy it. The Doctor having heard that the Jo was still in there pleaded with the Daleks not to, but they naturally ignored his pleas and shot him, though they only stunned him as they wished to interrogate him further.

The two Daleks then proceeded to completely destroy the Thal space craft, literally melting it into nothing with their death rays.

The Daleks took the Doctor deep into their city for questioning but he soon managed to escape with the aid of another Thal prisoner.

Little did the Doctor know that Jo Grant had in fact been rescued by a Spiridon named Wester. Wester had been part of a resistance movement and not only did he pull Jo from the ship before the Daleks destroyed it but he also gave her a cure for the poison that was slowly killing her.

The Doctor meanwhile would soon be rescued from the city by both Thal teams with the second having now landed on Spiridon too. Though there were some casualties along the way.

The Doctor managed to sneak back into the city with a group of Thals by using the Spiridon’s cloaks going in disguise as the Spiridons whilst another Thal hid inside a Dalek casing.

Unfortunately it didn’t take long for the Daleks to notice their ruse and the Doctor and his Thal allies were forced to go on the run. Wester meanwhile heroically sacrificed himself to stop the Daleks. Just as the Daleks has finished creating their plague Wester opened it before they could immunise themselves.

In order to prevent the plague from wiping out the rest of their kind out, these two Daleks were forced to seal themselves in the room where they had created it to prevent the virus which was air borne from escaping. Thus they were trapped and with them the secrets of the Daleks new plague they had spent years creating.

The Doctor meanwhile aided by the Thals and Jo was able to place a bomb near an Ice Volcano which was next to the Dalek base. This subsequently caused the Volcano to erupt burying their entire army and destroying their base too causing them to lose all of their secrets of invisibility as well.

The Dalek Supreme had arrived on Spiridon to oversee the final phase of the operation, but unfortunately for him the Thals were able to steal his spacecraft and leave him and his followers stranded on the planet whilst the Doctor and Jo managed to slip away in the TARDIS.

The Dalek Supreme was unhappy with his subordinates failure.

The Daleks plans to destroy both Draconia and earth had ended in a disaster for them. Not only had they failed to use their plague, but both Earth and Draconia had now been alerted to their presence and whilst the Master had hoped to pit them against one another, his plan had ultimately brought them closer together than ever before.

Both empires soon waged war on the Daleks, and began the Great Dalek war.

The Great Dalek War

The Daleks are forced to go to war against their old enemy humanity a second time.

The Great Dalek War was one of the bloodiest events in the history of our Galaxy. It saw the destruction of thousands of worlds and and the massive civilian and military casualties. It lasted for centuries and whole generations who never knew what it was like to live under peaceful times came and went during the conflict. It is believed that over 200 billion humans alone were killed in the conflict, though some estimates place the figure even higher!

Though the Daleks plans to provoke a war and use the a new virus to exterminate all life in the galaxy had failed their army was still strong enough to take on the Earth and Draconian empires, due to the many worlds they had since conquered and the advanced technology they had been given by the Master.

The Master throughout the early years of the war still continued to help the Daleks. Eventually however as time went on he began to grow more and more scared that the Daleks would dispose of him and eventually he betrayed them. He secretly contacted humanity and gave them vital secrets about the Daleks defences. This allowed humanity to bombard the planet Skaro with bombs. During the bombardment the Master was able to escape to his TARDIS which he used to flee Skaro.

The Gold Dalek who had been monitoring the Masters activities the entire time had failed to notice his treachery and demanded he be tracked down and exterminated.

Unfortunately for the Daleks the Master having had time to study their technology had found a way to block the Daleks from tracking him. The Doctor had similarly found a way to block them chasing him which was why they had not been able to do so again and why they had snagged the Master’s TARDIS instead as it was the only time vessel they could detect in the vortex.

However whilst they were unable to snag the current Master they were able to catch a future incarnation of the time lord. This version of the Master had lost his TARDIS and was on his own and vulnerable.

With no way of protecting himself the Daleks were able to capture him easily. The Daleks had found a way to track individual time travellers as the Daleks had learned to track background radiation that is only found in the vortex and that time travellers pick up. Whilst the Master had found a way to block this too, unfortunately the Master at this point had nothing to protect himself.

Again The Master attempted to bargain with them and the Daleks decided to put him on trial to see whether or not it was worth keeping him around for his useful knowledge. Ultimately as his betrayal had led to a significant drawback for the Daleks they decided to kill him. They vaporised his body into nothing, though a few tiny remains survived which would later be collected by the Doctor in his 7th incarnation. It would also later be discovered that his mind had survived as a disembodied spirit, but that is another story.

The Master’s past catches up with him when the Daleks sentence him to death.

The Masters betrayal had proved to be a setback for the Daleks but they still nevertheless managed to recover and continued to fight humanity. They had to face overwhelming opposition with several races joining the side of humanity and Draconia. The Thals also did their bit to help humanity.

The Thals had by this point come to dismiss earth as nothing more than a legend, but after the Thals experience on Spirodon they had come to see that it existed after all.

From their underground base which the Daleks still did not know the location of, the Thals continued to intercept their messages and broadcast them to humanity and the Draconians. Eventually the Daleks however did manage to find the Thals base and they butchered them. They laid waste to their whole underground civilisation and exterminated thousands of them. A few Thals escaped to the surface and sent a distress signal to the humans. Though most of them ignored it, one ship believing they owed the Thals for helping them made a perilous journey to Skaro and managed to save the last few Thals. The Thals were then sent to live on a human colony though they vowed that one day they would return and re claim their home planet.

The Daleks also had to deal with rebellions and attempted rebellions on other planets that they had taken over too.

During the later years of the war the outer and smaller colonies in the earth empire would suffer the most. The main defence concentrating on protecting earth itself the centre of the empire above all else and many smaller outer colonies would be conquered by the Daleks. The Daleks would often conquer these colonies even if there was no strategic value to them simply because they could serve as examples of the Daleks superiority to mankind. The Daleks would brutalise the humans on these colonies and broadcast it to the rest of the universe. Showing the humans on the colonies endure unimaginable torture and suffering at the hands of the Daleks, whilst the main human resistance was unable or in some cases unwilling to waste resources on helping them, this only served to crush several of their allies faith in humanity as well as several humans faith in their own leaders.

It was because of this that the Dalek Bounty Hunters appeared.

Abslom Daak, the most famous of all the Dalek bounty hunters.

The Dalek bounty hunters offered to protect these outer colonies though at the same time many of them only offered to kill Daleks for money. They would often have to slaughter all of the Daleks on a colony which they could only do in teams, though even then they would have to supply Dalek eye stalks as proof.

The Dalek bounty hunters would become seen as heroes helping the planets and colonies that the lesser worlds had left to the Daleks. Despite this however many of them were anything but. Many of them were self serving criminals whose morality was not that much better than the Daleks themselves.

By far and away the most successful Dalek Bounty Hunter however was Abslom Daak, he would become known simply as Dalek killer.

Psi see’s an artists illustration of Abslom Daak among the list of the universe’s greatest criminals.

Daak was a notorious criminal before he became a Dalek bounty hunter. He had been convicted of 23 charges of murder, piracy, pillage, massacre and other crimes too horrible to bring to the public’s attention. He was given a choice of either vaporization or life as a Dalek killer. The earth government by this stage had found a use for the Dalek bounty hunters as not only could they protect the outer worlds but they could also be a good use for the ever growing criminal population of the galaxy which came as a result of the fact that the empire was being fractured by the war.

Daak naturally chose becoming a Dalek fighter. He proved not surprisingly to have a talent from it and on the planet Mazam he managed to single handedly destroy a Dalek task force. Whilst on the planet he met and fell in love with Princess Taiyin. He even managed to convince her to fight back against the Daleks. Prior to this the rulers of the relatively primitive Mazam had placated the Daleks who had taken over their world. Unfortunately this resulted in Taiyin’s extermination. Following this Daak’s crusade against the Daleks became personal.He vowed to exterminate every single Dalek in the entire galaxy.

Daak became famous for his exploits against the Daleks. His weapon of choice was a massive laser chainsaw that could slice through a Dalek casing like tissue paper.

Daak makes no secret of the fact that he enjoys destroying Daleks.

Daak would later form a crew which consisted of a Draconian Prince named Salander, a human named Vol Mercurius and an Ice Warrior named Harma. They travelled the universe together in a ship called the Kill Wagon. Daak also kept the body of his lover Taiyin in suspended animation in the hopes that she could be revived.

He encountered two different incarnations of the Doctor, the 4th Doctor and Sarah Jane briefly and later the 7th Doctor on the planet Hell. The Kill Wagon had crashed here whilst investigating Dalek activity. Daak and the Doctor discovered that the Daleks were mining a gas called helkogen that they intended to use to build a superweapon that could exterminate humanity.

Ultimately Daak sacrificed himself to save both the Doctor and the entire human race by flying a Dalek hovercraft into the heart of their super weapon which destroyed it completely and seemingly killed Daak.

Who killed all the Daleks? Who do you think?

During the later years of the war the Emperor having finally recovered resumed his role as the leader of the Daleks from the Dalek Supreme. He had been placed in a much larger and more powerful casing too.

The Emperors new clothes

During the war the Daleks soon began to investigate the mysterious planet Karn. Karn had once belonged to a powerful and mighty empire that had crumbled many centuries before the Daleks had even been created due to civil wars. Nevertheless the remains of their most powerful super weapon had been left on the planet. The people of Karn since the fall of their empire had gone on to become farmers, but one of the Masters of Karn remained behind. He scattered the super weapon of Karn. It could not be destroyed so he merely scattered it instead across the planet in the form of 7 crystals.

As soon as the Daleks had heard of the weapon however they enslaved the population of the planet which they did with the aid of the native life forms the Clawrantulars.

Fortunately the Doctor would soon be on hand to stop them. This however was not the Docto from our universe. It was in fact an alternate reality version of the Doctor. In this other universe the time lords of that reality had looked into a possible future and had seen that the Daleks from our reality would do something that would threaten every universe.

Apparently the weapon that they hoped to assemble on Karn was more powerful than even they had thought. If used it would create a rip in the vortex itself which would eventually consume every universe. In order to prevent this catastrophe from happening the time lords sent their version of the Doctor through a rip between universes. The Doctor was not even aware of what was happening or that he was arriving in another universe. Upon arriving on Karn the time lords simply told him to retrieve the crystals. In doing so however he was shot by a Dalek which caused him to regenerate into his next incarnation.

Just before he regenerated he managed to make his way to the TARDIS where in his delirium he took the TARDIS to earth. There he landed in the middle of a play. After staggering out of the TARDIS and onto the stage two members of the audience went on stage to help him. Jenny and Jimmy.

The two would help the regenerating Doctor back into the TARDIS where once they entered it was quickly whisked away back to Karn by the Time lords so that this alternate version of the 4th Doctor could complete his mission.

The three of them would soon explore Karn. Encountering members of a resistance movement along the way, though the Doctor was able to retrieve the crystals including one from the last Master of Karn the Daleks were later able to corner him and his companions and demanded that they hand over the crystals.

The Doctor from another universe and his companions Jennie and Jimmy come face to face with a Dalek on Karn

Ultimately however the Doctor was able to defeat the Daleks by causing the ultimate weapon they had placed the crystals in to explode. Though the crystals were not damaged the Daleks entire base was destroyed, and the crystals were buried under tons of rubble.

Having saved every universe and freed Karn from Dalek rule the Doctor took Jennie and Jimmy home, though he would later take them for more adventures before the Time Lords took him back to his own universe, with our Doctor having never been aware that there was another version of him running around.

The Dalek Supreme was forced to self destruct for his failure in the Karn mission by the Emperor and his second in command a black Dalek took his place as the second in command of the new Dalek race. The Gold Dalek the previous second in command had been killed by Daak many years earlier. Dalek X was considered an abomination by the Emperor and was not made the second in command either.

