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.

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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.

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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.

WHY THE DALEKS ARE THE MOST BADASS ALIENS IN ALL OF SCI FI

In this article I am going to hopefully demonstrate to all of you why the Daleks are the most powerful and dangerous monsters in all of sci fi. I am going to match them up against many other famous alien races such as the Predators, the Martians from War of the Worlds, and the Empire from Star Wars.

Of course I am not saying that this makes the Daleks better villains than any of these characters. At the end of the day no one can say for sure who is the best villain. They all accomplish what they set out to do. The Daleks are the best metaphor for race hatred, the Alien works best in its claustrophobic setting, the Martians are the forebears meanwhile of almost all alien invaders in science fiction.

Still hopefully to those of you who wonder why the Daleks are seen as so scary and dangerous, this will show how the Daleks are easily capable of kicking the shit out of any other alien monster you can think of.

Lets get started then shall we.

1/ Daleks vs Well’s Martians

Well’s Martians ironically were one of the main inspirations on the Daleks. Both are octopus like creatures that house themselves within metallic armour. Also War of the Worlds has been a direct influence on many Dalek stories from The Dalek Invasion of Earth to Journey’s End.

Well’s Martians are truly formidable beasts. They walk around in gigantic tripods that can lift objects as large as trees and toss them through the air as though they were nothing, though their primary weapon is a gigantic heat ray, that can vaporize people and even metallic objects like tanks and boats into nothing.

So how would they fair against the Daleks? Well sadly not great.

To start with the Martians are clearly quite bad planners. It is hinted in the novel that they spent years preparing their invasion of earth, yet despite this they are felled by the common cold!

Clearly they didn’t do that much research into the planet after all. The Daleks meanwhile are expert planners. The Dalek Time Controller as seen in the Dark Eyes audio’s can spend years hiding in the time vortex studying his enemies, with no time having passed on the other side.

In a war between both races the Daleks would obviously study the Martians try and find their weaknesses, whilst the Martians would just wander in there thinking their heat ray could destroy the Daleks. Lets face it they only won against humanity because they were so far in advance of them they didn’t need to do planning. They could just show up and blast them and even then because they didn’t think it through they still ultimately lost against a Victorian with a runny nose!

The Daleks meanwhile have devised strategies that have allowed them to take on and actually win against the time lords.

Also finally look at what the Martians greatest weakness was. Their vulnerability to germs. They have no defences whatsoever against even the most minor infections.

Now look at one of the Daleks greatest strengths. Chemical warfare. In The Dalek Invasion of Earth the Daleks created a plague that very nearly drove humanity to extinction. In Planet of the Daleks they created a plague which could have wiped out all life in the Galaxy.

In Death to the Daleks they created a plague missile that could have exterminated all life on Exxilon.

So with this in mind yeah I think its safe to say that the could easily whip up something to destroy the Martians in no time.

Really Daleks vs Martians as far as I’m concerned would be a curb stomp battle. Daleks observe the Martians from a far, then find out that they can be killed by someone sneezing so they launch a plague missile like the one’s they used to conquer earth and bam. Martian race is exterminated.

2/ Daleks vs The Empire

The Empire are the main antagonists from the Star Wars franchise. Though probably among the most iconic of all sci fi baddies, these guys in a fight with the Daleks would still get their asses handed to them by Skaro’s finest for the following reasons.

1/ The Empire is tiny compared to the Dalek Empire

The empire we are told rules a galaxy far, far away. That’s the point though the Empire covers ONE galaxy. The Dalek empire meanwhile is said to cover several galaxies. Now only does this show the Daleks have more fire power to expand their empire across several different galaxies but also the Empire remember fell after trying to control one galaxy. The Dalek empire though it has suffered several set backs is still going strong as seen in 2014’s Into the Dalek.

2/ Destroying a planet is nothing to the Daleks

 In Army of Ghosts/Doomsday the Doctor tells Mickey that had the Daleks not been able to use the touch of a time traveller to open the Genesis ark they would have drawn energy from the sun which would have blown it up and destroyed the entire solar system. That’s what four Daleks could have done, destroyed our entire solar system to open something! In the Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End the Daleks steal planets from all across time and space. Even the Doctor who is a time lord, a member of a species who have turned time travel (something the Empire can’t do by the way) into a game for children says “that is fearsome technology”. 

Added to that in the 12th Doctor story Into the Dalek, the 12th Doctor mentions that the Daleks have destroyed billions of stars, which means they have destroyed entire solar systems and all of the planets in them too.

In Remembrance of the Daleks the 7th Doctor mentions that one Dalek spaceship can crack open the planet earth like an egg. And that is a ship piloted by only 400 Daleks.

Finally in Death to the Daleks the Doctor states that its the Daleks usual “Scorch the planet policy”

So clearly the act of destroying an entire planet is NOTHING to the Daleks when four of them can do it just to open something!

For the Empire however as we can see in a New Hope destroying a planet is a pretty big deal for them. It represents the pinnacle of what they can do. The Death Star is the ultimate weapon the Empire has, it took them years to build and they never have that type of power again. Four Daleks can already do several times what the Death star could do.

3/ The Reality Bomb is sooooooooooo much more badass than the Deathstar

The death star is a pretty impressive weapon. It can destroy an entire world at the push of a button and is the size of a moon.

Still its laughable compared to the Reality Bomb the Daleks ultimate weapon. The reality bomb to start with is contained within the Crucible a spaceship the size of a planet.

Also the Reality bomb which I might add is powered by stolen planets can destroy every universe across all of time and space itself!  Really show the death star next to the Crucible and I’d be embarrassed for any representative of the Empire. Their ultimate weapon is not even half the size of the Daleks and added to that it’s biggest achievement is that it can destroy one planet. One planet in one solar system at a time as opposed to every single planet and star and every solar system and every galaxy and every universe ever to have existed across all of reality itself!

Really this is a curb stomp battle in favour of Skaro’s finest.

I reckon the Cult of Skaro could take out the Empire by themselves.

Daleks vs Xenomorph’s

This is another curb stomp battle in favour of Terry Nation’s favourite creations. The Xenomorph’s are obviously dangerous monsters, but unfortunately if they were ever to go up against the Daleks they”d be out of their league.

To start with the Xenomorphs are just animals. They rely on brute strength and their strength isn’t even enough to tear their way out of human built spaceships. It seems very unlikely with this in mind that they would be able to tear their way through a Dalek spaceship or even a Dalek casing. Remember how powerful a Dalek casing is. It can withstand blasts from Cybermen death rays without any effect whatsoever.

Added to that the Daleks can fly and thus could just fly to a height where the Xenomorphs couldn’t find them.

Also the Xenomorph’s great advantage is that they can infect others through their face huggers which as their name would suggest leap on to their victims faces and lay an egg in their stomach which bursts out of their chest.

The thing is though the face huggers couldn’t do this to the Daleks. To start with they have no face, second of all how on earth could they get through the Daleks casing. They have been kept out by glass!

Also the Xenomorph’s other big advantage their acidic blood wouldn’t be of any uses to them either. The Daleks death rays seem to work in two ways. Either they destroy you internally or they vaporize you completely.

Either option would prevent the Aliens acid blood from being used. If the Daleks shot them then the death ray would scramble their organs but it wouldn’t make them bleed. A Dalek gun would zap them and leave their bodies unscathed. Remember the Xenomorph’s are vulnerable to energy weapons too as the Predator’s laser weapon was capable of destroying them easily. Also remember that a Dalek weapon at full blast can level an entire building or melt a spaceship as seen in Planet of the Daleks and The Stolen Earth. A Predator ray gun can’t do that!

Either that or it would be like when the Daleks shot Missy or the new Paradigm Daleks shot the old and vaporized them completely which would leave no blood behind.

Also even if they did cut themselves then whose to say their acid could melt the Daleks casing. Dalek casing’s have forcefields remember that can melt bullets. Whose to say that the acid wouldn’t be reduced to nothing. If special bastic headed bullets which are presumably stronger than the regular kind were unable to get through the forcefield then acid most likely wouldn’t. Remember that regular bullets are enough to blow up an aliens entire head!

Finally the Xenomorph’s have no technology to fight back against. Thus the Daleks could easily just nuke a planet they are on any way.

The Daleks would dispose of them effortlessly.

Daleks vs Shadows

Now again the Shadows whilst great villains are clearly outmatched by the Daleks. To them exploring beyond the galaxy, the “Galactic Rim” is a big deal. The Daleks have destroyed countless galaxies and have explored all of time and space itself. So looking at it this way then yes the Shadows are obviously not a match for the Daleks.

However I would also like to point out that the Daleks can match the Shadow’s in terms of manipulation too. That was one of the Shadows great strength was the way they were able to manipulate people such as Londo. The Daleks meanwhile we have seen manipulate individuals such as their own creator Davros, Mavic Chen, Lesterson, The Master and even the Doctor himself! They managed to trick the Doctor their most hated enemy into actually bringing about their resurrection.

Meanwhile in the Parting of the Ways we see how one Dalek the Emperor is able to manipulate all of human history, turning it from the 4th great and bountiful human empire to a corrupt, decadent empire. That’s pretty impressive. Imagine if one Shadow had been able to completely change the course of human history forever!

So yes not only are the Daleks more powerful and dangerous, but I’d say they at least give the shadows a run for their money in terms of being sneaky and manipulative.

Daleks vs The Predators

Once again much like the Shadows the Daleks are obviously far more advanced than the Predators. The Daleks can time travel the Predators can not, the Daleks can rip apart entire solar systems the Predators can not etc.

Still in a one on one fight I think the Predators probably would fare better than most of the other monsters here. One advantage they have over the Daleks is that they can turn themselves invisible something which the Daleks never managed if you’ll remember from Planet of the Daleks.

Still I think the Daleks could probably find a way round this. Later Dalek stories show the creatures as being able to detect other life forms when they can’t see them, so with this in mind they most likely could trace the Predators. Also on top of that the Predators wouldn’t actually be able to see the Daleks. The Daleks are encased in metal casings. Now remember that the Predator sees though infra red heat vision and Arnold Schwarzanegger was able to hide from it by covering himself in mud.

If mud is enough to make Arnie invisible from the Predator then a Dalek mutant which would be the only part of its body that would radiate heat would be completely shielded by the casing.

This coupled with the fact that the Daleks can fly a big advantage in any fight means that the Daleks could just zap them from above and the Predators wouldn’t even be able to see them. It would be yet another curb stomp battle in favour of the Daleks.

Daleks vs Treens

The Treens were the main villains from the British comic strip Dan Dare. They are arguably the most influential race of aliens in all of sci fi after Well’s Martians. Though Well’s Martians were the first invaders the Treens were the first race who were shown to have an empire and a fully functioning society like the Daleks, the Klingons etc.

They were a massive inspiration on the Cybermen, the Sontarans and yes the Daleks with their leader the Mekon being the inspiration for Davros.

Sadly despite their prominence within the genre the Treens once again would be lucky to last 10 minutes against the Dalek Empire.

The Teens for most of Dan Dare are barely a threat beyond their own solar system. Though some strips show them expanding beyond that, by and large the Treen empire consists of one solar system.

4 Daleks as we saw in Doomsday could destroy our entire solar system. Thus 4 Daleks could wipe out the Treens.

Added to that one Dare strip makes a big deal of the Mekon having managed to control a black hole. The Daleks meanwhile fought the species that created black holes the Time Lords and actually beat them!

Also the Treens only conquered the earth once. The Daleks have done it now 4 times 2 of which were when earth was far more advanced than when the Treens did it.

So yeah again there’s no contest really.

Also in terms of being bat shit mental the Mekon is no match for Davros. The Mekon wants to take over the universe so he can study it. Davros wants to burn it all into nothing!

Daleks vs Star Trek Races

Sorry Trekkies (of which I am one) but its true that the Daleks would completely and utterly own the shit out of all the major Star Trek races. Don’t believe me see below.

Klingons

Come on here this wouldn’t be a battle. It would be a mass slaughter.

The Klingons have an empire which spans maybe a galaxy or a couple of galaxies at the most. To them the Genesis Device which can create or destroy a planet is a huge thing for them.

Again need I point out that 4 Daleks are powerful enough to destroy several planets, and that their empire has destroyed several billion galaxies and that they can also time travel too. Plus the Klingons are so concerned about honour where as the Daleks just don’t give a fuck about anything except destroying all other life forms.

Also look at how badly the Klingons got owned by V,Ger a machine that could have destroyed the entire planet earth. If they get owned by a machine that destroyed an entire world, then how are they going to do against the reality bomb or whatever device it was the Daleks used to teleport planets across all of time and space.

Again its a curb stomp.

Romulans

Again these guys wouldn’t stand a chance against the Daleks. Romulus was destroyed in Star Trek 2009 by an exploding sun. The cult of Skaro could easily have destroyed Romuluses sun the way that they would have destroyed Earth’s. Also again the Daleks could have just snatched Romulus like they did earth and blitz it with bombs that could shatter whole continents as seen in The Parting of the Ways. Or they could unleash a chemical weapon that could wipe them out like earth. Basically there are about a million ways the Daleks could destroy these guys.

Borg

Arguably the most formidable of all the big Star Trek villains sadly they too would be no match for Skaro’s finest.

The Borg have a tough time against the Federation who are able to hold them back and eventually beat them. The Daleks meanwhile when dealing with the fourth great and bountiful human empire decimate the planet earth. I might add the Borg outnumbered the Federation as they had trillions of drones, where as in the Daleks case when they took on the fourth great and bountiful human empire (which was more advanced than the Federation) they numbered half a million whilst on Earth at that point humanity numbered 98 billion!

The result of that fight? One Dalek was temporarily blinded. Humanity was driven virtually to extinction as the Daleks blitzed whole continents of people out of existence.

Also on top of that the Daleks have mastered time travel to a far greater extent than the Borg. The Borg went on one time travel mission whilst the Daleks have mastered it to the point that individual Daleks can emergency temporal shift through time.

Also the Daleks again can destroy stars, catapult planets, break down the barriers between universes, shatter continents from space, crack open planets like an egg.

It is true that the Borg can upgrade themselves, but it is stated that there is a limit and since a single Dalek death ray can level an entire building or melt a spaceship or as seen in the Magician’s Apprentice destroy the TARDIS (remember the TARDIS can survive being buried under several billion tons of lava, and dropped off of several thousand foot mountain without so much as a scratch) then its safe to say that they could plow their way through several Borg drones effortlessly at once.

Are you still not convinced?

Okay take these FACTS into consideration.

In the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover Assimilation the Cybermen kicked the shit out of the Borg.

Here it is.

Not only do the Cybermen humble the Borg, but it is also revealed that had the Doctor not stopped the Cybermen then they would have first of all converted the Borg and then gone on to convert the Klingons, the Romulans, the Carassians, the Ferenghi, pretty much all of the Star Trek universe.

So the Cybermen are far more badass than the Borg, the Klingons, the Romulans and the Cardassians.

How did the Cybermen fair against the Daleks again?

As Rose Tyler said “5 million Cybermen easy”.

Also technically the Daleks very nearly wiped out the Star Trek Universe in the Doctor Who story The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End.

It was revealed in the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover that Doctor Who and Star Trek take place in alternate universes to one another.

Now in Stolen Earth/Journey’s End the Daleks threaten to destroy every universe with their reality bomb. Had they not been stopped then they would have succeeded. Rose Tyler comes from an alternate time line where the bomb has gone off and destroyed all realities, though she is able to travel back just as the blast reaches her universe and help prevent the bomb from going off.

Thus had Rose been unsuccessful then the bomb would have destroyed the Star Trek universe and all of the Star Trek aliens, the Klingons, the Cardassians and the Romulans with it.

Nothing the Klingons have ever done has threatened the Daleks.

Therefore its obvious that the Daleks are far more powerful.

Also remember that it is established that the Doctor Who Universe is a parallel universe to the Marvel and therefore the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Furthermore another Star Trek crossover establishes that Trransformers takes place in another universe to Star Trek and therefore Doctor Who.

Also a DC/Marvel crossover establishes that DC Comics takes place in an alternate universe to Marvel too, as does the DC animated Universe. It is established however that DC and Marvel take place in separate multiverses. Still they are part of the same Omniverse

Thus the Whoniverse, the Trekverse, the DC Universe the Marvel universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Transformersverse are all part of one great big multiverse.

Furthermore depending on how seriously you take the Buffy series 8 comic book seriously then Doctor Who and Buffy take place in the same canon as the Tenth Doctor and Rose make a cameo in it.

According to Joss Whedon Buffy series 8 is canon remember. Makes me wonder what Buffy was doing the night the earth was stolen. I guess she and the Scoobies must have been doing their best to fight the Daleks.

So with this in mind had the Daleks not been stopped in using their reality bomb then the following aliens and monsters would have all been destroyed by the Daleks.

They all would have been turned to dust by the reality bomb had it not been for the Doctor.

Technically the most important story in Doctor Who, Marvel, DC, the MCU, Star Trek, Transformers and possibly Buffy the Vampire Slayers canon. The main characters in all of those franchises were in danger from what the Daleks were doing in this story!

Other Doctor Who Monsters

The Daleks have thrashed pretty much every other major Doctor Who villain you can think of.

The Cybermen as we have seen got their assess handed to them quite badly at Canary Wharf, the Zygons, the Autons, their home planets where destroyed by the Daleks, the Time Lords would have lost the time war had it not been for the Doctor cheating.

And finally at the siege of Trenzalore the Daleks beat out the Cybermen, the Sontarans, the Silurians, the Autons, the Ice Warriors, the Slitheen, the Judoon, the Terileptiles, the Silence and the Weeping Angels all at once!

Thus they are unquestionably the Doctors most powerful and dangerous enemies.

Conclusion

No power in this or any universe can stand against the Daleks. They are the ultimate monster in every conceivable way. Face facts when it comes to blowing shit up and committing acts of cosmic genocide then they are unquestionably the supreme beings.

Thanks for reading.

Why A Daleks Spin Off Series Should Happen

The Daleks are the Doctors most iconic enemies. It could be argued that the image of a Dalek is far more iconic than that of any incarnation of the Doctor himself.

Not surprisingly over the years many have wondered if the monsters could actually have a life outside of the show that spawned them.

Back in the 1960’s Terry Nation the creator of the Daleks tried to get a Dalek spin off series made. At one point even tried to sell the series to America. This was why the creatures vanished from Doctor Who for 5 years from 1966 to 1972.

Sadly Nation’s attempts to launch the creatures in their own series was ultimately a failure.

I raised a million dollars to privately make a picture. A spokesman for the BBC said they would become co-partners in the venture. I wrote the script.I came here to ABC, who expressed considerable interest in it. This is not to say they were making a commitment, but they were very interested. I went back and I started in to east and get a director and a designer. The designer started working, I booked the studio, and then my finance man went to conclude things with the BBC, and the man who had committed BBC for the other million bucks had no authority so to do, and suddenly my fifty percent backer was gone!

The BBC actually didn’t have that – or the man that I had been dealing with did not have the power to do that. Whether he realized it or not  I don’t know, but I then had to cancel the studio. It cost me personally a lot of money to pull that operation out. And I had a studio that was standing by, and I was going to be shooting in a weeks time – that’s how close we got when we lost the money – and I was not about to put up my own money, because its traditional that you never finance your own things.

-Terry Nation on why the Dalek spin off series was never made.

As you can see we came very close to having a Dalek spin off show. The series would have seen the SSS an organisation introduced in Nation’s Doctor Who story Mission to the Unknown battle the Daleks. The SSS were essentially MI5 in space.

Mission to the Unknown and The Daleks Masterplan were meant to set up Nation’s Dalek series. Not only did they introduce the SSS, but also Sara Kingdom played by Jean Marsh who despite dying at the end of The Daleks Masterplan would have been the main character in the Daleks spin off series.

Among the other main characters in the series would have been David Kingdom her brother and Mark Seven a humanoid android been based on the Mr Spock character from Star Trek.

Whilst Nation’s show was never made, many decades later the Daleks would get their own series when Nicholas Briggs the voice of the Daleks in the revival produced the Dalek Empire spin off audio series. David Tennant who played the Tenth Doctor actually appeared in this series as one of the main characters prior to landing the role of the Doctor. Noel Clarke who played Mickey Smith also appeared in the series too.

Apparently whilst working on this series Nicholas Briggs told his friend Tennant that he should audition for the role of the 10th Doctor unaware that he had already got it!

In addition to this Briggs would also later produce the unfinished script for the pilot episode of Nation’s Dalek series, with Jean Marsh who played Sara in The Daleks Masterplan even reprising her role as Sara Kingdom.

As you can see from the examples I have given the monsters have already through Nicholas Briggs Dalek Empire series proven strong enough to carry their own series. So its not such an outlandish idea it can in the right hands of course be done. Personally I think now is the best time to make a series all about the monsters and hopefully after reading you may agree with me.

1/ It Would Help Expand Doctor Who’s Profile

During the late 00’s Doctor Who was more than just a popular series it was a massive franchise. There was always something DW related on during the year and for all age groups too. In 2008 for instance you had Torchwood on in the winter for adults, Doctor Who across the spring and summer for the whole family, and finally the Sarah Jane Adventures in the Autumn just for children. All three of these series during this time were very popular too.

Sadly the Doctor Who franchise came to an end in the early 10’s due to a number of real life behind the scenes tragedies. Elizabeth Sladen who played Sarah Jane passed away in 2011, whilst Russell T Davies’s partner Andrew Smith was diagnosed with brain cancer, forcing Davies to return from America, which consequently brought an end to Torchwood.

Since then the Doctor Who universe’s output has naturally decreased to just one series, until recently when it was announced that a new spin off titled Class set within Coal Hill School would be produced.

I think a Dalek spin off in addition to Class could help restore Who to the position it was in during the late 00’s, as a full franchise which would obviously be a good thing all around.

Two spin off series I think would really boost its profile as these two shows could help draw new audiences to the show, as they both would be brand new and people who may not have wanted to watch Doctor Who could become more interested in it after becoming fans of the spin off.

