History Characters / DoctorWhoAliensAndMonsters

26th Nov '17 8:19:53 AM RobTan
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* LightIsNotGood: During the War, the Thals had blond hair, wore western-style green uniforms and generally looked like the Anglo-American good guys to the Third Reich-esque Kaleds, but were just as savage and genocidal as their enemies.
10th Nov '17 7:52:42 AM nighttrainfm
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A cosmic police force of flying crystalline aliens, who are also the wardens of an inter-dimensional prison. They track down escaped convicts and terminate them with extreme prejudice ... unfortunately "extreme prejudice" means that they're willing destroy an entire planet to eliminate their quarry.

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A cosmic police force of flying crystalline aliens, who are also the wardens of an inter-dimensional prison. They track down escaped convicts and terminate them with extreme prejudice ... unfortunately "extreme prejudice" means that they're willing to destroy an entire planet to eliminate their quarry.



* CanonImmigrant: The planet Atraxi3 is first mentioned in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel "Vampire Science."

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* CanonImmigrant: The planet Atraxi3 Atraxi 3 is first mentioned in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel "Vampire Science."



* FacelessEye: The Atraxi; giant flying eyeballs surrounded by a crystal snowflake.
* GiantEyeOfDoom:
* KillItWithFire: How the Atraxi intend to deal with Prisoner Zero and the human residence.

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* FacelessEye: The Atraxi; giant Giant flying eyeballs surrounded by a crystal snowflake.
* GiantEyeOfDoom:
GiantEyeOfDoom: They're nothing ''but'' the eye.
* KillItWithFire: How the Atraxi intend to deal with Prisoner Zero and the human residence. "residence."


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* SpacePolice: Even more alien ''and'' more callous than the Judoon. They were prepared to torch an entire planet just to make sure Prisoner Zero didn't escape.
10th Nov '17 7:49:56 AM nighttrainfm
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* LawEnforcementInc
* PerpetualFrowner
* RhinoRampage
* SpacePolice

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* LawEnforcementInc
LawEnforcementInc: Their hat.
* PerpetualFrowner
PerpetualFrowner: Their faces seem set in this expression.
* RhinoRampage
RhinoRampage: Alien rhinos, and are naturally depicted as burly and aggressive.
* SpacePoliceSpacePolice: Or police-for-hire, as the Doctor puts it.
6th Nov '17 9:15:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* TimeAbyss: They're as old as the universe, or very nearly. Rassilon himself refers to them as "the Weeping Angels of old."

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* TimeAbyss: They're as old as the universe, or very nearly. Rassilon himself refers to calls them as "the Weeping Angels of old."
24th Oct '17 7:55:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* NeckSnap: Normally, the Weeping Angels kill by sending victims back in time and feeding on their residual energy... but should they not need to feed on a person's temporal energy... crack goes their neck. They have ''very'' strong clamping force that makes it near impossible to escape their grip. If an unlucky soul gets caught, they're either dead, or doomed to a struggle that will likely tear up their body.

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* NeckSnap: MysteriousPast: No one quite knows where they came from, including the Time Lords. "The Time of Angels" implies they were an idea that took on a life of its own.
* NeckSnap:
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Normally, the Weeping Angels kill by sending victims back in time and feeding on their residual energy... but should they not need to feed on a person's temporal energy... crack goes their neck. They have ''very'' strong clamping force that makes it near impossible to escape their grip. If an unlucky soul gets caught, they're either dead, or doomed to a struggle that will likely tear up their body.



* RealityWarper: A minor example, there are limitations to what they can do, but they can defy several laws of physics. Father Octavian calls them "god" after witnessing what they are capable of.

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* RealityWarper: A minor example, example: there are limitations to what they can do, but they can defy several laws of physics. Father Octavian calls them "god" after witnessing what they are capable of.



* TimeAbyss: They're as old as the Universe, or very nearly.

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* TimeAbyss: They're as old as the Universe, universe, or very nearly.nearly. Rassilon himself refers to them as "the Weeping Angels of old."
15th Oct '17 12:25:28 PM narm00
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** Their formal robes have massive notoriously collars.

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** Their formal robes have massive notoriously large collars.



* ThatManIsDead: Renegade Time Lords and Ladies who leave or are exiled from Gallifrey forfeit their names and take up "titles" instead, and are addressed as such by their fellow Time Lords. Examples include: the Doctor, the Monk, the War Chief, the Master, the Rani, and the Corsair. Why they do this has never been explained.

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* ThatManIsDead: Renegade Most renegade Time Lords and Ladies who leave or are exiled from Gallifrey forfeit their names and take up "titles" instead, and are addressed as such by their fellow Time Lords. Examples include: the Doctor, the Monk, the War Chief, the Master, the Rani, and the Corsair. Why they do this has never been explained.
7th Oct '17 10:40:39 AM nombretomado
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* AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit: These dudes clock in as the TropeCodifier of Type 4 [[NotHyperbole according to Marnal]].
21st Sep '17 2:47:18 PM WalexCampledom
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!!Cybermen (First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Roy Skelton[[note]]Did not appear in "The Tomb of the Cybermen"[[/note]] and Peter Hawkins (1966–68); Peter Halliday (1968); Christopher Robbie and Melville Jones (1975); David Banks (1982–88); Mark Hardy (1982–83, 1988); William Kenton (1983); Michael Kilgarriff and John Ainley (1985); Brian Orrell (1985–88); Creator/NicholasBriggs (2006–present); David de Keyser (2012)

-->''"You belong to us. You shall be like us."''

The Mondas/Telos Cybermen come from the tenth planet of the Earth's solar system ("Earth's long-lost twin planet"). [[note]]Both the airdate, and the year the story was set in, were before IAU redefinition of what a planet is, so Pluto was still a planet then.[[/note]] Originally a fully organic humanoid species, they started replacing more and more of their biology with robotics to extend their life, to the point that they have next to nothing living inside them, including emotions. Have been around for a while, first appearing in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet The Tenth Planet]]" in 1966. Shown little consistency in appearance, other than usually having "handlebars" on the sides of their heads.

According to "The Doctor Falls", the Cybermen are essentially an inevitability, arising wherever there are people with the technology - Mondas, Telos, Planet 14, and so on.

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!!Cybermen (First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Tenth, Eleventh -->[[Characters/DoctorWhoCyberman Have their own page]].
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[[folder: Macra]]
!!Macra (Second
and Twelfth Tenth Doctors)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Roy Skelton[[note]]Did not appear in "The Tomb
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A race
of the Cybermen"[[/note]] and Peter Hawkins (1966–68); Peter Halliday (1968); Christopher Robbie and Melville Jones (1975); David Banks (1982–88); Mark Hardy (1982–83, 1988); William Kenton (1983); Michael Kilgarriff and John Ainley (1985); Brian Orrell (1985–88); Creator/NicholasBriggs (2006–present); David de Keyser (2012)

-->''"You belong to us. You shall be like us."''

The Mondas/Telos Cybermen come from the tenth planet of the Earth's solar system ("Earth's long-lost twin planet"). [[note]]Both the airdate, and the year the story was set in,
enormous crustaceans who fed off gases that were before IAU redefinition of what a planet is, so Pluto was still a planet then.[[/note]] Originally a fully organic humanoid species, they started replacing more and more of their biology with robotics poisonous to extend their life, to the point that they have next to nothing living inside them, including emotions. Have been around for a while, most other species. The Second Doctor first appearing in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E2TheTenthPlanet encountered them when they had enslaved a human colony. The Tenth Planet]]" in 1966. Shown little consistency in appearance, other than usually having "handlebars" on the sides of their heads.

According to "The
Doctor Falls", the Cybermen are essentially an inevitability, arising wherever there are people with the technology - Mondas, Telos, Planet 14, and so on.later discovered a new breed of Macra living under New New York.