As the years rolled on the Daleks slowly began to lose the war. Despite being more advanced than any of the races they were facing they were simply outnumbered.

In the final years of the war they made one last ditch attempt to try and beat humanity using the Arkheon Threshold.

The Arkheon Threshold was a legendary schism in time in space which if opened could give a life form access to the entire time vortex itself. Even the time lords feared the Arkheon Threshold.

The Daleks had discovered it in the early days of their second empire. They had set up a secret base on the planet and for centuries have tried to find a way to gain control of the Threshold.

They finally discover that they can find it by extracting the planets core. Unfortunately once again their sworn enemy the Doctor would be on hand to stop them.

This incarnation of the Doctor was from a much later point in the Daleks history. It was the 10th Doctor who had accidentally crossed his own time line.

The 10th Doctor encountered his greatest enemies out of sync with his own timeline

The 10th Doctor encountered a group of Dalek bounty hunters piloting the ship called the Wayfarer. Together they travelled to Arkheon as the Doctor suspected that the Daleks wanted to gain access to the threshold. As soon they landed on the planet however they were captured by the Daleks. The Doctor did not know that they had already found the planet. He believed that they were merely searching for it. With all of the bounty hunters captured, the Doctor was taken before Dalek X himself. Dalek X by this point had become the one Dalek that every Dalek bounty hunter dreamed of killing, yet at the same time he was also the one Dalek that they were all afraid of too.

Dalek X proceeded to torture the Doctor for his own enjoyment. He simply wished to see how much pain he could inflict on a timelord and tortured the Doctor for many hours on end. After he finished the torture session Dalek X told the Doctor that after they had extracted the planets core they would find the Threshold using a Chronon collider which he intended to power using the Doctors own TARDIS as a control element.

Though the Doctor refused at first even under torture ultimately Dalek X was able to gain his co-operation by threatening a young woman and her daughter. Once the Daleks had gained access to the Threshold they would control the very time vortex itself and use it to wipe both humanity and the time lords from existence.

Ultimately the Doctor was able to stop them however with the aid of the bounty hunters many of whom gave their lives he was able to causes an explosion on the planet Hurala where the Daleks base was by rigging the silo to explode. Unfortunately as there was no way to override the safety ride someone had to stay behind to do it manually. One of the Bounty hunters named Bowman agreed to do it despite protests from Koral his companion who was in love with him. Fortunately the Doctor using the TARDIS was able to rescue him just before the base exploded  which destroyed the entire Dalek fleet. The Doctor then sealed the threshold and the Daleks base on Archeon was overrun by the earth forces.

Hurala was quarantined off by humanity due to the radiation levels caused by the explosion. Dalek X meanwhile had survived the blast but was badly damaged. The Doctor visited him telling him that the Daleks had lost and that by the time the human quarantine had finished he will be long dead and no one will be able to find him. Dalek X nevertheless assured the Doctor that he will return and that when he does he will find the Doctor. The Doctor simply responded that he would be waiting.

After the loss of Dalek X and the Archeon threshold the Daleks finally surrendered to humanity and the war was over. The Daleks completely withdrew from Earth’s galaxy and retreated across the cosmos. They also abandoned their home planet Skaro.

Skaro had long since lost the ability to travel through space by itself as the motor that did this had broken down.

The Thals wished to return to Skaro but unfortunately for them the planet was once again quarantined by the earth empire.

Though the losses were big for the Daleks it was not a total defeat as they still had many planets and even whole solar systems under their control. Gradually over the years they would begin to build up their empire again in systems long beyond earth’s reach.

They were cautious about launching another attack on the earth however. Even though earth had been weakened it still had so many allies and the Daleks did not wish to waste more resources on them until the time was right to strike.

An opportunity soon presented itself when a new form of space plague began to spread throughout humanities colonies. The Daleks were completely immune to this plague, whilst humanity struggled to find a cure.

Eventually mankind discovered that a substance known as parinnium could cure the Plague, but unfortunately it was so rare it was practically non existent on every planet in the known galaxy except for Exxilon. Exxilon had been a planet that people had been terrified to venture too since mankind had first journeyed out to the stars. According to the old legends no one ever returned from this mysterious unknown planet.

Nevertheless an earth expedition would soon be sent there to retrieve the parrinium which earth satellites had discovered was on the planet from space.

Upon landing on the planet the earth expedition was soon drained of all power and they were attacked by savage, hooded creatures. The Daleks meanwhile having found out that the humans had wanted the parrinium landed on Exxilon too. They wished to steal the Parrinium and then launch a plague missile on the planet that would destroy all life on it and prevent mankind from ever landing there again. The Daleks would then use the parrinium the only known cure to the plague that was threatening to kill billions of people across the entire galaxy to hold the earth empire to ransom and force it to surrender.

As soon as the Daleks landed they found themselves affected by the same power drain that had stranded the earth ship. Not only was their ship similarly stranded, but their weaponry was totally drained.

Thus completely helpless the Daleks were forced to work alongside the humans and also the Doctor who had also landed on the planet by accident and whose TARDIS had similarly been affected by the power drain.

On the planet Exxilon the Doctor is forced to work alongside his greatest enemies.

Eventually the Daleks were able to overcome the power drain by replacing their dead laser weaponry with machine guns These machine guns allowed them to slaughter the native life forms the Exxillons on mass and enslave both them and the humans forcing them both to mine for parrinium and bring it on board their ship. The Doctor and his companion Sarah Jane Smith meanwhile met up with a friendly group of Exxilons led by an Exxilon called Bellal. Bellal explained to them that the Exxillons had once been an advanced race but their time came when they built a city that was alive. The city turned on them and very nearly wiped them out. They split into two factions. One who worshipped the city as a God, the savages and the others, Bellal’s group who sought to destroy it and free their planet.

Bellal also told them that the City was the source of the power drain The Doctor and Bellal ventured through the city braving all of its traps and hazards (including two zombies that the city created to attack them), and managed to disrupt its brain causing the whole city to melt. The Daleks had also destroyed the beacon too and thus the power was restored. Now at full power the Daleks revealed their true plans and took off preparing to launch their plague missiles at the planet. Fortunately however a member of the earth expedition stowed away on board their space ship and activated one of their own bombs destroying the ship before it could fire its missiles.

Sarah Jane revealed to the Doctor that she had already stowed the parrinium on board the earth ship anyway.

Mankind was able to cure the plague and the Daleks having lost their tactical advantage once again retreated across the stars.

Return of Davros and the Movellan War

“This moment is unique in the history of the universe. Davros lives!”

As the Daleks kept expanding into deeper space the monsters soon came into contact with an enemy who could match them. The Movellans.

The Movellans were a race of ruthless machine creatures every bit as bad as the Daleks. They sought to conquer the galaxy too. Being just as advanced as the Daleks when the two races faced one another they were so perfectly matched they were literally unable to harm one another.

Due to the fact that both races relied solely on logic every time one battle computer tried to launch an attack the other’s would logically find a way to block it. Thus centuries passed without a shot being fired. As the Doctor put the Daleks and the Movellans two of the most vicious and ruthless races in the universe had found the solution for eternal peace.

What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. The Daleks and the Movellans where locked in a stalemate for centuries.

The Daleks soon sought help from the most unlikely of sources their creator Davros.

Davros had in fact survived his extermination from centuries ago. The Emperor had in fact been aware of this for many years. Having kept the old records from the Kaled bunker on Davros’s life support machine the emperor was aware that it had merely placed him into a state of suspended animation and that he could be revived at any point. He had kept this knowledge secret as he believed that the Daleks may have use for their creator at some point. Now was the time. The Emperor hoped that Davros could perhaps break the stale mate for the Daleks as he did not rely on logic or that he could perhaps re condition the Daleks so as not to be so dependent on logic.

The Daleks quickly headed for Skaro. A Dalek task force was able to make its way past the human quarantine and land on the surface of the planet with several humanoid slaves.

They begin to dig to where the remains of the old Kaled bunker had been. Unfortunately for the Daleks not only had a team of Movellans anded on Skaro, but once again their archenemy the Doctor arrived at this vital moment for them.

This was the 4th Doctor alongside Romana a time lady. Together they were able with the aid of some Movellans and an escaped Dalek prisoner to find Davros first before the Daleks by making their way down a massive shaft the Daleks had dug.

Davros came to life as the Doctor entered the room. With his life support machine having finished regenerating his organs and now he was ready to live again. The Doctor tried to get Davros away from the Daleks, but the Daleks began killing their own prisoners forcing the Doctor to hand Davros over to them, though the Doctor was able to negotiate the release of their prisoners.

The Doctor discovered what the Movellans really were and how they had planned to destroy Skaro in order to prevent the Daleks from gaining the advantage. They also hoped to capture the Doctor and use him to help them break the stalemate with the Daleks as well.

The Doctor however was able to beat the Movellans by using the freed Dalek slaves to attack them. Though a highly advanced race the Movellans were easy to beat in hand to hand combat and thus the humans in a one on one fight overpowered them relatively easily. Davros meanwhile growing paranoid about the Movellan ship sent a squad of Daleks  to blow themselves up when they reached the ship. The Doctor however made his way to where Davros’s base was where after killing the Dalek that guarded him he forced Davros to activate the bombs before the Daleks reached the ship destroying them.

The humans subsequently left for the earth empire in the Movellan ship with Davros as their prisoner.

Davros was put on trial by the earth empire for his crimes against all of sentient life for creating the Daleks. He was eventually found guilty and frozen.

The Daleks meanwhile would continue their war with the Movellans for another 90 years. Eventually the Movellans where ironically able to work out a logical solution to the problem by creating a virus that attacked the Dalek mutants. The entire Dalek fleet was wiped out in an instant by the plague and their empire crumbled virtually over night.

The second Dalek empire had come to an even more dismal ending than the first and the Daleks were forced to flee from the Movellans altogether in order to avoid being driven to extinction.

The last few Daleks left alive led by the Emperor and the Supreme Dalek soon regrouped and tried to find a way to survive and recover from their humiliating defeat.

In the next chapter we will look at how they came back stronger than ever as well as the power struggle between the Emperor and Davros.

The History of the Daleks Part 1: The Creation of the Daleks and The Days of the First Empire

This series will be about the history of the Daleks within the fictional Doctor Who universe itself. My motto is that EVERYTHING IS CANON! I will try and include all Dalek stories even if they are contradictory to one another. For instance I will try and fit all 4 origins of the Daleks together rather than simply pick one. Obviously I will have to fill in a few gaps a long the way but pretty much everything that you read here comes from a licensed Doctor Who story and not just from the television series. This history will take all forms of spin off material into account from the Big Finish Audio’s to comic books to stage shows. Remember EVERYTHING IS CANON!

The Daleks are the most evil, dangerous and feared creatures in all of creation. Originally from the planet Skaro, the monsters cut a bloody swath through several galaxies across millions of years, destroying entire civilisations and wiping out whole species.

Gathered here for the first time are the full Dalek Chronicles. The Dalek Chronicles are small glass cubes with pieces of micro film inside them that contain information about the history of the Daleks (as well as our own future).

It is not known who sent them. David Whitaker suggested in his extensive study that they may have come from a Dalek museum that exploded in the future. Russell T Davies meanwhile believes that they may have been sent intentionally from the year 5 billion.

Whatever the case the first ever Dalek Chronicles cube was discovered by the late great Terry Nation in his own garden in the year 1963.

Nation managed to translate the information that was contained within this small cube with the help of his friend David Whitaker.

Other Dalek chronicles would later be discovered and translated by a number of other prominent experts on alien life over the years, including Ben Aaronovitch who managed to translate the cube that told of the destruction of Skaro. Russell T Davies also discovered the cube that told of the time war, which helped to explain the circumstances surrounding the Dalek Invasion of Earth in the year 2009.

Prior to this invasion many people did not believe the information contained within the Dalek Chronicles to be real, and indeed the study of them was a very obscure, fringe area of research.