2/ It Could Allow The Daleks To Be Much More Menacing

Now as Class is going to be aimed at a teenage audience then I think that the Dalek spin off should be aimed at a more adult audience like Torchwood was.

This I think would allow the writers to do things with the Daleks that they couldn’t really do in Doctor Who.

Doctor Who is not a kids show. It is aimed at a family audience, however whilst it is not exclusively for children, at the same time it is something that children obviously do watch and thus it can’t be too violent or scary.

Giving us a Dalek spin off series that was aimed mostly at adults could allow the Daleks to do far more horrible things than in Doctor Who. We could really show them as space Nazi’s like never before which I think could help to restore a lot of their menace.

We could really see the gory details of the Dalek death camps in a way that we never could in Doctor Who for instance. We could see piles of the Daleks victims corpses just left to rot that would evoke similar terrifying images from the second world war of the Nazi’s victims in the concentration camps.

3/ It Could Help Fill In A Lot Of The Gaps In Dalek History

There are a few unanswered questions about the Daleks in the revival. Like for instance what happened to the paradigm? How did Davros survive the destruction of the crucible?

A spin off series could give us the answers to these questions. We could get an episode that revealed that after the destruction of the crucible Davros managed to create another race of Daleks that destroyed the paradigm, and we could even have the main characters be forced to form a reluctant alliance with the paradigm Daleks to destroy Davros’s new race. This series could even serve as something of a prequel to The Magician’s Apprentice as we could see Davros get injured by the Paradigm Daleks.

4/ There Are A Wealth Of Fascinating Characters That Could Appear

There are so many Dalek related and Dalek characters that could pop up in this series or be the main characters.

Looking at Dalek characters we have the Cult of Skaro, Dalek Sec, Dalek Caan, Dalek Thay and Dalek Jaast. Now I know what you are thinking that they all died so we can’t have them back. Well we could always go back to before they died. Maybe even show an origin story for them that could be quite interesting. Or we could perhaps have clones of them appear. Maybe Davros sent a squad of Daleks to retrieve their corpses from the black archive. That’s where I reckon they ended up and he produced clones of them. I think that the Cult would be good antagonists for the main characters in the series as they are Daleks but you could give them more of a personality as we saw already with Sec’s cutting remarks to the Cybermen.

At the same time we could also have the Dalek Time Controller, a very popular Dalek character from the Big Finish Dark Eyes series appear as a recurring antagonist.

Dalek Zeg is another Dalek character that could be interesting. He came from the Dalek Chronicles comic book series and was a Dalek who had become mutated after an accident in a lab. His mutation made him virtually indestructable and he sought to take control of the Daleks from the Emperor himself. I think it would be interesting to have a Dalek who was a complete rogue, wasn’t aligned to any other Daleks just simply looking out for himself and was perhaps a bit unstable. Think of what Nicholas Briggs could do with that Daleks voice!

Dalek X the Dalek that loves to torture people would be a great Dalek to feature in the series. I’d love to see an episode that revolved around his death camps.

You could also bring the Emperor who hasn’t been featured on tv since The Parting of the Ways 10 years ago back as well.

On the other side of the spectrum we could have some more benevolent Dalek characters too.

We could have the Oswin Dalek appear in the series. Again even though she apparently died, we could always have it that she survived somehow. Maybe she found another teleportation device and teleported up to the ship or to a nearby planet. I think a Dalek that was once human would be an interesting idea. We’d see a character that still had human emotions and feelings but was trapped in a cold metal cage as a freak forever. We could also explore more of her past before she became a Dalek too.

I would also like to see Rusty in this series too. Rusty would be a different type of good guy Dalek to Oswin as he would be one full of rage and hatred for the Daleks. If he met Oswin he would even try and kill her.

There are plenty of human characters that could be interesting too. Journey Blue would be an interesting character to have in the series. Journey Blue would have to be the lead character. Absolam Daak meanwhile a character from the expanded universe would also be an excellent character to appear in the series as well. He and Journey would be quite a good two to put together as he is lowlife, criminal who kills Daleks for fun, whilst she is a very serious, dedicated and honourable soldier.

At the same time we could have plenty of Whoniverse characters who have not been associated with the Daleks. For instance Psi and Saibra. Those two characters who appeared in Time Heist last year proved to be very popular. So much so that many people have called for them to be the next companions. Personally I’d rather see them as regulars in the Dalek series. According to Time Heist they come from round about the same time as Absolam Daak as he appeared among the list of greatest criminals in that episode.

You could also have guest appearances from Jack and even River Song too as they are after all time travellers.

I’d also like to see Mark Seven appear in the series. It would be nice to finally realise Nation’s somewhat odd creation and through him we could find out more about the SSS who I felt were a somewhat interesting creation.

Then of course finally there is Davros who could appear too. Its always a good thing to have Julian Bleach reprise his role as Davros.

Conclusion

As you can see there is a lot of mileage in a Dalek spin off series. I hope that the BBC decides to make this the second spin off for Moffat era Who after Class or third if we ever get that Paternoster Gang spin off.

Russell T Davies’ Daleks

Now Russell T Davies is probably a name that is familiar to most Doctor Who fans. He is after all the man who brought the show back after a 16 year hiatus and restored it to its rightful position as one of Britain’s most popular television series.

He made many big contributions to the franchise during his 4 years as showrunner. He cast both the a=Ninth and the Tenth Doctor actors Christopher Eccelston and David Tennant, and he also created the characters of Rose Tyler, Martha Jones, Donna Noble and Captain Jack Harkness as well as the two Doctor Who spin off series “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures”.

Despite this however he is nevertheless somewhat of a polarising figure. Many revere him as the man who saved Doctor Who from the wilderness. Others meanwhile regard him as the man who destroyed Doctor Who due to the massive changes he made to his revival of the series, such as making the Doctor a more romantic figure.

Still despite this it cannot be denied that Russell has had an immense influence on franchise as a whole.

Personally I think that one of Russell’s biggest contributions was the way he handled the Daleks.

Now again as I said in the last article, part of what I think made Russell such an excellent writer for the Daleks was the fact that he loved them so much. Just like David Whitaker before him, Russell believed the Daleks to be not only the greatest of all the Doctors enemies, but of all science fiction monsters.

Russell really beefed the Daleks up to being the Doctors arch enemies as well his most dangerous enemies more so than any other writer. He also gave them a much greater influence in the programme itself than they had ever had before, and made their feud with the Doctor much more personal.

I think when you look at Doctor Who in the 80’s you can see that the Daleks role in the show becomes less and less. They are pushed to the background and really become the least prominent of all of the Doctors main enemies.

I think this was due to the fact that neither John Nathan Turner the producer of Who during the 80’s or Eric Saward the script editor for Who during much of the decade particularly liked the monsters.

Saward said he found them to be boring and weak and if given the choice would much rather have not written for them.

Turner meanwhile I don’t think so much disliked the Daleks, but rather having to deal with Terry Nation who always insisted that Turner change certain aspects of his Dalek scripts to his liking.

Apparently things got so bad between Nation and Turner at one point that Turner didn’t send the final scripts of “Rememberance of the Daleks” to him which greatly angered Nation.

Thus as a result of this throughout the 80’s the Daleks really don’t do much when compared with other villains.

The Master kills an incarnation of the Doctor, murders his companions father and her step mother, destroys her home planet and murders his other companion Teegan’s Aunt (who is her only living relative). The Cybemen meanwhile kill a companion, whilst even the Rani manages to murder an incarnation of the Doctor. The Black Guardian meanwhile is the main antagonist of the shows 20th season at least and plays an important role in shaping Turlough’s character.

The Daleks however like I said don’t really do much at all in that decade. The don’t kill any companions, they don’t kill any incarnations of the Doctor, they are not the main villains of a season. On top of that they are not even the main focus in any of their stories as Davros generally takes centre stage such as most notably “Revelation of the Daleks”. Thus they are really the least of the Doctors many enemies.

In addition to this they aren’t even the most powerful of the Doctors enemies during this time. Indeed their empire has been destroyed by the Movellans and they spend more time fighting with one another and squabbling than they do invading and conquering other worlds.

Of course that’s not to say that the 80’s Dalek stories are poor. Far from it, I would rate all 3 of them as classics. However I would still rank the 80’s as the low point of the Daleks careers.

In order for a foe to be the heroes arch enemy they need to have something about them that makes them stand out from the rest. It can be anything. They can be the villain who causes the hero the most grief, they can be the villain who is the most powerful, the most recurring, or even the one who represents the heroes dark side more than the others.

The Daleks fell short on every one of these requirements during the 80’s and to a lesser extent even during the 70’s too.

Though the 70’s does contain the single greatest Dalek story “Genesis of the Daleks”  by and large the Daleks again don’t really do much to the Doctor or his friends to warrant being called his arch enemies.  I think the problem was during the 70’s the makers of “Doctor Who” felt that the Daleks fame and past history was enough for them to seem like the Doctors main enemies but sadly that wasn’t true.

In order for the monsters to truly stand out they need to be made to stand out.

Russell T Davies I felt understood that. If he was going to make the Daleks matter to the new generation and make them stand out from the rest of the Doctors colourful rogue’s gallery; then he was going to need to make them stand out and not just rely on their past fame and glories.

Russell to start with really worked hard to make the Daleks feud with the Doctor more personal than any other writer before him.

He made the Daleks responsible for every horrible thing that happened to the Time Lord.

In Russell T Davies’s era the Daleks destroy the Doctors entire race. That alone puts them ahead of all of his other enemies old and new, but they also cause other tragedies in his life.

They cause the death of the 9th Doctor in “The Parting of the Ways” (marking the first time they actually cause the death of an incarnation in over 40 years), separate him from Rose Tyler in “Doomsday”, and cause him to lose Donna in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”.

Also its worth mentioning that the Daleks killed Harriet Jones a former close ally of the Doctor (which marks the first time they killed off any major character of any kind either regular or recurring.)

They also killed Captain Jack, and though he returned it was as a cursed immortal.

Finally the Daleks also cost the Doctor another regeneration technically in “The Stolen Earth”.

So yes the Daleks were behind every bad thing that happened to The Doctor throughout the entirety of the Davies era.

All of the most heartbreaking moments that people who grew up with the Davies era remember affecting them the most are all caused by the Daleks. 9’s goodbye to Rose, that’s because of the Daleks, 10 standing on the beach with a tearful Rose and being cut off before he can tell her he loves her back, that’s because of the Daleks. Donna tearfully begging the Doctor to let her stay as he places his hands on either side of her head and wipes her memory? Yep, that’s because of the Daleks!

The Daleks probably made more Whovians ball their eyes out during the 00’s than Michael Grade did during the late 80’s.

What was even more horrible about these tragedies the Daleks inflicted on the Doctor however was often the fact that they would force him to actually do them himself.

For instance they forced him to kill his own people in the Time War. They also forced him to wipe Donna’s memory in “Journey’s End” too. Also even in “Doomsday” it was the Doctor who actually opened the rip between realities and activated the device that pulled Rose into the other universe too.

Thus not only does the Doctor carry around an unbelievable amount of pain because of his dealings with the Daleks, but guilt too.

He has the knowledge of exactly how many billions of children he burned on Gallifrey and the images of Rose crying alone, trapped in another universe and of Donna begging to stay with him in his mind forever because of the Daleks.

The fact that they had been responsible for so many departing cast members in such heartbreaking ways for the viewers would also have no doubt helped to make the Daleks seem more terrifying to viewers.

Unlike other monsters the Daleks during Davies time would have actually seemed like they were capable of doing horrible things to the main characters.

There were only two main characters who did not depart because of the Daleks during Davies entire time. Martha Jones and the Tenth Doctor. Thus I’d imagine that whenever they appeared it would be frightening for the simple reason that you would know that a main character, possibly even the Doctor himself would leave under very tragic circumstances.

The fact that the Daleks had been the architects behind the Doctor and his friends, Jack, Donna and Rose’s suffering not only made them a greater threat, but also allowed Davies to show a darker side to the Doctors character at the same time.

It was during Davies era that the Doctor for the first time actually hated the Daleks. Indeed this marked the first time the Doctor had ever hated any of his many enemies. The Doctor had of course been willing to kill his enemies before including The Daleks, Davros, the Cybermen and even the Master, but he never hated any of them.

The Doctor only killed the Daleks before if he needed to.

In “The Evil of the Daleks” he only destroys them out of self preservation. In Genesis he memorably gives up an opportunity to destroy them as he believes it is the right thing to do in every respect. Morally he does not believe he has the right to exterminate a race from existence, and practically he thinks that some things might actually be better with the Daleks. Many worlds who may have destroyed one another in wars, including earth and Draconia instead become allies due to their mutual hatred of the Daleks.

By the time he reaches his Seventh incarnation however he now feels the Daleks must be destroyed. They are on the brink of gaining the same level of power as the time lords through the hand of Omega. Thus if they are not stopped they will decimate all of creation.

The Seventh Doctor therefore makes a very logical and again practical decision to destroy the Daleks. It is not because he hates them. He looks at it in a very cold, logical way and even wonders if he has done the right thing at the end.

“Doctor we did good didn’t we?”

“Perhaps time will tell, it always does.”

During Davies time however the dynamic completely changed between the Daleks and the Doctor.

The Ninth Doctor because of what happened in the Time War despised them. In “Dalek” he tries to murder the Metaltron when it is mutated, confused and helpless. Its hard to imagine any previous Doctor in this moment.

Here unlike in “Remembrance of the Daleks” the Doctor is not looking at things practically. He is motivated purely by hatred. In the season finale “Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways” the Ninth Doctor tells the Daleks that he is going to foil the Dalek invasion of earth, rescue Rose and then destroy them.

Unlike the 7th Doctor who destroyed them purely out of practicality, 9 makes it clear that he is going to destroy them after he has stopped them. Even if they surrender he is still going to wipe them from the face of the universe and we actually see the Daleks panic in response to this. In this moment the Doctors hatred is greater even than the Daleks.

Many have praised the ninth Doctor’s interactions with his greatest enemies. I would say the Ninth Doctors interactions with the Daleks were definitely the most interesting and dramatic after the Second Doctors.

Of course its worth noting that the Ninth Doctors first Dalek story “Dalek” was actually written by Robert Shearman. However a large part of what makes the Doctors interactions with the Daleks so tense and memorable is the time war back story which was invented by Russell T Davies.

The Doctor and the Daleks confrontations had certainly never been more tense than they had been during the Ninth Doctors era.

Davies also aside from making the Daleks the Doctors most personal enemies also made them his most powerful and dangerous.

The Daleks had never actually been the Doctors most powerful enemies. Indeed Terry Nation had often deliberately made them weak physically, whilst David Whitaker did make them all powerful war machines, Davies however made them practically gods.

I always felt the Daleks in Davies era were comparable to the Old Ones from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and the works of HP Lovecraft, though considering Davies’s love for Buffy I think it is the more likely influence.

The old ones in both Lovecraft’s work where they originated and in Buffy are ancient Demons who were once the masters of creation. They were more powerful and more evil than we could possibly imagine.

However fortunately for us they were banished from our reality years ago. In Lovecrafts work many of them were imprisoned in the earth, but the point is they were gone and the universe could breathe a sigh of relief.

However in both Buffy and Lovecrafts works there is the threat of what if they return? If they do then all hope is lost. Nothing can possibly stand against them and so we have to prevent that from happening above all else.

All we are ever shown is glimpses of the old ones power throughout Buffy’s run. We maybe seen one emerge from the hellmouth for a few minutes, see Ilyria on the spin off show Angel who possess immense power and strength that is virtually limitless.

The Daleks in the Davies era I think are very similar.

They too are ancient creatures who were once the most powerful and dangerous force in the universe. Much like the Old Ones they were more powerful and evil than we could imagine, but they too vanished from our reality in the time war.

Just like the Old Ones they passed into myth and legend. Even Captain Jack with all the incredible things he has seen and done is unable to believe the time war actually happened. Paterson Joseph’s character at the same time also finds it hard to believe that they could actually still exist.

However a few of them have survived and are now trying to rebuild their fallen empire and race and if they do then its all over. Nothing can stand against a full Dalek empire. The last time even the Time Lords were unable to defeat them and had to sacrifice themselves to stop the Daleks. Now however nothing could stop them and they would rip apart all of creation itself.

This is seen in “The Parting of the Ways” where the ninth Doctor at one point is seemingly prepared to sacrifice the earth to stop them pointing out that if he allows this fleet of Daleks to rebuild then the whole universe is in danger.

Like the old ones we are only given glimpses of the Daleks power throughout most of the Davies era.

In “Dalek” we only see one of them.

In “Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways” we only see an invasion fleet. Granted its a fleet of half a million, but its still not representative of a full Dalek Empire. A full Dalek Empire consists of whole planets of Daleks and millions of fleets of billions of Daleks. This single fleet of half a million Dalek does not even begin to represent the full might of a Dalek empire.

Similarly in “Army of Ghosts/Doomsday” we only see 4 of them and even the army that is glimpsed at the end also cannot even begin to represent the full might of a Dalek empire.

This of course provided a totally new take on the Daleks. Before even at their most powerful the Daleks were merely intergalactic conquerors. In the Davies era however they were like long lost gods.

They had almost supernatural powers, including being able to bring themselves back to life through the touch of a time traveller, catapult planets through time and space like Tennis balls and reduce whole stars to nothing. They also fought in wars that were beyond our comprehension, wars that even people like Jack believed had to have been myths.

I often wondered if Davies turning the Daleks into long lost gods whom people believed were a thing from the past was perhaps a clever meta reference to the fact that in real life the Daleks had been away from our television screens for so long, and many saw them as being a thing from the past.

We finally do get to see what a full Dalek Empire can do in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”. Now this was risky of Davies after the way he had built them up for the past four years, but I don’t think it disappointed.

To start with having the Daleks as the main villains of a story like “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End” demonstrates how powerful they are. “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End” is really like the “Crisis on Infinite Earth’s” of Doctor Who. Its the big crossover story that brings everyone together for a big battle.

The main cast of Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Doctor Who are all here. For all of these types of stories you need to have a villain that is too powerful for one hero to defeat like the Anti Monitor. As great a villain as he is there is no way that the Joker whom Batman defeats on his own regularly could be the main villain of a story like this. Why would Batman need help to defeat a villain he beats on his own all the time?

As a result of this you will often need to invent a villain for this type of story rather than use any of the heroes involved’s enemies. Russell however was able to use the Daleks the most recurring enemies of one of the heroes involved because of how he built them up over his tenure.

The fact that he never showed us what a full Dalek empire could do meant that he could use them for this type of story as this story featured a full Dalek empire. This way not only was Russell able to use the Daleks in this story, but at the same time he was also able to show just by their inclusion how powerful a full Dalek empire was.

The Doctor is able to take on the Weeping Angels, The Cybermen, The Master, The Sontarans all by himself, Torchwood are able to take on Durac, Cybermen and all kinds of monsters by themselves, Sarah Jane and her gang can take on the Slitheen and the Sontarans by themselves. However a full Dalek empire is too big a threat for any of them to take on by themselves. They all need to unite to have any chance of stopping it. The Doctor can just about stop a rag tag group of Daleks by himself like the ones in “The Parting of the Ways”. However a full empire is too much for even he to take on by himself.

The Daleks also pose a greater threat than any other villain in either Doctor Who, Torchwood or The Sarah Jane Adventures in “Journey’s End”. They threaten to destroy every single universe. In comparison the Masters plan from “The Last of the Time Lords” seems like nothing!

Many fans have complained that the Daleks where too easy to defeat in “The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End”. I do agree to an extent.

Russell’s convenient kill all Daleks switch is quite frankly ridiculous. Why did the Daleks create a device that could kill all of them in the first place? And why did they stick it where they keep their most dangerous prisoners? And why did they construct it so that it is only operable by humanoid hands? The Daleks have only sink plungers remember.

Its a very lazy and stupid way to defeat the Daleks, and sadly does somewhat ruin “Journey’s End” .

Still at the same time it must be said it does take a huge amount to stop the Daleks in “Journey’s End” and the cost is immense.

It takes the combined might of three Doctors, 7 companions, UNIT, Mr Smith, Torchwood, K9 and Harriet Jones to stop them and even at that they still suffer heavy casualties.

The Doctor loses a regeneration, UNIT HQ is destroyed, Harriet Jones dies and Donna loses her memory. And that’s before we get into the millions of people who are killed by the Dalek in their invasion!

Even then I might add they only lose because 1 of the Daleks, Dalek Caan was a traitor who betrayed the rest of his kind and manipulated all of time itself against them!

The cost to stop the Daleks is always big in every Davies Dalek story in fact.

In “The Parting of the Ways” the ninth Doctor loses his life, virtually the entire population of earth which numbers close to 98 billion at that point are slaughtered as are the thousands of innocent people on board the game station and Captain Jack himself.

In “Doomsday”, Torchwood is destroyed, millions of innocent people are killed and Rose is left stranded in an alternate universe.

Even in low key Davies Dalek stories like “Dalek” and “Daleks in Manhatten/Evolution of the Daleks” still have a huge body count even when just dealing with a few Daleks or even just one.

You only have to look at how other characters react to the arrival of the Daleks in Davies stories to see how much more powerful they are compared to other villains.

In “Dalek” the Ninth Doctor who is normally a man without fear screams hysterically when he see’s one Dalek.

We have never seen him react that way before. He was cockey when facing an army of Autons or hordes of Slitheen unarmed, but the sight of one Dalek is enough to reduce him to a hysterical mess.

Similarly in “Doomsday” when Rose see’s just four Daleks emerge she is genuinely scared.

Prior to this she showed no fear when she believed it was the Cybermen, leader of the Cybermen in fact that was emerging. She was actually more focused on chatting to Mickey. However as soon as she see’s its just four Daleks she panics. I also liked how Jackie Tyler knew who the Daleks were because Rose had told her about them. Jackie didn’t know of the Cybermen, but clearly the Daleks had made a bigger impression on Rose.