* AcCENTUponTheWrongSylLABle: They spoke like this in their first appearance, giving their voices a rather unSETTling sINg-song quality.
-->[[AC:[[SilenceYouFool SIIIIlenCE!]] [=AnyONNNNNNNNNNNNE=] who MOOOOOOOVES willbekilled inSTANTlyyyyyy!]]
* ActionFigureSpeech: Because their mouths don't move, they frequently move their hands when speaking amongst each other so the audience knows which one is talking.
* AdaptiveAbility: Ramped up in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E12NightmareInSilver Nightmare in Silver]]", wherein they survive an electrified moat without a single loss, and eventually become immune to Cyberguns.
* AlwaysSecondBest: No matter how great a threat the Cybermen might be, if you put them in the same room/story as the Daleks, they'll inevitably be shoved aside as being weaker and less ruthless. The Daleks even mocked them about this in "Doomsday". This extends to real life as well, since the Cybermen are the second most well known ''Who'' monster.
* {{Animesque}}: Their 2013 incarnation takes some design cues from HumongousMecha anime, most notably their ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}''-like vented breastplates and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''-inspired spinal detailing along their backs. From a non-anime perspective, they also look as if they were the latest products of [[Film/IronMan Stark Industries]].
* ArchEnemy: Only second to the Daleks in being the most recurring and iconic antagonists to the Doctor.
* ArtEvolution: The Cybermen tend to change their look with each appearance. The only thing that ever remains unchanged is the handle bars on the side of the head.
* AssimilationPlot: Their whole shtick.
* TheAssimilator: Coupled with the UnwillingRoboticisation trope, and equally definitive.
* BodyHorror: Part and parcel of who they are. Played up by the original design, which had medical cloth surrounding their heads and ordinary human hands.
* CatchPhrase: "You belong to us" / "You will become like us", or variations upon those phrases. "WE MUZZT SURVIVE!" also tends to pop up fairly often.
** In "Nightmare In Silver", they get a new one: "Upgrade in progress."
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The Cybermen will ''never'' hold up to their end of an alliance, instead being firm believers of YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: A dark version in "The Tenth Planet". Appalled that the Cybermen have no compassion or care for their victims, Polly poses the question: "Have you no heart?!" The Cyberman believes that she refers to the body part.
-->[[AC:[=NooOOOoo, that is OOONE of the WEAKnesses that we HAAAVE remoVED.=]]]
* ConspicuousGloves: The Mondasian Cybermen in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime World Enough and Time]]" have gloves that resemble the skin of a Caucasian man, as opposed to being actual human hands, making it very useful for hiding the race of the actors. [[spoiler:Or indeed, that of the characters, i.e. Bill Potts.]]
* CostumeEvolution: They are one of the most frequently redesigned of ''Doctor Who'' aliens, with major new design changes being introduced in "The Moonbase" (the original BodyHorror design replaced by the sleeker and more robotic look of later ones), "The Invasion" (the introduction of the "square-headed" or "earmuff" look), "Earthshock" (in which the skin-tight look of the previous designs' external covering is replaced by a baggier look), and "Rise of the Cybermen" (a radical redesign in which their bodies externally appear to be covered with jointed armour rather than metallic cloth).
** According to some of the crew members who played the Cybermen in their debut story, they disliked the experience of wearing the costumes, hence the redesigns.
* CreativeSterility: Mentioned in the [[AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho Big Finish audio production]] "Human Resources" where the Doctor informs the local Cybermen he only saved them by accident, before he realised who they were. When asked why he will extend help to all other species but not the Cybermen he answers "Because other species create. You don't."
* CreepyMonotone: All Cybermen talk in a mechanical, computer-like voice, though they shift in and out of this in their "Earthshock" appearance.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: Almost certainly the TropeCodifier. The Mondasians were simply trying to keep themselves alive via cybernetics, at the cost of their emotions, and it worked. Then their new, emotionless, cybernetic selves decided everyone else had to be like them, and set about trying to take over the universe. Going by "The Doctor Falls", something similar happens wherever they're created, regardless of whatever the initial motive was - they see themselves as an improvement over their original species, and decide everyone else must be "upgraded".
* TheDreaded: In "Nightmare in Silver". They inspire so much fear that the standard procedure for seeing one is to destroy the entire planet.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: The Cybermen in "The Tenth Planet" had a much more mixed human-robot appearance with heavy BodyHorror implications, while the later designs all look entirely or almost entirely (the 1980s design's chin window) robotic from the outside. Even when these Cybermen reappeared in Series 10, they looked different, with smaller headlights, tighter-fitting masks, and skin-colored gloves as opposed to human hands.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first Cybermen in the series, in ''The Tenth Planet'', have individuality and, while incapable of true empathy, are at least not as openly malevolent and conquest driven as they would later become.
* EliteMooks: Cyber-Leaders, Cyber-Controllers.
* EvilEvolves: At least in "Nightmare in Silver", the main problem with fighting Cybermen is the ability to adapt to enemy weapons on the fly. Using a super laser gun thing Clara and some soldiers completely obliterated one Cyberman, blew up the head on the next and slightly singed a third. It's considered that the only way to really stop a Cyberman invasion is to nuke the entire planet. And even that may not be enough if TheStinger in [[TheEndOrIsIt that episode is any indication.]]
--> [[AC: Upgrade in Progress]].
** Thanks to {{time dilation}}, the Cybermen of the Series 10 finale go through accelerated evolution, starting as Tenth Planet-like Cybermen and developing into the numerous versions seen over the series' history.
* EvilIsHammy:
** 1980s Cybermen, particularly their Cyber-Leaders. "EXCELLLEEENT!!!"
** Mr. Clever, who frankly considers [[ChewingTheScenery the scenery an appetizer]].
* {{Flanderization}}:
** When initially introduced, the Cybermen were completely alien but in many ways better than humans, even winning the arguments thrown at them, and offered cyber-conversion as a choice, although they couldn't care less about mankind. Later on, the Cybermen's main motto seems to completely become "convert everyone into Cybermen", although this could be excused by EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and that their survival motive seems to be intertwined with cyber-converting.
** In later Classic series stories, the Cybermen seem to be in a weaker state, which could explain their desire for more Cyber-conversion.
** The second flanderization Cybermen got was the level they displayed their emotions and their weakness to gold, because it clogs their chest-units. In "Revenge of the Cybermen", the weakness was introduced and the writers and actors put much less effort in making the Cybermen seem emotionless like they originally did. When they came back in "Earthshock", their lack of emotions was little more than lip-service and they had a tendency to delve into LargeHam territory, to the point it was suggested that the Cybermen remove all emotions except for rage. And in "Silver Nemesis", the gold weakness was exaggerated to the point where merely being hit by a gold coin could completely destroy them.
* GodzillaThreshold: After the Cyber-Wars, the mere presence of one Cyberman is grounds to blow up a whole planet. During the Cyber-Wars, the only way to stop them was to destroy their entire galaxy.
* GreatOffScreenWar: The Cyber-Wars, which ended with an entire ''galaxy'' being blown up. [[ImplacableMan They survived.]]
* HiveMind: The Moffat-era Cybermen, in their various incarnations.
* HumanResources: It makes fighting them difficult. After all, if they need new troops, they can take ''you''.
* {{Hyperaffixation}}: They are notorious and sometimes mocked by fans for using "Cyber-" as a prefix for absolutely everything they make or use, such as using Cyberguns and Cyberbombs to fight Cyberwars, and travelling in Cyberfleets.
* IconicItem: The "handlebars" on their heads remain a constant part of their design, even as everything else changes. While in "The Tenth Planet" they seem to be providing power to their head lamps, the other designs seem to have no practical use for them. "World Enough and Time" explains them as being the Mondasian Cybermen's emotional inhibitor.
* JetPack: Both the 2013 and Mondasian variation have rocket boots.
* JokerImmunity: They've been wiped out several times, but there always turns out to be another batch of them stashed away somewhere on another planet that nobody had ever mentioned before. Or in another universe -- and ''those'' Cybermen have the immunity, too; at one point, every last one of them was sucked into a featureless void for eternity, and they still managed to come back. "The Doctor Falls" gives some justification to this by establishing them as a repeating pattern - even if they're wiped out, someone, somewhere, will end up recreating them.
* {{Leitmotif}}: "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of6ThsLtHqs Space Adventure]]" in the black and white era. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BfyzJm_zY "The Cybermen"]] in the revival.
* LiteralSurveillanceBug: The Cybermats.
* LongBusTrip: They hadn't returned in the Revival series until 2013, about 25 years. The Tenth Planet variants never came back until Series 10 of the new series.
* LossOfIdentity: People who are transformed into Cybermen are stripped of all personality and individuality, becoming soulless killers. Once a human is transformed, they're considered dead and all that can be done is to destroy the Cyberman. The process isn't perfect, though, as there have been a rare few exceptions across the series and expanded universe who held onto their individuality through one means or another.
* MachineMonotone: All Cybermen talk in a mechanical, computer-like voice, though they shift in and out of this in their "Earthshock" appearance.
* MachineWorship: How the Mondasian Cybermen got started, before deciding that everyone else should be like them too.
* MalevolentMugshot: Their logo design in the 60s and more recently in [[Recap/DoctorWhoTAGE02BloodOfTheCybermen "Blood of the Cybermen"]].
* MultipleChoicePast: While rising on Mondas is the most common origin for them, other media has also claimed they originated on Telos, Marinus (sometimes as a past Mondas), Planet 14, and a Mondasian colony ship. "The Doctor Falls" gets around this by claiming the Cybermen rose naturally on ''all'' of them -- they're the inevitable result of a combination of sufficient technology and insufficient caution.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: The Cyberman in "The Pandorica Opens" shows several abilities that never appear before or after; the ability for the head to move and operate on its own, grow tentacles, shoot tranquilising darts, split open the face plate, and survive without any living organic components.
* TheNoseless: Although the Cybermen have been through numerous radical redesigns since their first appearance, this has always been a constant.
* ObliviouslyEvil: They genuinely think that UnwillingRoboticization is a favor for humanity.
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: Where the Daleks are an analogy for Nazi Germany, the Cybermen on the other hand are an analogy for Soviet Russia. They are hell-bent on surviving forever through the enforcement of unity by converting all other humanoid creatures into Cybermen like themselves, their only long-term goal being to keep carrying out this directive.
* SilentAntagonist: The "Nightmare in Silver" Cybermen don't say much.
* StompyMooks: The 2013 versions have this, just like the Cybus Cybermen. Even the original variants were given this trait.
* StrawVulcan: DependingOnTheWriter the emotionless qualities of the Cybermen are dropped if convenient.
* SuperSpeed: The ones that first appeared in "Nightmare in Silver" can move much faster than anything seen before, effectively graduating into LightningBruiser. Creator/MattSmith even commented that was the most scary thing about them in that story.
* TalkingLightbulb: The new series versions have blue lights in their mouth that flash as they speak, borrowed from their Cybus counterparts.
* TooDumbToLive: They locked the Doctor up in ''an explosives storage closet''... without searching him for items that could be used as a detonator. Guess how he got the door open?
* TookALevelInBadass: In "Nightmare in Silver", where they have since become equipped with an AdaptiveAbility, rendering them quickly immune to things that have previously destroyed or slowed them down. And to make it ''worse,'' they now have SuperSpeed that reaches BulletTime levels, and it requires special guns to even damage them.
** ''Worse'' for the Doctor, they aren't limited to assimilating Humans anymore, putting ''Time Lords'' on the menu.
** In their next appearance in "Dark Water"/"Death in Heaven" they have upgraded again, this time capable of flight, having advanced nanotechnology that can even ''resurrect and convert the dead'', and maybe or not finally capable of time-travel. Though this is due to being [[HijackedByGanon under Missy's control]]. The nanotech is so advanced that Missy's ultimate plan involves infesting the atmosphere of Earth with it until every living human and every human corpse becomes a Cyberman.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: In at least a couple episodes, forced conversion to Cybermen was announced as the fate for those captives who were "worthy" of the "honor", particularly the Doctor. Most notably in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]", where this fate was intended for all of the expedition team, as a "reward" for having re-awakened them.
* VocalEvolution: When the very first breed of Mondasian Cybermen reappeared in 2017, they retained the odd sing-song voices, but with the modern day vocal processing added (which had previously been used by Big Finish's depictions of them).
* WasOnceAMan: Wherever they begin, it follows a similar pattern: people use cybernetics to replace organic body parts, then someone decides to go all the way and make the entire body cybernetic, discarding humanity and emotion, and the Cybermen are created anew.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The infamous gold allergy evolved into this over time. It started as "gold dust jams up their works" and eventually became "you can kill them instantly with gold coins fired from a slingshot". This was quietly ignored in the RTD years (a tie-in site mentions that R&D eliminated the Cybus breed's allergy before they even started).
** However, in ''ComicBook/StarTrekTheNextGenerationDoctorWhoAssimilation2'', they were able to mostly defeat the Cybermen using gold dust, at Eleven's suggestion.
** In "Nightmare in Silver" it's mentioned as having been useful against older tech, but not even worth trying against new. Despite this, some models such as the Cyberplanner still contain the flaw deep within the source code for their operating systems, which the Doctor exploits, forcing it to spend time developing a patch.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The original purpose of the Mondasian Cybermen was as a way to survive biosphere extinction, when a catastrophe threw Mondas out of orbit. To that end, they sacrificed their humanity to ensure their preservation, genuinely believing it to be the right thing to do. The Cybermen see themselves as a superior species (and they sorta ''are''), so cannot comprehend why people ''don't'' want to become like them. Furthermore, it's a very "us or them" kind of situation, and while the Cybermen intend to save as many humans as they possibly can, they acknowledge those they can't will die.
** The alternate universe counterparts were likewise created as a way to make humanity live ''forever''. Afterwards, they saw the decision to not upgrade as irrational and decided to remove choice from the equation entirely.
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[[folder: Macra]]
!!Macra (Second and Tenth Doctors)
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A race of enormous crustaceans who fed off gases that were poisonous to most other species. The Second Doctor first encountered them when they had enslaved a human colony. The Tenth Doctor later discovered a new breed of Macra living under New New York.
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[[folder: Cybus Cybermen]]
!!Cybus Cybermen (Tenth[[note]]and possibly Eleventh; The Cybermen in "The Pandorica Opens" (2010) have a C on their chest, but have technology closer to that of the Mondasian Cybermen[[/note]] and Twelfth Doctor)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NicholasBriggs (2006–2017),[[note]]assumed; The Cybermen in "The Pandorica Opens" (2010) have a C on their chest, but have technology closer to that of the Mondasian Cybermen[[/note]] Tracy-Ann Oberman (2006)

-->''"YOU WILL BE DEL-E-TED."''

The parallel Earth Cybermen (or Cybus Cybermen or Cybusmen, after the evil corporation that created them). These Cybermen come from a parallel universe. Have been around for a while, first appearing in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise of the Cybermen"]] in 2006. Get sent into the Void between dimensions, from where they neatly spill over into the regular timeline.

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[[folder: Cybus Cybermen]]
!!Cybus Cybermen (Tenth[[note]]and possibly Eleventh; The Cybermen in "The Pandorica Opens" (2010) have a C on their chest, but have technology closer to that of the Mondasian Cybermen[[/note]]
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!!Ood (Tenth
and Twelfth Doctor)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Creator/NicholasBriggs (2006–2017),[[note]]assumed; The Cybermen in "The Pandorica Opens" (2010) have a C on their chest, but have technology closer to Silas Carson (2006–10, 2012)

-->''"The circle must be broken, so
that of the Mondasian Cybermen[[/note]] Tracy-Ann Oberman (2006)

-->''"YOU WILL BE DEL-E-TED.
we can sing."''