After the Dalek Invasion however searches for more cubes became widespread across the entire world.

The most recent Dalek chronicles were discovered and translated by Steven Moffat who helped to shed more light on the time war including for the first time how it actually ended.

It is not known what effect our knowledge of this information will have on our future. It might change it, or perhaps knowing this information and trying to change it will ultimately end up creating the very future we hope to avoid. Whatever the case at the very least this knowledge will hopefully alert any of you reading to the danger of the Daleks.

Ever since they first came from the sky on that fateful night when the earth was transported half way across the universe, mankind has been desperate to know the truth about these mysterious and cruel invaders. Now for the first time thanks to the tireless work of some of the most renowned experts on alien life and time travel theories such as Terry Nation, David Whitaker, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat their full history can be compiled here.

By Petronella Osgood

In The Beginning: The Planet Skaro

The Daleks originated on the planet Skaro. Not much information has been given on the early history of Skaro before its two dominant humanoid races, the Kaleds and the Thals evolved.

It is known that it was the twelfth planet from its sun in its solar system. It also had a similar atmosphere, climate and gravity to that of the planet earth.

Life also developed in a similar fashion on Skaro too. Gigantic Dinosaurs evolved on the planet as did humanoid life forms. Unlike on earth however the humanoids where shown to emerge at the same time as the Dinosaurs.

Skarosian ceratopsian

An example of the Dinosaurian life forms on Skaro

At some point the single humanoid race split off into four separate species. The Dals, The Kaleds, the Thals and the Tharon’s.

The Dals were said to be teachers and philosophers, whilst both the Thals and the Kaleds appear to have been warriors. Almost next to nothing is known about the Tharon’s.

Both the Dals and the Tharons were driven to extinction by the Kaleds. Though a few pieces of Dal culture would survive and become integrated by the Kaleds.

The Kaleds would later become locked in a war with the Thals. It is not known what caused this war, but considering the fact that by the time it started the Kaleds had already exterminated two entire species on Skaro, it seems likely that they were the instigators.

At the same time however it is known that the Thal culture was also brutal too and thus it is possible that they may have been the aggressors. Perhaps the Thals grew scared after seeing what the Kaleds did to the Tharons and the Dals and declared war on them first for their own survival.

Whatever the case both races waged an all out war against one another that lasted for over 1000 years. During the course of this war atomic and nuclear weapons would be deployed by both sides against each other which slowly but surely destroyed the surface of the planet. Turning it from a beautiful green paradise into a barren, dead wasteland.

The Kaleds and the Thals developed all kinds of devastating weapons to use against one another such as the “Hand Mines”.

The nuclear weapons eventually polluted the air of Skaro itself and caused both the Kaled’s and the Thals to slowly mutate. These mutations who were christened “Muto’s”, where banished to the wastelands of Skaro where they mostly perished, though some of them managed to survive and became savage creatures. Killing anyone who dared to venture into the wastelands. The limited resources also meant that many Kaled and Thal soldiers had to resort to using more primitive weaponry too.

Near the end of the war emerged an important figure who would not only change the face of Skaro but of the very universe itself forever. Davros.

Davros was the son of Lady Calcula and Councillor Quested. The two had been having an affair which ultimately resulted in his birth. He also had an elder sister Yarvell.

At some point during his childhood Davros became lost in a Handmine field. With the previous Kaled soldier who tried to save him being killed, Davros was soon approached by an older looking man with silver hair, who threw a sonic device to him that allowed them to communicate. At first the man tried to give him advice that would help him, but later after Davros told him his name, the mysterious stranger left with a look of horror on his face.

Little did Davros know the man was in fact his future archenemy. The renegade time lord known as the Doctor. Ultimately the Doctor would return brandishing a weapon. He told Davros that he was going to save his friend the only way he could and shouted “Exterminate” before blasting the hand mines with the weapon saving Davros. The Doctor then told Davros that he had shown him mercy and took him by the hand, helping him to get home.

YoungDavros

Davros as a boy comes face to face with his saviour and future archenemy the Doctor.

Davros was discouraged from his interest in science by his step father Colonel Nasgard who wanted him to become a soldier. Nasgard mistakenly believed himself to be Davros’s biological father.

Davros would later join Military Corps but he was very quickly put in charge of developing new weapons. He came to believe in sharp contrast to his sister who was a peace activist that the Kaleds must completely and utterly exterminate the entire Thal race forever.

Later after the death of his entire family except for his mother, Davros was able to join the Scientific Corps.

Some time after his mother died, Davros was horifficly disfigured in a Thal bombardment on the Kaled dome.

DAvros Burnt2

Davros is crippled for life by the Thals

After the explosion, Davros was left without his left arm his legs, entire lower body, and even his taste buds. His eyes were also so badly damaged that he could barely open them.

Davros was placed in a special life support machine which kept his body in a kind of stasis. This prevented his body from breaking down and ironically prolonged his life by many years. His life support machine also meant that he no longer needed any nourishment either.

An eyestalk bulb was also placed on his forehead which allowed him to see through this third eye.

Davros after his accident

Davros would later assassinate the members of the Council of Twelve, the Kaled head’s of state. Following their demise, Davros became the most senior citizen within the Kaled Dome and thus began to wield considerable power.

He would later be made the head of the Kaled Scientific elite itself alongside his associate the ruthless and sadistic Nyder.

Davros soon discovered through his experiments that the Kaled people where destined to continue to mutate. As the air of Skaro itself had become polluted there was no way to reverse the mutation process. Thus more and more mutations would continue to be born over the generations, until eventually the entire species itself would be nothing but mutants, and they would continue to mutate until they eventually reached a final mutated form.

Davros wanted to find out what the final result of the Kaled mutation cycle would be, and ensure a way for it to survive. He took living Kaled cells and subjected them to large amounts of radiation that was present in the air of Skaro causing them to mutate. Many of these creatures Davros created where banished to the waste lands after he was done with them just like the muto’s. Whilst most of them died others did manage to survive, but most of them degenerated to the level of savage animals.

Davros eventually discovered what it was the Kaleds were destined to mutate into. Slimy, amorphous, Octopus like blob creatures.

Realizing these Kaled mutants could not survive on their own Davros soon began to develop war machines that could house them. At the same time he also began to experiment on their minds. Davros removed all emotions from these mutants brains that he believed were weaknesses in the Kaled race. Emotions such as love, pity and compassion. He also programmed into their minds a strong hatred of all other life forms that were different to them. Davros did this as he believed that in order to survive the Kaled mutants would need to be aggressive to all other life forms. He felt that one race must dominate all the others. In his own twisted way Davros believed that only then could you have peace as the one superior race who ruled, would do so benevolently.

In truth however deep down Davros who had been driven insane by the accident that scarred him, really just longed for power and even revenge against the universe itself for what had happened to him. He hoped that his new creations, whom he considered superior to his own race the Kaleds, would allow him to achieve this.

The Kaleds did not believe that life existed on other worlds. Despite this however Davros though dismissing it in the public eye considered it a possibility.

He had never found out just who the man who had saved him as a child was and how he had suddenly managed to appear out of nowhere and then vanish once again. He also had analysed the mysterious sonic device that the stranger had left with him, and found it to be in advance of anything that the Kaled people had developed. Over the years he came to believe that this man was in fact an alien from another world.

Thus he programmed into the Kaled mutant’s the possibility of there being life on other planets, and that if they did exist then they would have to conquer them to in order to protect their own race from any threats to it.

Davros essentially removed all emotions from these Kaled’s brains except for hatred. Davros came to name his creation, the Kaled Mutant in the robot shell, a Dalek.

The word Dalek actually came from the language of the extinct Dals. Davros had managed to obtain a copy of The Book of Predictions which had been written by the Dals.

It contained a prophecy that stated that ordinary men would one day become gods, with Dalek being the Dal word for god.

The Creation of Davros’ Daleks

“And on that day men will become as Gods” The first Daleks created by Davros.

As Davros carried on with his experiments. Out in the wastelands of Skaro appeared a man who would stop at nothing to prevent the evil he was creating from being unleashed upon the universe. The Doctor.

This version of the Doctor was a much earlier incarnation than the one who had rescued Davros as a boy. This was the Fourth Doctor who had been sent to Skaro by his own people, the time lords.

The time lords had foreseen a version of the future where the Daleks had destroyed all other life forms in the universe. In order to avoid this the time lords decided to send the Doctor back in time to tamper with Dalek history by altering their development, slowing it down or even if need be wiping the Daleks from history.

The Doctor and his two human companions Harry and Sarah were given a time ring which would allow them to be reunited with the TARDIS, though only once their mission was completed.

The three of them where soon separated with Sarah being kidnapped by the Thals and the Doctor and Harry ending up in the Kaled dome.

By this point only one Kaled and Thal city survived. All the others had been destroyed. With these two cities also now being all that was left of either the Thal or the Kaled races in general.

The Thals where preparing a final strike against the Kaled people. They had created a rocket that they believed would be powerful enough to destroy the entire Kaled race.

Little did they really know that it would not be able to barely scratch the surface of giant dome that covered the Kaled city.

The Doctor meanwhile managed to make his way into the Kaled bunker. After almost becoming the first victim of a Dalek when Davros tried to use him as target practice, the Doctor with the aid of a Kaled scientist named Ronson, was able to collect evidence of Davros’s experiments which he presented to the Kaled government.

Despite his influence the Kaled government could still override Davros if they wished too and after what the Doctor showed them they intended to shut down his experiments. Unfortunately for them Davros would subsequently betray the Kaleds.

He gave the Thals the secrets they needed to penetrate the Kaled dome which would allow their rocket to destroy their city.

The Thals believed Davros’ lies that he simply wanted to bring an end to the war on their planet as they were in Davros’s own words “hungry for victory“.

The Thals launched their rocket despite the Doctors attempts to stop them. With the Kaled city gone all that remained of the Kaled people was Davros himself and the scientists in his bunker.

Davros subsequently claimed Ronson was the traitor and had him gunned down by the Daleks.

Davros then declared “Today the Kaled race is gone consumed in the fire’s of war, but from its ashes shall rise a new race the supreme creature the ultimate conquerer of the universe THE DALEKS”

Davros sent a few Daleks to the Thal city. The Thals where celebrating finally triumphing over their enemies and caught completely off guard, though even without the element of surprise the Daleks were still too powerful for them.

The Daleks began to slaughter their way through the Thals without mercy gunning down thousands of them and levelling their entire city.

A few of the Thals managed to escape and the Doctor told them that they would need to attack Davros’ bunker in order to defeat the Daleks. The Doctor would later be captured however by Davros alongside his two companions.

Davros had discovered that the Doctor had not only been an alien but a time traveller after reading Ronson’s interrogation and examination of him. Though the Doctor tried to warn Davros of the suffering the Daleks would cause. Davros did not care and instead was only interested in learning of the times the Daleks lost and demanding to know the reasons for it. Davros proceeded to torture both Sarah and Harry in order to force the Doctor to tell him the reason for every Dalek defeat.

Though the Doctor was forced to comply he later managed to destroy the tape Davros had made. The Doctor soon formed an alliance with several of Davros’ own Kaled scientists who like Ronson had become horrified at what he was creating.

At one point the Doctor had the option of actually destroying the Daleks but he ultimately gave it up. He wondered if morally he had the right to exterminate an entire species at birth, and also that if perhaps some things might even be better with the Daleks as they in the future would unite many races due to their mutual fear and hatred of the Daleks.

Ultimately whilst the Doctor did not destroy the Daleks he still managed to prevent the Time Lord’s vision of the future from coming to pass by not only destroying much of Davros’s work, but also with the aid of the Thals trapping the Daleks in the Kaled bunker by causing an explosion which buried it under thousands of tons of rubble.

The Doctor estimated that it would take them thousands of years to escape which would give other species enough time to catch up with them, and stop them before they could reach the point where they could wipe out all other life forms.