Sarah Jane, Captain Jack, Martha Jones and Rose Tyler’s reactions to the Daleks arriving in “The Stolen Earth” meanwhile really shows you how much more dangerous they are more than anything. All of these characters have been through so much yet they all break down in tears upon hearing the word “Exterminate”.

Sarah Jane has faced Sontarans, Cybermen, Slitheen, Sutekh the Destroyer, Morbius and giant Robots.

Martha Jones has faced evil aliens that kill people and steal their bodies, the Weeping Angels and The Master. She has wandered the earth for a whole year battling evil monsters from the future.

Rose has fought Cybermen, Sycrocrax, stopped an entire Auton invasion by herself and even told the Devil to go fuck himself.

Captain Jack surely is someone who it is impossible to frighten. This is a man with a pet Pterosaur that eats Cybermen. He also has faced the Grim Reaper himself and has been killed in every conceivable way.

He has been tortured to death, stabbed through the heart, shot, starved to death, impaled, dropped 50 stories onto concrete, beaten to death, been killed over and over by The Master, one of the worst sadists in the entire universe, and been buried alive for thousands of years.

Imagine what he went through when he was buried alive. He would be trapped in a box and would die of suffocation again and again, and he would also die of starvation and dehydration at the same time. On top of that he would be covered in his own shit and piss in that box too.

Oh and on top of all that Jack can’t die, well he can die but he never stays dead. Even if you blow him up!

Yet even HE along with all of the others is shit scared when he hears the Daleks have shown up in “The Stolen Earth”.

No other villain could possibly stir up that much fear in our main heroes.

As if all of that wasn’t enough Russell also has the Daleks thrash the Doctors other major enemies too.

In Classic Who the Daleks got thrashed by other enemies. “The Space Museum” shows a Dalek sit among the Moroks hall of greatest triumphs, whilst both the Movellans and the Mechanoids thrashed them too.

In Davies era however nobody lays a fucking finger on the pepperpots.

4 of them kill hundreds of Cybermen, they wipe out the entire Nestene’s home planet off screen, they force the Master to flee to the end of the universe in fear of them and transform himself into a human being to escape them. Think about it the Master was so scared of the Daleks that he not only fled to the end of the universe a place no one had gone to before but he actually turned himself into a member of a race he hated and had been prepared to wipe out over a feud with the Doctor!

On top of that they also destroy the Valiant his main weapon effortlessly the following year.

They also wipe out the home planets of the Gelth, steal the worlds of the Pyrovales and the Adipose and Abzorbaloff’s people. Finally they also keep Davros and the holy Jagrafess as their servants.

Aside from being his most personal and powerful foes the Daleks also were the enemies who in some ways represented his dark side the most.

Both the Doctor and the Daleks during 9’s era in some ways can be seen to mirror one another. They are both survivors of a war where they lost everything. Not just their worlds, but everything they believed in.

The Doctor believed that he could be a good man, a man who makes people better. Unfortunately however when push came to shove he had to (seemingly) burn billions of innocents in order to stop the greatest evil he had ever faced.

He thus cannot believe that he is a good man any more. In a war between the Daleks and the Time Lords, a war with monsters like Davros, Rassilon and the Master the man who makes people better ended up having the most amount of innocent blood on his hands. Thus the Doctor we meet at the start of series 1 of the revival is a mere shell of his former self. He is angry, ruthless, even quite inept such as in “The Unquiet Dead”. Even the way he dresses is more stripped back. A sign he isn’t the same man he once was.

The Daleks meanwhile have lost everything too. They once believed that they were going to be the rulers of the universe, but now their race has died. There are only a few of them lived, forced to live in the shadows and even hyberdize with human beings, lesser creatures to survive. How can that be when they are supposed to be the Masters?

Thus as much as they hate one another the Daleks and the Doctor can even somewhat relate to one another. When the Ninth Doctor tells the Metaltron that everything you were and believed in is gone he is almost talking to himself.

The difference between them however is that the Doctor is eventually able to put this behind him and become his former self again, thanks to the influence of Rose.

Its in Dalek where we see this come full circle as Rose stands between the Doctor and the Dalek, trying to help both of them. Whilst she is able to get through to the Doctor, sadly she cannot get through to the Dalek.

Thus the Doctor from this point on becomes a better man. He becomes more merciful as seen in “Boom Town” and truly becomes the hero he once was as seen in the “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” where in contrast to “The Unquiet dead” where he caused the problem in “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” he saves absolutely everybody!

The Daleks however are unable to move on as all they ever had was their hatred to begin with and thus they degenerate further in caricatures of their former selves as seen in “The Parting of the Ways” where we see the half human Daleks.

Finally Davies also gave the Daleks much greater prominence in the show than ever before. The Daleks are not only the main villains for three of Russell’s 4 years as showrunner, but they are also responsible for most of the major events in all 4 series.

In series 1 they are responsible for the Time War story arc. The Nestenes and the Gelth invading the earth because their home planets have been destroyed, the Doctor being haunted by the memory of what happened, the Reapers showing up because the time lords are gone. The events of “Rose”, “The Unquiet Dead” and “Father’s Day” only happen because of the Daleks.

They are also responsible for the story arc revolving around the earth’s future being changed. They are also responsible for the Bad Wolf story arc too, as Rose only sends those words back in time as a warning to herself.

Finally it also through the final battle with them that we see how far the main characters lives have come too. We see how the Doctor is no longer prepared to murder innocents to stop the Daleks when he declares that he would rather be a coward than a killer any day. We also see how Jack has gone from being a coward to a hero who faces the Daleks down when all hope is lost. Finally we also see how Rose has become a hero in hero own right when she doesn’t give up and manages to stop the Daleks.

In series 2 it is the Daleks who create the rip between realities that allows the Doctor and Rose and Mickey to enter the Cybermen’s reality and the Cybermen to later enter ours.

In series 3 even though they are not the main villains they are still responsible for the main story arc. The Master was after all resurrected from death by the time lords to fight against the Daleks and he fled to the end of the universe to escape them. Thus no Daleks, no Master in “Utopia”.

Finally in series 4 they are once again the main villains and everything happens because of them.

Ten and Donna meeting, Rose being able to enter our reality, the planets disappearing and races like the Pyrovale’s invading earth because the Daleks have stolen their world and the prophecy surrounding the Doctor Donna too etc.

Finally in the Specials the Daleks continue to influence the show as it is because of them that Rassilon and the rest of the Time Lords become corrupted.

The Daleks even influence Torchwood the spin off as without them Jack would never have been an immortal and without them destroying Torchwood 1, Ianto Jones would never have gone to work for Torchwood 3.

Whilst the Daleks of the 80’s could not possibly be seen as the Doctor’s archenemies, Russell’s Daleks fulfilled every requirement.

They were his most personal enemies, his most powerful, the villains who represented his dark side the most, and the villains who had the most influence in his era.

Russell’s Daleks were the ultimate Doctor Who monster and the ultimate archenemy.

However at the same time what was rather interesting about Davies’s Daleks was the way they were so pathetic despite their power. His Daleks were creatures who like I said had lost everything.

They were on the brink of death, living in the sewers, desperate to survive and even at times being forced to merge with lesser creatures, going against everything they ever believed in in the process. It was such a wonderful irony that even with their power they still couldn’t survive.

Davies Daleks like many of his villains were afraid of death. The theme of death and being afraid of death is strong throughout the Davies era. Many of his villains such as Lady Cassandra, Rassilon and John Lumic are people who are terrified of dying and do all they can to avoid it not caring who they harm in the process, just as long as they get to extend their life a bit longer.

The Daleks can be seen as the epitome of this in the Davies era. They are an entire race whose time has clearly come, but fight it, even when they are forced to give up everything they have ever believed in and are forced to live skulking in the shadows they still cling to life above all else.

Overall I would rank Davies as the third best writer of the Daleks on television.

He was really the first writer to really do anything new with them since the 60’s and whilst I still prefer Terry Nation and David Whitakers Daleks overall I have to give Russell credit for making the most badass Daleks of them all.

Best Dalek Moment/ The Daleks Announce Themselves/ The Stolen Earth

This is possibly my favourite Dalek moment of all time after the Daleks turning on Davros in Genesis. As I said before seeing these characters who have faced the worst the universe has to offer and have been through so much torment literally break down at the thought of facing the Daleks truly establishes them as the ultimate Who villain better than anything else.

Worst Dalek Moment/ Dalek Anne-Droid Fight/ The Parting of the Ways

What a shame such a stupid moment belongs in an otherwise cracking Dalek story. Still this is a low point for Skaro’s finest, fighting with and losing to Anne Robinson, though it is good when the last one blows her head off.

Quotes

On bringing the Daleks back.

I had about four or five of these toys when I was a kid. I still collect them now – it’s my weakness. I have one from every era, I love them. When I took over the show, I was absolutely determined to restore them to their former glory. People said they’d had their day and we should come up with new monsters, but I knew they would work – and I was right!

David Whitakers Daleks

David Whitaker was one of the most influential writers in Doctor Who’s long and varied history. He was the shows first script editor, then called story editor, and was in fact partially responsible for the creation of the series itself.

Whitaker would also go on to write many stories both during and after his time as script editor on the show. Among those he wrote included “The Edge of Destruction” which introduced the idea of the TARDIS being alive. This would become an important feature and plot point in many subsequent stories, including Neil Gaiman’s “The Doctors Wife” and the first season finale of the New Who “The Parting of the Ways”.

The idea of the TARDIS being alive also helped to shape the dynamic of the show itself in some ways. It helped add a somewhat more fantastical aspect to the Doctors character that his ship was in many ways almost as much a character itself. The TARDIS is really like the Doctors horse or trusty steed. Its not like the USS Enterprise that can be destroyed and another can take its place, such as in the film series. The TARDIS can never truly be replaced as it is unique.

This was just one of many important elements that Whitaker brought to the show, yet sadly he continues to be somewhat overlooked. Still among hardcore fans at least he is revered. In 2003 he was voted the third greatest Doctor Who writer of all time. One place above Terry Nation himself!

However among general fandom he is sadly a somewhat obscure figure which is a real shame as in some ways he is as important a figure as Verity Lambert herself. I must admit I was annoyed that he wasn’t mentioned in the otherwise excellent “An Adventure in Space and Time”. I understand that they couldn’t have included everybody, but they could have at least name dropped someone as important as Whitaker and for that matter Raymond Cusick the designer of the Daleks.

Whilst Whitaker made many contributions to both the shows success and its lore, arguably his greatest where the ones he made to the Daleks.

Whitaker loved the Daleks. He even once mentioned that he considered them to be on the level of Jules Verne. I think that what made him such a great Dalek writer was the fact that he had such enthusiasm for them, much like Russell T Davies and of course Nicholas Briggs.

I think in order to be a really great writer for a character you need to have a real enthusiasm for them. Eric Saward for instance disliked the Daleks and thus whilst his stories for them were good, unlike Whitaker he didn’t really do anything with the Daleks themselves and simply either pushed them to the background or wrote them as grunts.

Whitaker contributed to the Daleks success from the very beginning. He was the one who actually commissioned Terry Nation to write the first Dalek story and he alongside Verity Lambert championed the story against Sydney Newman, the creator of Doctor Who, who initially didn’t want to do it.

Whitaker also made important rewrites on the first and second Dalek serials that he served as script editor on too. For instance he was the one who actually wrote the famous “One day I shall come back yes I shall come back” speech that the first Doctor delivers to Susan before leaving her.

In addition to this he also wrote a large number of spin off material involving the Daleks. The famous tv Century 21 comics featuring only the Daleks and not the Doctor were all written by Whitaker. They were credited to Nation as the magazine wanted to use Nation who was a big name at that point to sell it, however Whitaker was the ghost writer on the comics.

Whitaker also wrote the first ever Doctor Who stage play “The Curse of the Daleks” alongside Nation, though again the bulk of it was written by Whitaker. Like the 21st Century comics this did not feature the Doctor.

Whitaker also wrote the novelisation of the first Dalek story titled “Doctor Who in an exciting Adventure with the Daleks”. He also even contributed to the script of the second Cushing Dalek film “Daleks Invasion Earth 2150AD”

However it would not be until the Second Doctors era that he would finally get a chance to write for Skaro’s finest on tv in “The Power of the Daleks” a story that is sadly completely missing from the archives except for a few clips, but is still often regarded as one of the all time greatest ever Doctor Who stories.

Its no exaggeration to say that Whitaker completely and utterly reinvented the Daleks in just two stories “The Power of the Daleks and “The Evil of the Daleks”.

The Daleks in these two stories are nothing like the Daleks that Nation wrote. Indeed I’d say that they were in some ways the complete opposite in almost every respect from Nations Daleks.

With this in mind its not hard to see why Nation disliked Whitakers take on the Daleks so much as they were so different to what he had intended for them to be. Whitakers Daleks in some ways were more effective and in some ways less effective than Nations.

Whilst I overall do prefer Nation’s take on the monsters  I do think that it was good that Whitaker brought something new to their characters. That’s the only way that a character can remain fresh is if they are reinvented from time to time.

However having said that obviously you can’t change a character too much as then what is the point? If the character is completely different to the point where they are unrecognisable then you might as well invent a new character. Whitaker still kept up the Daleks defining trait, their xenophobia as well as their ruthlessness, allowing them to still be believable as being the same villains.

Nation as we saw in the last article enjoyed making the Daleks weak physically. His Daleks were the perfect allegory for men like Herman Goerring or even today Nick Griffin, pathetic, weak little men who ironically despised others because they viewed them as weak. Whitaker however was really the first to make the Daleks virtually unstoppable.

Where as Nations Daleks needed help from their Robomen to rule a Dalek ravaged earth, and were incapable of launching an attack on Earth by force and instead had to use chemical warfare. Whitakers Daleks in comparison were so dangerous that the Second Doctor stated that one of them would be powerful enough to destroy an entire earth colony by itself !

This is a huge shift in the way the Daleks are portrayed. They go from being weak, frail creatures who are at their most terrifying when in larger numbers to being a villain who now works best when there are only a few or even one of them. “The Power of the Daleks” only features two working Daleks throughout most of it, but they are every bit as terrifying as Nations army of Daleks in “The Daleks Masterplan”.

Aside from making them more powerful Whitaker also made the Daleks more manipulative and sly than Nation ever did. Nation generally tended to focus on their inhumanity more than anything else, but it was Whitaker who really focused on their cunning. That’s not to say that Nations Daleks couldn’t be crafty. They could in stories such as “the Daleks Masterplan”, but it wasn’t to the same extent as Whitaker.

Whitakers Daleks were always manipulating people. They were able to trick the colonists of Vulcan into thinking they were docile, harmless even helpful creatures. In “The Curse of the Daleks” meanwhile we also see them manipulate the main villain of the piece who believes that he has them under his control. The Daleks allow him to think that they are his loyal servants until they are able to harness their own power source. Finally “The Evil of the Daleks” is practically nothing but a game of manipulation between the Doctor and the Daleks from start to finish.

Whitakers more manipulative Daleks were the perfect match for Troughton’s more manipulative Doctor. There are a number of fascinating parallels that can be drawn between the Second Doctor and his mortal enemies.

Both of them to start with do not look menacing. The design of the Daleks whilst unique obviously, is not menacing. Its small, cumbersome and even quite cute. However Whitaker takes advantage of that, by having the Daleks use this to their advantage. They use the fact that they do not look threatening like say the Cybermen to lure people such as the colonists of Vulcan into a false sense of security. Only the Doctor who knows what they are really like doesn’t underestimate them, and thus none of their usual tricks that fool other people work on the Doctor.

At the same time the Second Doctor also looks harmless too. He wears clothes that are too big for him, his hair is scruffy and unwashed, he panics and screams at the first sign of trouble. Of all the Doctors he seems the most ineffective and bumbling on the surface, but underneath he is arguably one of the most cunning, and uses his bumbling facade to throw his enemies off. Most of the Second Doctors enemies greatly underestimate him and think him a fool. The Daleks however who again know him as well as he knows them, know how dangerous he truly is and thus none of the Doctors usual tricks that fool his other enemies such as the Cybermen work on the Daleks.

This not only creates a rather interesting similarity between the Doctor and the Daleks, but also allows the Daleks to stand out among the Doctors many enemies at that point as the most dangerous. When he goes up against them he knows he can’t use his usual tactics, he will have to go that extra mile.

We see this more clearly in “The Evil of the Daleks” which as I said is essentially just the Daleks and the Doctor playing games with one another, whilst using everybody else, including even the Doctors companion Jamie as pieces on a chess board against one another.

We also saw the second Doctor get more genuinely scared as opposed to the act he normally puts on in Evil when many of his tricks fail to work. Personally I found the Second Doctors interactions with the Daleks to be the most interesting of any Doctors.

Aside from bringing a more manipulative streak to the Daleks, Whitaker also made them more human as well. Nation had made the monsters completely alien as we explored in the last article. Whitaker however brought more human qualities to them. For instance in the tv Century 21 comics he gave a Dalek a name “Zeg”. Zeg also had an individual personality too. He wanted to take control of the Dalek empire away from the Emperor. This marked the first time a Dalek was shown to have any individual desires of its own, prior to this they had all been working towards a single goal with no individuality whatsoever.

Whitaker also had the Daleks possess a greater level of understanding of human beings as well. Nation always portrayed them as being totally unable to understand humanity in any way shape or form because they were so different. That was often how he showed how alien they truly were. Whitakers Daleks however were once again the complete opposite. They knew everything about us, every strength and every weakness of humanity they could exploit for their own ends. The Daleks in Nations time had been able to manipulate Mavic Chen, but that was only because he thought like them, was ruthless, callous etc. Whitakers Daleks however were able to manipulate anyone. They played on Bragen in “Power of the Daleks” lust for power, but they also played on Lesterson a good compassionate man’s desire to help those around him. In “The Evil of the Daleks” they also play on Waterfields love for his daughter. They need both Waterfield and Maxtible help. They understand that for a good man like Waterfield who would never help them willingly the only way they can gain his help is to threaten his daughter. Maxtible on the other hand who is greedy and corrupt they know they can bribe with promises of alchemy.

Nations Daleks could never have manipulated someone like Lesterson. They would not have understood his compassion or desire to help others. They also would not have understood or have been able to exploit Waterfield’s love for his daughter. Nations Daleks in “The Dalek Invasion of Earth” didn’t even know what children were. They referred to them as our descendants. Contrast that with the Daleks in “The Power of the Daleks” who state “we understand the human mind”. They are a far cry away from Nations Daleks who can’t even comprehend pity.

Finally Whitaker also often did stories that saw the Daleks actually become infected with humanity. There was a strip in the TV Century 21 comic that saw a Dalek become mutated and develop feelings of compassion and even affection. This Dalek that is dubbed “The One in a Million Dalek” proceeds to decorate itself in flowers which it finds beautiful, before being exterminated by its fellow Daleks for being an abomination. Whitaker would revisit this idea in “The Evil of the Daleks” with the humanized Daleks “Alpha, Beta and Omega”.

Whitakers attempts to add humanity to the Daleks did ruin Nations attempts to make them completely alien, which had been a large part of not only what had made the Daleks scary, but also unique. However at the same time it also allowed the opportunity to tell new types of stories with them. It allowed them to be menacing in a new way. Here they were an enemy who could play on our weaknesses like greed, cowardice, etc, but also our strengths too like our desire to help one another and even our love for our children, all for their own sinister plans. Finally by bringing humanity to the Daleks Whitaker also allowed showed us the Daleks turning on one another. The humanised Daleks who weren’t pure Daleks. We had seen the Daleks slaughter and kill other life forms for being different, but to show them now turn on members of their own kind for not being pure Daleks was a true master stroke.

Despite only writing two Dalek stories on television I think that Whitaker’s Daleks have actually been more influential than any of Nation’s on subsequent Dalek stories and writers, particularly those by Big Finish and in the New Series.

That’s not to say that Nation’s influence has vanished from the Daleks. He invented their hatred for other life forms which has become their defining characteristic, also there are many Dalek stories that are in the style of Terry Nation too. “Rememberance of the Daleks” is very much a Terry Nation style Dalek story.

The Daleks in it are utterly inhuman, they are also not completely indestructable and generally tend to travel in large numbers. There are also parallels with the Nazi’s in this story, with the Daleks even working with a Nazi collaborator. Added to that the story is very fast paced and full of lots of action like Nations stories.

“The Stolen Earth/Journey’s End” is also very much a Nation story. Again we have parallels with the Nazi’s to the extent of the Daleks speaking German! The Daleks are also presented as totally inhuman creatures and are shown as an army, plus again it is also very fast paced and full of action.

A story like Dalek however is very much a David Whitaker style Dalek story. It revolves around the damage that one Dalek can do, it features a Dalek manipulating people, its much more slower paced and it also revolves around the idea of a Dalek becoming infected with humanity. All of the Daleks we have seen in the new series who have become infected with humanity or have seen the light, The Metaltron, Dalek Sec, Dalek Caan and Rusty can all be traced back to Whitakers “One in a Million Dalek”.

Indeed many whole stories from the revival borrow huge elements from Whitaker’s two stories.

“Dalek” is very Whitakerish. It has one Dalek that is low on power that everyone underestimates except for the Doctor who tries to warn everyone how dangerous it truly is. There is even a scene in both stories where we see the 9th and the 2nd Doctor try to warn the ignorant humans that one Dalek is capable of destroying an entire planet. “Dalek” also deals with the idea of a Dalek gaining human emotions too like “The Evil of the Daleks”

“Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Way’s” see’s the Daleks led by an emperor the leader of the Daleks that Whitaker created for them in the tv Century 21 comics and “The Evil of the Daleks”.

“Army of Ghosts/Doomsday features four Daleks with names an idea first dreamt up by David Whitaker, Dalek Zeg.