The parallel Earth Cybermen (or Cybus Cybermen or Cybusmen, after A race of telepathic humanoids native to the evil corporation that created them). These Cybermen come from Ood Sphere (which is in the same region of space as the Sense Sphere). They were used as slaves during the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, until they were liberated by the Doctor, Donna and a parallel universe. Have been around spy for a while, first appearing in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E5RiseOfTheCybermen "Rise the Friends of the Cybermen"]] in 2006. Get sent into the Void between dimensions, from where they neatly spill over into the regular timeline.Ood.



* AssimilationPlot: Every single time they want to "upgrade" everyone.
* TheAssimilator: Coupled with the UnwillingRoboticisation trope.
* BigBadEnsemble: Of the 2006 series, with the Cult of Skaro for the season finale.
* BodyHorror: The Cybering process is... not pleasant. The details aren't given in full, but the general gist is most of the human parts are sliced away, and the remains welded to a metal exoskeleton.
* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Due to their more corporate origins.
-->'''Doctor:''' A logo on the front. Lumic's turned them into a brand.
* CatchPhrase: "You will be deleted", or simply "DELETE."
* ChestInsignia: They have a "C" on their chests. Mondasian Cybermen that have copied their template do not share this feature, instead having something more akin to an [[WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko inverted XANA symbol.]]
* CreativeSterility: The Doctor describes them with this trope in their debut arc.
-->'''Doctor:''' The Cybermen won't advance. You'll just stay like this forever! A metal Earth with metal men and metal thoughts, lacking the one thing that makes human beings so alive: ''People!''
* CreepyMonotone: All Cybus Cybermen talk in a mechanical, computer-like voice.
* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: [[InvokedTrope Deliberately invoked]] and [[PlayingWithATrope played with]]; the Cybusmen have "emotional inhibitors" because any human who can truly grasp what has happened will GoMadFromTheRevelation and then [[YourHeadAsplode explode]].
* DeadpanSnarker: ''Bizarrely.'' The Cybermen occasionally show a little bit of sass to their enemies. It's very rare, but it happens.
-->'''Dalek Thay''': DALEKS HAVE NO CONCEPT OF ELEGANCE.\\
'''Cyberman''': This is obvious.
* TheDreaded: Note the Doctor's reaction when he first sees them. He's utterly terrified, and doesn't even bother fighting them, he just tries to surrender.
* EnemyMine: At first, it was just a case of EvilVSEvil with the Cult of Skaro as the Daleks had no plans of playing together. But eventually once Sec got the Genesis Ark opened, the Cybermen had no choice but to ally with Torchwood and the Doctor to fight them off.
* EvilSoundsDeep: In "The Next Doctor" their voices are much deeper than usual.
** The Japanese dub of their stories gave this trait.
* HumongousMecha: In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E14TheNextDoctor "The Next Doctor"]], called a Cyberking.
* ImmuneToBullets: What with being made of metal. They're ''not'' immune to rockets or particle guns, though.
* JetPack: They gained rocket boots much like their parallel counterparts from the 2013 redesigns.
* JoinOrDie: They offer two choices: Upgrade, or refuse. Refusal means you're irrelevant, and irrelevant elements are deleted. However, they might decide someone's not worth upgrading, and kill them anyway.
* KingMook: The Cyber-Controller, who has a slightly modified design and sits on a massive throne.
* {{Leitmotif}}: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5BfyzJm_zY Bwaah-BWAAH-bwaah-bwaah-bwaah-bwaaaaaah!]] It's so memorable that the six-note theme has carried over to pretty much ''every'' appearance of the Cybermen in the revival series, including those of the Mondasian Cybermen.
* MachineMonotone: With the Cybus Cybermen, the Cybermen regain the ability to speak in a constant and unchanging machine-monotone after gradually losing that trait in the eighties, but as DeadpanSnarker shows, they bizarrely lose it too occasionally.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: They get new powers or "upgrades" with each appearance. At first they killed by electrocuting through direct contact, then they can fire lasers, and in their latest appearance they can fly and convert corpses into Cybermen using "cyber pollen".
* ObliviouslyEvil: They genuinely think that UnwillingRoboticization is a favor for humanity.
* PsychoElectro: Their original method of killing was to electrocute victims.
* RoboSpeak: They have a tendency to use more tehcnical terms when speaking.
* StompyMooks: They constantly march in formation while making as much ominous noise as possible... so the Doctor is very surprised when they manage to sneak up on him in "The Next Doctor". "D'you have your legs on silent?"
* UniformityException: Cyber-Leaders have black handlebars, compared to the rank-n-file's grey. Likewise, the lead Cyberman in "The Next Doctor" has a visible brain, like the Cyber-Controller ''and'' a black face plate.
* UnwillingRoboticisation
* UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans: Their idea of a utopia, at least.
* VillainTeamUp: They teamed up with both of their parallel counterpart Cybermen.
* WasOnceAMan
* WellIntentionedExtremist: The original purpose of the Mondasian Cybermen was to survive at the cost of their humanity, which they genuinely believe to be the right thing. The Cybus Cybermen are basically the same, except the factors that influenced the motivation are much more selfish.
* YourHeadAsplode: They make a habit of this.
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[[folder: Ood]]
!!Ood (Tenth and Eleventh Doctors)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Silas Carson (2006–10, 2012)

-->''"The circle must be broken, so that we can sing."''

A race of telepathic humanoids native to the Ood Sphere (which is in the same region of space as the Sense Sphere). They were used as slaves during the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, until they were liberated by the Doctor, Donna and a spy for the Friends of the Ood.
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!!Kaleds (Fourth and Twelfth Doctors)
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A species of humanoid aliens and the ancestors of the Daleks who use to inhabit the planet Skaro. They got into a thousand year war with the Thals that nearly decimated both species. The Kaleds were beginning to mutate due to chemical weapons and the Daleks were originally designed as a travel machine for the final mutation. Originally they died from a nuclear bomb, but the Fourth Doctor's meddling in their timeline meant the majority were killed by a Thal rocket and the early Daleks. Davros is currently the only Kaled current living.

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!!Zygons (Fourth, War, Tenth, Eleventh
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The Zygons are a race
of humanoid aliens shapeshifting humanoids. After their planet was destroyed in a stellar explosion, they seek to colonise other planets, including Earth. Thanks to their well-realized design and the ancestors fact that "Terror of the Daleks who use to inhabit Zygons" is considered a classic by fandom, the planet Skaro. They got into a thousand year war with the Thals that nearly decimated both species. The Kaleds Zygons were beginning to mutate due to chemical weapons and the Daleks were originally designed as a travel machine for the final mutation. Originally they died from a nuclear bomb, but the Fourth Doctor's meddling in their timeline meant the majority were killed by a Thal rocket and the early Daleks. Davros is currently the very popular despite having only Kaled current living.one appearance in the original run of the show. {{Creator/David Tennant}} has named the Zygons as his favourite Doctor Who monsters.



* AbusivePrecursors: The Daleks inherited their racist beliefs and a ruined Skaro from them.
--> '''General Ravon:''' OUR BATTLE CRY WILL BE TOTAL '''EXTERMINATION''' OF THE THALS!
* BizarreAlienBiology: On the outside, Kaleds look human. On the inside, they're different enough that a Kaled scientist is utterly baffled when looking at med-scans of the Fourth Doctor and Harry.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: They were overtly based on Nazis, intended genocide on their Thal rivals, and used chemical and biological weapons to the point that Skaro was virtually uninhabitable. But even they were appalled by Daleks, a creature genetically engineered to have no sense of right and wrong.
* FantasticRacism: They '''''hated''''' the Thals to point they wanted to commit genocide; the Thals returned the feeling. They also look down on anybody mutated.
--> '''Nyder:''' We must keep the Kaled race pure. Imperfects are rejected.
* ForeverWar: They were engaged in a mutually self-destructive war with the Thals; we never find out why they're at war with other only that both sides saw the total destruction of each other as the only viable way for peace.
* HopelessWar: Regardless of which side won, there wasn't much victory to be had. Skaro was a burnt out irradiate mess, and resources and technology was so limited soldiers were practically down to fighting with bows and arrows. On top of that, the entire Kaled population was crammed into one city, so they didn't really have the numbers to keep going anyway.
* HumanoidAlien: They look like humans with brown or dark hair; the Thals have blonde hair.
* {{Hypocrite}} They look down on mutants and are big believers in racial purity, and yet their chief scientist Davros was crippled and mutated into something only vaguely human and it did nothing to lower his standing in Kaled society.
* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Thanks to Davros' word being the be-all-and-end-all of Kaled science, they believed that there were only seven galaxies, and that of them Skaro was the only planet capable of supporting life.
-->'''Fourth Doctor:''' But's it's a known fact that there are more than seven galaxies.
-->'''Ronson:''' ''(humouring him)'' ... Quite.
* KillEmAll: When the Doctor convinced the Kaled leadership into investigating Davros, he gave the Thals the means to destroy the last Kaled city. Then he had the Daleks wipe out any remaining Kaleds who weren't loyal to him, only for the Daleks to go on to kill the rest of the Kaleds for good measure.
* NoodleIncident: We never find out ''why'' the Kaleds and Thals are engaged in war. It makes the conflict even scarier.
* NotSoDifferent: The Kaleds were militant fascistic xenophobes, fighting a war against the Thals, who were also militant fascistic xenophobes... the only real difference was that Kaleds wore black military uniforms and the Thals wore green jumpsuits.
* PunchClockVillain: Despite their racist society, there were a handful of Kaleds who weren't totally evil only doing their duty in war and desperately wanted peace. It didn't save them from the Daleks or Davros.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Kaled culture is very similar to Nazi Germany right down to an unhealthy obsession with keeping their race pure.
* {{RetCon}}: Originally the ancestors of the Daleks were called Dals. The BBC website for the Classic Series clarifies this was a slur that became the official name due to incomplete Thal records.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: They only had a major role in one Fourth Doctor story (and a cameo in the Series 9 premiere) but they are essential to the ''Doctor Who'' mythos, because without them there would be no Daleks.
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[[folder: Zygons]]
!!Zygons (Fourth, War, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors)
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->'''Played by:''' John Woodnutt (1975), Ian Marter (1975), Lillias Walker (1975), Jemma Redgrave (2013), Ingrid Oliver (2013, 2015), Jonjo O'Neill (2013), Joanna Page (2013), Nicolas Briggs (voice; 2013, 2015)

The Zygons are a race of shapeshifting humanoids. After their planet was destroyed in a stellar explosion, they seek to colonise other planets, including Earth. Thanks to their well-realized design and the fact that "Terror of the Zygons" is considered a classic by fandom, the Zygons were very popular despite having only one appearance in the original run of the show. {{Creator/David Tennant}} has named the Zygons as his favourite Doctor Who monsters.
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!!Daleks
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->'''Voiced by:''' Peter Hawkins (1963–67); David Graham (1963–66); Roy Skelton (1967, 1973, 1975–83, 1985–88);[[note]]Did not appear in "Frontier in Space"[[/note]] Oliver Gilbert and Peter Messaline (1972); Michael Wisher (1973–74); David Gooderson (1979); Brian Miller (1984, 1988); Royce Mills (1984–88); Geoffrey Sax (1996); Creator/NicholasBriggs (2005–present)
%%Despite being credited on-screen as a "Dalek Voice", John Leeson in "Remembrance of the Daleks" voiced a human operating a Battle Computer, according to the Tardis Data Core.