All of the Kaled scientists that had turned on Davros had been subsequently exterminated by the Daleks. With Davros and the Kaleds who had remained loyal to him having been trapped in the bunker with the Daleks. The Daleks then subsequently turned on their creator.

They proceeded to exterminate Davros. Davros ironically just before his apparent death begged them to show pity to all of the men who had remained loyal to him, including his right hand man Nyder.

After exterminating Davros the Dalek who had assumed leadership of the rest declared.

“We are entombed but we live on. This is only the beginning. We will prepare, we will grow stronger. When the time is right we will emerge and take our rightful place as the supreme power of the universe!!!!”

The Daleks immediately tried to make good on that promise and began trying to find a way to escape from their prison. Davros and the other Kaled’s bodies meanwhile they merely stuffed into an old locker.

Little did the Daleks know that Davros was not completely dead. His life support machine the very thing that had kept him alive for years placed him in a state of suspended animation, whilst it slowly began to repair many of his organs that had been damaged by the Dalek’s death rays.

The Thal’s meanwhile with their city destroyed by the Daleks soon left the area to make a new start whilst the Doctor, Sarah and Harry left Skaro using the time ring.

As they vanished through time and space itself Sarah commented that their mission had been a failure, but the Doctor feeling content stated

“Although I know that the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years I also know that out of their evil must come something good.”

The Creation of Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks

Zolfian with his creations.

The surviving Thals would flee to Skaro’s second continent. They found this continent less irradiated than the one they and the Kaled’s had lived on for centuries, and they were actually able to grow food there.

Meanwhile little did the Thal’s know some of Davros’s early experiments had survived. The mutants he had cast out, whilst most of them had perished and most of the few who had survived had degenerated in animals. A few were still nevertheless able to retain their intelligence.

These Kaleds were not quite as mutated as the Daleks. Their shape was still humanoid, but they were horrible, squat, blue skinned, goblin like creatures.

The blue skinned humanoid Daleks. They were early experiments of Davros, not quite as far down the Kaled Mutation cycle as his finished Daleks trapped in the bunker.

These Kaled mutants remembering who had created them soon made their way back to Davros’s bunker. Most of the bunker was gone, but there was still a few upper sections left unburied.

There the Kaled mutants found notes from Davros about the Kaled mutation cycle and the Daleks as well as even notes about the battle armour he intended to house them in.

They declared themselves Daleks after what they read in Davros’s old notes. The creatures whilst sentient had no idea what they were before discovering Davros’s papers.

These blue skinned humanoid Daleks soon set about rebuilding the old Kaled city that had been destroyed by the Thals.

Within a couple of decades the humanoid Daleks had completely rebuilt the old Kaled city. Led by a man named Zolfian, the Daleks still sought to exterminate the Thals.

They had come to worship Davros almost as a messianic figure. Thus they adopted his xenophobic beliefs as their own. They were not conditioned to believe that all other life forms were inferior like Davros’ Daleks as he had not begun to experiment on their minds when he discarded them. Instead they simply adopted it as their main belief.

With the Thals now living on another continent the Daleks began launching missiles at the Thal city. The Thals meanwhile had forsaken their old war like ways due to their previous conflict. They had also found a way to prevent themselves from continuing to mutate too.

The Thals offered the Daleks a chance for peace, but the Daleks flat out refused and thus in order to protect themselves the Thals were drawn into yet another war.

Both races began to launch missiles at one another from their continents, though very few if any wherever able to actually hit their targets. Due to the lack of resources it was hard to develop effective weaponry.

Eventually the head of the scientific elite Yarvelling soon began to construct a robotic war machine based on Davros’s old design for the Dalek casings. Unfortunately Yarvelling was nowhere near as great a scientific mind as Davros. His Dalek casing was not only not as powerful but also had trouble moving on non metallic surfaces without breaking down. Yarvelling couldn’t find a way for these casings to power themselves like Davros had done.

Yarvelling reveals his new War Machines based on Davros’s old design to Zolfian.

Zolfian meanwhile had planned to use a new form of neutron bomb that he believed would have been capable of destroying the entire continent that the Thals lived on. Zolfian wished to pollute the whole continent to ensure that no thals could live there afterwards. All of the Dalek resources were being pulled into this doomsday weapon.

Despite this however Yarvelling continued to work on his war machines hoping that it could be used to eradicate any Thals who may have survived Zolfian’s weapon.

Yarvelling did not have much faith in Zolfian’s weapon. He believed that it was unstable and actually could threaten all of Skaro itself. Unfortunately Zolfian eager to see the destruction of the Thals once and for all refused to listen to Yarvelling.

Later a storm would strike the Dalek city and set the bomb off. The bomb not only consumed the city of the Daleks, but virtually all of Skaro itself.

The bomb was far more dangerous than even Yarvelling had predicted and it managed to bring about the final destruction of the planet Skaro.

Most of the Thals were exterminated in the blast, whilst the few who survived were horribly mutated. They would work hard to create a drug that could allow them to survive the irradiated air of Skaro and even reverse the effects. After Zolfian’s bomb the air had now become completely toxic to the point where without the new anti radiation drugs, the Thals could not survive for more than a few days before dying of radiation poisoning.

As for the Daleks both Zolfian and Yarvelling had managed to survive the blast by finding shelter in an underground bunker which also protected them from the irradiated air. Eventually after over a year underground the two men decided to venture to the surface in order to see if there were any other Dalek survivors.

They were soon confronted by a surviving Dalek who was now housing himself in one of Yarvelling’s war machine’s based on Davros’ old design for a Dalek casing.

The Dalek explained that most of their kind had been killed in the blast but a few unlucky survivors had become horribly mutated. These Daleks had been pushed further down their mutation cycle by Zolfian’s bomb, though still not quite to the point that Davros had accelerated the earlier Daleks too.

The mutant Daleks had come to house themselves in Yarvelling’s war machine’s believing that it was the only thing that could protect them from the poison air.

The mutant Dalek asked Zolfian and Yarvelling to construct more Dalek casings to house its mutated kin.

The two men agreed for the good of their race. Unfortunately though they were able to construct more casings they soon perished from the polluted air on Skaro. Unlike the Thal scientists they had not bothered to try and find a way to survive the polluted air of Skaro. The focused all of their efforts on creating casings for the other Daleks.

The first Dalek who approached Zolfian and Yarvelling had declared itself the Emperor of the Daleks and had been placed in a larger golden casing as a result.

The First Emperor of the Daleks

The Daleks were able to survive in their metal casings, but unfortunately many of the casings began to break down and in order to find a way to power them permanently, the emperor was forced to draw static electricity from the metal floors of the Dalek city This meant that the Daleks could not leave their city however as if they did then the machines would lose power and the creatures would die.

Thus the Dalek race was seemingly confined to their city, though they were still able to live there as it had everything they needed to survive in their including machines that could produce artificial non irradiated food.

The Daleks would remain trapped in their city for many centuries until they would encounter their two greatest enemies once more, the Thals and the Doctor.

Masters of Skaro

The Thals would later travel to the continent the Daleks where living on. Their own continent had been drained of the few resources it had left after Zolfian’s bomb and was virtually dead. Hoping that there might be some life on the other continent the Thals also hoped that there might be some Dalek survivors and that they could work with them to rebuild their planet.

By this point the Thals had become complete pacifists. Despite the fact that it was the Daleks who had launched the neutron bob that had devastated Skaro the Thals still blamed themselves for the conflict. They decided to never under any circumstances fight in a war again and hoped that they could reason with the Daleks should any of them have survived.

Having long since left their city the Thals took with them samples of their drug, food supplies and some historical records, most of which had become lost.

The Thals had virtually no documents about the Kaleds, though they had some records of the Dals.

The last group of Thals soon stumbled upon the Dalek city. Unsure of whether or not to explore it little did they know they were soon spotted by the Daleks camera’s at the edge of their city.

The Daleks were absolutely horrified to see that some of their enemies had survived after believing that they had exterminated them 500 years ago.

Realizing that if the Thals had survived then they must have had something that could allow them to survive outside in the poison air. The Daleks wanted whatever it was the Thals had in order to survive outside of their casings.

Meanwhile in the petrified jungle of Skaro the Daleks greatest enemy, the Doctor arrived. Though this was not the first time he had arrived on Skaro, technically it would be from his point of view the first time he ever encountered the Daleks and as a result things would never be the same for the renegade time lord again.

The Doctor in his first incarnation was desperate to explore this strange, seemingly dead planet despite his companions misgivings. He later tricked them into exploring the Dalek city that he had seen in the distance by claiming that a piece of his TARDIS was damaged and the only way he could repair it would be too explore the city where there might be the necessary equipment to fix it.

This decision would ultimately be the worst the Doctor would make in any of his many lives.

The Thals had spotted the Doctor and his companions when they were exploring the dead forest. Their leader Aloydn attempted to contact Susan the Doctor’s grand daughter, but as it was dark and she couldn’t see him properly she paniced and fled befored he could speak to her.

Later just before the Doctor and co left for the city Aloydn left a box that contained the anti radiation drugs outside of the TARDIS. The Doctor unsure of what it was simply placed it in the TARDIS to examine later and headed off for the city with his companions.

Whilst there Barbara became separated from the others and was kidnapped by a Dalek.

Barbara comes face to face with one of Skaro’s nastiest.

The Doctor, Ian and Susan meanwhile would discover a giga counter upstairs that revealed to them that the air of the planet was polluted. Realising that they had all contracted radiation poisoning due to their long exposure to it, the Doctor revealed his bluff to a furious Ian. Before the travellers could even begin to search for Barbara they were captured by a patrol of Daleks.

Ian in his attempt to escape was shot by a Dalek that merely paralysed his legs as the creatures wanted to keep him and the others alive for questioning.

With all 3 of them being placed in a cell alongside Barbara the Daleks would later interrogate the Doctor on his own.

They initially believed him to be a Thal but the Doctor soon convinced them that he was a visitor from another world. During his conversation with his Dalek captors the Doctor came to realise that the box left outside the TARDIS was in fact a sample of the Thals anti radiation drugs.

He made a deal with the Daleks that one of them would leave the city to retrieve the drugs which they would then split. Though the Daleks agreed to this they ultimately had no intentions of allowing the Doctor and his companions to keep any of the drugs.

Susan being the youngest was the least affected by the radiation sickness and therefore she was sent out to retrieve the drugs from the TARDIS.

On the way back she encountered Alodyn who explained to her the history of his planet. He told her that his people wished to make peace with the Daleks and rebuild Skaro. Nevertheless he didn’t entirely trust them and so he gave Susan a second supply of drugs.

As soon as Susan arrived back in the city the Daleks discovered the second supply. They allowed her and her friends to use them simply because they felt that they could use them in their plans. The Daleks heard from Susan that the Thals wished to make peace with them and so they decided to use her to lure their old enemies into a trap.

They got Susan to write a note which they then left on the gates of their city which said that the Thals where to come to their city the next day and collect food and water from them and that together they could then rebuild all of Skaro.

That Thals desperate for peace believed them and came to the city the next day, unaware that the Daleks intended to exterminate them.

The Doctor and his companions meanwhile managed to overpower the Dalek that was guarding them by figuring out their weakness that they needed to pick up power through the floors. They managed to defeat it by dragging it across a cloak that Alodyn had given to Susan which separated it from the floors.

Ian later managed to warn the Thals just as they walked in the Dalek’s ambush. Unfortunately he was too late to save the Thal’s leader who was gunned down in cold blood by the Daleks.

The rest of the Thals meanwhile managed to escape back into the jungle. Ian attempted to convince them to fight the Daleks but the Thals who had forsaken violence refused and instead planned to simply move back to the plateau they had stayed in briefly before moving down to the Dalek city.