“Daleks in Manhatten/ Evolution of the Daleks” is almost a remake of “The Evil of the Daleks”. Both stories are Dalek stories set in the past where the Daleks who are now desperate to survive try and integrate human qualities into themselves in order to become stronger. However both plans are abandoned as they fear that doing so will make them less Dalek and not pure, so instead they attempt to inject Dalek qualities into human beings and even turn several human beings into Daleks. Both stories also apparently see the Daleks be completely destroyed by their plans as their servants defy them and exterminate them.

“The Stolen Earth/ Journey’s End” also though primarily a Nation style Dalek story does also have certain Whitakeresque elements in it too. Dalek Caan follows on from Whitakers One in a Million Dalek and the three humanized Daleks formula. A good Dalek that turns on its fellow Daleks because of how evil they are.

“Victory of the Daleks” is basically a remake of “The Power of the Daleks”. Both stories revolve around Daleks who pretend to be servants of human beings whilst the Doctor tries to warn everybody about how evil they really are.

“Asylum of the Daleks” also features a Dalek that turns against the rest of its kind. Though Oswin is slightly different to the One in a Million Dalek in that she was a human turned into a Dalek who rediscovers her humanity.

“Into the Dalek” meanwhile again features another one in a million Dalek in the shape of Rusty who turns on his kind and even becomes an ally of the Doctor.

Its also worth noting that Whitaker was even the first to come up with the idea of the Time War. Seriously he was. In the original draft for Power of the Daleks it was revealed that the Doctors people had been destroyed in a war with the Daleks and that he was the last surviving member of his kind. Ultimately this idea was rejected from Whitaker’s final script much to his annoyance, but Russell T Davies would later resurrect the idea for the new series in the story “Dalek” which as I have pointed out already bears a number of similarities to Whitaker’s two Dalek stories already.

Finally Whitaker was also the first writer to try and draw a parallel between the Doctor and the Daleks. The new series does this all of the time in stories like “Dalek” and most recently “Into the Dalek”. Whitaker was the first to really do this in both “The Power of the Daleks” and “The Evil of the Daleks” by casting both the Doctor and the Daleks as more manipulative characters who use everyone else around them for their own plans. He showed us a darker side of the Doctor this way as he showed us how the Doctor was prepared to risk the lives of even his companions in order to commit genocide against the Daleks.

Whilst I do think some of the writers of the new series namely Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat came up with their own take on the Daleks, I still think they all take a lot from Whitakers two Dalek stories which considering of the two of them only episode 2 of “The Evil of the Daleks” still exists, is pretty incredible.

The New series Daleks are definitely by and large more David Whitaker’s Daleks than Terry Nations Daleks. Sadly however Whitaker cannot appreciate the depth of his influence on the current generation of Who writers as he passed away from Cancer at the age of just 51 in 1980. Just before his death he was all set to novelise his second Dalek story “The Evil of the Daleks”.

Whitaker never got a chance to write for the Daleks again after Evil. Though he did write many more stories right up until the Third Doctors era, including one for the Cybermen “The Wheel in Space” I don’t think he ever quite matched his two Dalek masterpieces. With “The Power of the Daleks” and “The Evil of the Daleks” Whitaker achieved something truly remarkable. He managed to completely reinvent an iconic character and consequently have a greater influence in terms of how they would be portrayed than anyone else for the next 50 years.

I would still rank Nation as my favourite Dalek writer however. I think a lot of people tend to write the Daleks more like Whitaker because his take on the creatures is a lot more easy to write. To start with his Daleks are more human and thus more relatable. Its quite hard to right a villain that is completely alien like Nations Daleks. The fact that Whitaker’s Daleks can imitate human behaviour and even have names and individual personalities obviously makes them more easy to relate to. Finally I think due to how powerful they are Whitaker’s Daleks are the obvious choice to go for when reintroducing the characters to modern audiences. Nations Daleks I actually find to be the most unnerving because of how alien they are, but Whitaker’s who are more powerful are going to be a more kind of obvious scary, Nation’s are more subtle.

Still whilst I prefer Nation’s Daleks I would still rank David Whitaker as one of the greatest Dalek writers, second greatest in fact after Nation and I will always appreciate him for being able to completely reinvent them and not just emulate Nation’s style. I would also rank “The Power of the Daleks” as the second greatest Dalek story ever made.

Best Dalek Moment/ “I Am Your Servant/ The Power of the Daleks

One of the most chilling moments in Doctor Who history. This scene perfectly demonstrates how perfectly matched the Daleks were against the Second Doctor as we see the Daleks manage to manipulate everyone here by pretending to be docile whilst the Doctor in a panic desperately tries to warn everyone, only for the Dalek to screech over him “I AM YOUR SERVANT”. It shows how the two are able to trick everyone else but not each other as both instantly despite the Daleks benevolent act and the Doctors regenerated form, recognize one another and how dangerous the other is.  Its also the perfect Whitaker Dalek moment as it demonstrates just how sly and machiavellian they are too.

Worst Dalek Moment/ “Dizzy Daleks”/ The Evil of the Daleks

This isn’t as bad as Nation’s worst Dalek moment. Its not that bad to be honest, but its the worst moment from Whitakers Dalek stories. Seeing some humanized Daleks spin round going “dizzy Daleks, dizzy Daleks” is not quite as menacing as “I am your servant”.

Quotes

On the problems involved with getting the first Dalek story made and what he thought of it.

Ironically, Terry Nation didn’t want to write for us, considering it rather demeaning that he’d even been asked. However, in the end, something – I think the collapse of another job – persuaded him to go ahead and do something for the show. That turned out to be ‘The Daleks’, and with it  came two things, first a row and then audiences of an incredible number. The row came when it was thought that the Daleks would drag the show down to being puerile rubbish. One of our prime intentions was to keep an educational slant to it, and Daleks were felt not to be in the right mould at all. Actually, that Dalek story was educational in a subtle way – it showed the dangers of war, pacifism and racial hatred. It contained many admirable and idealistic truths in it, and it was also a jolly good adventure story.”

On the success of the Daleks

We were allowed to go ahead with ‘The Daleks’ simply because none of the other scripts had been finished. When it was shown, not very long after being recorded, we were, and I don’t mean this to sound smug, proved quite right. Terry Nation then came up with another story for us and he has been writing on and off for the programme ever since – rather like me! One interesting thing was that we weren’t actually intending to bring the Daleks back. I felt very strongly that we should try constantly for new ideas and treat new unexplored ground. As it turned out, their popularity ensured, in fact rather blackmailed us, into commissioning a sequel.”

His opinion of the Daleks

The Daleks were a smashing invention, and I took to them at once. I would say they’re worthy of Jules Verne.”

On “The Evil of the Daleks” and it being the last intended Dalek story.

The Evil of the Daleks had a lot to it, and it included a theme I’m very fond of – the lure of alchemy. It was as good opportunity to write an atmosphere story, and I had some pleasing characters to work with. It still suffered from re-writes, however, and although it was intended to be the final Dalek story, as Terry wanted to launch them in America, I didn’t really think they’d be gone for good.

Join me tomorrow when I will be looking at Russell T Davies’s take on the Daleks.

Terry Nation’s Daleks

 

Terry Nation is without doubt one of the most influential and important figures in not just the history of Doctor Who, but also in televisual science fiction and indeed British television itself. He not only created the Daleks, but he also wrote for many other iconic series such as The Avengers, The Saint and The Persuaders and created two iconic cult series The Survivors and Blake’s 7. Over the years his work has influenced such high profile figures as Stephen Fry, Joseph Michael Straczinski and even Dennis Potter!

Despite this however among Whovians at least he remains a somewhat divisive figure. Whilst many still revere him, (there was even recently an attempt to have a blue plaque placed outside his former house.) There are others who regard him as a hack who leeched off of the work of other people such as Raymond Cusick who actually came up with the iconic design of the Daleks not Nation. It is certainly true that Raymond Cusick was for decades criminally overlooked for his crucial role in the series success. Had it not been for Cusick then the Daleks, and by extension Doctor Who itself may not have become the massive successes that they were. Many argue that Cusick is the true creator of the Daleks and that all Nation really came up with was the name Dalek.

Whilst I do agree obviously that Cusick’s role should never be overlooked again, I don’t think it is right to entirely dismiss Nations contributions either. I think that Nation and Cusick should probably be referred to as the Co-creators of the Daleks.

The Daleks could not have been what they were without either man’s contributions. The Daleks would not exist at all, had it not been for Nation writing that first Dalek script, but in addition to this Nation established their characters and entire mythology as well.

Terry Nation wrote more Dalek stories than anyone else on television. Seven and a half over the course of seventeen years. Whilst it is true that he did have a tendency to reuse certain ideas and story lines, such as most notably in Planet of the Daleks, which was essentially a remake of the first Dalek story. He nevertheless still managed to reinvent the Daleks again and again, and keep them fresh. He wrote for them in a truly unique way which I personally found to be much more effective than subsequent writers.

Terry Nations Daleks were truly alien and inhuman monsters, not just the way they looked, but acted as well.

Most aliens in science fiction not only look human, but they act it too.

Take for instance the Klingons in the Star Trek franchise. They look like us and they also have their own art, literature, code of honour, religion, creation myths, opera’s even their own booze. They have a full culture we can relate to. It is a more barbaric culture yes, but it is still a society that is basically exactly the same as ours except that it is more brutal and warlike. The same applies for the Romulans, the Ferenghi, the Predators and within Doctor Who itself the Sontarans and the Ice Warriors who both also have their own code of honour and even the Time Lords. Their societies may be portrayed as corrupt and decadent, but they are all still relatable to ours. Indeed many of the problems the society of the time lords go through are comparable to the problems that we have faced throughout our history, just simply on a grander scale.

Other alien races meanwhile are simply either animals such as the famous Xenomorph, acting on instinct to kill and feed and protect their race. Or they are machine like creatures operating on pure logic, such as the Cybermen or the Borg. We can compare the majority of alien races in some way or another to something that we are familiar with whether that is an animal or a machine or even ourselves.

Terry Nation’s Daleks however do not behave in any way we can understand or relate too. They do not have a culture like the Klingons. There is no Dalek art, literature, poetry, philosophy, creation myths, religions or even laws. They are all faceless drones with no individual personalities of their own working towards a single cause. We never see a Nation Dalek that disagrees with the rest of its kind and repents its evil actions, but at the same time we never see a Nation Dalek that is even more fanatical than the rest of its kind. There is never a Nation Dalek that has its own personal agenda or lust for power and plans to overthrow the Dalek leaders. They all behave in exactly the same way from the lowliest drone to the Supreme Dalek.

Yet despite this however you could not compare them to the Cybermen as they are not simply emotionless machine’s operating on logic either. They are living breathing creatures who are actually driven by their emotions. They have an irrational fear and hatred of other life forms, and that is what drives them to kill and conquer. Their voices unlike the Cybermen’s are full of strong emotions such as anger, hatred and even fear.

They are also obviously not simply animals acting on instinct either. They are highly intelligent emotional creatures, yet they do not behave in any way that we can really understand.

This coupled with their completely inhuman appearance really makes them the only genuinely alien race in virtually all of science fiction.

Terry Nation often enjoyed highlighting just how alien the Daleks were in his stories. Sometimes it was in little ways such as when the Daleks refer to our children as the descendants in the Dalek Invasion of Earth, showing us how the creatures cannot even begin to understand what children are. Or in The Mutants when they refer to Susan’s laugh as a “noise”.

However on other occasions it plays an important role in the story such as in Genesis of the Daleks where we see the monsters lack a concept of pity. Once again we see how the Daleks are not simply like the Sontarans or the Klingons, who know what pity is, but consider it a weakness, or even the Cybermen who have removed it, but still know what it is.

The Daleks cannot comprehend pity at all even with their advanced intelligence. Their brains are simply not wired that way. Trying to get a Nation Dalek to understand pity is like trying to get a cat to understand astrophysics. That final scene in Genesis where even Davros, a man guilty of wiping out his own people begs the monsters to show mercy to his loyal Kaled scientists, and they fail to understand what he means perfectly shows not only how alien they are, but how malevolent too.

Even the most twisted members of other races are capable of showing some compassion. The Ice Warrior commander Skaldak in The Cold War spares humanity, The Master sacrifices himself to save the Doctor in the The End of Time, even Davros manages to show mercy to those who have remained loyal to him. The Daleks however simply can’t because they literally don’t know the meaning of the word.

However at the same time whilst Terry Nation enjoyed making the Daleks as alien as possible, he also quite cleverly used them as a metaphor for the very worst of humanity.

Nation based the Daleks very much on the Nazi’s. He often wasn’t subtle in the comparisons he drew between the Daleks and the Third Reich with the Daleks even performing the Nazi salute in both The Mutants and The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Of course this wasn’t a bad thing. If anything it actually made them more effective. Viewers in 1964 so soon after the war could easily see that the images of Daleks gliding through familiar London landmarks in The Dalek Invasion were meant to evoke the widespread fear during the war of a Nazi occupation of Britain.

The fact that the monsters were a gruesome reminder of a real life horror made them all the more terrifying as villains. Indeed this often gave his Dalek adventures a somewhat greater edge and even depth to them than many other Doctor Who stories. Examples of parallels between Nations Dalek stories and the Second World War can be found primarily in The Mutants, The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Genesis of the Daleks.

In The Mutants Nation creates a similar situation to the years leading up to World War Two. The Thals are in the same position as Britain was in before the outbreak of war, in that they are facing a powerful and dangerous enemy, but they do not wish to act due to the memory of a previous conflict. In Britain’s case the First World War, in the Thals their war against the Daleks that destroyed Skaro.

Both Britain and the Thals try a peaceful solution instead and try and appease their enemy, as they both feel that another large scale conflict is simply not an option.

Sadly however when dealing with an enemy like the Nazi’s or the Daleks the only option is to fight them. The Daleks and the Nazi’s cannot be reasoned with because they both hate their enemies simply for who they are. They fail to recognise other people’s right to exist and thus you cannot appease them, and try or try make concessions. You have to stand up to them. However still despite this no one wants too in both cases due to the memories of a previous conflict that was genuinely pointless and unjustified.

Gradually however the Thals come to learn that they need to fight against the Daleks just as Britain eventually learned after the policy of appeasement failed completely and utterly, that Hitler needed to be stopped. In this respect the Doctor and his companions who try and convince the Thals to fight the Daleks from the beginning, and eventually lead them to victory, can be seen as a metaphor for Winston Churchill’s role in the war.

Both recognise that this new enemy needs to be stopped from the beginning and has to convince everyone around them who cannot see the justification for another war to fight back before it is too late.

The first Dalek story does not glorify war at all. We see many innocent people killed pointlessly not even in the conflict against the Daleks, but just simply getting to the city, and we are not meant to celebrate the death of the Daleks either.

The leader of the Thals even comments bitterly after the Daleks apparent extinction. “If only there had been some other way”.

Ultimately the story shows us that sometimes war can be justified, that sometimes there are enemies who need to be stopped, namely those who would despise others simply for who they are, and it uses a similar situation to the Second World War with the Daleks standing in for the Nazi’s to get the point across.

The Dalek Invasion of Earth meanwhile serves as more of a metaphor for what life was like under Nazi occupation with the story not only playing on the fears of a German invasion of Britain during the war, but also serving as an allergy for countries that were actually invaded such as Holland and France.

We see how people who are forced to live under such a society react in different ways with the Dalek resistance fighters representing “La Resistance” and the women who hands Barbara and Jenny over to the Daleks representing Quisling and the other willing Nazi collaborators.

Genesis of the Daleks meanwhile shows us how if given enough power one man such as Adolf Hitler can corrupt and ultimately destroy an entire society. In this case it is Davros who succeeds much like Hitler not so much due to his own cunning, but also due to his enemies’ failure to act quickly enough to stop him. The Kaled government and even the Kaled scientists in the bunker all underestimate just how far Davros is willing to go and they all pay a price for it.

Whilst Nation’s Daleks were primarily a metaphor for the Nazis, they could also be seen to represent other examples of man’s inhumanity to man as well.

Their disregard for the Thals right to exist in The Mutants is comparable just as much to General Chivington’s attitude towards the Native Americans as it is for Nazi’s attitude towards the Jews.

One disturbingly close parallel between the Daleks and Chivington occurred in 1864 when Chivington was confronted at the Denver public Opera House by members of Congress, after he had just carried out the Sand Creek Massacre, where over two hundred people, men, women, children and infants were slaughtered.

Chivington was asked by the members of Congress in front of a public audience if it was better to either try and civilise or simply exterminate the Native Americans and the Congressmen were greeted instantly to cries of “exterminate them” by both Chivington and even by the members of the public.

There suddenly arose such a shout as is never heard unless upon some battlefield a shout almost loud enough to raise the roof of the Opera House ‘EXTERMINATE THEM! EXTERMINATE THEM! EXTERMINATE THEM!’”.

Now I am not saying that the Daleks were directly based upon Chivington and the Sand Creek massacre. Maybe they were though I have never read anything to suggest that and I think that Nation did intend for them to primarily to be based on the Nazis.

Still the way that Nation wrote them they could just as easily be seen as representing Chivington’s disgusting beliefs too, or indeed any example of race hatred throughout human history. As alien as they were, Nations Daleks in many ways represented the darker side of humanity overall.

The fact that we could actually draw parallels between the actions of Nations Daleks and real men from history such as General Chivington or Herman Goerring which made them far more terrifying than the Doctors other enemies.

Nation I feel also used the Daleks to comment on man’s destructive effect on nature too. The Daleks tampering with nature is a strong theme that runs throughout many of Nations Dalek stories, and indeed the Daleks themselves are a product of their humanoid ancestors disregard for the environment.

In their first story the Daleks plan to not only destroy the Thals with a radiation bomb, but to create a world where no Thals could possibly exist afterwards. By literally polluting the air they will make sure that the thals can never grow any food and their water supplies will be poisoned.

This is somewhat reminiscent of the much earlier attempts by the British in the 1950’s and the later attempts by the Americans during the Vietnam War (after the first Dalek story had been written, but it is comparable nonetheless) to use Agent Orange to destroy their enemies crops and bushes.

Much like the Daleks, the British and the American forces wished to poison their enemies’ environment to make sure they could not live there afterwards, even if they had survived their initial attacks.

The Daleks reflected the attitude of many people throughout the entire cold war who felt that they had the right to unleash devastating new weapons that sinned against nature itself such as Curtis LeMay who once said of Vietnam “we’re going to bomb them back to the stone age”.

The dead planet of the Daleks in The Mutants can be seen to represent what our world could have become had the cold war led to a Third World War. A barren, irradiated wasteland whose people, the few that had survived that is, had degenerated into primitives and mutations.

Bare in mind that the first Dalek story was also written not long after the Cuban Missile crisis when possibility of a third world war seemed very real.

Whilst the first Dalek story does draw strong parallels with the Second World War, it can also be seen to draw on fears surrounding the cold war and the threat of a nuclear holocaust that were present at the time Nation wrote it just as much.

The Second Dalek story The Dalek Invasion of Earth meanwhile continues the idea of the Daleks tampering with nature by having the monsters attempt to remove the magnetic core of the earth and “tamper with the forces of creation” itself.

In The Planet of the Daleks we see the Daleks create a plague so dangerous that it will destroy even them if it is unleashed before they have a chance to immunise themselves, whilst in Death to the Daleks we see how the Daleks attempt to control a natural resource, the parrinium the only known cure to a space plague.

Nations Daleks always feel they have the right to control, tamper with or even destroy natural resources.

When they say in their first appearance “We do not need to change to suit the environment we will change the environment to suit us” we can see how in their arrogance they feel that their planet and indeed all planets are theirs to do whatever they want with; regardless of how devastating it would be to other life forms or nature itself.

Nations Daleks were not only a gruesome reminder of what had come before, but they also represented what we could become, if we continued to persecute others for being different, and have such a cavalier attitude to poisoning the environment. A stagnated, dead society devoid of any individuality or humanity living in a cold, dead world we destroyed in our arrogance.

Terry Nations Dalek stories were often very dark overall. Even more so than other writers. Nation’s Dalek stories didn’t just simply have a high body count, they also weren’t afraid to touch on issues like racism, genocide and the threat of an atomic war.

Nation was indeed arguably one of the darkest writers in the history of the series. He often enjoyed much like Robert Holmes in pushing the boundaries of what was acceptable.

Mission to the Unknown saw all of the main characters die gruesome deaths, The Daleks Masterplan saw two of the Doctors companions die violently (though Sara died in an episode written by Dennis Spooner) and in Keys of Marinus, one of only two non Dalek stories he wrote, a villain named Vasor actually attempts to rape the Doctors companion Barbara.

Even today never mind in 1964 when the story aired, such a scene where one of the Doctors companions is sexually assaulted would most certainly provoke extreme outrage.

Think of how many complaints there were about that scene in Dinosaurs on a Spaceship when Solomon the Trader stated that he was going to enjoy “breaking” Nefertiti’s spirit.

Even outside of Doctor Who Nations work pushed the boundaries. Blake’s 7 was famous for its controversial content such as being really the first science fiction and fantasy series, long before the works of Joss Whedon or George R Martin, to regularly kill off its main characters. The first episode of Blake’s 7 also sees the main character Roj Blake framed by his enemies for molesting children!

Nation often revelled in the controversy that some of his stories caused once commenting in an interview on Whickers World that he loved the fact that parents would be sending the BBC letters about the Daleks complaining about how could they put these horrible things on television, whilst children would be sending them letters at the same time saying please don’t stop.

With this in mind it is not surprising that Nations Dalek stories had a much darker edge to them than most other Doctor Who adventures. There was no subject from body horror, to race hatred, to genocide, to rape, to pedophilia that Nation was afraid to tackle throughout his long career.

Whilst Nations Daleks did have their roots in history and even real life events they also drew from literary sources as well, particularly the works of HG Wells. In many ways Nations Daleks are an amalgam of the Morlocks from The Time Machine and the Martians from War of the Worlds.