-->"[[AC:EXTERMINATE!]]"

Mutants. Cyborgs. Aliens. Xenophobia personified. Complete and utter bastards and the favorites of many small children. A species of genetically engineered creatures native to the planet Skaro, whose general purpose for existence is to "EXTERMINATE!" all non-Dalek forms of life in the universe. Created by a MadScientist named Davros, the Daleks' physical form is shriveled and weak, but they make up for that by having each individual travel in a distinctive set of mobile armor. ''The'' first villainous alien race introduced in the franchise (in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks the second serial]]'', in fact), they are the most endearingly and enduringly popular, and are considered to be The Doctor's collective [[ArchEnemy archenemy]].

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!!Daleks
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[[folder: Thals]]
!!Thals (First, Third and Fourth Doctors)
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->'''Voiced by:''' Peter Hawkins (1963–67); David Graham (1963–66); Roy Skelton (1967, 1973, 1975–83, 1985–88);[[note]]Did not appear in "Frontier in Space"[[/note]] Oliver Gilbert and Peter Messaline (1972); Michael Wisher (1973–74); David Gooderson (1979); Brian Miller (1984, 1988); Royce Mills (1984–88); Geoffrey Sax (1996); Creator/NicholasBriggs (2005–present)
%%Despite being credited on-screen as a "Dalek Voice", John Leeson in "Remembrance
Thals were one of the Daleks" voiced a human operating a Battle Computer, according to the Tardis Data Core.

-->"[[AC:EXTERMINATE!]]"

Mutants. Cyborgs. Aliens. Xenophobia personified. Complete and utter bastards and the favorites of many small children. A species of genetically engineered creatures
two sapient races native to the planet Skaro, whose general purpose for existence is to "EXTERMINATE!" all non-Dalek forms of life in the universe. Created by a MadScientist named Davros, the Daleks' physical form is shriveled and weak, but they make up for that by having each individual travel in a distinctive set of mobile armor. ''The'' first villainous alien Skaro. The other race introduced in were the franchise (in ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks Kaleds, who eventually became the second serial]]'', in fact), they are Daleks after a long and bitter war against the most endearingly and enduringly popular, and are considered to be The Doctor's collective [[ArchEnemy archenemy]].Thals.