Ultimately however the Doctor and his companions where able to convince the Thals to fight back, though this was not just out of pure altruism. The Doctor needed the Thals help to get back the piece of TARDIS that he ironically had pretended had been damaged in order to explore the city in the first place. The Daleks had stolen it from him whilst they held him prisoner.

The Doctor his companions and the Thals split up into two separate groups. The first one was led by Ian and Barbara which attacked the Dalek city from the back. The back of the city had the perfect natural defence. It was surrounded by a large lake filled with mutations. One Thal was killed was passing by it, but Ian and Barbara’s team where nevertheless able to make their way up the mountain and through a treacherous cave system into the city, though another Thal fell to his death in the process.

The second team led by the Doctor attempted to attack the Daleks from the front, but the Doctor and Susan were captured in the process. In the Daleks custody Susan and the Doctor discovered that the monsters were planning to flood Skaro with radiation that would permanently pollute the air of the planet to the point where not even the Thals would be able to survive with their anti radiation drugs.

The Daleks were doing this not just to destroy the Thals but also to survive too. They had tested the Thal’s anti radiation drugs on themselves and discovered that it was like poison to them. Ironically over the years the Daleks had mutated to the point where they had become dependent on radiation and in order to survive outside of their casings they needed to pollute the air with more radiation.

The Doctor pleaded with them to try and find a way to co exist with the Thals but the Daleks stated that the only interest they had in the Thals was their extermination. The Doctor even offered them the secrets of the TARDIS at one point in exchange for the Thals lives, but the Daleks still prepared to flood the planet with the radiation.

Fortunately Ian and Barbara’s group of Thals having made their way into the city attacked the Daleks. Though the Daleks had the upper hand in the fight, Ian and Barbara’s group managed to distract them long enough for the rest of the Thals led by Alodyn to attack the front of the city. The Daleks were overwhelmed having not expected the Thals to strike back, and the Thals managed to knock out their main power source, whilst the Doctor prevented their reactor from unleashing the radiation on the planet..

All of the Daleks began to lose power to their machines one by one. The last Dalek to lose power begged the Doctor to help, but the Doctor stated coldly that he didn’t know how.

The Daleks were seemingly dead. Though the Thals wished there had been another way, the Doctor told them that they had had no choice and left them to rebuild their world. During his time with the Thals the Doctor had looked at their few surviving historical record. Seeing portraits of the Dals, the Doctor incorrectly believed that the Dals were the forebears of the Daleks. The name Dalek did in fact come from the Dal language, but ultimately the Dals in actual fact had nothing to do with the Daleks as the Doctor would later discover when he visited their past and saw their true ancestors the Kaleds.

The Thals meanwhile began to utilise some of the Dalek technology in order to produce artificial food. They moved into the city and placed the Dalek casings to the bottom layer of the city. Little did they know the Daleks were not dead after all.

They had been merely placed into a state of suspended animation. Once again the creatures had been wrong about their own nature. They had mutated to the point where they weren’t even sure what they actually were any more.

They could survive outside of their casings, albeit not for long without going into a comatose state.

The Emperor of the Daleks meanwhile deep below in the bottom layer of the city of Skaro had not been affected by the power drain. He had a special back up source that would allow him to exist long past the others. The Emperor’s compartment had been sealed off from everyone else. The Emperor had done this for extra protection just in case the city had ever been breached. From the very beginning he had taken into account the fact that there might have been more Thals alive on Skaro. Neither the Thals or the Doctor had been aware of the Emperor’s existence and thus whilst the Thals where moving into the city and using its technology and resources little did they know the Emperor of the Daleks was scheming against them.

The Emperor was able to monitor the Thals from his secret base and waited for the right moment to strike. Late one night when the Thals were sleeping the Emperor managed to sneak his way through the city and reconnect the city’s main power source to all of the Daleks below. These Daleks then emerged and began to slaughter the Thals in their sleep. They killed the most of them, but managed to keep a few others alive.

Despite their earlier wish to exterminate them the Emperor now believed that they needed the Thals help to survive.

Their main power source had been damaged by the Thals and indeed if they were to try and flood the planet with more radiation then they would completely drain their power source.

Thus the Emperor instead decided to spare some of the Thals in order to use them as slave labour to try and find a way to improve their casings so that they could survive outside of the city. With the Thals as a labour force the Daleks were able to make some improvements on their design like never before, as they had never had the slave labour to use before.

The Emperor was able to invent a new device that could be fitted to the Dalek’s backs that could allow them to move outside as it allowed them to pick up power from the city. However even with this the creatures could still only move on flat ground. They needed hover devices that could allow them to fly over rough terrain.

A few of the Thals managed to escape from the Dalek city, though most of them were hunted down by the Daleks, a few managed to evade them and were eventually able to build a new base underground away from the Daleks.

The Daleks meanwhile were able to construct transolar discs that could allow them to fly high above the ground.

The biggest flaw in the Dalek design is fixed.

With all of the problems in their casings fixed the Emperor decided not to flood Skaro with radiation as he believed that they were stronger in this form. If they were to leave their casings they would be weak, amorphous blob like creatures that would be vulnerable to their enemies. In their casings they were strong, powerful and able to defend themselves easily.

The surviving Thals that they had prisoner were all exterminated. The Daleks still needed slave labour but they felt that the Thals were too dangerous as they knew the Daleks inner most secrets. The Emperor unaware that a few Thals had managed to escape underground believed that the entire Thal race had at last been exterminated.

Just as the Thals had underestimated the Daleks then the Daleks had now underestimated the Thals. The Thals would wait underground. They were not, not striking out against the Daleks out of pacifism, but simply because they knew that they were in no position to threaten them. Thus they bided their time waiting for the right moment to fight back against the Daleks.

For now at least the Daleks were finally the masters of Skaro. With a new army to command the Emperor made preparations to begin the Dalek war against the rest of the universe hoping to enslave other life forms and use them to help them construct their casings just like they had done to the Thals.

The Beginning of The Empire

The Daleks are ready to take on the universe.

Skaro would be visited by a race of aliens called the Krattorians. The Krattorians were a race of slave traders and they arrived on the planet with a group of slave workers.

The Daleks eager to capture the secret of space travel from them concealed their city underneath the sand by magnetizing the sand which pulled it over the city creating a dune.

Two of the slaves named Astolith and Sala planned to overthrow the Krattorians. Unfortunately the two were betrayed by Sala’s uncle Andor.

Whilst Astolith was captured by the Krattorians, Sala managed to escape, but was soon found by the Daleks. The Emperor pretended to care about Sala’s people, but what he really wanted to do was set the slaves and the Krattorians against one another.

When Sala returned she offered to take Kest the leader of the Krattorians to the Daleks. This of course had been a plan of the Emperor who ambushed and killed the Krattorians and managed to steal and study their ship. Kest agreed to help the Daleks learn how to fly it as long they hunted down Sala and Astolith. Unfortunately the Daleks were unable to find them and Sala and Astolith managed to find their way to the ship with the remaining slaves and used it to escape Skaro.

Kest and Andor were subsequently exterminated by the Daleks. Though the Daleks had lost the ship they had nevertheless learned the secret of space travel from the Krattorians and it wouldn’t be long before they built their own spaceships.

The Krattorians space vehicles were saucer shaped and thus the Daleks which were modelled on them would be saucer shaped too.

As the Daleks began to prepare their space fleet to begin their war against the rest of the galaxy there was already descent in the Dalek ranks.

Dalek Zeg was a lowly Dalek scientist who had become mutated in a lab accident and became virtually indestructable as a result.

Zeg soon challenged the Emperor himself for control of the Daleks. The Emperor faced him in a duel. Zeg proved to be resistant to many different types of attack from the emperor but ultimately he managed to beat him first by tricking him with a decoy and then tricking him into firing a liquid air tank which finally destroyed Zeg with extreme cold.

Though Zeg had been a traitor his final experiment had actually been a success as the new substance he developed called “Metalert” would make the Dalek casings stronger and allow them to travel through deep space.

Not long afterwards the Daleks prepared their first invasion fleet and soon launched an attack on the planet Alvega. Alvega was inhabited by intelligent plant creatures called Amarylls. They put up a good fight but were no match for the Daleks.

The Daleks invade Alvega.

Whilst they were never able to drive the Daleks off the Amarylls kept battling them refusing to bow to their will. Unfortunately this turned out badly for them as the Daleks eventually decided that the planet was not worth the trouble and destroyed it completely, utterly wiping out the Amarylls.

The next planet the Daleks came to was Solturis. This planet would have better luck against the Daleks. The Daleks attempted to trick its inhabitants into giving them a superweapon they had developed called the Penetray which they ultimately used on the Daleks themselves destroying their invasion fleet.

Following this humiliating defeat the Daleks would have to deal with a major threat on their home planet. A radiation cloud which that had been created in an accident had a devastating effect on Dalek casings and threatened to exterminate the entire Dalek race.

After dealing with the cloud the Daleks soon faced a new enemy when Skaro itself was ironically invaded by a hostile race of aliens, the Monstrons.

The Monstrons wished to enslave the Daleks and were far more advanced than the Daleks at that point too. Indeed they were arguably the first enemies to completely humble the pepper pots as they managed to destroy the Emperor’s secret chamber and even drive the monsters from their city.

Still despite this the Daleks nevertheless managed to destroy them when a lone Dalek soldier sacrificed itself by triggering a volcanic eruption which destroyed the Monstron’s spaceship.

The Daleks drive the Monstrons from Skaro.

Following this the Daleks would soon come into contact with another enemy who was more than a match for them. The Mechanoids.

The Daleks first came upon the Mechanoids when they managed to take control of a single Daleks mind on board a space station the Daleks were building above Skaro. The Mechanoids forced this Dalek to turn on its own kind. It managed to exterminate several Daleks before being restrained. Unfortunately for the Mechanoids who were controlling it, they were soon discovered by the Daleks. Their ship had previously been concealed within a cloud. The Daleks quickly exterminated all of them, but the Mechanoids would retaliate and melted the Dalek saucer.

Both races after this clash declared war upon each other.

A Mechanoid, one of the Daleks major enemies.

The Daleks would conquer the hidden planet Phryne in an effort to aid their war against the Mechanoids.

The Daleks wished to use the planets invisibility technology in their war against the Mechanoids but The Controller of Phryne committed suicide rather than let the technology fall into the Dalek hands. Thus whilst the Daleks did conquer the planet they ultimately did not get what they wanted from it’s people.

The Daleks nevertheless would be able to divert the rogue planet Skardal towards the home planet of the Mechanoids, hoping that the collision would destroy both planets.

With both races now ready for a full scale war across the entire galaxy, the Daleks and the Mechanoid’s activities had been monitored by the inhabitants of the planet Zeros. Terrified at the destruction that would result in a full scale war between the Daleks and the Mechanoids, they sent a robot called 2K to the planet Skaro who was not only able to prevent Skardal from crashing into the Mechanoid’s home planet but was also able to successfully trick both the Daleks and the Mechanoids into calling an impasse, stalling the war for now.

After having successfully found a way to move Skardal the Daleks soon began to work on a way to try and move their own planet. Believing that if they could do this they could turn it into a gigantic spaceship.

The Daleks would next battle a threat from their own planet the Terrorkon. The Terrorkon was a gigantic mutant that lived within the lake of mutations. Having turned on even the Daleks themselves the creature proved problematic for the Daleks underwater defences and so they were forced to exterminate them completely.

The Terrorkon vs the Daleks

Not long after this, the Daleks would soon free by accident three humanoid Daleks, Lodian, Zet and Yvric.

These Daleks were not Kaleds but rather blue skinned humanoid Daleks. Lodian became convinced that the metal Daleks were evil and sought to destroy them whilst Yvric believed that they would appoint them the leader of their race. Ultimately however as soon as he arrived at their base the Daleks killed him.

Lodian and Zet meanwhile prior to being frozen had discovered the location of a planet named earth.  Zet was all for telling the Daleks about the location of the earth in exchange for his own life, but Lodian ultimately sacrificed himself and murdered Zet in the process in order to prevent the Daleks from finding out about the planet.