Much like the Morlocks in their first story which Nation had intended to be set in the future the Daleks are weak, frail creatures who are more technologically advanced than their peaceful humanoid neighbours, the Thals/Eloi whom they persecute with both the Thals and the Eloi refusing to fight back albeit for different reasons. However like the Martians from Wells War of the Worlds they are also octopus like mutants housed in robot like armour who come from a dead planet and seek to conquer the earth.

Of course this is not to say Nation’s Daleks are derivative of Well’s work at all. Like all writers he drew from many sources both fictional and real to create something new.

Arguably the biggest similarity between the Morlocks and the Martians and Nations Daleks was how weak they were.

All three monsters relied on their brains and technology and had virtually no physical power of their own. Unlike many later writers Nation did not write the Daleks as being physically unstoppable.

Nation actually always portrayed them as being frail and extremely vulnerable. In their first story the monsters can’t even leave their city, and they are extremely slow moving and can be killed just by being knocked over. In The Dalek Invasion of Earth they are shown to not even be powerful enough to rule over a devastated earth without the aid of their human servants the robomen. They also do not conquer the earth through force either.

If it were the Daleks during the Russell T Davies era, a mere one of them would have been enough to conquer the earth, but Nations Daleks instead have to use more sneaky, underhand methods. They have to launch plague missiles to kill off most of humanity before they can invade, as there is no way they can take the earth through force alone. In The Daleks Masterplan we see a Dalek get killed by Egyptians wielding rocks and spears. In Death to the Daleks we see how vulnerable they are without weapons with one Dalek being unable to hold off a group of primitive Exillons on its own.

This does not make Nations Daleks any less frightening however, as whilst Nation often made them weak physically he made them terrifying in other ways such as through their inhumanity, ruthlessness and cunning.

Nation also often got round the fact that the Daleks were so weak by having lots of them. He never went for the Dalek approach of only having one or a few Daleks being a threat. Instead he would portray them more as a line of endless storm troopers. If you killed one of them, then there would always be another one nearby.

The idea of the Daleks being incredibly weak was also quite a nice irony as well considering how they believed themselves to be the Master race.

The Daleks themselves were in actual fact, truly pathetic, fragile, vulnerable creatures who often needed the aid of supposed lesser beings such as the Robomen, Varga’s and Spirodons to conquer planets, or even just to do the simplest things in Nations stories.

They certainly were not anyone’s idea of the perfect race physically either. They were repulsive, slimy little mutants hidden inside cumbersome, ridiculous looking robots.

In this respect the Daleks once again serve as a good metaphor for weak, pathetic, repulsive, useless little men like Klaus Barbie, Herman Goerring, and even today Nick Griffin who ironically despise others as they view them as inferior.

Davros can also be seen as an example of this too. He is a weak, cowardly, weasly person who can’t survive on his own without people to help him, yet he believes that only the strong deserve to survive. Nation used the design of the Daleks to his advantage in this way as he used the fact their design was not particularly threatening looking to further reinforce the great irony of these weak, ridiculous looking creatures viewing other races as inferior.

The fact that Nations Daleks were so vulnerable also served as quite a good explanation as to why they hated other life forms as they were scared of them. They are creatures who in their first appearance can be killed by being pulled over a rug so it makes sense that they would be afraid of even the Thals.

This served as their motivation for many years until Terry Nation reinvented them in Genesis of the Daleks. In that story Nation showed us how they had been created simply to hate by Davros.

Whilst Genesis did provide some continuity problems with the first Dalek story it actually at the same time provided an explanation for the Daleks behaviour. It explained why we had never seen a Dalek that had behaved differently, as they were all conditioned to behave in exactly the same way.

It also showed us how nothing like the Daleks could evolve or happen naturally. They could only be created to be the way they are. In a way it almost makes you feel sorry for them.

They started out as humanoid creatures who had the ability to tell the difference between right and wrong, and who could actually interact with the world around them, but now because of Davros, they are all monsters who actually have no choice in what they do and spend their lives locked in a cold metal cage.

In a later story Destiny of the Daleks we see how the Daleks take a particular pleasure in persecuting humanoids, with Romana speculating it is because they were once humanoids themselves.

This adds yet another reason dimension to their characters that they hate us because we are a reminder of what they once were. We are a reminder to them that they were once “lesser creatures”, yet at the same time we are also perhaps a reminder of what they have lost. The ability to think for themselves, to interact with the world around them, even just to enjoy their lives and feel something other than hatred, and thus they hate us for that as they are perhaps, deep down, somewhat jealous of the fact that we still get to experience all of these things that Davros took away from them.

Nation was always finding new ways to reinvent the Daleks. He initially portrayed them as creatures who hated the rest of the universe because they were seemingly scared of it, and then in Genesis reinvented them as monsters who had been created to feel nothing but hatred, and then later portrayed them as being perhaps somewhat jealous of us due to the fact that they had once been like us.

He also always managed to do something new with the Daleks in virtually every story he wrote.

In their first story he shows us the Daleks on their home planet, in their second he shows us their invasion of the earth and brings them into familiar everyday surroundings, which in turn sets the template for all subsequent invasion earth stories that bring monsters into everyday surroundings such as the Yeti in the London Underground, the Cybermen in front of St Paul’s Cathedral, Daleks flying outside Canary Wharf and a Racnoss above the Thames.

The Chase meanwhile creates the Doctor/Dalek feud. Up until that point the Daleks were merely monsters the Doctor ran into, but the Chase establishes that they know who he is and even take the fight to him. It also establishes their ability to travel through time as well.

In The Daleks Masterplan we see how the monsters are able to manipulate people for their own purposes such as Mavic Chen and don’t just always simply invade. They can be subtle tacticians too.

Planet of the Daleks is probably Nations weakest work and is really the only story where he does not bring anything new to them. As most critics point out it is simply a rehash of their first appearance, however in his following three Dalek stories he would still manage to do something new with them.

In Death to the Daleks he showed us how the Daleks cope when they are vulnerable.

In Genesis he showed us where the monster had come from and even answered some questions about their behaviour, whilst in Destiny he showed us how ironically even the Daleks feel that there are some areas where they can improve, such as their reliance on logic.

Though he has often been accused of recycling his own ideas I think it is fair to say that Planet of the Daleks aside Nation always sought to do something new with the monsters, and managed to not only change their characters somewhat over the years, but also bring them into new environments and situations in every one of his stories.

Of course in the years since his passing in 1996 the Daleks characters have continued to change to the point where the monsters nowadays in some ways unrecognisable from the ones Nation created way back in 1963 in many ways.

Modern Daleks are virtually completely indestructible, a far cry from Nations Daleks who were beaten up with sticks and stones, and they are also somewhat more human. In the new series we have seen Daleks with their own parliament, their own concept of beauty, their own myths and legends, such as those surrounding the Doctor, whom they refer to as “the oncoming storm”, their own cults, and even their own religion (with the Emperor of the Daleks calling himself the “God of Daleks” and the destruction of earth his heaven.)

We have even seen Daleks gain actual proper human emotions and repent their evil actions and turn against other members of their kind such as Dalek Sec and Dalek Caan.

No writer has portrayed the monsters as being truly alien like Nation did. Of course this is not to say that other writers, both before and after Nation’s passing have not brought a lot to the Daleks, or that Nations influence on and characterisation of Skaro’s finest has completely vanished.

Whilst the Daleks have changed greatly over the years one characteristic that has remained constant and that has really linked all of the different interpretations together is their hatred of other life forms, which is a characteristic that Nation gave them.

Nation also created virtually their entire mythology too, their home planet of Skaro, their creation, their creator Davros, their ability to time travel, their feud with the Doctor, even their feud with the Time Lords has its roots in Genesis of the Daleks, which marks the first time the Time Lords consider the Daleks a potential threat to them enough to break all the laws of time and erase them from history if need be, something which they have never been prepared to do to their other enemies. Thus Terry Nations influence is still very visible on the Daleks even after all these years.

Whilst I have enjoyed other writers such as David Whitaker, Nicholas Briggs, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat’s interpretations of the Daleks, Terry Nations is still the most effective for me. I think he was right when he said that he understood his creations better than anybody else.

He understood that what made the Daleks not only frightening, but truly unique was their inhumanity. They were the only truly alien race in all of science fiction. They weren’t just alien in the sense that they had funny names or strange customs or weird table manners like most aliens do. They didn’t have any customs, table manners or names because they didn’t have anything that we could relate too. I also found the themes of race hatred to be far more powerful in Nations Dalek stories than in other writers.

Terry Nation really did push the boundaries and the likes of The Mutants and Genesis of the Daleks are among the darkest and most ground breaking Doctor Who stories of all time. Whilst I do definitely enjoy and appreciate other writers versions of the Daleks, I still don’t think anyone has ever captured their menace quite as well as Terry Nation did. I also feel that Nation to this day has still written the greatest Dalek story of all time, Genesis of the Daleks and thus he is without doubt my favourite Dalek writer.

Best Dalek Moment/ The Daleks Turn on Davros/ Genesis of the Daleks

This is not only Terry’s best Dalek moment, but the best Dalek moment in the entire history of the show for me. This moment demonstrates not only how alien, but also how truly malevolent they are too. Here we see that Davros has removed all concepts of pity and remorse from them as he believed such emotions were weaknesses.

Only now does he realise his mistake. All creatures, even the most despicable and wretched can and have to experience pity of some kind. Even Davros himself ironically discovers that he has compassion to those who have remained loyal to him. The Daleks don’t however. They can’t even for practical reasons spare scientists who could aid them they are so lacking in mercy.

Thus they are more evil than even Davros. Nothing like the Daleks, a creature so lacking in even the smallest compassion has ever existed before, and when Davros realises what a true Monster he has unleashed, and how all of his sacrifices have been for nothing; it is a classic Frankenstein moment.

Worst Dalek Moment/ Daleks Get Beat Up By Fun Fair Robots/ The Chase

Terry’s worst Dalek moment from one of his worst Dalek stories. I do find The Chase to be a fun romp, but still it sadly undermines the monsters menace quite a bit, and whilst there are many poor moments from the story, such as the Dalek forgetting his words, the Dalek crashing over the balcony of the Mary Celeste etc, the worst is definitely the Daleks getting beaten up by fun fair robots.

Its hard to describe how stupid this part of the story is. The idea of Dalek weaponry not working on attractions designed to scare kids is ridiculous.

Also the idea that these attractions can then rip a Dalek in half is even more ridiculous! One wonders why we didn’t ever use these robots in the many Dalek invasions of earth?

The Daleks of course reach an all time low when they run away from these robots chanting “embark, embark, embark, embark”. It reminds me of “run away, run away” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Quotes

On the popularity of the Daleks in the 1960’s.

After the Daleks, I was for a short time the most famous writer on television. The press interviewed me, there was mail arriving in great van loads. There was stuff coming to my house that said ‘Dalek Man – London’, and I was getting lots of them. Almost all the kids wanted a Dalek, and nobody was quick enough. The BBC, not being the great commercial operator, wasn’t ready, so there was no merchandising, there were no plastic Daleks, there were no buttons, there were no anything. My God, was that to change! Within the year, there were Dalek everythings.”

On Raymond Cusick’s contribution to the Daleks

Raymond Cusick made a tremendous contribution, and I would love to be glib enough to put it into percentage terms, but you can’t do that. You start with something that’s a writer’s dream, that he’s put down in words, and amended, and added to in conversations. Something starts there. Cusick didn’t get anything, to my understanding. I think they may have given him a hundred pound bonus, but he was a salaried employee, and I think he knew the nature of his work, and it was what he did every week. The copyrights resided with the BBC and myself, and there were lovely legal words to cover these things, so that before they could merchandise anything, they had to have my agreement. I was very lucky. The salt cellar part is the legend: that gave Raymond Cusick the idea for the shape. He was restricted by budget, obviously – it wasn’t a big budget show we were doing. But yes, he made a tremendous contribution. Whatever the Daleks are or were, his contribution was vast.

On The Dalek Invasion of Earth

“You’ll recall that we killed the Daleks, so we had to use the logic that this was trillions of years into the future, and we could now go back in history and find out whatever they did. We had seen them in that city, and they could only travel in that city, so the next generation of Daleks had to have something attached to them. I thought if the menace could be brought to modern-day Earth, it would really make the Daleks supreme in the minds of the public; actually bringing them in so we could see them crossing London Bridge, we could see them coming out of the Thames, that was the idea.

You don’t kill off Carole Ann Ford! Didn’t she marry, or meet someone? That was ‘happily ever after’ and off we go again.”

On Dalekmania vs Beatlemania

They were so hot at that time, you couldn’t avoid The Beatles. I remember with great pride that the commercial channel was running the Beatles when they were really at their peak, at the same time as a ‘Doctor Who’ episode with the Daleks, and ‘Doctor Who’ got the ratings. I was pretty pleased with that.”

On David Whitakers interpretation of the Daleks.

I didn’t like ‘Power of the Daleks’, and I responded very badly to them. The Daleks were something that I understood better than anybody else. It appeared that they were simple robots, and all you’d have them do was say ‘Exterminate’ and you’d have it made. They were very much more complex in the way they should be presented. I didn’t like David’s episodes, where he had them being very sweet, and very polite; that seemed totally alien to me. This is not to say that they were not good episodes; this is just my personal opinion.

Join me tomorrow when I will be looking at David Whitakers take on the Daleks and how it differed greatly to Nations.

Classic Doctor Who vs New Doctor Who Part 1 The Doctor & his Enemies

Doctor Who is the world’s longest running science fiction series. Over the past 50 years it has amassed a global following like no other tv franchise, with the possible exception of Star Trek.

However technically Doctor Who can be divided into two different series. Classic Who which ran from 1963-1989, and the revival often referred to as New Who by fans, which began in 2005, and is as of the writing of this article, still going strong after 10 years.

In this article I am going to compare both series and decide which I ultimately find to be superior.

Classic example of an Old Who fanboy and a New Who fangirl arguing about which is better.

Hitler sums up what many Classic era fans think.

In this the first of two articles I will be comparing how the Doctor was written in both series, and how major villains from the Classic Who such as the Daleks were handled in the revival compared to their portrayal in the original.

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Not that Classic Who being shown on the Horror channel and New Who being shown the Disney channel says anything about the quality of both series overall of course. 

1/ Classic Who Doctor vs New Who Doctor

The Doctor is the main protagonist across both series. He is a time lord from the planet Gallifrey, he has two hearts, and he has a time machine called the TARDIS (time and relative dimensions in space) which can allow him to visit any planet, at any point in its history. The TARDIS is also bigger on the inside than the outside.

Whenever the Doctor dies he can come back to life, but his body and outer personality completely changes. He is still the same man underneath, the same consciousness, same memories, same core personality. Its just on the surface he is completely different.

This power is called regeneration, and it is what has allowed the show to endure for so long.

Now I and many others feel that the first 7 Doctors on tv, in spite of how different they may have seemed on the surface, were all believable as being essentially the same character.

The 4 New Who Doctors meanwhile I feel though believable as being the same characters as one another, were somewhat distinct from the collective Classic era Doctor.

In this article I am going to be looking at the Classic Doctor and New Doctor as two separate characters. (I won’t be including 8 in either. Its not that I dislike him, but I feel he is really a wilderness Doctor. Like an odd cross between the old and the new in someways.)

So which is better then? Well I am going to have to say the Classic era Doctor was better for many reasons.

I feel that the Classic era Doctor was more unique, more consistent and ultimately more likable as a hero than his 21st century era counterpart.

To start with the Classic era Doctor was more alien than the new Doctor. The Classic era Doctor I think was actually among the few genuinely alien characters in all of science fiction. It can get a little frustrating in science fiction the way that most aliens behave in a very human way.

Take a look at the character of G’Kar from Babylon 5. Whilst I love G’Kar (he is easily one of the most well developed characters in anything.) He is still a very human character. He is a womanizer, he likes fine food, has an appreciation for art, and he is passionate about the plight of his people the Narn.

All of his character traits could be transferred into a human character in modern day and you wouldn’t notice the difference.

The Classic era Doctor meanwhile does have the same morals as we do, and he is able to form friendships with many human beings. Still ultimately he is very unemotional in some ways. Its not like Spock who is meant to have emotions, but merely represses them as do all members of his kind.

With the Doctor its a bit more subtle. He does have emotions, we see him get angry, happy, sad, but he never loses his cool. There isn’t an instance where the the Doctor completely blows his top and shouts and screams and spits everywhere. We never even see him cry at any point in the 26 year run of Classic Who, even when the worst tragedies befall him.

In Earthshock for instance when his young companion Adric is killed by the Cybermen the Doctor looks sad yes, but he doesn’t cry, whilst his two other companions Nyssa and Teegan burst into tears. We also never see the Doctor show overt fear either. Again he does get scared, but we never see him let his fear overwhelm him. Indeed that’s often one of the defining aspects of the character, that he is often able to wander into the most dangerous situations completely unarmed and seem quite chipper and happy. He can talk to his captors, even torturers as though they were his friends, like Jon Pertwee telling his torturers to stop being so childish, or Tom Baker getting a bit offended when his captor refuses a jelly baby he offers him.

We also never saw the Doctor fall in love throughout the entire series or even become attracted to anyone either.

At the same time not only was the Doctor not as emotional as other characters, but the few emotional responses he did have were often completely different anyway.

The Doctor would often react to the most mundane and meaningless things to us with extreme enthusiasm and manic intensity. Former Doctor Who writer Terrence Dicks once said that you could say to Tom Baker’s Doctor “it’s a nice day outside isn’t it” and he would say, probably whilst grabbing you “Is it? Yes it is a nice day isn’t it!” 

Tom’s Doctor could also be quite callous to things that were important to us. In the story Pyramids of Mars  when the character Lawrence Scarman is tortured to death by his own brother Marcus, who has been possessed by the Egyptian God of evil Sutekh. Sarah the Doctors human companion is naturally horrified, whilst the Doctor doesn’t care at all. He is calmly doing something else and tells Sarah without even looking at her, and with no emotion whatsoever in his voice, that he told Lawrence not to go near his brother again.

Moments like this I think showed how the Doctor didn’t always look at things the same way we did, because clearly his emotions just simply weren’t tuned the same way ours were.

Not only did this make the Doctor more unique as a hero, but also far more unpredictable. Sometimes the writers could use his alien nature for comedy, like having Tom Baker do something silly and inappropriate without realizing it, or sometimes it could be used in a darker way like having the Doctor be quite callous, or even outright ruthless in dispatching his enemies.

Sadly the New Who Doctors I don’t think are really alien at all. I think that the Moffat era Doctors 11 and 12 were far more alien and unpredictable than 9 and 10. Moffat overall had a better handle on the Doctor than Russell T Davies ever did. Still despite this, all of the New Who Doctors are very human in how they react to things.

The New Doctors all lose their cool regularly and scream, they fall in love regularly, they even have casual flings with characters like Tasha Lem, they ogle their female companions too like Clara, who 11 at one point slapped on the bum! They also regularly cry. My dad always used to call 10 the blubbing Doctor, but they ALL blub.

What a bunch of big sissys!

Obviously the biggest difference between the old Doctor and the new Doctor is the fact that the new Doctor is a very romantic character.

The old Doctor was completely asexual. There was never any hint that he even had the tiniest interest in any female character in the series. In fact it was even lampshaded in one story City of Death when the Fourth Doctor Tom Baker says “well you’re a very beautiful woman probably”, showing that he actually can’t tell one way or the other.

Personally I preferred this. To start with as I already mentioned it helped to make the Doctor seem more alien. Also once I think it made the Doctor stand out somewhat from other fictional characters. The Doctor from Classic Who is one of the only characters I can think of who has no love interests of any kind.

Just about every other fictional character you can name has to have a love interest. James Bond, Superman, Tarzan etc.

Even characters who are supposed to be big tortured loners, who shun human company still manage to always have love interests. Look at Angel who is a cursed Vampire that will go evil if he falls in love. Doesn’t slow him down. For his three years on Buffy he had Buffy, and also Cordelia and Faith chasing after him at various points. On his own show he had detective Lockley for a year, then Darla next season, then Cordelia after he knocked Darla up for, and then after Cordelia fell into coma he had a Werewolf girlfriend for the final season of his own show.

Its the same with female heroes too. Buffy always has to have a love interest whether that’s with Angel, Riley or her sado masochistic relationship with Spike. Xena’s the same too. Despite the fact that she is meant to be a loner too, Xena constantly has a string of love interests of both sexes.

Even asexual characters have to have a love interest of some kind eventually. Sherlock Holmes is shown to be attracted to Irene Adler in the novels. Its only hinted at, but still it has become much more prominent in subsequent adaptations, some of which have even had Holmes marry Irene and have children with her. Sheldon Cooper from the Big Bang Theory meanwhile has also fallen in love with Amy Farrah Fowler.

So much for the whole being asexual thing.

The Doctor from Classic Who is the only character who was never given any love interest at all. The closest they came to that was with Romana, a time lady (whose second incarnation was played by Lalla Ward, who was having an affair with Tom Baker at the the time they were making the series.) Still ultimately on screen its never even hinted that the Doctor and Romana are anything but friends.

I also think that the fact they didn’t keep focusing on the Doctors love life allowed them to focus on the science fiction aspects of the series more. I feel that too many science fiction and fantasy series tend to focus on the romantic relationships between certain characters at times. I am not saying that I never want there to be any romance in sci fi or fantasy, but ultimately it can get a little bit too much when the fantasy becomes secondary.

In the revival when they have the Doctor fall in love with his companions, I think it kind of ruins a lot of what makes the Doctor unique, as well as a lot of his appeal.

To start with it does make make the Doctor just like every other hero. The new Doctor always has to have a love interest. In series 1 and 2, its Rose and Madame De Pompadour. In series 3, Martha is in love with him, and the Doctor turns himself into a human in one episode, and then falls in love with a human named Joan Redfern. In series 4 he has Astrid, though Donna is not in love with him, Russell T Davies apparently had intended to have the companion of that series named Penny be in love with him, and the Doctor be in love with her too.