* AbsoluteXenophobe: "[[AC:There is only one kind of life that matters. Dalek life.]]"
** They're so xenophobic that even a small amount of non-Dalek material in their flesh drives them mad and/or suicidal. As cloning and/or genetic manipulation seems to be their primary means of reproduction, even being ''created'' from altered non-Dalek or non-Kaled cells is unacceptable for them. "Impure" Daleks will ''eagerly'' line up for disintegration to preserve the species' purity.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar How does a Dalek say]] "You are different from me"?
--> '''EXTERMINATE!'''
* AchillesHeel: The eye-stalk. "My vision is impaired! I cannot see!"
* AgeWithoutYouth: "The Witch's Familiar" reveals Daleks can't die naturally, but they do age, the body breaking down, rotting, decaying; when a Dalek reaches this point, they're consigned to the tunnels beneath Dalek cities without their armour. [[AndIMustScream There's a reason the Dalek word for "graveyard" is the same as the one for "sewer"]].
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The Doctor, who they refer to as "The Predator of the Daleks".
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': Imagine you were dying. Imagine you were afraid and a long way from home and in terrible pain. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, you looked up and saw the face of the Devil himself... ''Hello Dalek!''\\
'''Dalek''': [[AC: Emergency! Emergency! Weapon System Disabled! Emergency Protocols Have Been Breached! ''[[MadnessMantra Emergency, Emergency, Emergency!]]'']]
** Rose could also count considering what she did to the Dalek Emperor and an entire army with just a wave of the hand.
--> '''Rose''': If you um... escaped the Time War don't you wanna know what happened. What happened to the Emperor?\\
'''Dalek''': [[AC: ({{Beat}}) The Emperor ''survived?!'']]\\
'''Rose''': [[BadassBoast Till he met me]]. Cause if these are gonna be my last words than you're gonna listen. I met the Emperor and I took the Time Vortex and I pulled it into his head and turned him into dust. Did you get that? The God of all Daleks and I destroyed him!
** River Song could also qualify. She had that one Dalek begging for mercy as soon as it learned her name.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted with Dalek Sec, Oswin Oswald, Rusty, and to a lesser extent Dalek Caan, who are or become good, but they are generally the exception that proves the rule. Also, none of them changed on their own. The overwhelming majority are genocidal death machines. {{Justified|Trope}} because they're genetically and mentally conditioned from birth to feel nothing but seething contempt for non-Dalek life, and fanatical obedience to the Dalek race.
* ArchEnemy: The species as a whole is this for the Doctor. Specifically, only the Eighth Doctor has never directly opposed them in the TV series[[note]]If you include the Expanded Universe, the Eighth has actually faced the Daleks ''more'' than any other Doctor[[/note]], largely due to having only two appearances, and even then, they make a voice-only cameo at the beginning of the TV movie. They're ''that'' ubiquitous.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The eyestalk. Hitting it with enough power will kill the Dalek, and blinding it will cause the creature to panic. Became much less of a WeaksauceWeakness in the revival; their force field protects it (the Doctor claims concentrating fire on it could work, but this appears to have mixed results), and trying to blind it with paint only worked for a second. River managed to kill one with a blast to the eyestalk, but this particular Dalek was already in such poor shape that it needed several minutes to recharge between shots.
* AxCrazy: Every single Dalek is a psychopathic KnightTemplar OmnicidalManiac. Even the "sane" ones realise what they are and tend to GoMadFromTheRevelation.
* BadassArmy: Nine times out of ten they surpass the humans in military capacity if the Doctor doesn't interfere.
* BadFuture: According to "Genesis of the Daleks" they would've eventually succeeded in their goal of destroying all non-Dalek life. Luckily the Fourth Doctor's meddling in their birth fixed all of that.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The only thing they find beautiful is pure hatred.
* BerserkButton: The Doctor eventually becomes this for them. Notably, the lone Dalek in "Dalek" stayed completely silent for 50 years, not saying a word to its human captors. But as soon as a man introduces himself to it as "The Doctor", the Dalek ''loses'' it.
-->'''Dalek:''' DOC-TOR? ''The'' Doctor? EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! '''EXTERMINATE!'''
* BigBad: Archenemies of the Doctor and everything else. Quite fond of the EvilPlan in the revival, to the point where, during Creator/RussellTDavies' era, it was a surprise ''not'' to find them the masterminds behind the season's ApocalypseHow. They're the main antagonists of the 2005 and 2008 series.
* BigBadEnsemble: Of the 2006 series, with the Cybus Cybermen.
* BondVillainStupidity: All enemies of the Doctor suffer this to some extent, but the Daleks compound it with WrongGenreSavvy.
* BreakoutVillain: They very nearly never appeared at all, but are now at least as iconic as the TARDIS.
* BrokenRecord: Groups of Daleks are prone to chanting in unison, usually boasts or threats.
* CanonDisContinuity: Several bits of the Daleks' stories are continually discarded for one reason or another. This ranges from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase the time the producers tried to make them comic relief]] to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks that time the guy who made them forgot that they weren't robots]].
* CantUseStairs: A RunningGag for many years. Later stories established the Daleks as capable of flight, once the special effects were up to portraying it. "Remembrance of the Daleks" was the first to show this, with the first episode cliffhanger being the Doctor fleeing up the stairs thinking he was safe from the Dalek chasing him, only for it to start levitating up the stairs after him. It happened again in "Dalek", the revived series episode that re-introduced the Daleks, where Rose told folks the pursuing Dalek wouldn't be able to follow them up the stairs. The Dalek announced "EL-E-VATE!" and began levitating up them. This was put in after one of the writers asked his girlfriend why she thought the Daleks made rather pathetic villains in the original show, and she told him how easy they were to foil.
* CatchPhrase:
** "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
** "EX-PLAIN! EX-PLAIN!",
** "I OBEY!"
** "MY VISION IS IMPAIRED! I CANNOT SEE!"
** The phrase "Seek, Locate, Destroy." has become a distinct catchphrase over the years.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: The original Daleks were vastly different from what they would become. They hated the Thals completely, but were willing to keep the Doctor and his companions alive, even feed them. They required radiation and a constant supply of electricity to survive. That said, their first story takes place in the Daleks' past, before they had achieved space flight; it might simply have been a case of both their [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology]] and society marching on in-universe. The BBC website for the classic series explains that these Daleks were Davros' early prototypes, and all the other Daleks were out in space building their empire.
* ColdBloodedTorture: In the novel ''Prisoner of the Daleks'', it is revealed that the Daleks adjust their death ray to the level required to kill their target... and then ''dial it down a notch'', so the victim suffers a moment of excruciating agony before they die.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** More than one serial in the old series had a Black Dalek in a position of authority over the others.
** In the 1980s, the Daleks split into two factions: the Imperial Daleks had cream casings with gold highlights, while the Rebel Daleks were a more traditional grey and black.
** In the new series, the New Paradigm Daleks have a rainbow of casing colours. Supposedly it denotes their functions, but it's never come up at all in an actual episode.
* TheComicallySerious: Despite them being xenophobic murderers, the fact that they have few emotions, including zero sense of humor, occasionally makes them this.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek One Dalek?]] You're so screwed. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth A full]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Dalek]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor Empire?]] They're so screwed. Though it should be pointed out, they do cause quite a bit of collateral damage before they go down. Just not to the main cast of the episodes.
* CreepyMonotone: Averted. It sounds more like they're trying to choke back their disgust with all other life.
--> '''Tenth Doctor:''' Technology using the one thing a Dalek can't do. Touch. Sealed inside your casing. Not feeling anything ever, from birth to death, locked inside a cold metal cage. Completely alone. That explains your voice. No wonder you ''scream''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: That DeathRay they use? It doesn't just kill you. You die in agony.
* CyberCyclops: The production team has added pupils to the 2010 models, making the eye-stalk look almost organic.
* DeflectorShields: The revival gave them personal force-fields that can melt bullets before they even hit home. Even guns capable of destroying the [[ImmuneToBullets bullet proof]] Cybus Cybermen have no effect on them.
* {{Determinator}}: They ''never'' give up. You have to admire a species that manages to survive even after being made extinct. ''Repeatedly.'' And for never turning a blind eye to their mortal enemy, the Doctor, who has been responsible for several of those mass extinctions. An enemy who became a warrior to fight them personally when they declared war on his people - a race so advanced they could dismantle reality if they wanted to. And ended that very same war by turning their numbers against them. What did the Daleks do? Enter a ''second war'' with the Doctor alongside his worst foes when he was on the verge of rescuing his own people. And even then continued to do battle for ''centuries'' after ''everyone else gave up'' and they had tried to kill him so much he finally began to die of ''old age''.
** During the Time War, the Time Lords threw literally everything they could think of at the Daleks - super-weapons, [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], altering time itself - and not a single one of these attempts stopped them.
* DemotedToExtra:
** In the Classic Series, once Davros appeared the Daleks were demoted to being his mooks.
** In the Moffat Era, they are just a MonsterOfTheWeek instead of being the BigBad.
* TheDreaded: In a universe full of any number of beasties, [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters psychopaths]] and ''gods'', the Daleks are consistently shown to be the #1 fear of those who've fought them, the Doctor included.
** In turn, the Doctor is this to the Daleks. There is a reason they call him ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Oncoming Storm]]''.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: They took three stories to achieve their classic appearance. The Dalek props in the first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", lack the vertical panels attached to the "shoulder" section of their casings. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]", they have clunky looking satellite-style disc aerials on the backs of their casings, conceived [[AllThereInTheManual by the designers]] as a wireless power supply (the original Daleks had been unable to leave their city as they drew electrical life-support power from the floors). "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" added the final vertical panels, conceived as solar panels for power collection.
* EliteMook: The Special Weapons Dalek.
* EnemyCivilWar:
** Twice on TV: first in "The Evil of the Daleks" when the Doctor infected a group of Daleks with the Human Factor and second in "Resurrection of the Daleks", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Remembrance of the Daleks" in which Davros creates upgraded Imperial Daleks, conditioned to be personally loyal to him as their emperor. It led to a war with the baseline Daleks.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Averted with Daleks, who have a tendency to spin around in circles before they blow up.
* EvilIsHammy: DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!
* EvilSoundsDeep: Not the rank and file, with their famously shrill and screechy tones, but high ranking Daleks sometimes have low, booming voices. Case in point, the 2005 Emperor and 2008 Supreme.
* EyeOnAStalk: A mechanical example; defeating them often revolves around [[GoForTheEye attacking it.]]
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: When facing their own defeat or perhaps simply wishing to gain an advantage, the Daleks often count on their foes being a GoodSamaritan and always cry [[SchmuckBait "Have pity!"]] or beg for help in order to bite back and destroy their enemies when they have the chance. {{Averted}} when one tries it on River Song. After making it beg three times, she kills it.
* FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence: They feel this way about every single non-Dalek in the universe, and occasionally by Daleks of "inferior" designs also.
* FlyingSaucer: The standard make of their starships going back quite some time.
* ForeverWar: They are the result of a thousand year war between the Thals and their ancestors, and have been waging war [[OmnicidalManiac against the rest of the universe]] since their inception.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In Doylist terms, though not Watsonian. In their first appearance, they were confined to a single city and trying to survive. Then they acquired space and later time travel, [[TheDreaded becoming one of the most powerful and feared races of all time.]]
* GoldColoredSuperiority: The rank structure of the Daleks places Golden Daleks high in the hierarchy.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The original purpose of the Daleks was to provide a casing for the final Kaled mutation. Davros took this concept and turned it into something else.
* HumanResources: They're not above converting other life-forms into Daleks if they need the numbers (Parting of the Ways) or the subject is too useful to pass up (Asylum). Or if Davros feels like making a point - he had this done to eight billion humans in the audio Terra Firma, just to twist a knife in the Doctor.
* ImmuneToBullets: They're (mostly) vaporized by a forcefield before they can make contact. And even without their shields, bullets in the revived show never have any effect on them.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Inverted in the revived series. Unique among Doctor Who villains, the Daleks NEVER miss, even when shooting at the Doctor himself. Ascended into ImprobableAimingSkills in "Victory of the Daleks" where we see one shoot down airplanes.
** It's also an AA Defense Designer's wet dream. Projectiles that travel at the speed of light that destroy the target on contact, targeted by a supercomputer and firing at aircraft designed before stealth was even considered. If we wanted, we could build a system almost as effective in the current day for use against WWII fighters.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage:
** They built the Dalek Asylum to contain Daleks that were too violent and insane even for ''them'' to control but refuse to destroy them because they find such pure hatred to be beautiful. It has an entire wing containing the Daleks that have gone insane in battles with the Doctor, which are judged to be so dangerous and unstable they must be kept separate for the protection of the ''[[UpToEleven other]]'' prisoners.
** It's suggested that this might be the reason why they've never been able to finish off the Doctor.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: According to a documentary, actors are instructed to play the Daleks like this, the idea being that subconsciously the Dalek race as a whole are extremely troubled by the knowledge that they are really just mutants in tanks, feeling that they therefore are being dwarfed by other, more "legitimate" species. To make up for the resulting existential angst, they (over)compensate by deciding they must be better simply by virtue of them being Daleks.
* JokerImmunity: No matter how hard the Doctor tries, he can never manage to destroy the Daleks for good. They always end up resurfacing to face him again. Basically they're [[PopularityPower too iconic to kill off]].