The Emperor would soon have to deal with a renegade member of his own kind who soon began to embrace his human side. These Daleks remember had not been conditioned to be truly evil creatures like Davros’ Daleks. Instead they had simply adopted that as their way of life, and as a result this Dalek embraced its more compassionate side. It even began to decorate itself with flowers!

Terrified that this could lead to a rebellion among the rest of the Daleks the Emperor was quick to crush the rebellious Dalek, but rather than simply exterminate him he wished to prove to him and the other Daleks how beauty does not last by showing to him how the flowers he admired had already begun to decay.

The One in a Million Dalek and The Emperor

The Daleks would later come into conflict with humanity when a human spaceship called the Guardian accidently strayed too close to Skaro.

The Guardian had hoped to destroy gigantic mutated plants on the planet Arides in order to prevent their seeds from spreading across space. It was the 22nd century and mankind had already spread out across the stars and established colonies on other planets. Though they had not built up an empire like they later would they nevertheless were still a highly advanced race.

The Daleks managed to capture the Guardian and planned to exterminate the ships crew, however their leader Kirid was able to trick the Emperor by convincing him that the seeds would be dangerous to the Daleks as well.

Kirid dupes the Emperor

When the emperor found out that he had been tricked he ordered the humans who have managed to escape’s extermination. Though the Guardian was able to complete its mission and save countless worlds from the Arides plants unfortunately their ship was destroyed by the Daleks.

The Emperor soon began to worry about humanity having observed from Kirid how cunning and how brave they were. Kirid could have simply fled but instead stayed behind to finish the job at the cost of his own life.

The Emperor would very soon come into conflict with humanity once again when the spaceship Starmaker crashed landed on Skaro. The Emperor managed to capture two of the ships crew, two small children Tom and Jennie. Though they were rescued by Captain Fleet, the rest of the crew and the ship itself were all destroyed by the Daleks. Fleet and the two children managed to escape Skaro and make their way back to earth. Unfortunately the damage had been done as the Daleks had already discovered from the starships remains where the planet earth was and the Emperor soon set his sights on it.

War with Humanity

The Daleks invade the earth

Fleet managed to make his way back to earth where he warned humanity of the Daleks. The Daleks meanwhile had managed to remove the magnetic core of their own planet and replace it with a giant motor. This had been the culmination of their experiments to try and move the planet following their successful attempt at moving Skardal.

The Daleks flew Skaro itself into our solar system. There they launched attacks on all of our off world colonies. They managed to conquer Jupiter, Mars, Saturn and Venus.

Unfortunately for them two humans Jeff and Andy whilst searching for their sister were able to start a rebellion on Venus, managing to successfully to destroy their oil well.

Jeff would also later be part of a human mission to infiltrate Skaro where he was able to learn many of the Daleks deepest secrets.

At some point Jeff and Andy managed to rescue Mary from the Daleks clutches and together the three of them would continue to battle the monsters for a long while.

The Daleks would in turn attempt to lure them into traps on both Mars where they attempted to have them killed by android servants and the planet Gurnian where they attempted to feed them to the two headed Horrorkons. Unfortunately for the Daleks this backfired as the Horrokons only fed on metal and thus the Stones were able to turn them on the Daleks themselves.

Eventually there where rebellions on planets like Mars, Venus and Jupiter and humanity began to push the Daleks back.

Jeff, Andy and Mary Stone, the Daleks primary enemies during the early years of their war with humanity.

The Emperor seemingly admitted defeat and agreed to sign a peace treaty with humanity.

Still suspecting that the Daleks wouldn’t give up that easily Mary, Andy and Jeff soon discovered that the Daleks had a secret base on the moon where they planned to detonate several atom bombs which would have torn the entire moon apart and thus devastated the entire earth.

Fortunately the Stone’s were able to foil their plan and destroy the Dalek task force on the moon.

Sadly however just as Mary predicted their war with the Daleks was not over yet.

The Emperor was able to create a plague using captured humans as test subjects. He soon launched it at the earth hidden within small meteorites.

The plague spread across the earth and began to kill millions of people. Whilst all of the earth’s scientists scrambled to try and find a cure, earth was soon cut off from its outer colonies in order to prevent the infection from spreading.

Unfortunately the infection had already spread to many of the outer colonies and they too soon perished. Others that were isolated were soon attacked by the Daleks who completely and utterly blitzed them, killing all of the humans on them.

The scientists on earth where eventually able to find a cure, but unfortunately by that point billions of people including the Stone family had died. With the earth now alone and weak the Daleks launched an all out attack on the planet.

They bombarded the major cities with missiles and completely destroyed all of them. New York in particular was reduced to nothing but a smoking crater.

The Daleks flew over the planet in their transolar discs exterminating people en masse. It didn’t matter if they fought back or not the Daleks still gunned them down in cold blood.

The fall of mankind

Most of humanity was exterminated and the few unlucky survivors were rounded up in camps around the world.

There the Daleks would brutalize them, torture them and experiment on them. Mankind was completely crushed. The earth now belonged to the Daleks.

Masters of Earth

When the Daleks arrive the survivors will envy the dead”

In the year 2164 the Daleks were the undisputed rulers of the earth. Mankind had been driven to near extinction and the few unlucky survivors were kept in Dalek death camps suffering unimaginable pain and torture.

The Daleks had continued to experiment on their human prisoners in all kinds of gruesome ways, but their most successful was the Roboman experiment.

The Daleks cut pieces of their human slaves brains out and replaced them with metal objects. These allowed them to control the humans bodies. Unfortunately the humans were still completely aware, trapped in their own bodies struggling to get control of them, eventually the hardware in their brains caused the robomen to break down destroying their minds. When the Robomen reached this state they would kill themselves.

The Robomen only lasted a few weeks each, nevertheless they would prove vital to the Daleks in helping them maintain their rule of the earth as they acted as expendable foot soldiers.

In spite of this a few human beings did manage to escape the death camps and form tiny little pockets of resistance around the world. Ultimately however these resistance groups were completely ineffective. Unlike the Thals the human beings had no knowledge of the Dalek’s weaknesses and were easily crushed by them.

Also many of the rebels where scattered across the earth and had no way of contacting one another.

The rebels also not only had to content with Daleks and Robomen patrolling the streets, but also wild animals including crocodile’s and rabid dogs that had been let loose after the Dalek invasion. These animals were no threat to them as their jaws could not dent the Dalek’s armour, but they could easily pick off stray humans and often would in the dark.

In addition to this the Daleks also unleashed several mutants from their own planet Skaro on the earth. Again these creatures who were flesh eaters had no interest in the Daleks so they instead feasted on human beings.

The worst was the Slither the pet of the Black Dalek the commandant of the main Dalek death camp. Several unfortunate souls in the camps would actually be fed by the Daleks to the creature which would eat them alive.

Life in the 22nd century was very grim indeed. It consisted of either suffering constant torture at the hands of the sadistic Daleks in the camps, experimented on in their labs, forced into becoming their servants the Robomen or eaten alive by a wild, rabid animal or some horrifying mutation like this

As a result of this many people chose to serve the Daleks willingly in the hopes of getting better treatment from them, whilst others generally tended to only serve themselves and kept a low profile.

Still the resistance movements did persist, but one by one the Daleks were able to crush them until only a very few remained.

Our future is to be dominated by the most evil creatures in the universe.

The Daleks would make use of the resources on the planet earth including humanity to construct new and powerful weapons with which they used to wage war against hundreds of other planets across the Galaxy. They soon built up a massive empire and became arguably the dominant power base within the mutters spiral. They managed to drive out their old rivals the Mechanoids who vowed to get back at them.

The monster had become a true force to be reckoned with and the turning point had been the fall of earth as it had the necessary resources they needed, more so than other planets they had conquered such as Phryne (whose people they had since utterly exterminated) or even their own planet Skaro.

The Daleks wished to transform earth into a spaceship just like they had done to their own planet and soon made plans to remove its magnetic core and replace it with a giant motor that would allow them to pilot the planet anywhere across the universe. This operation was to be carried out in England where the Daleks main base of operations was.

The Daleks ruled over the earth for over 20 years.

Humanity Fights Back

“They dare to tamper with the forces of creation” “They dare and we have got to dare to stop them” The Doctor aids humanity in its darkest hour.

20 or so years after the Dalek invasion the Tardis would take the Doctor and his three companions Susan, Ian and Barbara to the earth. With the Doctor having hoped to take Ian and Barbara back to their own time in 1960’s London, its soon became apparent that they where in a very different era.

Barbara and Susan were taken in by the rebels, whilst the Doctor and Ian were captured by the Daleks. From the Doctors point of view this was his second meeting with the Daleks. He was shocked to see they had survived and deduced that these Daleks where from an earlier point in history than the ones he had met on Skaro.

He was of course wrong just as he had been about the Daleks ancestors being the Dals.

The last tiny pocket of resistance was led by a man named Dortmun. Dortmun had constructed what he believed was a weapon that could shatter the casing of the Daleks. Unfortunately as the rebels found out during an attack on the Dalek saucer the weaponry was still ineffective. Most of the rebels were exterminated in the attack, but a few managed to escape and indeed they were able to rescue the Doctor who was very nearly robotized by the Daleks.

Ian meanwhile managed to escape robotization and stowed away on board the Dalek saucer and was able to make his way to the Dalek death camp.

Barbara meanwhile along with another young earth woman named Jenny fled throughout the ruins of London taking Dortmun who was crippled with them.

Feeling he was holding them back Dortmun ended up sacrificing himself to the Daleks who gunned him down in cold blood. He also tried one last time to create a successful weapon against them which was a failure.

Barbara and Jenny would soon be betrayed by two Dalek collaborators and taken to the death camps. There however they were able to trick the Daleks by claiming that they had proof of plans of a rebellion against the Daleks using Dortmun’s old plans as proof.

Barbara was taken to meet the black Dalek. Whilst there Barbara discovered the Dalek’s weakness. They controlled the Robomen through a single speaker. Barbara hoped that if she could get hold of it she could give it new orders to turn on and attack the Daleks. Unfortunately her attempt to do so was a failure, and the Daleks restrained her and Jenny. Leaving them both to die in their base the creatures were preparing the final part of their plan to drop a bomb into the earth’s core which would destroy it after which they could then place a giant motor in its place. The Daleks left Barbara and Jenny to be killed in the explosion.

Unfortunately for the Daleks the Doctor leading a group of human rebels was able to make his way into the Daleks base where he was able to disconnect their main power source which shut down their casing leaving them immobilized. He also freed Barbara and following her idea gave the Robomen new orders to turn on kill the Daleks all over the world the Robomen turned on the Daleks who thanks to the Doctor were now powerless to fight back and were slaughtered by their own servants as well as the human slaves who joined in.

Ian meanwhile having made his way past the Slither, which he was able to kill by luring down a mine shaft was able to defeat the Daleks by trapping their bomb further up the mine shaft than they intended. When it went off it caused a volcanic eruption that consumed the Dalek base and their main fleet. Whilst the human slaves were able to escape in time the Dalek who were immobilized were destroyed.

With the rest of the Daleks being killed by their own robomen around the world the earth was freed from their rule at long last and mankind could begin to rebuild their shattered world.

The only Dalek who managed to escape the earth was the black Dalek who had a back up power source. After returning to Skaro he gave a full report of why it had failed including an account of a possible alien influence who knew their weaknesses.

Unfortunately for the Daleks they did not have the time to waste in trying to reclaim the earth.

The Mechanoids who had fled to another galaxy had since rebuilt their forces to become stronger than ever again. Launching several counter assaults against the Daleks the Daleks were forced to pull all of their resources into battling their old enemy. Mankind meanwhile was able to rebuild and within a hundred years humanity would be strong again.