Under all of this is my need to write the Doctor in love again. I think we’ve handled it exactly right for series three: He’d never fall in love with Martha, because he can’t just love the next woman to walk in the door, after Rose. That would cheapen the whole thing. Penny is walking into the Doctors life at just the right time. The first time that the Doctor sees Penny it should be like wham! Both hearts.

Thank god Catherine Tate agreed to reprise the role of Donna Noble!

In series 5 Amy Pond attempts to force herself on the Doctor, then of course we have to deal with River Song, the Doctors wife who makes jokes about having crazy bondage sex with the Doctor.

Then we have Clara whom 11 is borderline in love with, then there is also Tasha Lem boss of the space nuns who also has crazy bondage sex with the Doctor. Finally even 12 is not only still lusting after Clara, but also now has a female version of his former archenemy The Master, called Missy who is in love with him too.

Imagine William Hartnell doing any of this!

I must say though that I think that these two

Are a perfect couple. As a child in the 90’s watching my Doctor Who videos and hearing Billie Piper on the radio, I always knew they would get together.

At the end of the day the Doctor, for me at least should not be a romantic character. His asexuality was part of what made him unique, and now when he is in love with Rose or River he is like so many other characters, a tormented immortal who is in love with a human who will age and die.

Also by placing so much emphasis on the Doctor’s love life the revival has ultimately I feel gone down more of a soap opera route than the original did.

Furthermore I also think that by making the Doctors companion’s fall in love with or at the very least be attracted to him, they have made the Doctor’s relationship with his companions more repetitive.

Look at his relationships with his companions in the 1970’s and compare them to the revival, and you will see that there is a much more variation between the original companions relationships with the Doctor.

70’s companions, Liz Shaw is a scientist, that the Doctor treats as an equal more so than the Brigadier, as he can talk to Liz about his scientific experiments and his TARDIS. Jo Grant the next companion is younger, and the Doctor has more of a fatherly relationship with her, and dotes on her more than he would do Liz. Sarah is older, but she isn’t a scientist. Thus the Doctor can’t quite talk to her the same way he would to Liz, but their relationship is still an equal one.

Sarah is really his best friend, and he is somewhat closer to her than he was too Liz and their relationship is much more intense, though not romantic. Leela meanwhile has more of a confrontational relationship with him, as Leela uses more violent means as a first option than the more cerebral Doctor. Romana meanwhile being a time lady actually has far, far, far greater technical knowledge than the Doctor. The Doctor has more experience than she does having been exploring the universe longer and also being much older too. Romana however actually is better on a technical level and thus in some ways its a reverse of the Doctor, Liz relationship.

With the New Who companions however we have Rose who is in love with the Doctor, Martha who is in love with the Doctor, Donna okay isn’t, River Song meanwhile is in love with him, Amy travels with him because she wants to shag him, though she gets over it, and Clara travels with him too because she wants to shag him, but she gets over it.

Another way I feel the classic Doctor is superior to the revival Doctor, is that his morality is more consistent.

Now the Classic era Doctor was a hero who generally tended to use his mind to solve his problems, but if need be he would use lethal force. He preferred not to, but he would absolutely kill if he had to. There were never moments when the Doctor was not prepared to kill.

The only exception to that was in Resurrection of the Daleks. Here the Doctor has a difficulty in killing Davros and hesitates. This might be seen as something of a contradiction and truth be told it is, but its not that big a one in 26 years. You can also rationalize it. Perhaps the Doctor has difficulty in killing him because technically he is not killing Davros in self defense.

Its not like blowing up a Dalek in a fight. He is planning to kill Davros simply so that he can not cure the Daleks. Whilst it is for a greater good, it is technically cold blooded murder. Even then the Doctor doesn’t so much spare Davros, whilst he is working up the courage to shoot him, he is distracted and Davros escapes and the Doctor is immediately regretful, saying “I’m an imbecile“. Later stories see the Doctor attempt to make up for this by trying to kill Davros every time he encounters him.

Now in the New Who the biggest problem I have with the Doctor is that his morality is all over the place. At certain times he will dispatch certain enemies no problem, but at others he not only doesn’t, but he goes into a big moral speech about how he is better than that.

The most notorious example of this is in the Tenth Doctor story  “The Doctors Daughter” Here the Doctor’s cloned daughter is shot dead by a psychopath right in front of him. The Doctor refuses to shoot him however and gives a big speech about how he never would. Only problem with this is the Tenth Doctor has wiped out entire species before like the Racnoss! Then there is his condemning the family of blood to an eternity of torture which is obviously a lot worse than just shooting a guy.

He tortures minor villains who killed to survive, yet he offered to help Davros a man who tried to destroy every universe? That is like skinning a shoplifter alive and then showing mercy to the most brutal Gestapo officer.

The worst however are in the Doctors dealings with the Master in New Who. The Doctor always shows ridiculous levels of compassion to the Master in spite of how evil the Master is. Even when the Master has tortured his companion, Martha Jones’s family for a whole year, and spent a year torturing Captain Jack Harkness to death over and over again. The Doctor not only doesn’t kill the Master, but he hugs him!

A lot of people say its because the Doctor and the Master used to be friends, but that’s rubbish. Why would he put someone he had been friends with when he was a child above people he was friends with now? Why would he put a psychopathic mass murderer above kind and decent people like Martha Jones?

Tennant’s Doctor crying over Simm’s Master’s corpse in front of Martha whose family just endured a year of torture, and Jack who had just been tortured to death over and over and over, is like if I wept over Hitlers corpse in front of a group of Auschwitz survivors (one of whom was in love with me and had gone through hell for me) because I used to play squash with Hitler at College.

Some people say “its because the Master is the only other member of his kind” which is more understandable, but it still doesn’t make sense. The Doctor is meant to at that point at least to have wiped out his entire people because they went evil. So he killed billions of time lords because they are evil, but not this one time lord? In The End of Time he refuses to kill the Master because that would be so evil, yet he commits genocide at the end technically against his own people?

Its so frustrating as a viewer watching that, as it just makes the Doctor into a raging hypocrite. Worst of all though is in The End of Time when the Doctor refuses to shoot the Master in order to save the entire human race whom he has turned into copies of himself. So he is putting one time lord above 7 billion humans?

Worst of all though is when he forces the Meta Crisis Doctor to live on a parallel earth with Rose because he wiped out the Daleks. The Doctor considers that act of genocide utterly unforgivable, and Rose needs to make him a better man.

Thing is Doctor, the last time you met Rose (Doomsday) she enthusiastically helped you to wipe both the Daleks and the Cybermen. “PULLING EM ALL IN”! I might add those Daleks and Cybermen combined weren’t as big a threat as Davros and his new Dalek empire.

Added to that Rose also wiped out the Daleks at the end of the Eccelston era and gloated about it to Dalek Sec.

“God of all Daleks and I destroyed him HA!”

So again why judge the Meta Crisis Doctor for destroying a race of Daleks far more dangerous than the ones you and Rose wiped out alongside a race of Cybermen? How’s Rose going to teach him that wiping out the Daleks is wrong, when she has already wiped them out twice?

“Oh Doctor who will save your soul” Seriously? SERIOUSLY!

The 12th Doctor has similary proven to be a massive hypocrite when it comes to Missy at least.

In his second story he tells a Dalek that is dying and asking for help to die all he likes. He is also happy to kill the monsters in Flatline too. So again why is it in an issue for him at all to vaporize Missy? Particularly after she has (to the best of his knowledge) butchered his two friends Osgood and Kate in front of him!

Ultimately this inconsistent morality is what makes the New Who Doctor more unlikable to me than the Classic era Doctor.

The Classic era Doctor it was established was willing to kill his enemies and he basically always did. Look at the Classic Doctors dealings with the Master.

He does not ever spare him. In the Masters second ever story The Mind of Evil, the Doctor goes out of his way to kill the Master. The Master has agreed to leave the earth, provided the Doctor gives him the directional UNIT back to his TARDIS. The Doctor however decides that he doesn’t have the right to let him loose on another world.

So the Doctor sets up a plan to murder the Master. He uses the Masters own machine that makes someone see their worst fear on the villain, and leaves him screaming and in pain in an area that is about to be blown to pieces by an atomic bomb. Of course the Master survives, but the Doctor is devastated at his survival.

In The Deadly Assassin, the Doctor once again tries to kill the Master. He kicks him down a flight of stairs and boots him into a bottomless pit. He later says that the Master is the one person in the universe that he would wish death upon, as he is the quintessence of evil. In the Davison era, the Doctor leaves the Master to get torn apart by his own servants in a city that is fading from existence.

In Planet of Fire, he actually burns a pleading Master into nothing but ash. In The Mark of the Rani the 6th Doctor upon seeing a young man get trapped in one of the Masters traps (that was meant for the Doctor), actually tries to murder the Master with his own weapon.

Here in contrast to Missy who is able to gloat over Osgood’s death to 12, the Master has to beg the Doctor and tries to convince him that the trap wasn’t meant for that young man. The Doctor only spares the Master because he needs him to help his companion, but even then he tells the Master that if anything happens to her, he will force the Master to walk over one of his own traps.

Finally the 7th Doctor tries to smash the Masters head in with a rock. He only relents because if he gives in to his violent impulses then the Cheetah virus which feeds on violence will overwhelm him. Thus once again with regret he is forced to spare the Master.

The only time in Classic Who the Doctor gives up an opportunity to kill the Master is when the Master is about to be sentenced to an eternity of torture. The Doctor spares him simply because he couldn’t condemn anyone to an eternity of torture.

Of course ironically the New Doctor did just that to minor villains the Family of Blood, whilst in that exact same season he was hugging the Master!

That about sums it up.

You see again that’s why the old Doctor is a hero you can route for more than the new Doctor. He is willing to kill in order to protect his friends. He doesn’t frustratingly spare the Master and Davros, even after they have butchered his friends in front of him. At the same time they aren’t ever sadistic like the Tenth Doctor is to the Family of Blood. They don’t torture enemies just for the hell of it, as he seemingly does in that story.

Be honest here, out of these two heroes which one do you find it easier to route for? The guy who does this to the evil villain, boots him down a flight of stairs and into a bottomless pit.

Or the guy that kisses Osgood’s killer?

and hugs the man who tortured Jack to death over and over for a whole fucking year?

Ultimately despite the odd blip Classic Who’s Doctor was a far more consistent and less infuriating character when it came to killing his enemies.

Another way in which I feel the old Doctor was better is his origin. Now the New Doctor is meant to be the last of his kind. I actually liked the time war origin in some ways, but still I think it led to the Doctor becoming a god.

In New Who they always make the Doctor into a god. I think this got worse in Steven Moffat’s era where the Doctor goes into these big speeches about how he is the most badass, awesome, godlike hero ever to live.

I personally prefer the idea of the Doctor being a lowly time lord ,who simply left Gallifrey because he was bored.

In the Classic Who the Doctor wasn’t the pivot of the universe. He was a fairly straight forward character. He merely wanted to explore the universe and he was actually back home, something of a loser.

Still at the same time the Doctor does have more experience of the universe because he has explored more of it, whilst the time lords have simply sat back and observed.

Therefore when the time lords need someone to deal with a threat, he is often the first one they call. A little thing like that is enough for me to make the Doctor seem special.

In New Who however they literally turn him into Space Jesus in so many episodes. They have people actually pray to him, do him up as Jesus and in one instance have him fly through the air as a messianic figure!

Another thing about New Who’s version of the Doctor is that I feel they make him too superpowered. In Classic Who, the Doctor didn’t really have any super powers, other than his intellect and his ability to regenerate of course.

In New Who however he can regrow hands, survive falling 10000000’s of feet through a pane of glass, perform Vulcan mind melds, and when he regenerates he can blow up entire fleets of Daleks.

Matt Smith’s regeneration always reminded me of Mario video games where you are on your last life, and you get a star, and you go all gold, and become invincible, and anyone you touch will die, and finally after you have killed enough badguys you get extra lives. That’s what happened with the Doctor here. The time lords give him a star when he is on his last life, and after he killed enough Daleks, he got 13 one up’s.

He is space Mario, as well as space Jesus!

Of course the funny thing is that despite being more super powered than the older Doctor, the New Who Doctor is far more useless as a hero.

The old Doctor was always two steps ahead of everyone. He was like Sherlock Holmes, but sadly the new Doctor is often undermined by his female companion.

During the Davies era, the Doctor saves the day in a grand total of 1 of the four season finale’s. In The Parting of the Ways, it is Rose who conquers the Daleks, in season 3, it is Martha who brings down the Master, and in season 4, it is Donna Noble who leads the two Doctors to save the universe. In Matt Smith’s time the Doctor has a better record at first, but sadly in the season 7 finale Clara, not only saves the Doctor, but it is revealed has also saved the Doctor in every single story up until now. This completely undermines him as a hero. Now his victories are her victories.

In the series 8 finale meanwhile, I don’t know what the fuck the Doctor does in that finale? Seriously what does he do? Has a hissy fit on the TARDIS console and that’s it!

The Daleks face their archenemy, Rose!

The New Doctor is constantly saved by his companions and the fact that he is supposed to be this big cosmic force, that people like Osgood pray to just makes it all the worse when he is useless.

Ultimately as you can see the original Doctor was a much better character in all respects to me. He was more alien and unique, his morality was more consistent than the new Doctors, he was less overblown in that he was just a bumbling traveller rather than a lonely god, and finally he wasn’t undermined in favour of his companions.

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2/ Villains and Monsters

Doctor Who has arguably the greatest rogues gallery of any television series. Over the years its monsters and villains have become an integral part of the show, to the point where just about every Doctor Who story has to have a monster of some kind. One of the things that general public remember the most about the classic who was hiding behind the sofa when monsters such as the Daleks and the Cybermen appeared on screen. But who has the better rogues gallery, old who or the revival?

Classic Daleks vs New Daleks

The Daleks are the Doctor’s greatest enemies. They are in fact arguably the most iconic villains in the entire history of British television.

They are without doubt my favorite villains in not just Doctor Who but possibly anything.

 

Now this is harder to choose which one is better, as I really love how the Daleks have been portrayed across both Classic Who and New Who.

Ultimately however I am going to have to go with the Classic era once again.

There are some things the revival has done that are better with the Daleks. For instance I feel that the Daleks actually seem more like the Doctors archenemies in the new series.

In Classic Who I feel that the producers never really bothered to beef up the Daleks as the Doctors deadliest enemies. They aren’t his most powerful foes, and actually they probably cause him less grief than many of his other enemies. For instance the Daleks never caused the death of an old Doctor. Even the Rani who was in just two stories managed that!

The producers of Classic Who to me it seemed felt like they didn’t need to make the Daleks the Doctors archenemies, because they were already so popular.

In the Davies era at least however, Russell went out of his way to really show viewers why these monsters were the Doctors main enemies. He made them the most powerful, had them inflict the largest amount of tragedies on him, from the destruction of his home planet to the departure of his companions Rose and Donna. They have even been responsible for a number of Doctors deaths in the revival. In fact including the Meta Crisis, the Daleks have caused the Doctor to lose 5 lives in the new series.

The Doctor has had many enemies over the years but the Daleks during Davies’ time were the only monsters he truly despised.

So yes in this respect, the New Who Daleks are superior.

However overall as monsters in their own right, I think that the Classic Who Daleks were much more effective. The Classic era Daleks were much more alien. There was nothing about them that we could really relate to, not just in terms of their appearance but character as well. These were monsters who had no real concept of pity or compassion.

The New Who Daleks I feel are too human a lot of the time. We have Daleks with names, Daleks that are religious fanatics, Daleks that are mad, and far too many good guy Daleks.

In fact there so far has only been three Dalek stories from the revival (as of the writing of this article) that haven’t featured a Dalek turning on other members of its kind because it sees them as evil.

So for me the Classic Who Daleks were far more unique and frightening as a result of this.

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Weeping Angels vs Autons

Now these two villains I feel are very comparable in a lot of ways. They are both examples of an everyday object turned into a monster. In the Autons case mannequins and the Angels statues. The Autons are really disembodied spirits called the Nestene’s that have the ability to animate anything made of plastic, allowing them to take control of dummies, dolls and even plastic chairs that they use to kill people.

The Angels meanwhile are ancient predators who are quantam locked, which means that when you look at them they turn to stone. Look away however and they exist. Either they will snap your neck like a twig, or they will throw you back in time and feed on the lost potential you would have had.

So which is a better take on this type of monster? Well I am going to say the Angels for many reasons.

To start with I think that the Angels are less limited than the Autons. When you look at all 3 Autons stories, there is really very little variation between them. They are all just aliens invade modern day earth stories and that’s that. The three Angels stories however I feel have more variation. Blink is a low key atmospheric story set in the rural countryside, the second Angels two parter is a big aliens style grand adventure, on a far away alien planet, whilst the final Angels story is a crime noir thriller in 1930’s Manhatten.

Also I feel that what the Angels do to you is more unusual. The Autons just zap you whilst the Angels throw you back in time. This allowed Blink in my opinion to be more than just another monster story. It also allowed it to be a very interesting time paradox story too. Also in The Angels Take Manhatten, it was horrifying what they attempted to do Rory. They didn’t just simply kill him or toss him back in time.

They lock him in a tiny little room for the rest of his life, all alone with nothing to do. We see Rory as an old man trapped alone in the bedroom, so pleased when he sees another face after thirty years of being at the mercy of the Angels.

To me this made the Angels far more terrifying than the Autons who would just shoot you.

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Classic Great Intelligence vs New Great Intelligence

The Great Intelligence is a major enemy of the Doctor. It is an evil disembodied spirit that must work through its servants. It originally appeared in the Second Doctor Patrick Troughton’s era where it faced him two times. After this the creature went through an over 40 year absence until it resurfaced as the main villain in Matt Smith’s third season, as the main antagonist where it was played by Richard E Grant and Sir Ian McKellan.

Now this is hard to decide which I prefer. On the one hand I will say that The Web of Fear is the best story with the Intelligence. The Web of Fear is one of my all time favourite stories. Also I prefer the classic era Intelligence’s servants, the Yeti Robots in The Abominable Snowmen and The Web of Fear, to the Whisper men, his servants in The Name of the Doctor. The Whisper Men just kind of seemed like a poor man’s version of the silence, whispery villains who talk in rhymes, have white faces etc. The Yeti however who were furry robots were more original.

Still despite this I think I prefer the Intelligence in the revival. The thing about the Intelligence in the revival is that its more fleshed out as a character. In the original its just a generic villain that wants power because? In the revival however we learn a little bit more about it. We see how it yearns to have a body, how it grows to despise the Doctor because he thwarts it at every turn, and how it comes to eventually only care about making him suffer. Its not surprising in many ways that the Intelligence in the revival would be more fleshed out, as the focus was more on the Yeti’s than the Intelligence itself in the classic era.

Still I’d say overall that the intelligence was superior in the revival and the Intelligence story arc is definitely one of my favourites in the whole series.

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The Classic Master vs The New Master

Well I think this one is obvious to anyone who has read my work before.

The Classic Who Master was a fun rival to the Doctor who was well developed across all of his incarnations. We saw his start out as a ruthless villain who was gradually driven to madness through his bitter, petty and hateful feud with the Doctor.

The New Who Master meanwhile, whilst I enjoyed John Simm’s performance as the villain (and felt it followed on quite well from the original Masters, minus the silly, retconning of the villains origins.) Ultimately I just can’t get on board with Missy.

Nothing against Michelle Gomez, who is an otherwise fine actress, but I think that its ridiculous to suddenly change the Masters sex for no reason, other than to pander to the bullying feminist side of fandom. Its even more ridiculous to re-imagine the character as the Doctors love interest.

I honestly can’t see what the fuck Missy is even meant to be to be honest, other than just pandering? The Classic Who Master was a villain who hated the Doctor more than anything, who would stop at nothing to make him suffer. Often the Doctor would go through absolute hell when going up against the Master such as in The Deadly Assassin.

Missy meanwhile is just a big mad kissy woman who wants to shag the Doctor, and who he seems to to quite like too, but she also kills people for what reason?

All she does is just undermine the Doctor as she shows up kills people for no reason, but he likes her, so he often lets her go, or even saves her life!

Whilst it was true that Tennant went far too easy on Simm, at least I can see the point of Simm’s Master as he was still an enemy the Doctor had to overcome. With Missy however she isn’t even an enemy of the Doctor. She hands him an army of Cybermen in her first story, saves him from the Daleks in her second, and its revealed brought him and Clara together.

So basically all she has done in her own twisted mind is help him, whilst also killing random people for no reason? Missy is a truly terrible character. Nothing but a mix of feminist pandering and a cliched femme fatale trope, that completely undermines the Doctors credibility as a hero.

Whilst John Simm’s Master was great, sadly he is weighed down by the Mistress.

 

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Classic Who Silurians vs New Who Silurians

The Silurians are ancient reptiles who ruled the earth before mankind. They were a highly advanced civilisation but their time came when a natural disaster threatened to wipe them out. The Silurians retreated underground and went into suspended animation hoping to emerge when the earth had recovered.

Unfortunately they slept for too long. In the millions of years they were in hibernation mankind evolved and became the masters of the earth.

When the Silurians finally awoke, they planned to exterminate mankind and take control of the earth which they believe is rightfully there’s as they were her before us.

Now I think that the best Silurian adventure is undoubtedly the first Silurian story “Doctor Who and the Silurians” I’d rate this as being easily among the top 20 Doctor Who stories ever made.

Still despite this I’d say that I prefer the Silurians in New Who those from the original series. To start with I prefer their design. I seem to be in the minority here, as most who fans I have spoken with were angry that they changed the Silurians design as they felt the new Silurians looked too human.

Me personally I liked that look as I think that the Silurians should be more human. They are not like the Daleks they aren’t monsters, they are meant to be capable of being both good and evil.

I also think that the new masks allow the actors playing them like the wonderful Neve McIntosh who plays Vastra a chance to act properly too. Before their faces were completely covered so all they could rely on was their voices.

Also I prefer the new Silurians because I think they get across the idea that these are creatures just like usm with no fixed morality like the Daleks and the Cybermen better than the originals.