** They've been completely wiped out countless times, and every time one group of them manages to defy odds and survive to revive the species again. At this point, being completely destroyed only to return later is as much part of their character as their voices or their casings.
** The Daleks have even acknowledged this in-universe: when the Doctor has said they're on the path to destruction if they don't change their ways, the Daleks point out that their species always survives.
** Even their own planet, Skaro, has come back after being explicitly destroyed. For bonus points, the Seventh Doctor destroyed it with the Hand of Omega, but much later went there to pick up the Master's ashes in the movie. ([[CaptainObvious He has a time machine.]])
* KingMook: The Dalek Emperor is usually a Dalek mutant in gigantic casing.
* LackOfEmpathy: It's kind of a requirement when your ambition is to wipe out everything that isn't you. They understand "pity" and "mercy" only as something to demand from enemies when they're vulnerable, and the idea of empathizing with other life-forms is one of the few things that scares them besides the Doctor. That said, the fact they even ''have'' any concept of mercy is a plot-point in "The Witch's Familiar"; it turns out they get it from Davros, as they get so much else.
* LargeHam: "EXTERMINATE!" This is especially when voiced by NicholasBriggs.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Inflicted on all of them in "Asylum of the Daleks". It was undone when they "harvested" the memories Tasha Lem had of the Doctor after converting her into a Dalek puppet in "Time of the Doctor". Whether this restored their memories or replaced them isn't entirely clear.
** "Into the Dalek" reveals that the Dalekanium transport shell does this to all the Daleks on purpose, suppressing any memories that might lead the Daleks away from the "purity" that Davros had envisioned for them all the way back in "Genesis of the Daleks".
* {{Leitmotif}}: The appropriately titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR9MOS5r-RY "The Daleks"]] from the revival.
* LowCultureHighTech: Much like their [[ANaziByAnyOtherName real life inspiration]], and a great part of what makes them so scary. They are one of the most advanced races in the 'verse, even making regular use of TimeTravel, but all they ever conceive of doing with their spaceships is find new places to raze.
* TheMan: The Dalek Emperor is this in the Series 1 finale, running not only the New Dalek Empire, but also secretly running the Human empire from behind the scenes, initially through the Editor and the Jagrafess, and later the Game Station and the [[ArcWords Bad Wolf corporation]].
* MassOhCrap: Not infrequent with them. After all, the Doctor is the only thing in the universe that can inspire in them anything other than hatred or contempt. ''[[HorrifyingTheHorror They're afraid of him.]]''
* MasterRace: As one Dalek says in "Victory of the Daleks", the fundamental basis and belief of their entire culture. "DALEKS ARE SUPREME!"
* MeatMoss: Thanks to AgeWithoutYouth, this is the ultimate fate of any Dalek that isn't killed in battle. They degrade into slime, still fully-conscious, and are left to line the walls of Dalek sewers.
* MindRape: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Dalek tech does this to them on purpose, to reinforce the notion of their OmnicidalManiac status. Any memory that might lead to a moral or existential epiphany is forcibly suppressed.
* MoralityDial: As revealed in "Into The Dalek", each Dalek's internal [=CPU=] constantly purges any information that could induce even the slightest amount of compassion or empathy.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The [[SignificantAnagram Kaleds]], ancestors of the Daleks, wear [[PuttingOnTheReich black military uniforms very close to the standard Nazi uniform]], complete with faux-Iron Crosses at the neck, use what appear to be Luger pistols, and give Roman salutes with heel clicking. They're very fond of shouting a lot, violent threats and talk about racial purity. They get painted as Nazis [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]. This is not surprising, since the Daleks themselves were one of the few Nazi-esque villains who were explicitly meant to be substantively Nazi-like, as opposed to just generic Nazi symbolism to make sure the dimwitted know when to boo. It was nicely {{lampshaded}} in the 2008 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] where Martha teleports to Germany to play her part in activating the Osterhagen Key, and Daleks can be heard shouting in German "Exterminieren!" Possibly even more so in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (1965)]] where the Daleks refer to the destruction of the human race as "the Final Solution" and greet each other by jerking their plungers upwards.
** Bonus for the Thals stating that the Kaleds used to be [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker thinkers and scientists]] before the whole Skarosian mutual extermination war got started and the fanatics took over the place; It is to be noted, however, that "Genesis of the Daleks" itself adds a bit of Cold War subtext as well.
** Their original enemies, the pacifist Thals, [[{{Irony}} were the Aryans the Nazis valued.]] The Daleks, on the other hand, [[TorturedMonster are the exact opposite of what Hitler would've wanted to be.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Part of the reason the Doctor wouldn't destroy the Daleks while they were being developed in "Genesis of the Daleks", for all the times they've done this.
-->'''The Doctor''': I know that although the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also that from their evil must come something good.
** In "Into The Dalek", the Doctor admits that it was his first encounter with Daleks that changed his less-altruistic first incarnation into the force for good he would later be known for.
--> '''The Doctor''': The Doctor is not the Daleks.
* NighInvulnerability: They started out as ''tanks'', and since the revival they have forcefields that make them immune to nearly everything except their own weapons, only because there aren't ''any'' defenses against them. Earlier stories had their eyestalks, but that's a very small target (and the force field covers that now, too).
** EnergyWeapons of sufficient power seem to do the job; the modified defabricator blows them clean open, and the lightning guns from parallel Earth / Pete's World were at least able to disable them for a while once the Doctor modified them. Other Pete's World weapons seemed specifically designed to kill them.
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: Mutant Alien Cyborg Nazi.
* NoIndoorVoice: Even in normal conversation (or what passes as such for a Dalek), their voices are loud, harsh, and screeching.
* {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s: The only fitting fate for all non-Dalek life is death.
* OnceASeason: They have appeared in some form at least once a year since the revival, including cameo appearances in "The Waters of Mars" and "The Wedding of River Song". In Classic Who, after 1965 the Daleks turned up less frequently, but this still somewhat applies as every Doctor faced them at least once (the notable exception is the Eighth Doctor. The Daleks did appear in the TV movie but he didn't interact with him, but luckily Big Finish more than makes up for it).
* OneManArmy: In the revived series, if only a few individual Daleks appear, they're usually almost unbeatable and killing even one of them becomes a huge task. Special mention to the Special Weapons Dalek, which was able to win the battle in "Remembrance of the Daleks" single handedly, and it was against other Daleks.
* TheParanoiac: An entire species of paranoid xenocidal maniacs. Genetically programmed to feel hatred for all forms of non-Dalek life, they live in pressured pepperpot tanks both for mobility and because they are utterly terrified of being somehow infected by interacting with other lifeforms. They have a highly rigid command structure and are perfectly willing to die for the cause of racial purity, with their ultimate aim being the eradication of all life everywhere so that the Dalek race will be protected from contamination from their supposed biological inferiors.
* RoarBeforeBeating: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: They're Nazis [[AC:In Space!]], with the odd religious fundamentalist overtone, such as in "The Parting of the Ways".
** Witness Hitler-style salutes in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]" and remember that story was aired only 20 years after the end of the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar.
* SignificantAnagram: The Daleks were originally engineered from a race called the Kaleds.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Not on their cases, but ''on their DNA''.
* StarfishAliens: The Daleks inside their metal casings look like slimy, tentacled, sea creatures with one eye.
* StarfishRobots: The metal casings themselves are meant to house their creepy and mutated bodies.
* TheStarscream: They have repeatedly turned against and overthrown their creator, Davros, only to come crawling back when they are weak, because he is smarter than them. Though not smart enough to have realized that when he created a race that thinks they are superior to ''everyone'', that would include him. SubvertedTrope in the 2008 revival episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]; the Daleks don't even ''pretend'' to respect him this time, and are keeping him as a "pet".
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Their DeathRay weapon, justified depending on how much power is used in it. It varies from being enough to kill a human or a Cybus Cyberman, to blasting a hole in a bomb shelter blast door.
* SuperSoldier: They have one, the Special Weapon Dalek, which has a different casing from its fellows, and is far stronger, capable of incinerating three Daleks in one shot. Apparently, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the novelisation of "Remembrance of the Daleks",]] it's crazier than the average Dalek, due to the radiation its weapon produces. Daleks being Daleks, they think it's an abomination and have to be told not to kill it.
* TalkingLightbulb: Their "ear-lamps" flash in time with their speech.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In-universe. One of the few species besides humanity that is depicted in different stages of their development - when we first saw them, before they reached space flight, they were dependent on external power sources. They had remedied this with disk-like accessories in the 22nd century, and engineered their casings to not even need these further ahead. They also achieved time travel at some point and multiple wars and conflicts in their history/ the future are known. At some point, they also experimented with making themselves completely mechanical. Later in the classic series, and most of the new one, we mostly encounter those far future Daleks occasionally ending up back on present!Earth.
* TooDumbToLive: They have an unfortunate habit of becoming this, particularly when their "[[AC:vision is impaired!!!]]" Naturally, as they are unable to see, they will begin shooting wildly, in one case causing the Dalek ''to destroy itself'' when in a hall of mirrors in [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], and making for very annoying gameplay in the 2010 Adventure Game, ''City of the Daleks''. Apparently their vision isn't the only thing that is impaired when they are damaged... Lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]. A Dalek's "eye" is blinded, but the Dalek remedies it and says "[[AC:My vision is not impaired.]]"
* TookALevelInBadAss: They've taken ''several'' throughout the years. First, being able to leave the confines of their city, then conquering Earth, then developing time-travel. It got to the point the Time Lords started to get concerned about them, sending the Doctor to try and interfere with their origins. When they returned in 2005, they take another huge leap forward, when it's revealed they started a war with the Time Lords, and not only managed to hold their own, but very nearly won. And that's before we see them on-screen. The Ninth Doctor is utterly terrified to be locked in a room with a Dalek, and with good reason. Oh, and now, they can [[OhCrap fly]].
** Their increase in threat level is most apparent when you see how the characters approach them: Back in the classic series, two strong men (or just one Ace) with a blunt object could usually ambush and incapacitate one; In the new series, you need at least a futuristic raygun to even ''stand a chance'', and in large numbers, only a major plot event/deus ex machina can stop them.
** This extends to the scale of their plans as well. While they have been {{Absolute Xenophobe}}s since their early years, this mostly extended to conquering planets and enslaving inferior races. In the Revival Series, they are full-on {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s who attempt to destroy ''all of reality'' at one point and nearly succeed.
* TorturedMonster: A deformed, irradiated mutant locked inside an unfeeling metal cage from birth to death... and programmed to be utterly revolted by everything outside that cage. The prospect of deviating from Dalek purity even slightly is enough to turn them suicidal.
* ToServeMan: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Daleks feed on a protein goop processed from the carcasses of their victims.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: They do this very often, mainly because Davros has no sense of pattern recognition.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The Robo-Men (not to be confused with the Cybermen), the Daleks' low-level police/enforcers during their 22th century invasion of Earth.
** The new series reveals that the Daleks still use robotized humanoid servants around the 51st century, in the form of their Dalek Puppets. These are significantly insidious in that they can function as [[ManchurianAgent Manchurian Agents]], acting like they did while alive, until an eyestalk unexpectedly bursts from their forehead...
* VillainDecay: Thought to have happened after Davros appeared, where the Daleks were reduced to Mooks. They seemed to re-establish themselves slightly at the end of "Revelation of the Daleks" and finally in "Remembrance of the Daleks" a faction are fighting Davros.
** Largely undone in the revival series. The titular Dalek in "Dalek" wiped out the whole of the underground base on its own. "Asylum of the Daleks" shows that they can convert human beings into unwitting meat puppets, or even full on Dalek conversions. And "Into the Dalek" shows the inner workings of the outer shell, and the horror of just what Daleks do to themselves on a daily basis just to maintain their "purity".
** ZigZagged in the Moffat years. Under Davies they eventually became TooPowerfulToLive to the point where them merely being ''alive'' was a threat to the universe (and beyond), yet due to JokerImmunity they would always come back regardless. When Moffat took over the policy changed and they now show up as MonsterOfTheWeek, also preferring to try and use or kill The Doctor but no longer trying to destroy the universe, even trying to ''save'' it at some points (albeit only so they don't die too). Their technology and threat level is greater than ever, but they do not put it into practice.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Stairs used to be this for them. ''Used'' to.
* WorthyOpponent: The Doctor. They hate him with a passion that burns with all the hate they can muster, but they also respect him so much that their equipment will accept his word that an individual is a Dalek, even if their DNA is too degraded to register as a proper one.
** "Asylum of the Daleks" suggests that their respect for the degree of hatred he feels for them [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim inhibits them from killing him]], although the Dalek in question may just have been messing with the Doctor's head.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The Daleks are well aware the Doctor always has something up his sleeve, and they also know he's good at not getting killed, so being able to kill him effortlessly, they reason, is never going to happen, so they let the Doctor talk/screw around with the Sonic Screwdriver in the hopes they can anticipate whatever backup plans he had to screw them over, then they figure he can be killed. Often enough, [[IndyPloy there was never a plan to begin with]].
* XRaySparks: The special effect used for their DeathRay since 1988.