War with the Mechanoids and Fall of the Empire

The Daleks encounter one of many, many old enemies.

The Daleks battled with the Mechanoids over the entire galaxy. Though the Mechanoids were utterly ruthless creatures, many races still sided with them over the Daleks. In addition to this as news of humanity’s triumph over the Daleks spread throughout the galaxy it soon inspired similar rebellions on other planets most of which were crushed, but some nevertheless were still successful and gradually as time went on the Dalek empire began to crumble.

Eventually mankind would after having recovered join in the war against the Daleks too. Unable to take the force of so much opposition the Daleks where forced back to their home planet Skaro which they soon flew through space to escape their enemies.

The Mechanoid meanwhile had exhausted all of their supplies so much that they were unable to begin conquering other worlds either. Though they were able to reclaim their home planet, they were mere shadows of their former selves.

The Daleks whilst piloting their planet made plans for a counter attack against their enemies, but unfortunately for them their greatest adversaries after the Doctor, the Thals were finally ready to strike back at them.

That Thals had spent the last several decades hiding under the ground. Unknown to the Daleks who had believed they had exterminated them they had managed to build a thriving civilisation under the ground. The Thals though still worshipping peace above all else knew that they had to stop the Daleks, but up until now there had never been a good enough moment to strike. With the creatures now at their weakest the thals managed to catch the Daleks unaware’s. Striking at their main power source in their city which they still used after all of these years, they managed to shut the Daleks down once more. With the Daleks out of action the Thals returned to the surface.

Black and Chums

The Daleks are put out of action a second time by the Thals.

The planet Skaro would eventually be discovered to where it had been moved to by humanity. The human race soon quarrantined the planet making it a crime for anyone to go there and for 50 years no one would save Jonathan Ladiver who made contact with the Thals and entered into a relationship with and eventually married a Thal woman named Ijayna. Unfortunately he would be arrested for breaking intergalactic law. Despite this he would end up visiting Skaro again very soon under less than pleasant circumstances.

The Return of the Daleks

Droopy Dalek

“Remember, remember the Dalek December. With Paris in ruins and London an Ember. In times of the future when fears are abating, don’t try to forget them the Daleks are waiting. Quietly planning, scheming and hating”

The spaceship starfinder that was supposed to take Ladiver to earth to stand trial was blown off course by an asteroid shower. Forced to make an emergency landing on Skaro and within the Dalek city itself. Not long after the humans arrived the deactivated Daleks were mysteriously re awoken.

Ladiver was accused of being the traitor who had forced them to land on Skaro so that he could reactivate the Daleks by Redaway the ships captain. Ladiver denied this of course and though Redaway did not believe him the team were forced to work together as the Daleks began to pick them off one by one.

Redaway himself was soon captured by the Daleks who brutally tortured him to death.

Redway's not looking too good

Redaway has some not nice encounters with the locals.

Redaway was able to discover during the torture who the real traitor was, but unfortunately after he escaped he died of his wounds before he could tell Ladiver, though he did still nevertheless apologise to Ladiver with his dying breath for having misjudged him.

The traitor was later revealed to be Bob Slater a member of the crew. He had reactivated them with devices that he had placed on their backs. If the Daleks disobeyed him he could deactivate them and thus render the Daleks powerless once again.

Slater had hoped to use the Daleks to conquer the galaxy but unfortunately for him the Daleks whilst pretending to be his docile servants managed to find a way to reactivate their main power source. Slater watched in terror as the devices dropped from the Daleks backs. Realising his hold over them had gone, he tried to flee only to be gunned down by the black Dalek.

Doctor Who's outer space robot people, the Daleks

After killing Slater, the Daleks are in control once again.

The Black Dalek soon made plans to resume their war against the rest of the galaxy. Unfortunately for the Daleks the Thals however would manage to stop them yet again.

Ladiver managed to escape from the city and contact the Thals. It was his own lover Ijayna who managed to defeat the Daleks by reconnecting the main power cable that had been modified so that it drained the Daleks of their power.

Just before the black Dalek was rendered comatose once again he swore to Ladiver that the Daleks would one day return.

Ladiver would spent the rest of his life on Skaro with Ijayna.

The Invasion of Skaro

The new masters of Skaro

Many more decades would pass during which there was peace on Skaro for the first time in centuries. Unfortunately that would end when the Moroks invaded and conquered the planet.

The Moroks had been a race of pitiless conquerors no better than the Daleks. They had emerged recently as a new galactic power.

The Thals put up a good fight against the invaders, but ultimately the Moroks were simply too powerful for them and in a relatively short time the Thals were conquered.

Earth no longer cared for Skaro. Though the planet was still in quarantine they did not wish to waste time and resources protecting it when it became apparent that the Moroks had no interest in reactivating the Daleks and thus they rather callously left the Thals to be conquered.

A few Thals out of desperation reactivated the Daleks who had simply been left in their city once more. The Thals had not killed them as they did not want to be guilty of genocide so they had simply left them and guarded them to make sure the power could never be restored.

The Daleks agreed to form an alliance with the Thals as they soon realized that they had no choice due to the Moroks being a bigger threat. Thus the Daleks and the Thals incredibly would actually work together to take on this common enemy.

The Dalek city became their base of operations and the Daleks at first were able to allow the Thals to strike back at the Moroks. Unfortunately even the Daleks were no match for the Moroks either. Their weaponry could blow open Dalek casings and they bombarded the city regularly too.

One dead Dalek casing was taken to the Morok’s museum and placed in their hall of conquests as a sign of their triumph over the Daleks.

A Dalek casing sits among the Moroks hall of greatest triumphs 

Ironically just as they were on the brink on of conquering the Daleks the Moroks would end their chances at ruling Skaro themselves.

The Moroks had detected life signs deep beneath the surface of Skaro. Desperate to find out what it was, they soon tunnelled deep beneath the earth to where the old Kaled Bunker had been.

The Return of Davros’ Daleks

The Moroks get a very nasty surprise when they explore the ruins of the Kaled Bunker.

Davros’ Daleks had remained trapped under the rubble for hundreds of years. Though they had managed to tunnel through parts of the rubble unfortunately they lacked the proper resources to free themselves, though they probably would have been able to eventually. Ultimately it was the Moroks who managed to break through the rubble and freed the Daleks from their imprisonment.

Davros’ Daleks were far more powerful than Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks. Even with the advancements Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks had made, Davros’ Daleks were still much more dangerous.

Davros had been a genius centuries ahead of his time. His Daleks had a virtually limitless power source that was contained within each individual Dalek meaning they were not dependent on a single power source like Zolfian and Yarvellings. The metal Davros had used for them was far stronger too. The Morok’s weaponry simply bounced off of their casings. They also had a hover pad built into the bottom of their casings. This was far more efficient than the Transolar Discs Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks used. The transolar discs were quite slow moving and could easily be shot out of the sky by the Moroks.

The hover pad however enabled the Daleks to move at rapid speeds throughout the sky and it was built into them too. Finally Davros’ Daleks fire power was far more powerful too.

Davros’ Dalek slaughtered the Moroks who had ventured into the bunker effortlessly and quickly left their bunker and began to attack the alien invaders across all of Skaro. The Moroks were not even able to inflict one casualty on Davros’ Dalek force who ruthlessly dispatched them and sent them fleeing from Skaro.

Davros’ Daleks had saved their home planet. Unfortunately they soon turned their attention towards the Thals and Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks.

Davros’ Daleks viewed Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks as inferior for many reasons. Not only were their casings weaker, but they were earlier in the Kaled mutation cycle and most importantly their minds had not been conditioned either. Though ruthless and xenophobic they still had traces of other emotions and feelings and even their own separate identities and names such as Dalek Zeg. Davros’ Daleks viewed these as being aspects of lesser creatures and demanded that they allow themselves to be both mutated and reconditioned mentally to be like them.

At first Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks refused and even sided with the Thals to try and destroy these new Daleks, but ultimately when it became apparent just how powerful they were, Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks surrendered. Most of the Thals were exterminated though once again  a few managed to take cover deep underground though they were forced to flee even deeper this time.

All of Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks would be further mutated to the point were physically they were identical to Davros’s Daleks, their minds were also purged of all emotions except hate like Davros’s Daleks and all traces of their identities were wiped too. Their casings were also improved too.

Now there was only one unified Dalek race.

Zolfian and Yarvelling Dalek

Davros Dalek

Unified Dalek

The Emperor and the leader of Davros’s Daleks who had personally gunned down Davros agreed to merge together into the one creature which was considerably more intelligent than any other Dalek and now required a much larger casing.

The New Fused Emperor

With Skaro once again theirs, the new an improved Dalek race piloted Skaro out of the galaxy and into a solar system of uninhabitated planets so that they could begin plans to resume their war against the rest of the cosmos in peace.

Discovering Time Travel

“Daleks cannot be defeated”. The Daleks follow their greatest enemy through all of time and space itself.

Davros’ Daleks had been aware of the Doctors existence from the very beginning. Though the Doctor had been able to destroy the tape Davros had forced the Doctor to make, explaining the reason for every Dalek defeat, pieces of old CCTV footage of the Doctor debating with his companions on whether or not to destroy them had survived.

In addition to this before his death Davros had managed to program into them knowledge of the Doctor too. Though again he did not manage to program into their minds the reason for every Dalek defeat, he nevertheless gave them vital knowledge of their most dangerous adversary.

After taking over Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks they soon noticed that the Doctor had been present at two very important events in their history.

There had been accounts as well as footage of an alien being who called himself the Doctor when the Thals had managed to defeat the Daleks and the black Daleks account of their defeat on earth also mentioned a possible alien intelligence that sabotaged their power system, as no human being would have had that knowledge. Once again surviving CCTV footage also showed exactly the same figure who had been on Skaro many years earlier in the Dalek base.

Thus the Dalek Emperor decided that the Doctor must be found and exterminated. He was clearly their most dangerous enemy who knew things about them that even they themselves did not. The Emperor ordered that all priorities were to be placed on finding the Doctor.

Their war against other life forms such as humanity could only resume after the Doctor was eliminated.

In order to find their greatest enemy the Daleks would need to discover time travel and thus for the next few decades all of their resources were put into this.

Many of their early time travel experiments were dismal failures and the time capsule’s were lost. Eventually however the Daleks were able to build a working time capsule which was christened the “DARDIS.” This capsule could travel anywhere to any planet at any point in its history just like the Doctors.

The Daleks did not wish to use it to alter their own history. Scared that doing so might end up damaging their own timeline in ways they couldn’t imagine. For instance if Davros’ Daleks altered the events of the Dalek Invasion of earth they may very well have changed history so that they were never freed from the bunker.

The Daleks were able to track the Doctor as through their own experiments they learned that time travel creates a form of damage in the vortex itself, a small rip and thus by simply tracking similar tears through the vortex they could locate another time vessel.

A squad of scientist Daleks were dispatched to locate the Doctor throughout all of time and space.

A new Dalek ranking system had been established with the Emperor at the top, the black Daleks next in line, the silver Daleks meanwhile acted as the scientists whilst the grey Daleks were the warriors.

Thus a group of silver Daleks were dispatched to track the Doctor down and kill him.

The Daleks time machine, the DARDIS. Like the TARDIS it was bigger on the inside than the outside.

The Daleks pursued the Doctor across many different planets and time zones.

The first planet they both landed on was the desert world Aridus. Aridus had once been an ocean planet, but when its two suns moved closer together then its oceans dried up, killing most life on the planet except for the peaceful fish like Aridians and the flesh eating Mire beasts.

The Daleks enslaved the Aridians threatening to exterminate their population unless they aided them in finding the Doctor and his companions. Fortunately the Doctor and co managed to give them the slip and make their way back to the TARDIS.

The Daleks followed them through time first to 1960’s Manhattan and then to the Mary Celeste where it was revealed that the Daleks had been responsible for the famous mystery surrounding the boat as their appearance terrified the ships crew and caused the crew to flew into the oceans waters.