Apart from in their first story I think that the Siurians were often just portrayed as monsters in the classic era like in the story “Warriors of the Deep“. The character of Vastra in the revival however a benevolent Silurian who has integrated herself into human society, I think demonstrates how the Silurians are capable of both good and evil.

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The Valeyard vs The Dream Lord

Now these characters are both basically the same idea. They are villains created from the Doctors dark side. They are basically evil Doctors. Some fans have even speculated that the Valeyard and the Dreamlord are actually meant to be the same character though this has not been conformed.

Now I am going to go with the New Who here and say that the Dreamlord was a better take on this idea. Michael Jayston who played the Valeyard was excellent, but ultimately the character I think wasn’t really given much to do throughout most of his appearance in “Trial of a Time Lord” until the end, after which a lot of what we found out about him was contradictory. For instance the Valeyard was said to have been created between his second last and final incarnation. The thing is he also wants to steal all of his remaining regenerations after the 6th Doctor. If he did that then he would technically wipe himself from existence since he comes between Doctors 12 and 13.

Also on top of that I felt that the Dreamlord’s single story “Amy’s Choice” is much better than “Trial of a Time Lord” the Valeyard’s only appearance on tv.

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Classic Cybermen vs New Cybermen

The Cybermen are the Doctors most iconic enemies after the Daleks. They were created by Kit Pedler and Gerry Davies, the then script editor of Doctor Who (who also came up with the concept of regeneration.)

The Cybermen in the classic era were aliens from Earth’s identical twin planet Mondas. They were originally exactly like us, but they slowly replaced all of their organic components with metallic ones until they transformed themselves into cyborgs. The Cybermen seek to do the same to all other life forms in the universe and begin conquering worlds converting the life forms into members of their own kind

Cyber conversion.

Ultimately however the Cybermen are very nearly driven to extinction when their home planet Mondas is destroyed, but a few manage to survive and attempt to rebuild their fallen race. The Cybermen served as quite a good contrast to the Daleks this way, in that, whilst the Daleks were a race with a vast empire and countless resources, the Cybermen were a dead race, struggling to survive. Whilst the Daleks regularly screamed “Daleks conquer and destroy” the Cybermen’s catchphrase was “we will survive”.

In a way the Cybermen were more sympathetic villains than the Daleks. The Cybermen unlike the Daleks, had to conquer other races because it was the only way they could survive as they could not reproduce without converting other life forms.

In the revival the Cybermen are said to come from another universe. They were created from that universe’s version of earth by Cybus industries, and eventually found a way to cross over into our reality.

Now this one is a bit more difficult to decide, as sadly I think that the Cybermen in both series have been handled quite badly.

Its a shame as the Cybermen are brilliant villains. They are an idea that was decades ahead of its time. Many fans have famously compared them to the Borg from Star Trek who debuted over 20 years later. The producers of Star Trek themselves even acknowledged Doctor Who. In an episode of Star Trek The Next Generation”Q Who” the names of the first 6 actors to play the Doctor pop up on a computer screen.

Star Trek references Doctor Who.

Sadly however it seems the writers of classic who and new who seem to enjoy doing the Cybermen down within the stories themselves.

The fourth Doctor mocks them to their faces telling them that they are just a bunch of pathetic tin soldiers skulking about the galaxy in an ancient spaceship. In New Who the Daleks trash talk and completely thrash them. In another episode the Doctor blows up an entire fleet of Cybermen in order to intimidate another villain.

In order to show off how badass another character is, both shows will have them slaughter a huge amount of Cybermen whether that’s the Daleks, Rory, Ace or the Raston Warrior Robot.

At least he doesn’t rub it in like Rory or the Daleks.

Don’t worry Cyber fans though in the Doctor Who/Star Trek crossover the Cybermen kicked the shit out of the Borg very badly. In fact in one alternate time line the Cybemen not only beat the Borg but managed to convert the Klingons, the Romulans, and the Cardassians too.

So at the very least they are more powerful than all of Star Trek’s major enemies.

The Cybermen get back at the Borg for copying them.

Sadly however on tv the Cybermen have usually got their arses kicked and naturally this has completely destroyed the Cybermen’s menace over the years. Its a real shame as even though the Daleks are unquestionably my favourite villains, the Cybermen I think are actually the most terrifying when used properly.

I think the writers just got it in their heads that the Cybermen were second rate villains, because sadly in popular culture they have always been seen that way in the sense that they are seen as the Doctors “other” enemies after the Daleks who are the most iconic. On top of that the fact that they were meant to be a dead race probably didn’t help.

Still whilst there have been problems with the Cybermen across both old and new who I am still going to have to say that the Classic Who Cybermen were better. The heyday of the Cybermen was really in the 1960’s. Their two best stories “The Invasion” and “Tomb of the Cybermen” are from this decade.

In the 60’s stories the Cybermen are portrayed as a force to be reckoned with. Even though they are nearing extinction, they are still crafty, strong, manipulative and ruthless and the Doctor seems genuinely terrified of them.

Also I preferred the way they were often silent in these stories. It gave them a kind of eeriness like they were cybernetic zombies. You could never tell what they were thinking as their faces were completely blank.

So yes overall I am going to go with the Classic era on this one.

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Classic Sontarans vs New Sontarans

The Sontarans are a clone race who glory in war. They just love to fight and cause trouble wherever they go.

Now for me this is easy. I’m going to say the Classic Sontarans are better in every way than the new ones. To start with I think that both The Time Warrior and The Sontaran Experiment, two classic era Sontaran stories are better than any new who Sontaran stories. Also despite their somewhat comical appearance they actually do seem menacing in both of those stories. We see how one Sontaran is capable of outsmarting, overpowering, and torturing several human beings at once. We even see how one Sontaran would be capable of changing the entire course of human history by itself.

In the New Who they have had one appearance as villains and the rest of the time they have been used as comedy stooges. I actually do quite like Stax, but still I think the Sontarans have been somewhat undermined as villains in new who. The thing about them is because their appearance can be somewhat comical, then you shouldn’t make them comical characters, as then they just become a complete joke and sadly that is what has happened to the new Sontarans.

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Classic Ice Warriors vs New Ice Warriors

The Ice Warriors are among the Doctors oldest enemies. They first appeared during the Second Doctors era in the 60’s. They are gigantic reptiles from Mars who house themselves in powerful armour.

No I am going to say that the new Ice Warriors are better. The Ice Warriors have only appeared in one story of the revival so far, but I must admit I preferred it to all of their appearances in the classic era. I don’t dislike their appearances in the classic era, but what can I say I just enjoyed their single new Who story more, and since there really is no difference between how they are portrayed in both series then I am going to go with New Who here.

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Sutekh vs The Beast

These two one off villains are essentially the same idea as one another. Sutekh is an ancient alien from the planet Osiris. He possessed virtually limitless power, yet was still terrified that somewhere in the universe some life form would one day grow to rival him in power.,o he decided to destroy all life where ever he found it. He destroyed billions of worlds across the universe until his own people (whose planet, Osiris, he destroyed) managed to imprison him. In the story Pyramids of Mars he tries to escape from his prison deep beneath a pyramid. He was said to have been the inspiration for both Set the Egyptian god of evil and Satan in mythology.

The Beast is an ancient evil that existed from before our universe. At the beginning of our universe the Beast was imprisoned by the servants of the light in a cave on a far away planet. It claims to have been the inspiration behind all the horned figures in all mythologies all over the universe including Satan.

Both villains are even voiced by the same actor Gabriel Woof who has possibly the best voice of all time.

Now I am going to go with the Classic Who on this one. Sutekh is better simply because the story he is in is superior.

Pyramids of Mars is better in my opinion because it focuses on Sutekh. Remember what I was saying earlier about how the New Who would often focus on the Doctors love life and the soap opera element at the expense of the sci fi? Well sadly that is what happens with the Beast. Even when the Doctor is coming face to face with Satan himself, he still goes on about how fabulous Rose is and its annoying and cheesy.

In Pyramids of Mars when the Doctor faces Sutekh then they are actually able to focus on the idea of Sutekh which is more interesting. They don’t have the Doctor go on about how much he is in love with Sarah for 5 minutes.

See for yourself.

Sutekh wasn’t sidelined in favour of Rose so I am going to go for Sutekh here.

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The Rani vs Madame Kovarian

These villains don’t really have much in common with one another. I admit I am only including them together because they are both among the only female villains in Doctor Who.

I am definitely going to go with the Classic era here. Kovarian I always found to be a rather dull villain overall. The Rani on the other hand I think is a very underrated enemy.

The Rani was a time lady who unlike the Master did not seek to conquer. She is a scientist who experiments on human beings the same way that we do on animals. She is a corrupt Joseph Mengela type of villain. Sadly she has been underused, but still I nevertheless think that there is huge potential in her and clearly so do many other fans as there have been constant calls for her to return to the series.

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Final Result

Classic Who wins this round, but join me in part 2 where I will be looking at the companions as well as the best stories from both series side by side.

Doctor Who Reviews/ The Power of the Daleks

The Second Doctors first adventure. The Power of the Daleks not only reinvented the character of the Doctor, but also his mortal enemies.

Written by David Whitaker who had helped to create Doctor Who itself, though it is sadly missing from the archives, Power of the Daleks remains one of the most acclaimed and influential Doctor Who stories of all time.

Plot

The Doctor regenerates into his second incarnation before a confused Ben and Polly. Neither are sure what to make of this strange new man who has seemingly appeared in the Doctors place and who neither conforms nor denies that he is the Doctor.

Polly thinks it is the Doctor, but Ben is confused as this stranger doesn’t even act like the Doctor they knew.

The TARDIS takes the three time travellers to the planet Vulcan in the far future. The Doctor witnesses a murder of a man sent from Earth to check the human colony located on the planet, and discovers a badge on the man’s corpse that he uses to bluff his way into the colony by pretending to be the examiner, with Ben and Polly as his team.

The examiner was summoned by the deputy governor of the colony Quinn to deal with a group of rebels, though despite this the governor does not consider the rebels to be that dangerous.

Lesterson the colony’s leading scientist meanwhile discovers a crashed space capsule within the Mercury swamps of the planet. The following night the Doctor discovers much to his horror that it contains two deactivated Daleks with a third one missing.

Lesterson soon finds the time travellers in his lab and demands to know what they are doing here. The Doctor says that his badge (the examiners badge) allows him to go anywhere on the colony. The Doctor deduces that Lesterson is hiding the third Dalek and believes that he might be trying to reactivate it.

Sure enough Lesterson after the Doctor leaves manages to successfully reactivate the third Dalek with the help of his two assistants Resno and Janley. Unfortunately the Dalek instantly shoots Resno dead. Janley assures Lesterson that Resno will be fine, but Lesterson, still afraid removes the monsters gun stick.

Quinn meanwhile after being accused of sabotaging the communication console and summoning the examiner is replaced by Bragen in his role as deputy governor by the Governor himself. Little does he know Bragen is in fact in league with the rebels to take control of the colony. It was also Bragen who not only smashed the communication console but also killed the real examiner too.

Quinn is put on trial and the Doctor, Ben and Polly attend his trial. There they are confronted by the Dalek that Lesterson has reactivated. The Dalek claims to be the colony’s servant. The Dalek subsequently proves its worth to the colonists by creating a computer that can detect metiorites. The Doctor of course knows the truth, and when he confronts the Dalek it instantly recognizes him which finally convinces Ben who he is.

Lesterson subsequently reactivates the other two Daleks, though he also removes their guns too. The Doctor soon notices that there are more than 3 Daleks and warns everyone that they are breeding. This is met with ridicule by the colonists who believe the Daleks to be machines.

Janley who is also in league with the rebels and Bragen believes that they can use the Daleks to help stage a takeover of the colony. The Doctor, Ben and Polly’s cover is also broken, but the three are nevertheless able to escape from prison.

Lesterson later comes to realize that not only are the Daleks reproducing by themselves but that they are evil and begins to have a mental breakdown. The Daleks manage to create a production line that creates hundreds of Daleks.

These Daleks  begin to slaughter everyone in sight including Janley and Lesterson. Bragen meanwhile is killed by Valmaar whilst attempting to kill Quinn who is made Governor.

Before the Daleks can exterminate everyone on the colony the Doctor is able to destroy the Daleks by giving them a power overload.

With the Dalek army destroyed the Doctor, Ben and Polly slip away in the TARDIS, unaware that one of the Daleks has survived.

Quotes

Dalek/ Why do human beings kill other human beings?

Dalek/ We understand the human mind.

Dalek/ We are to wait here until the human beings fight among themselves.

Dalek 1/ Exterminate all humans.

Dalek 2/ Exterminate all humans

Dalek 1/ Exterminate! Annihilate! Destroy! Daleks conquer and destroy, Daleks conquer and destroy!

All Daleks in Unison as they leave their ship one after another/  DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY, DALEKS CONQUER AND DESTROY!!!!

Dalek/ We are not ready yet to teach these human beings the law of the Daleks!

The Doctor/ Ben, Polly come in and meet the Daleks

Polly/ Who?

The Doctor/ The Daleks.

The Doctor/ But the thing it does most effectively is kill human beings.

Dalek/ (shouting over the Doctor) I AM YOUR SERVANT! I AM YOUR SERVANT! I AM YOUR SERVANT! I AM YOUR SERVANT!

Lesterson/ It will be the end of the Colony’s problems

The Doctor/ Yes it will be the end of the Colony’s problems because it will be the end of the colony.

Review

The Power of the Daleks is easily one of the greatest Dalek stories ever made.

Sadly as all of its episodes are missing its impossible for me as a modern viewer to truly appreciate its value. Neither recons nor audios can give you a full appreciation of the story sadly.

Still even with that I would nevertheless rank Power as one of the all time classic Doctor Who stories. Even as a Recon and at 6 episodes long, Power of the Daleks never drags for even a second.

There is so much going on in this story from the mystery surrounding the examiners murder, to the problems with the rebels on the colony, to Quinn’s trial and that’s before we get to the Doctor and the Daleks both of whom are completely reinvented for this story.

I think this adventure really benefits from having strong guest characters such as Lesterson who in contrast to the likes of Bragen and Mavic Chen from the previous Dalek story actually believes he can harness their power for good and pays a heavy price for it.

Lesterson’s death at the Daleks hands is a classic Frankenstein being destroyed by his own creation moment as Lesterson in his madness reminds the Daleks that he brought them back to life which they acknowledge only to gun him down instantly. This scene more than any other save their murder of their own creator Davros in Genesis of the Daleks years later demonstrates how utterly beyond reason and compassion the Daleks truly are. In many ways this scene could be seen as a precursor to Davros’s death as both involve someone who was completely unaware of what they have unleashed in creating/bringing the Daleks back coming to the awful realization just seconds before they too are exterminated.

Janley also serves as quite an interesting antagonist as she is presented in a much more sympathetic light than Bragen, but is still nevertheless shown to be willing to cover up a murder and even blackmail Lesterson for her own ends.

Bragen on the other hand is presented as totally villainous character. Indeed he is arguably presented as being more evil than the Daleks themselves.

In one scene a Dalek genuinely questions why human beings kill other human beings after Bragen murders a fellow colonist in cold blood. Its quite a nice twist to show how in some ways human beings can actually be more evil than the Daleks as the humans of this story like Bragen slaughter each other for their own ends, whilst the Daleks all work together for the good of their race.

Whilst the story benefits from having strong supporting characters what makes it truly stand out is the way it manages to reinvent the Time Lord and his greatest enemies and indeed the show itself.

Everybody bangs on about wanting to find The Tenth Planet episode 4 and I don’t know why. Well obviously I want to find all the missing Doctor Who’s, but in terms of wanting to find an episode that deals with the first regeneration then Power of the Daleks episode 1 should be the most sought after episode.

The Tenth Planet episode 4 simply has the Doctor change at the end, but its here we get to see how the changeover from Hartnell to Troughton is handled.

Interestingly enough the story does not try and reassure people that Troughton is still the Doctor right away. In fact it could be argued it does the reverse as Troughton regularly refers to the Doctor in the third person and acts nothing like Hartnell, something which is at one point commented on by Polly.

This might seem a bit of an odd thing to do, but in hindsight you can see that it was actually a very clever way of letting people know that Troughton’s Doctor wouldn’t just look different, but would have a completely different personality to Hartnell as well which ultimately is what allowed the show to survive, as this allowed Troughton as well as all his successors to stamp their own interpretation on the character and reinvent him for new audiences.

Later in the story the audience is assured that despite the vast differences in the way he acts that Troughton is the same man when the Daleks recognize the Doctor. The inclusion of the Daleks in this story was a very smart move as the Daleks were the most iconic thing about the series and having them basically say this is still the Doctor would have instantly eased all doubts.

Simply by including the Daleks the writers were able to have their cake and eat it too. They were able to make viewers wonder if this is the Doctor and then say yes it is simply by having the Doctors oldest enemies recognize him.

Troughton is on top form here. He is instantly able to inject his trademark humour into the character of the Doctor yet he is also able to add a more mysterious edge to the character than Hartnell was. In this story the Second Doctor is a very secretive character who is two steps ahead of everyone and never lets anyone even his companions in on what he is planning. At times his somewhat more light hearted Doctor can seem ironically somewhat more sinister than the cantankerous Hartnell ever did such as when he is casually playing his recorder whilst Ben screams at him that a man has just been murdered.

As for the Daleks, it could be argued change just as much as the Doctor himself!

This story is written by David Whitaker who keeps up their hatred for other life forms which is their defining trait as well as their ruthlessness, but changes them in other drastic ways.

Nation always made a point of demonstrating how alien the Daleks were. His Daleks were shown to be unable to understand human concepts and referred to our children as our descendants. The Daleks in Power meanwhile are shown to be able to manipulate human beings with spectacular ease. They play on both our strengths like Lestersons desire to help his fellow colonists and our weaknesses like Bragen’s greed and desire for power, and even manage to pit the humans against one another all the while getting what they want from both sides.

At one point a Dalek even comments on how they know exactly how the human mind works which is about as far away from Nations Daleks who didn’t even know what our children were as you can get.

The fact that the Daleks are now much more manipulative makes them the perfect adversaries for the more manipulative Second Doctor. I have always said that the Second Doctor worked the best against the Daleks as here the Daleks actually seem like more of a match for the Doctor than ever before. Both are beings of immense power who are pretending to be something they are not, the Doctor, the hapless examiner, the Daleks, friendly sweet little robots and are playing everyone around them including the Doctors own companions like pieces on a chest board against each other, trying to stay ahead of the other and expose the others lies.

Nations Daleks though effective villains for how alien they were, and the perfect villain for Hartnell to get outraged at, would not have worked in this story as well against Troughton’s Doctor.

Nation’s Daleks were also depicted as being more weaker physically. In their first story they cannot even leave their own city whilst in the Dalek Invasion of Earth they have to launch plague missiles hidden in metiorites before they can invade the earth and even then they are only able to rule a devastated earth through Robomen slaves. Nations Daleks were still a threat because of how advanced they were, but in terms of actual physical power they were quite weak and Nation did this on purpose as it was a wonderful irony that these ridiculous looking, frail creatures despised others for being supposedly inferior.

The Daleks in this story meanwhile are shown to be truly formidable creatures. The Second Doctor at one point warns that one Dalek is capable of destroying the entire earth colony of Vulcan by itself. At the end when the Daleks begin slaughtering the people of the colony its like a scene from the new series where the Daleks are more like a force of nature just destroying everything in their path.

I actually think that this story was very influential on how the new series would portray the Daleks as the new series would tend to portray the Daleks as being more manipulative and more powerful like in this story.

Dalek features the Dalek playing on Rose’s compassion and tricking her like the Daleks do to Lesterson in this story, whilst The Parting of the Ways features the monsters manipulating all of human society from behind the scenes and Victory of the Daleks similarly features docile Daleks who pretend to be our servants in order to get what they want At the same time the likes of Dalek and Doomsday also show us how much damage one or a few Daleks can inflict.

Overall the Power of the Daleks is one of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever made. Its such a shame that I will most likely never be able to watch it in all its glory, but still even as just a recon it holds up and I would encourage all Whovians to give it a go as it is arguably the most important serial in the shows history after the first Dalek story itself and is fantastic, atmospheric adventure in its own right.

Final Rating

5 out of 5 stars

Notes and Trivia

  • In his first draft of this story David Whitaker revealed that the Doctor was the last of his kind who had all been wiped out by the Daleks in an intergalactic war. He also revealed that William Hartnell had not been the first Doctor with the Doctor removing certain trinkets and pieces of clothing from his previous incarnations. These were ultimately cut from the final drafts by Dennis Spooner though it is still somewhat hinted that the Daleks destroyed the Doctors home planet within the story itself. Whitaker was very unhappy with these changes though its interesting to note that all of these ideas would emerge in later stories by different writers. In The Brain of Morbius it is revealed that there were 8 Doctors before William Hartnell. It would later be established that Hartnell was the original Doctor however, but still the idea of an unseen Doctor before the first was played with in the revival in some way with the War Doctor an unseen Doctor who came before the first of the revival Doctors, the Ninth Doctor. Finally the idea of the Doctor being the last of his kind who had been destroyed in a war with the Daleks would be used as the Doctors backstory in the 2005 revival too.
  • Dennis Spooner wrote the final drafts of this story but was uncredited.
  • This was the first Dalek story not to be written or co-written by Terry Nation. Apparently Nation disliked how the Daleks were used in this story though he said that he did not think that it was a bad story at all.
  • According to the trailer, this story is set in 2020.
  • Ben later mentions the Daleks in another story hoping he doesn’t meet them again.

Daleks vs Cybermen

The Daleks and the Cybermen are the Doctors two most iconic enemies.

Though the Doctor has had many colourful and imaginative rogues over the years. None have even come close to matching the recognition and overall iconic status of the Daleks and the Cybermen.

Its even more impressive when you consider how old they both are. The Cybermen were introduced in 1966 in the first Doctors last ever story “The Tenth Planet”, whilst the Daleks were introduced in the second ever Doctor Who story “The Mutants”.