to:

* AbsoluteXenophobe: "[[AC:There is only one kind ActualPacifist: After a thousand years of life that matters. Dalek life.]]"
** They're so xenophobic that even a small amount of non-Dalek material in their flesh drives them mad and/or suicidal. As cloning and/or genetic manipulation seems
war, they refuse to be their primary means of reproduction, even being ''created'' from altered non-Dalek or non-Kaled cells is unacceptable for them. "Impure" fight the Daleks will ''eagerly'' line up for disintegration to preserve the species' purity.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E2TheWitchsFamiliar How does a Dalek say]] "You are different from me"?
--> '''EXTERMINATE!'''
* AchillesHeel: The eye-stalk. "My vision is impaired! I cannot see!"
* AgeWithoutYouth: "The Witch's Familiar" reveals Daleks can't die naturally, but they do age, the body breaking down, rotting, decaying; when a Dalek reaches this point, they're consigned to the tunnels beneath Dalek cities without their armour. [[AndIMustScream There's a reason the Dalek word for "graveyard" is the same as the one for "sewer"]].
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The Doctor, who they refer to as "The Predator of the Daleks".
--> '''Eleventh Doctor''': Imagine you were dying. Imagine you were afraid and a long way from home and in terrible pain. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, you looked up and saw the face of the Devil himself... ''Hello Dalek!''\\
'''Dalek''': [[AC: Emergency! Emergency! Weapon System Disabled! Emergency Protocols Have Been Breached! ''[[MadnessMantra Emergency, Emergency, Emergency!]]'']]
** Rose could also count considering what she did to the Dalek Emperor and an entire army with just a wave of the hand.
--> '''Rose''': If you um... escaped the Time War don't you wanna know what happened. What happened to the Emperor?\\
'''Dalek''': [[AC: ({{Beat}}) The Emperor ''survived?!'']]\\
'''Rose''': [[BadassBoast Till he met me]]. Cause if these are gonna be my last words than you're gonna listen. I met the Emperor and I took the Time Vortex and I pulled it into his head and turned him into dust. Did you get that? The God of all Daleks and I destroyed him!
** River Song could also qualify. She had that one Dalek begging for mercy as soon as it learned her name.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted with Dalek Sec, Oswin Oswald, Rusty, and to a lesser extent Dalek Caan, who are or become good, but they are generally the exception that proves the rule. Also, none of them changed on their own. The overwhelming majority are genocidal death machines. {{Justified|Trope}} because they're genetically and mentally conditioned from birth to feel nothing but seething contempt for non-Dalek life, and fanatical obedience to the Dalek race.
again.
* ArchEnemy: With the Kaleds. The species as a whole is this for the Doctor. Specifically, only the Eighth Doctor has never directly opposed them in the TV series[[note]]If you include the Expanded Universe, the Eighth has actually faced the Daleks ''more'' than any other Doctor[[/note]], largely due to having only two appearances, and even then, they make a voice-only cameo at the beginning of the TV movie. They're ''that'' ubiquitous.
* AttackItsWeakPoint: The eyestalk. Hitting it with enough power will kill the Dalek, and blinding it will cause the creature to panic. Became much less of a WeaksauceWeakness in the revival; their force field protects it (the Doctor claims concentrating fire on it could work, but this appears to have mixed results), and trying to blind it with paint only worked for a second. River managed to kill one with a blast to the eyestalk, but this particular Dalek was already in such poor shape that it needed several minutes to recharge
war between shots.
* AxCrazy: Every single Dalek is a psychopathic KnightTemplar OmnicidalManiac. Even
the "sane" ones realise what they two races lasted a thousand years. They are also sometimes this to the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Daleks]] but far less so than the Doctor.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The Thals resemble blond humans
and tend to GoMadFromTheRevelation.are therefore good. The Daleks are blobs in metal tanks and are therefore evil.
* BadassArmy: Nine times out of ten they surpass the humans in military capacity if the Doctor doesn't interfere.
* BadFuture: According to "Genesis of the Daleks" they would've eventually succeeded in their goal of destroying all non-Dalek life. Luckily the Fourth Doctor's meddling in their birth fixed all of that.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The only thing they find beautiful is pure hatred.
* BerserkButton: The Doctor eventually becomes this for them. Notably, the lone Dalek in "Dalek" stayed completely silent for 50 years, not saying a word to its human captors. But as soon as a man introduces himself to it as "The Doctor", the Dalek ''loses'' it.
-->'''Dalek:''' DOC-TOR? ''The'' Doctor? EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! '''EXTERMINATE!'''
* BigBad: Archenemies of the Doctor and everything else. Quite fond of the EvilPlan in the revival, to the point where, during Creator/RussellTDavies' era, it was a surprise ''not'' to find them the masterminds behind the season's ApocalypseHow. They're the main antagonists of the 2005 and 2008 series.
* BigBadEnsemble: Of the 2006 series, with the Cybus Cybermen.
* BondVillainStupidity: All enemies of the Doctor suffer this to some extent, but the Daleks compound it with WrongGenreSavvy.
* BreakoutVillain: They very nearly never appeared at all, but are now at least as iconic as the TARDIS.
* BrokenRecord: Groups of Daleks are prone to chanting in unison, usually boasts or threats.
* CanonDisContinuity: Several bits of the Daleks' stories are continually discarded for one reason or another. This ranges from [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase the time the producers tried to make them comic relief]] to [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks that time the guy who made them forgot that they weren't robots]].
* CantUseStairs: A RunningGag for many years. Later stories established the Daleks as capable of flight, once the special effects were up to portraying it. "Remembrance of the Daleks" was the first to show this, with the first episode cliffhanger being the Doctor fleeing up the stairs thinking he was safe from the Dalek chasing him, only for it to start levitating up the stairs after him. It happened again in "Dalek", the revived series episode that re-introduced the Daleks, where Rose told folks the pursuing Dalek wouldn't be able to follow them up the stairs. The Dalek announced "EL-E-VATE!" and began levitating up them. This was put in after one of the writers asked his girlfriend why she thought the Daleks made rather pathetic villains in the original show, and she told him how easy they were to foil.
* CatchPhrase:
** "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
** "EX-PLAIN! EX-PLAIN!",
** "I OBEY!"
** "MY VISION IS IMPAIRED! I CANNOT SEE!"
** The phrase "Seek, Locate, Destroy." has become a distinct catchphrase over the years.
* CharacterisationMarchesOn: The original Daleks were vastly different from what they would become. They hated the Thals completely, but were willing to keep the Doctor and his companions alive, even feed them. They required radiation and a constant supply of electricity to survive. That said, their first story takes place in the Daleks' past, before they had achieved space flight; it might simply have been a case of both their [[TechnologyMarchesOn Technology]] and society marching on in-universe. The BBC website for the classic series explains that these Daleks were Davros' early prototypes, and all the other Daleks were out in space building their empire.
* ColdBloodedTorture: In the novel ''Prisoner of the Daleks'', it is revealed that the Daleks adjust their death ray to the level required to kill their target... and then ''dial it down a notch'', so the victim suffers a moment of excruciating agony before they die.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience:
** More than one serial in the old series had a Black Dalek in a position of authority over the others.
** In the 1980s, the Daleks split into two factions: the Imperial Daleks had cream casings with gold highlights, while the Rebel Daleks were a more traditional grey and black.
** In the new series, the New Paradigm Daleks have a rainbow of casing colours. Supposedly it denotes their functions, but it's never come up at all in an actual episode.
* TheComicallySerious: Despite them being xenophobic murderers, the fact that they have few emotions, including zero sense of humor, occasionally makes them this.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E6Dalek One Dalek?]] You're so screwed. [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth A full]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Dalek]] [[Recap/DoctorWho2013CSTheTimeOfTheDoctor Empire?]] They're so screwed. Though it should be pointed out, they do cause quite a bit of collateral damage before they go down.
HumanAliens: Just not to the main cast of the episodes.
* CreepyMonotone: Averted. It sounds more
like they're trying to choke back their disgust with all other life.
--> '''Tenth Doctor:''' Technology using
the one thing a Dalek can't do. Touch. Sealed inside your casing. Not feeling anything ever, from birth to death, locked inside a cold metal cage. Completely alone. That explains your voice. No wonder you ''scream''.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: That DeathRay they use? It doesn't just kill you. You die in agony.
* CyberCyclops: The production team has added pupils to the 2010 models, making the eye-stalk look almost organic.
* DeflectorShields: The revival gave them personal force-fields that can melt bullets before they even hit home. Even guns capable of destroying the [[ImmuneToBullets bullet proof]] Cybus Cybermen have no effect on them.
* {{Determinator}}: They ''never'' give up. You have to admire a species that manages to survive even after being made extinct. ''Repeatedly.'' And for never turning a blind eye to their mortal enemy, the Doctor, who has been responsible for several of those mass extinctions. An enemy who became a warrior to fight them personally when they declared war on his people - a race so advanced they could dismantle reality if they wanted to. And ended that very same war by turning their numbers against them. What did the Daleks do? Enter a ''second war'' with the Doctor alongside his worst foes when he was on the verge of rescuing his own people. And even then continued to do battle for ''centuries'' after ''everyone else gave up'' and they had tried to kill him so much he finally began to die of ''old age''.
** During the Time War, the Time Lords threw literally everything they could think of at the Daleks - super-weapons, [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]], altering time itself - and not a single one of these attempts stopped them.
* DemotedToExtra:
** In the Classic Series, once Davros appeared the Daleks were demoted to being his mooks.
** In the Moffat Era,
Kaleds, they are just a MonsterOfTheWeek instead of being the BigBad.
* TheDreaded: In a universe full of any number of beasties, [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters psychopaths]] and ''gods'', the Daleks are consistently shown to be the #1 fear of those who've fought them, the Doctor included.
** In turn, the Doctor is this to the Daleks. There is a reason they call him ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Oncoming Storm]]''.
* EarlyInstallmentCharacterDesignDifference: They took three stories to achieve their classic appearance. The Dalek props in the first story, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", lack the vertical panels attached to the "shoulder" section of their casings. In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]", they have clunky looking satellite-style disc aerials on the backs of their casings, conceived [[AllThereInTheManual by the designers]] as a wireless power supply (the original Daleks had been unable to leave their city as they drew electrical life-support power
visually indistinguishable from the floors). "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" added the final vertical panels, conceived as solar panels for power collection.
* EliteMook: The Special Weapons Dalek.
* EnemyCivilWar:
** Twice on TV: first in "The Evil of the Daleks" when the Doctor infected a group of Daleks with the Human Factor
humans and second in "Resurrection of the Daleks", "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Remembrance of the Daleks" in which Davros creates upgraded Imperial Daleks, conditioned to be personally loyal to him as their emperor. It led to a war with the baseline Daleks.
Time Lords.
* EverythingsBetterWithSpinning: Averted with Daleks, who have a tendency to spin around in circles before they blow up.
* EvilIsHammy: DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!
* EvilSoundsDeep: Not the rank and file, with their famously shrill and screechy tones, but high ranking Daleks sometimes have low, booming voices. Case in point, the 2005 Emperor and 2008 Supreme.
* EyeOnAStalk: A mechanical example; defeating them often revolves around [[GoForTheEye attacking it.]]
* TheFarmerAndTheViper: When facing their own defeat or perhaps simply wishing to gain an advantage, the Daleks often count on their foes being a GoodSamaritan and always cry [[SchmuckBait "Have pity!"]] or beg for help in order to bite back and destroy their enemies when they have the chance. {{Averted}} when one tries it on River Song. After making it beg three times, she kills it.
* FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence: They feel this way about every single non-Dalek in the universe, and occasionally by Daleks of "inferior" designs also.
* FlyingSaucer: The standard make of their starships going back quite some time.
* ForeverWar: They are the result of a thousand year war between the Thals and their ancestors, and have been waging war [[OmnicidalManiac against the rest of the universe]] since their inception.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: In Doylist terms, though not Watsonian. In their first appearance, they were confined to a single city and trying to survive. Then they acquired space and later time travel, [[TheDreaded becoming one of the most powerful and feared races of all time.]]
* GoldColoredSuperiority: The rank structure
NotSoDifferent: Genesis of the Daleks places Golden Daleks high in the hierarchy.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: The original purpose of the Daleks was to provide a casing for the final Kaled mutation. Davros took this concept and turned it into something else.
* HumanResources: They're not above converting other life-forms into Daleks if they need the numbers (Parting of the Ways) or the subject is too useful to pass up (Asylum). Or if Davros feels like making a point - he had this done to eight billion humans in the audio Terra Firma, just to twist a knife in the Doctor.
* ImmuneToBullets: They're (mostly) vaporized by a forcefield before they can make contact. And even without their shields, bullets in the revived show never have any effect on them.
* ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy: Inverted in the revived series. Unique among Doctor Who villains, the Daleks NEVER miss, even when shooting at the Doctor himself. Ascended into ImprobableAimingSkills in "Victory of the Daleks" where we see one shoot down airplanes.
** It's also an AA Defense Designer's wet dream. Projectiles
shows that travel at the speed of light that destroy the target on contact, targeted by a supercomputer and firing at aircraft designed before stealth was even considered. If we wanted, we Thals could build a system almost be just as effective in cruel and bloodthirsty as the current day for use against WWII fighters.
* InLoveWithYourCarnage:
** They built
Kaleds. However, by the Dalek Asylum to contain Daleks that were too violent and insane even for ''them'' to control but refuse to destroy them because they find such pure hatred to be beautiful. It has an entire wing containing the Daleks that have gone insane in battles with the Doctor, which are judged to be so dangerous and unstable they must be kept separate for the protection time of the ''[[UpToEleven other]]'' prisoners.
** It's suggested that this might be the reason why
The Daleks, they've never been able to finish off the Doctor.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: According to a documentary, actors are instructed to play the Daleks like this, the idea being that subconsciously the Dalek race as a whole are extremely troubled by the knowledge that they are really just mutants in tanks, feeling that they therefore are being dwarfed by other, more "legitimate" species. To make up for the resulting existential angst, they (over)compensate by deciding they must be better simply by virtue of them being Daleks.
* JokerImmunity: No matter how hard the Doctor tries, he can never manage to destroy the Daleks for good. They always end up resurfacing to face him again. Basically they're [[PopularityPower too iconic to kill off]].
** They've been completely wiped out countless times, and every time one group of them manages to defy odds and survive to revive the species again. At this point, being completely destroyed only to return later is as much part of their character as their voices or their casings.
** The Daleks have even acknowledged this in-universe: when the Doctor has said they're on the path to destruction if they don't change their ways, the Daleks point out that their species always survives.
** Even their own planet, Skaro, has come back after being explicitly destroyed. For bonus points, the Seventh Doctor destroyed it with the Hand of Omega, but much later went there to pick up the Master's ashes in the movie. ([[CaptainObvious He has a time machine.]])
* KingMook: The Dalek Emperor is usually a Dalek mutant in gigantic casing.