The Daleks next followed the Doctor to a haunted house! In truth however the haunted house was merely a fun fair attraction far in earth’s future. The robots of famous monsters had been damaged and soon began to attack the guest hence why it had been shut down.

Unfortunately for the Daleks travelling in the vortex had affected their weaponry so that it was low on power. Thus their weapons were completely useless against these mechanical replica’s who soon began to attack them whilst the Doctor and his companions were able to slip away quietly.

The Daleks would next follow him to the home planet of their sworn enemies the Mechanoids.

Here the Daleks actually managed to create an android replica of the Doctor which they used to try and infiltrate and kill his party. The robot ultimately failed however as it referred to the Vicki the Doctors earlier companion as Susan. Susan had stopped travelling with the Doctor by this point but the last time the Doctor had encountered the Daleks she had been his companion.

Though the Doctor managed to dispose of the robot the Daleks managed to corner him and his companions in a small cave. With their being seemingly no escape, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Vicki were saved at the last minute by a Mechanoid. The Mechanoids initially believed that the Daleks had arrived here for them, however they were soon surprised to see that the monster were pursuing these humanoid creatures and thus they captured them in order to find out why.

The Mechanoids also had a human prisoner Steven Taylor.

Steven’s spaceship had crashed landed on Mechanus and the Mechanoid’s after capturing him tampered with his memory. They made him believe that they were harmless robots that had been built by humanity to help them colonize other worlds. In truth the Mechanoids were ruthless robots created from a far away galaxy, but they made him believe that they were simply harmless robots so that they could observe his behaviour. The Mechanoids having slowly begun to rebuild their forces wished to conquer earth, but in order to do that they would first need to learn about human beings and thus they studied and even experimented on Steven (wiping his memory of the experimentations) to learn about their weaknesses and strengths.

The Daleks soon followed the Doctor and his companions into the city. They didn’t care about the Mechanoids any more with their main target instead being the Doctor. The Mechanoids not wanting to lose their valuable prisoners attacked the Daleks and a fight soon broke out between them.

Though the Mechanoids were more numerous these Daleks were far more powerful than the previous Daleks they had fought. The Daleks had managed to fix their weapons after their visit to the “haunted house” and were now at full power.

In order to destroy their archenemies the Daleks battle their other archenemies.

Whilst the Daleks and the Mechanoids clashed the Doctor and his companions fled the city along with Steven, though the Doctor also left a powerful bomb, stolen ironically from the Morok’s space museum which destroyed the city eliminating both the Daleks and the Mechanoids.

Both the Daleks and the Mechanoids are consumed in the flames as the Doctor destroys their city.

This was a huge setback for the Mechanoids as their main base of operations had been destroyed. Thus their plans for conquest had to be put on hold for now.

The Doctor would use the Daleks time machine to get his two companions Ian and Barbara back home to 1960’s London where they destroyed the creatures time machine.

Thus not only had the Daleks attempt to kill the Doctor been a dismal failure but they had lost their only working time capsule too.

Back home Ian and Barbara were sadly unable to return to their old jobs having been away for 2 years. They soon discovered much to their surprise that some people in 1960’s knew about the Daleks. Whilst they had been away Terry Nation had discovered the very first Dalek chronicles and there had been a mild sensation about the monsters.

At one point even the Beatles got in on their popularity when John Lennon posed with a recreation of a Dalek.

An example of the growing popularity of the Daleks in 60’s.

Nation and Whitaker however at that point had only translated the Chronicles which told of the creation of Zolfian and Yarvelling’s Daleks and their early exploits just before they found the earth.

Ian and Barbara contacted Nation and informed him of what they knew about the Daleks and soon came to search for other Dalek Chronicles. Soon a film company approached them wanting to cash in on the popularity of the Daleks. Ian, Barbara and Nation would serve as advisors to the two films titled “Doctor Who and the Daleks”, “Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD”. Sadly the films producers made huge deviations from Ian and Barbara’s accounts and portrayed the Doctor as merely an eccentric human scientist named Doctor Who. The first film was a very mild success, but the second film was a huge flop. The Dalek craze had begun to die down and eventually within time the study of the Dalek chronicles faded into obscurity once more until the stealing of the earth a good 40 years later. Ian and Barbara themselves would move on and get jobs as teachers once more, but their work still proved pivotal in the early study of the Dalek Chronicles.

The only films to be based on events that haven’t happened yet.

There was actually a third Dalek film made titled “Daleks vs Mechons” sadly however all copies of this film were lost in a fire at the studio.

All that survives is the film’s trailer.

It is believed that one copy of this film may survive in UNIT’s black archive, but this has never been verified and most likely never will be as anyone who leaves the archive has their mind wiped.

Planet Vulcan

Two of the Daleks that would ravage the earth colony on Vulcan.

One of the Dalek time capsule’s that had been lost in their experiments had fallen through the time vortex and fell several hundred years in their past on the planet Vulcan. There it became buried in a mercury swamp.

The time vortex had drained the ship and its 3 Dalek occupants of their power. Despite the Daleks now having a self generating power source, it had managed to disrupt it and rendered the Daleks comatose.

They would remain under the swamp for well over a hundred years. In the meantime human beings would come to settle on the planet and build a large colony there.

The Dalek spacecraft would eventually be discovered by the humans on Vulcan. This was before from the humans point of view the Dalek’s war with humanity so these human beings had no idea who or what a Dalek was.

Their main scientist Lesterson whilst unable to repair the Daleks power generator within its casing was able to link the Dalek up to one in his lab which gave it a new power source. Unfortunately as soon as the Dalek came to life the first thing it did was exterminate one of Lesterson’s assistant. The murder was covered up however by Janley who wanted to use the Dalek for her own purposes. She was part of a group of rebels who wanted to take control of the colony.

As soon as Lesterson revealed the Dalek to the colonists they were excited. The Daleks pretended to be docile and friendly little robots even chanting “I am your servant” over and over again. Unfortunately for the Daleks the Doctor had arrived on Vulcan at the same time. The Doctor was travelling with his companions Ben and Polly two people from modern day England and he had just regenerated into his second incarnation.

The Second Doctor, Ben and Polly meet the Daleks

The Doctor tried to warn the colonists of the Dalek’s true nature but sadly they didn’t listen and the Daleks were able to manipulate them into giving them the materials they needed to create more Dalek casings as well as create an incubation chamber that could produce multiple Dalek clones.

Very soon the Daleks had a full army and launched an attack on the humans whom they had managed to pit against each other. The Daleks slaughtered the majority of the colonists who were completely powerless to stop them including Lesterson himself who been driven insane with guilt when he realized only too late that the Daleks were monsters.

Fortunately the Doctor would be able to defeat them once again when he managed using the device Lesterson had connected them too to give the Daleks a power overload destroying every Dalek casing on the colony.

Unfortunately most of the colonists had been exterminated at that point though the few survivors tried to find a way to summon earth. Unfortunately for them after the Doctor left a single Dalek that had managed to survive exterminated the last of the colonists. It then managed to repair the Dalek time capsule enough to return to the Daleks own time.

Upon returning the Dalek informed the Emperor that the Doctor had changed his appearance.

When the Dalek first scanned the newly regenerated Second Doctor it was confused at first. The internal scan showed that he had two hearts a unique feature which only the Doctor had. The Daleks knew that the Doctor could somehow change his appearance as the CCTV footage of the 4th Doctor obviously looked different to the first doctor..

The Emperor of the Daleks soon began to view humanity as being the Daleks most dangerous adversaries. He had noticed that the Daleks had always lost against humanity all the time. Not only during their invasion of earth, but also almost all of the Doctors companions had been earthlings too. Believing that there was some quality that human beings had that allowed them to always beat the Daleks and wanted to try and isolate it. At the same time he still wanted rid of the Doctor and formulated a plan that would allow him to dispose of both humanity and the time lord.

The Daleks soon detected another rip in the time vortex. Their own time machine had been destroyed by Ian and Barbara and it would take them a long to build another. The machine that had travelled to Vulcan meanwhile had been so badly damaged that it only was able to make one trip back. They still had the ability to trace damage to the vortex that was caused by time travel, but no actual time travel facilities left themselves.

The Daleks hoped that if they could find this rip in the vortex itself then they might be able to find a time vessel as they knew that a rip in the vortex can only be created by a time machine. They headed towards the rip and discovered that it was actually a wormhole that had been created by a Victorian scientist named Edward Waterfield. Waterfield had attempted to try and find a way to travel in time but had instead simply created a rip in time which lead to the future. The Daleks made their way through the rip to Waterfield’s home era and captured his daughter. Threatening to kill her unless Watefield helped them find the Doctor and lure him into a trap, Waterfield with much regret had no choice but to assist them.

The Daleks in Victorian England

Waterfield travelled forward to 1960’s London. The Daleks knew he would be here as they were able to once again track damage to the vortex which they realized had been caused by the TARDIS. Waterfield stole the TARDIS and lured the Second Doctor and his companion Jamie across all of London until he managed to gas them after which he dragged them through his own time machine which had been modified by the Daleks to Victorian London.

The Daleks explained to the Doctor that they wanted him to try and isolate the human factor that had always allowed human beings to triumph over them and transplant it into the Daleks. The Doctor possessed a far greater technical knowledge than the Daleks and thus they wished for the Doctor to carry out these experiments.

The Daleks threatened both Jamie his companion and Victoria’s lives unless he agreed to help them and faced with no choice he carried out their experiments and actually managed to isolate the human factor and transplant it into three Daleks. Christening them Alpha, Beta and Omega these Daleks became compassionate, emotional and even friendly and child like.

After the Doctor, Jamie, Victoria and Waterfield were transported to Skaro the Emperor revealed to the Doctor that he no longer wanted the human factor. Considering the experiment a failure due to the Daleks human qualities he nevertheless now hoped to isolate the Dalek factor, the factor that makes Daleks ruthless, xenophobic and vicious. He hoped to transplant the Dalek factor into the Doctor himself making him their servant. The Doctor would then reveal all the secrets of his people to them and would using his time machine change the history of the planet earth by spreading the Dalek factor throughout all of human history. Though the Daleks had been wary of changing history they believed that if the Doctor was their servant he would be able to do it in a way that would not change their own history.

Again with no choice as they threatened his friends the Doctor was forced to carry out their plan and the Dalek factor was soon transplanted into a human being named Maxtible. Maxtible had helped create Waterfield’s time tunnel. Unlike Waterfield however he served the Daleks willingly as they had promised him the secret of Alchemy.

The experiment was a success as Maxtible became a Dalek in all but shape. The Emperor then attempted to transplant it into the Doctor, but the Doctor had managed to trick him. He had created the machine so that it would only work on human beings. With the Doctor being a time lord it did not work on him, but he allowed the emperor to believe it had. The Doctor freed the three humanized Daleks. The Emperor was scared that the human factor would spread like a plague across the Dalek race and the Doctor suggested to him that every Dalek should instead go through the Dalek factor machine. The Emperor agreed but unfortunately little did he know the Doctor switched it so that when the Daleks went through it they became infected with the human factor.

With hundreds of Daleks now affected with the human factor they began to question the orders of the ruthless Dalek Emperor and a civil war soon broke out. Sadly over the course of the war Waterfield was exterminated by the Daleks. Dying in The Doctors arms the Doctor promised the dying man that he would look after his daughter Victoria. Jamie, The Doctor and Victoria managed to flee the city as it erupted into flames. The Doctor looked down as the city of the Daleks was completely and utterly destroyed in the war and told Jamie that he believed he had seen the final end of the Daleks.

The Final End?

The Daleks were not completely destroyed but they had been driven to very brink of extinction.  It would be a long while before they managed to rebuild and pose a threat to anyone again.

Next up we will be taking a look at the second phase of Dalek history. We will see how the monsters managed to recover from the civil war, master time travel and build a new empire stronger than the one before it.