So why is it that these two in some ways ridiculous looking, clunky, 60’s monsters continue to reign supreme? Both terrifying and captivating children in the 2010’s just as much as they did in the 1960’s?

Well I think its because the Daleks and the Cybermen despite their larger than life qualities appeal to a very real fear unlike other monsters.

The Daleks represent man’s inhumanity to man. They capture all of the very worst aspects of human nature. They despise others simply for being different. They have a total disregard for their environment to the point where they believe they can destroy it or shape it to any way they wish. They unleash devastating weapons that can erase an entire civilisation in the blink of an eye.

The actions of the Daleks in certain stories incredibly enough can even be seen to parallel those of actual people. The Daleks plan to exterminate the thals by poisoning the environment with radiation is similar to the British’s attempts to use agent Orange to destroy communist insurgents crops during the Malayan Emergency in the 50’s. Their attitude towards the Thals meanwhile, viewing them as nothing more than insects that need to be stamped out evoke the horrifying views of some of the most evil men throughout human history, including Herman Goerring and General Chivington.

Finally the images of the Daleks rounding people off the streets and herding them together like animals are also reminiscent of images that we see from the second world war of the Nazi’s rounding people out of their houses and into death camps and ghetto’s.

Whilst they may look like just silly robots on the surface underneath the Daleks are a powerful metaphor for race hatred, the threat of nuclear power and genocide.

The Cybermen meanwhile play on our fears that technology that was once supposed to help mankind will eventually turn in on us.

Now this is a common trope of sci fi. One of the most prominent examples being The Terminator film series. However I would argue that the Cybermen are a much more effective example of this trope than even The Terminator. The Terminator shows us humanity being overrun by intelligent machine’s. The Cybermen meanwhile show us humanity actually becoming those ruthless machine creatures. Thus the future with them in it is more bleak.

In The Terminator version of the future there is always a chance, and even if we do eventually lose to Skynet, we still die as human beings. With the Cybermen however not only is their no hope, as we have transformed ourselves into machines, but we also completely lose our humanity too.

The Cybermen also play on an age old fear of being turned into a monster. This idea has terrified human beings since practically the beginning of recorded history. Vampires, Zombies, Werewolves, Ghosts they are monsters who all start out as human just like the Cybermen. The Cybermen are merely this idea brought into a science fiction environment.

The idea of losing our humanity, our personalities, memories, everything we believe in and becoming just a member of a faceless hive mind, and being forced to do things that we would normally find abhorrent, including even harming our loved ones. Is an idea that will always terrify human beings whether it is with the Cybermen or Zombies.

Thus it is for these reasons that I feel that the Daleks and the Cybermen still stand head and plunger above all of the Doctors other many wonderful enemies.

However which of these two sci fi icons is better?

Well I can’t answer that for sure obviously as it is entirely a subjective question. Still however I am going to look at both monsters side by side and try and judge who has had the better stories, who has done more harm to our dear old doc, who has more impressive weapons and who has beaten who more times etc.

As always all opinions here are only my own and let me know who you prefer in the comments below.

1/ Who Has Done More To The Doctor

Now both the Daleks and the Cybermen have been responsible for quite a number of tragedies in the Doctors life throughout the years which has also helped to contribute to their status as the Doctors main enemies.

However who has done more?

Well its undoubtedly the Daleks.

The Cybermen were responsible for the death of the First Doctor. They didn’t kill him directly, but they were the final straw. They wore him down. They also were responsible for the death of his companion Adric, whom they actually killed directly. They also were partly responsible for him losing Rose and they also turned both Danny Pink, the man Clara loved, and the Brig his oldest and dearest friend into Cybermen. Though both were ultimately able to fight their control.

The Daleks however have been responsible for the deaths of 4 Doctors. The 8th Doctor whose ship crashed in the time war, the War Doctor who was worn down by fighting them for so long, the 9th Doctor who had to absorb the time vortex from Rose who had only absorbed it to stop them. And finally the 11th Doctor who was also worn down in their war on Trenzalore.

In addition to this they caused him to lose another regeneration during the Stolen Earth with Handy. They also were responsible for the deaths of two companions, Sara Kingdom and Katirina in the classic era. In the new who meanwhile the Daleks destroyed his home planet and caused him to lose Rose and Donna. Though the destruction of his home planet was later undone, its still lost because of them.

Thus the Daleks have ultimately down more to the Doctor over the years. The Cybermen have caused him an awful lot of shit, but the Daleks really have to win this round

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2/ Who Has Better Stories

Now this is the most subjective. Personally I think the Daleks have far better stories overall than the Cybermen. I think there are only 3 Dalek stories that are not either all time classics or minor classics at least. Planet of the Daleks, Destiny of the Daleks and Daleks in Manhatten/ Evolution of the Daleks, and even then I wouldn’t call any of them poor.

However the Cybermen I think have only four major classic stories. Tomb of the Cybermen, The Invasion, Earthshock and Rise of the Cybermen/Age of steel. There are a few other Cybermen stories I would rank as minor classics, and no truly terrible stories except for Dark Water/Death in Heaven.

However that is just my opinion of course.

Still I think the vast majority of Who fans and even mainstream viewers if you were to ask them would say that the Daleks have better stories.

The Dalek stories have always been a bigger hit with viewers. Genesis of the Daleks is the most repeated story of the Classic era. Journey’s End meanwhile marked the first time that Doctor Who had managed to reach number 1 in the viewing figures.

Genesis has also often been voted as the greatest Doctor Who story of all time and is usually in the top ten, if not top five at least. Both Power of the Daleks and the Evil of the Daleks have been voted the greatest Doctor Who story ever made as well on different occasions.  No Cyberman story has ever been voted the best story ever made in any major poll. To be honest the only Cyberman story that usually makes the fans top ten lists is Tomb of the Cybermen and it is normally ranked below Genesis, which normally isn’t the only Dalek story to crack the top ten. Rememberance of the Daleks and Dalek are normally in the top 10 as well.

Thus whilst I can’t speak for everyone, overall I think its safe to say the Daleks stories are at the very least more celebrated than the Cybermen’s.

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3/ Who Has Done More To The Companions

Strangely enough I am going to have to give this one to the Cybermen. The Cybermen haven’t met anywhere near as many companions as the Daleks. In the Classic era the Daleks only didn’t meet 6 companions. Dodo, Zoe, Liz, Leela, Adric and Mel. Even out of those they only haven’t met Adric and Liz in spin off material. They have met every companion in the revival meanwhile.

The Cybermen on the other hand only met 15 companions in Classic Who, whilst they also sadly never got a chance to meet either Martha Jones or Donna Noble or River Song.

Still the Cybermen have managed to inflict more pain on the Doctors loved ones than the Daleks.

The Daleks caused Victoria to lose her father, Jack to become a cursed immortal, Rose to be trapped in a parallel universe, and Donna to lose her memory of the Doctor as well as the deaths of Sara Kingdom and Katirina.

The Cybermen however first of all caused the death of Adric. Unlike either Sara or Katirina, they actually killed him directly. Also they caused the death of Martha’s cousin, and Danny Pink the man Clara loved to come back as a monster, and Rose to be trapped in an alternate universe, and if you count the Brigadier as a companion they also brought him back as a Cyberman too. They also caused Rose to see her own mother get turned into a Cyberman. Though it was in an alternate universe its still a pretty horrible thing to happen.

Overall I’d rank this as being much worse than what the Daleks have done to the Doctors loved ones. Unlike with Katarina and Sara Adric was killed directly by the Cybermen. It wasn’t just on an adventure with the Cybermen that he died. They made him stay on a crashing space ship and the Doctor was unable to save him.

Also whilst Donna did lose her memories she still had a happy life. She got married and won the lottery! Similarly Rose eventually got her own Doctor too. The Brig however is still a Cyberman, flying through space on his own as a machine, Clara still has the memory of Danny’s rotting corpse brought back as a Cyberman.

Actually the Daleks have done a lot of nice things for the Doctors companions ironically. After all it was because of them that Susan met David the man she loves, Ian and Barbara found a way back to their own time, Mickey found an alternate reality where his grandmother still lived (as they were the ones who tore down the barriers between realities) and though they may have ripped Rose screaming from the Doctor. They also are the ones who caused her to get her Doctor clone too. They shot the Doctor creating the whole meta crisis in the first place, and they broke the barriers between realities down allowing Rose to enter our world, this also allowed Mickey to cross over into our reality where he met his wife Martha Jones! Even Captain Jack becoming an immortal has at various times been both a good and a bad thing for him.

So yeah by and large the Daleks have unintentionally done a few nice things for the Doctors companions over the years. They’ve helped them get home, get superpowers and even find love.

With the Cybermen however its all been nothing but misery so they definitely win this round.

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4/ Who Is Scarier

I am going to also have to give this to the Cybermen. Now again this is also purely subjective, but still I think most people, at least those that I have spoken to find the Cybermen more unnerving.

Look at it this way all the Daleks can do is kill you. Well okay they can also force you to work in a Dalek camp or turn you into a roboman. Still the Cybermen slowly remove every single part of your body and replace it with a mechanical component, transforming you into a cold, unfeeling machine. You’re awake throughout all of it and you have to watch as chunks are ripped out of your flesh and your humanity is removed in every respect.

Thus the Cybermen are scarier in that the way they kill you is just so much more fucking horrible.

Also I think its true what Neil Gamian said that the Cybermen were always scarier because in the 60’s at least they hardly ever said anything. They were just silent, you had no idea what was going on in their heads, as they also obviously had no facial expressions either. The Daleks however were bombastic and loud and aggressive always shouting at the top of their voices how angry and at times scared they were.

Nicholas Briggs the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen in the new Who has said that he always found the Cybermen to be much scarier.

Now Nicholas Briggs is the biggest Dalek fan on the planet! Nobody loves or I think understands them as well as old Nick, but even he has to admit that the Cybermen are more frightening. Like Gaiman he said that they were scarier because they were so quiet. The Daleks he said he found fascinating, but the Cybermen genuinely terrified him.

Many actors who worked with both monsters have often said that they found the Cybermen far more frightening than the Daleks. Nicola Bryant who played Peri, Sophie Aldred who played Ace and Andrew Hayden Smith who played Jake Simmons have all said that the Cybermen scared them more on set than the Daleks.

I had a recurring dream as a child that I think was inspired by the scene in the Colin Baker Cyberman story Attack of the Cybermen where Lytton is captured. I was climbing up a ladder like Lytton and then a Cyberman grabbed my foot and pulled me down. I remember struggling so hard, but the Cyberman’s strength just was just virtually limitless so it pulled me down right away. I can also remember being so scared at being cornered by the Cyberman as you just know there is nothing you can do. You can’t fight it. Its not like a Zombie where you can shove it off, a Cyberman is a big towering, mountain of steel, and there is no way you can reason with it either. After they caught me they then dragged me away to their conversion chambers and I remember not only being placed in them, but also seeing other people beside me in them too.

Some of them were half way there into being Cybermen, but still had enough humanity left to have a look on their face of unimaginable horror. Others who had only just begun the process were screaming to be let out and the Cybermen only responded with an emotionless stare. I can also remember looking down at my hands which had now become metal and unfeeling.

Needles to say this dream always disturbed me and even made me afraid to go to sleep! I can’t imagine the Daleks ever inspiring that same kind of fear in someone. Like I said all the Daleks can really do to you is just shoot you like a lot of villains, with the Cybermen its much worse than that, so yes the Cybermen win this round for me.

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5/ Who Has Caused More Destruction To The Universe

This one has to go to the Daleks. The Daleks have destroyed billions of worlds across the entire universe. They have in fact threatened every universe and in their second ever appearance they managed to conquer the earth and drive humanity to the very brink of extinction.

The Cybermen aren’t in the same league as the Daleks when it comes to blowing things up. To start with until Nightmare in Silver in 2013 they were never able to convert non humans and thus were only ever a threat to humanity. On top of that they never ever actually managed to conquer the earth too. The Daleks did that in their second ever appearance and have done so many times since. Day of the Daleks, Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways (where humanity numbers 98 billion) and The Stolen Earth/Journeys End.

The Cyberman’s track record for causing pain and death is quite frankly embarrassing compared to the Daleks. Daleks definitely win this round.

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6/ Best Weapon Of Mass Destruction

For the Daleks this is the Reality Bomb a weapon that can destroy ever single universe and is powered by stolen planets! For the Cybermen its the Cyberking a Godzilla sized robot that can convert billions of people into Cybermen in a second.

Both of these superweapons were devised by the twisted genius of Russell T Davies, but which is better?

Well again i am going have to say the Daleks here. I love the Cyberking. It is so badass its not true. However you can’t really top the reality bomb. I mean it can destroy everything literally. Hence its name the Reality Bomb, plus the fact that it is powered by stolen planets its also just too badass for it not to take the lead.

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7/ Best Pets/Servants

For the Cybermen this is the Cybermats, the Daleks it is the Ogrons. Now the Cybermats are probably more iconic than the Ogrons. However I am sorry I have never found the Cybermats remotely scary. In fact I thought they were quite cute. The Ogrons however were intimidating. That bit where the soldier turns around in Day of the Daleks and just sees one standing over him before it clobbers him is a very effective and frightening moment.

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8/ Best Leader

The Cybermen take this one for me. The Cyber leader played by David Banks in the 80’s had much more of a personality (ironically enough) than any of the Dalek supremes except for Dalek Sec of course. Still even then David Banks gloriously hammy and evil Cyber Leader will always have a special place in my Whovian heart.

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9/ Best Overlord

Now this is a hard one as I do love both the Cybercontroller and the Emperor of the Dalek. However I am going to have to give this to the Daleks. The Emperor is much more of a character. His comeback in the Eccelston era was also much, much better than the Cybercontroller’s comeback in the Colin Baker era. Plus the Emperor actually caused the death of a Doctor too. Emperor definitely takes this.

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10/ Best Creator

The Daleks definitely win this. John Lumic the creator of the Cybermen was entertaining, but Davros is one of the greatest villains of all time. He is a true Who icon and has been the star of some of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever made. Plus he is far more bat shit mental too.

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11/ Best Home

Now I am going to give this to the Cybermen. The Dalek city is obviously a very impressive set, however the Cyber tombs on Telos are a truly iconic set piece and something that really sticks in your head.  I don’t think there’s any Whovain who will really forget the image of the Cyberman emerging from their tombs to the classic music.

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12/ Best Surprise Cliffhanger

This one I am going to have to give to the Cybermen too. The Daleks best surprise return was in Army of Ghosts when we think its the Cybermen who are going to emerge from the Sphere only to be greeted with 4 Daleks. The Cybermen’s meanwhile is in Earthshock when we discover who is behind the mysterious androids and it zooms out to reveal the Cybermen. Now both are classic Doctor Who moments, but the Dalek one was somewhat spoiled by the next time trailer which revealed a Dalek gun shooting someone leading to widespread speculation that they would return before the episode aired. The Cyberman one however was kept completely under wraps by JNT. Also the Cybermen hadn’t appeared for 7 years at that point. I sadly don’t think the Daleks could ever have a cliff hanger as amazing as Earthshock as they are used so frequently. At this rate it would be a huge shock if they didn’t pop up in at least one story per year.

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13/ Best Good Guy Member Of Each Race

Now there have actually been a few good guy members of both races. However the one I am going to choose for the Cybermen is Kroton a character who only appeared in comic books and was briefly a companion of the 8th Doctor and for the Daleks, Rusty.  Now as for who I think is better well I am going to have to give this to the Cybermen. I love Rusty and I think he has potential to be a great recurring character, but Kroton was a brilliant character. I think its a shame he has never crossed over into television, but he is still one of my fave Whoniverse, spin off characters. He helped save the entire mutliverse from the Master, all Rusty did in Into the Dalek was zap a few Daleks.

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14/ Best Killing Of A Main Character

In The Stolen Earth the Daleks murder Harriet Jones in cold blood. In Earthshock the Cybermen forced Adric to remain on a spaceship as it crashes into the earth and the 5th Doctor is unable to save him in time.

Both are powerful, poignant moments, but again I am going to have to go with the Cybermen here.

Harriet dies a heroes death. She defies them to the end and dies getting the Doctor there which ends up saving every universe.

Adric’s death is much more horrible as his death is utterly meaningless. He dies trying to save humanity from the Cybermen unaware that if he actually succeeds in stopping he ship from crashing he will wipe humanity from existence. He also dies thinking he failed to saved earth the home planet of one of his best friends and stands there alone, knowing that he failed to save billions of innocent people and worse that the Doctor failed to save him.

Compare their last words to see the difference.

“Oh you know nothing of any human and that will be your downfall”

“Now I’ll never know if I was right”.

The Cybermen definitely gave a main character a much more horrible death, so they win this round.

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15/ Who Is More Powerful

Okay for the finale round lets take a look at which of these two abominations is the strongest. Now I could debate for hours about it by bringing up all of the badass things they have done and comparing them side by side, but there is a much easier way.

Instead I am going to look at all of the times they have actually fought and measure up who has had more victories against the other.

Lets get stared shall we.

Round 1/ The Ultimate Adventure

The first time the Daleks and the Cybermen ever met was in the stage show, Doctor Who the Ultimate Adventure which starred Jon Pertwee and later Colin Baker. The version starring Colin Baker was later re made by Big Finish Productions.

In this play the Daleks work with the Cybermen to destroy the earth. However the Doctor later reveals to the Cybermen that the Daleks are planning to frame the Cybermen for the destruction of earth to the Time Lords, leading to an all out battle between the two races on Skaro.

Sadly we don’t know who the winner is however as the Doctor flees Skaro before we see who wins, so we will have to call this a draw.

Round 2/ The Battle of Canary Wharf

The Daleks and the Cybermen met for the first time on screen in the two part season two finale of the revival. Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. It was the battle Who fans had been waiting for for 40 years.

However sadly it couldn’t really be called a battle as the Daleks completely fucking thrashed the Cybermen. The Cybermen meanwhile weren’t able to scratch the paint on the casing on one of the Daleks.

It gets worse when you consider that for most of the fight the Daleks have only 4 members, whilst the Cybermen have 5 million.

Also the Cybermen end up working with the Doctor himself who gives them advanced weaponry that can hurt the Daleks and even with this the Daleks still fucking thrash them, and they don’t even manage to hurt one Dalek. Eventually once the Dalek army is unleashed they begin slaughtering Cybermen all over the world and the Cybermen become so desperate they try to flee to their own universe!

Its one thing to flee a planet from an enemy or even to the end of this universe as the Master did when he faced the Daleks in the Time War, but to flee this plane of existence itself is really fucking embarrassing. Ultimately before the Daleks can completely wipe the Dalek race from existence the Doctor manages to pull both armies into the void.

However I think that we can still give this to the Daleks. Poor Cybermen were really outclassed in every way here.

According to spin off material the Cybermen did manage to kill one lowly Dalek drone by luring it onto the ground and ripping its head off. However that’s one Dalek compared to the millions of Cybermen that the Daleks killed.

Yeah this is definitely a Dalek victory.

Score/ Daleks 1 Cybermen 0

Round 3/ Daleks vs Cybermen GAME

This on line game is set in an alternate universe to the main Doctor Who universe. It features an alternate version of the events of Doomsday. Here the Cybermen are more of a match for the Daleks and in the game you play as the Cybermen fighting the Daleks. Once you kill the black Dalek the Daleks are defeated and the Cybermen claim the earth as their own.

I suppose technically you could also count this as a Dalek victory, depending on how good a player you are. If you lose then obviously the Daleks win and the Cyber race is exterminated. However the proper story of the game see’s the Cybermen win which means this is a Cyber victory.

Score/ Daleks 1 Cybermen 1

Round 4/ Doctor Who Live

The two races met again in another Doctor Who live tour, starring Matt Smith in special pre recorded scenes. At the end of the story the 11th Doctor releases the Cybermen with the sole purpose of destroying the Daleks who have cornered him. The Daleks have the upper hand at first but the Cybermen eventually thrash them. Its a total reverse of the Battle of Canary Wharf as here the Daleks are utterly humiliated as they retreat into their OWN weapon that they had hoped to trap the Doctor in to escape the Cybermen. The Cybermen finally get back at Dalek Sec for telling them they are better at dying, not that Cybermen care about revenge, a petty human emotion anyway.

Score/ Daleks 1 Cybermen 2

Round 5/ The Doctor and the Dalek

The two races would clash again in the most recent online game The Doctor and the Dalek featuring the 12th Doctor, with Peter Capaldi even reprising his role. The premise sees the Doctor work alongside a good guy Dalek named Lumpy to try and stop the Daleks, Cybermen and the Sontarans from obtaining pieces of a time lord weapon that will allow them to rule the universe. You play as Lumpy and battle Daleks, Cybermen and Sontarans. Now Lumpy is able at one point in the game to defeat several Cybermen by himself on their home planet of Telos even when his power is low. The Doctor doesn’t trust him to have full power so Lumpy is only able to stun the Cybermen. Still he manages to beat them. So the Cybermen lose to a half functioning good guy Dalek on their home turf. Pretty humiliating defeat, though at least Lumpy doesn’t rub it in like Sec did

Score/ Daleks 2 Cybermen 2

Round 5/ Siege at Trenzalore

All of the Doctors worst enemies gather for a big royal rumble at Trenzalore. Daleks, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Slitheen, Tereliptiles, Zygons, Sontarans, Silence, Ice Warriors, Silurians and even the Mara. In the end however only the Daleks remain. All the others either “burn or flee” though the Daleks are eventually defeated by the 11th Doctor, they still last a lot longer than the Cybermen making this yet another victory for the Daleks making the final score

Score/ Daleks 3 Cybermen 2

This also makes the finale score overall

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Therefore the Daleks are the winners overall

It was very close but ultimately I find the Daleks to be the better villains. The Daleks were always my fave villains as a child. They were the reason I got into Doctor Who as a child in the first place. So yes I guess it makes sense that they will always be my faves.