* LackOfEmpathy: It's kind of a requirement when your ambition is to wipe out everything that isn't you. They understand "pity" and "mercy" only as something to demand from enemies when they're vulnerable, and the idea of empathizing with other life-forms is one of the few things that scares them besides the Doctor. That said, the fact they even ''have'' any concept of mercy is a plot-point in "The Witch's Familiar"; it turns out they get it from Davros, as they get so much else.
* LargeHam: "EXTERMINATE!" This is especially when voiced by NicholasBriggs.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Inflicted on all of them in "Asylum of the Daleks". It was undone when they "harvested" the memories Tasha Lem had of the Doctor after converting her into a Dalek puppet in "Time of the Doctor". Whether this restored their memories or replaced them isn't entirely clear.
** "Into the Dalek" reveals that the Dalekanium transport shell does this to all the Daleks on purpose, suppressing any memories that might lead the Daleks away from the "purity" that Davros had envisioned for them all the way back in "Genesis of the Daleks".
* {{Leitmotif}}: The appropriately titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR9MOS5r-RY "The Daleks"]] from the revival.
* LowCultureHighTech: Much like their [[ANaziByAnyOtherName real life inspiration]], and a great part of what makes them so scary. They are one of the most advanced races in the 'verse, even making regular use of TimeTravel, but all they ever conceive of doing with their spaceships is find new places to raze.
* TheMan: The Dalek Emperor is this in the Series 1 finale, running not only the New Dalek Empire, but also secretly running the Human empire from behind the scenes, initially through the Editor and the Jagrafess, and later the Game Station and the [[ArcWords Bad Wolf corporation]].
* MassOhCrap: Not infrequent with them. After all, the Doctor is the only thing in the universe that can inspire in them anything other than hatred or contempt. ''[[HorrifyingTheHorror They're afraid of him.]]''
* MasterRace: As one Dalek says in "Victory of the Daleks", the fundamental basis and belief of their entire culture. "DALEKS ARE SUPREME!"
* MeatMoss: Thanks to AgeWithoutYouth, this is the ultimate fate of any Dalek that isn't killed in battle. They degrade into slime, still fully-conscious, and are left to line the walls of Dalek sewers.
* MindRape: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Dalek tech does this to them on purpose, to reinforce the notion of their OmnicidalManiac status. Any memory that might lead to a moral or existential epiphany is forcibly suppressed.
* MoralityDial: As revealed in "Into The Dalek", each Dalek's internal [=CPU=] constantly purges any information that could induce even the slightest amount of compassion or empathy.
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The [[SignificantAnagram Kaleds]], ancestors
become pacifists. By Planet of the Daleks, wear [[PuttingOnTheReich black military uniforms very close to the standard Nazi uniform]], complete with faux-Iron Crosses at the neck, use what appear to be Luger pistols, and give Roman salutes with heel clicking. They're very fond of shouting a lot, violent threats and talk about racial purity. They get painted as Nazis [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]. This is not surprising, since the Daleks themselves were one of the few Nazi-esque villains who were explicitly meant to be substantively Nazi-like, as opposed to just generic Nazi symbolism to make sure the dimwitted know when to boo. It was nicely {{lampshaded}} in the 2008 episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] where Martha teleports to Germany to play her part in activating the Osterhagen Key, and Daleks can be heard shouting in German "Exterminieren!" Possibly even more so in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (1965)]] where the Daleks refer to the destruction of the human race as "the Final Solution" and greet each other by jerking their plungers upwards.
** Bonus for the Thals stating that the Kaleds used to be [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker thinkers and scientists]] before the whole Skarosian mutual extermination war got started and the fanatics took over the place; It is to be noted, however, that "Genesis of the Daleks" itself adds a bit of Cold War subtext as well.
** Their original enemies, the pacifist Thals, [[{{Irony}} were the Aryans the Nazis valued.]] The Daleks, on the other hand, [[TorturedMonster are the exact opposite of what Hitler would've wanted to be.]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain:
** Part of the reason the Doctor wouldn't destroy the Daleks while they were being developed in "Genesis of the Daleks", for all the times
pictured, they've done this.
-->'''The Doctor''': I know that although
regained a willingness to fight when necessary.
* PeopleOfHairColour: The Thals have blond hair and light eyes, in contrast to
the Daleks will create havoc brunette hair and destruction for millions dark eyes of years, I know also that from the Kaleds. Ironic, considering the Kaleds are very much Space Nazis.
* TookALevelInKindness: Originally they were just as bloodthirsty and evil as the Kaleds, but the effects of the war caused them to realize the errors of
their evil must come something good.
** In "Into The Dalek",
ways and they became pacifists ... until the Doctor admits that it was his first encounter with Daleks that changed his less-altruistic first incarnation into the force for good he would later be known for.
--> '''The Doctor''': The Doctor is not the Daleks.
* NighInvulnerability: They started out as ''tanks'', and since the revival they have forcefields that make
convinces them immune to nearly everything except their own weapons, only because there aren't ''any'' defenses against them. Earlier stories had their eyestalks, but that's a very small target (and the force field covers that now, too).
** EnergyWeapons of sufficient power seem to do the job; the modified defabricator blows them clean open, and the lightning guns from parallel Earth / Pete's World were at least able to disable them for a while once the Doctor modified them. Other Pete's World weapons seemed specifically designed to kill them.
* NinjaZombiePirateRobot: Mutant Alien Cyborg Nazi.
* NoIndoorVoice: Even in normal conversation (or what passes as such for a Dalek), their voices are loud, harsh, and screeching.
* {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s: The only fitting fate for all non-Dalek life is death.
* OnceASeason: They have appeared in some form at least once a year since the revival, including cameo appearances in "The Waters of Mars" and "The Wedding of River Song". In Classic Who, after 1965 the Daleks turned up less frequently, but this still somewhat applies as every Doctor faced them at least once (the notable exception is the Eighth Doctor. The Daleks did appear in the TV movie but he didn't interact with him, but luckily Big Finish more than makes up for it).
* OneManArmy: In the revived series, if only a few individual Daleks appear, they're usually almost unbeatable and killing even one of them becomes a huge task. Special mention to the Special Weapons Dalek, which was able to win the battle in "Remembrance of the Daleks" single handedly, and it was against other Daleks.
* TheParanoiac: An entire species of paranoid xenocidal maniacs. Genetically programmed to feel hatred for all forms of non-Dalek life, they live in pressured pepperpot tanks both for mobility and because they are utterly terrified of being somehow infected by interacting with other lifeforms. They have a highly rigid command structure and are perfectly willing to die for the cause of racial purity, with their ultimate aim being the eradication of all life everywhere so that the Dalek race will be protected from contamination from their supposed biological inferiors.
* RoarBeforeBeating: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
* ScaryDogmaticAliens: They're Nazis [[AC:In Space!]], with the odd religious fundamentalist overtone, such as in "The Parting of the Ways".
** Witness Hitler-style salutes in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth]]" and remember that story was aired only 20 years after the end of the UsefulNotes/SecondWorldWar.
* SignificantAnagram: The Daleks were originally engineered from a race called the Kaleds.
* SpikesOfVillainy: Not on their cases, but ''on their DNA''.
* StarfishAliens: The Daleks inside their metal casings look like slimy, tentacled, sea creatures with one eye.
* StarfishRobots: The metal casings themselves are meant to house their creepy and mutated bodies.
* TheStarscream: They have repeatedly turned against and overthrown their creator, Davros, only to come crawling back when they are weak, because he is smarter than them. Though not smart enough to have realized that when he created a race that thinks they are superior to ''everyone'', that would include him. SubvertedTrope in the 2008 revival episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]; the Daleks don't even ''pretend'' to respect him this time, and are keeping him as a "pet".
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: Their DeathRay weapon, justified depending on how much power is used in it. It varies from being enough to kill a human or a Cybus Cyberman, to blasting a hole in a bomb shelter blast door.
* SuperSoldier: They have one, the Special Weapon Dalek, which has a different casing from its fellows, and is far stronger, capable of incinerating three Daleks in one shot. Apparently, [[AllThereInTheManual according to the novelisation of "Remembrance of the Daleks",]] it's crazier than the average Dalek, due to the radiation its weapon produces. Daleks being Daleks, they think it's an abomination and have to be told not to kill it.
* TalkingLightbulb: Their "ear-lamps" flash in time with their speech.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: In-universe. One of the few species besides humanity that is depicted in different stages of their development - when we first saw them, before they reached space flight, they were dependent on external power sources. They had remedied this with disk-like accessories in the 22nd century, and engineered their casings to not even need these further ahead. They also achieved time travel at some point and multiple wars and conflicts in their history/ the future are known. At some point, they also experimented with making themselves completely mechanical. Later in the classic series, and most of the new one, we mostly encounter those far future Daleks occasionally ending up back on present!Earth.
* TooDumbToLive: They have an unfortunate habit of becoming this, particularly when their "[[AC:vision is impaired!!!]]" Naturally, as they are unable to see, they will begin shooting wildly, in one case causing the Dalek ''to destroy itself'' when in a hall of mirrors in [[Recap/DoctorWho20thASTheFiveDoctors "The Five Doctors"]], and making for very annoying gameplay in the 2010 Adventure Game, ''City of the Daleks''. Apparently their vision isn't the only thing that is impaired when they are damaged... Lampshaded in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E12TheStolenEarth "The Stolen Earth"]]. A Dalek's "eye" is blinded, but the Dalek remedies it and says "[[AC:My vision is not impaired.]]"
* TookALevelInBadAss: They've taken ''several'' throughout the years. First, being able to leave the confines of their city, then conquering Earth, then developing time-travel. It got to the point the Time Lords started to get concerned about them, sending the Doctor to try and interfere with their origins. When they returned in 2005, they take another huge leap forward, when it's revealed they started a war with the Time Lords, and not only managed to hold their own, but very nearly won. And that's before we see them on-screen. The Ninth Doctor is utterly terrified to be locked in a room with a Dalek, and with good reason. Oh, and now, they can [[OhCrap fly]].
** Their increase in threat level is most apparent when you see how the characters approach them: Back in the classic series, two strong men (or just one Ace) with a blunt object could usually ambush and incapacitate one; In the new series, you need at least a futuristic raygun to even ''stand a chance'', and in large numbers, only a major plot event/deus ex machina can stop them.
** This extends to the scale of their plans as well. While they have been {{Absolute Xenophobe}}s since their early years, this mostly extended to conquering planets and enslaving inferior races. In the Revival Series, they are full-on {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s who attempt to destroy ''all of reality'' at one point and nearly succeed.
* TorturedMonster: A deformed, irradiated mutant locked inside an unfeeling metal cage from birth to death... and programmed to be utterly revolted by everything outside that cage. The prospect of deviating from Dalek purity even slightly is enough to turn them suicidal.
* ToServeMan: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Daleks feed on a protein goop processed from the carcasses of their victims.
* TurnedAgainstTheirMasters: They do this very often, mainly because Davros has no sense of pattern recognition.
* UnwillingRoboticisation: The Robo-Men (not to be confused with the Cybermen), the Daleks' low-level police/enforcers during their 22th century invasion of Earth.
** The new series reveals that the Daleks still use robotized humanoid servants around the 51st century, in the form of their Dalek Puppets. These are significantly insidious in that they can function as [[ManchurianAgent Manchurian Agents]], acting like they did while alive, until an eyestalk unexpectedly bursts from their forehead...
* VillainDecay: Thought to have happened after Davros appeared, where the Daleks were reduced to Mooks. They seemed to re-establish themselves slightly at the end of "Revelation of the Daleks" and finally in "Remembrance of the Daleks" a faction are fighting Davros.
** Largely undone in the revival series. The titular Dalek in "Dalek" wiped out the whole of the underground base on its own. "Asylum of the Daleks" shows that they can convert human beings into unwitting meat puppets, or even full on Dalek conversions. And "Into the Dalek" shows the inner workings of the outer shell, and the horror of just what Daleks do to themselves on a daily basis just to maintain their "purity".
** ZigZagged in the Moffat years. Under Davies they eventually became TooPowerfulToLive to the point where them merely being ''alive'' was a threat to the universe (and beyond), yet due to JokerImmunity they would always come back regardless. When Moffat took over the policy changed and they now show up as MonsterOfTheWeek, also preferring to try and use or kill The Doctor but no longer trying to destroy the universe, even trying to ''save'' it at some points (albeit only so they don't die too). Their technology and threat level is greater than ever, but they do not put it into practice.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Stairs used to be this for them. ''Used'' to.
* WorthyOpponent: The Doctor. They hate him with a passion that burns with all the hate they can muster, but they also respect him so much that their equipment will accept his word that an individual is a Dalek, even if their DNA is too degraded to register as a proper one.
** "Asylum of the Daleks" suggests that their respect for the degree of hatred he feels for them [[WhyDontYaJustShootHim inhibits them from killing him]], although the Dalek in question may just have been messing with the Doctor's head.
* WrongGenreSavvy: The Daleks are well aware the Doctor always has something up his sleeve, and they also know he's good at not getting killed, so being able to kill him effortlessly, they reason, is never going to happen, so they let the Doctor talk/screw around with the Sonic Screwdriver in the hopes they can anticipate whatever backup plans he had to screw them over, then they figure he can be killed. Often enough, [[IndyPloy there was never a plan to begin with]].
* XRaySparks: The special effect used for their DeathRay since 1988.
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!!Thals (First, Third and Fourth Doctors)
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Thals were one of two sapient races native to the planet Skaro. The other race were the Kaleds, who eventually became the Daleks after a long and bitter war against the Thals.

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[[folder: Thals]]
!!Thals (First, Third and Fourth Doctors)
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!!Sensorites (First Doctor)
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Thals were one of two sapient races
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A telepathic humanoid race
native to the planet Skaro. Sense Sphere. Appeared in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites The other race were the Kaleds, who eventually became the Daleks after a long and bitter war against the Thals.Sensorites]]".



* ActualPacifist: After a thousand years of war, they refuse to fight the Daleks again.
* ArchEnemy: With the Kaleds. The war between the two races lasted a thousand years. They are also sometimes this to the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Daleks]] but far less so than the Doctor.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: The Thals resemble blond humans and are therefore good. The Daleks are blobs in metal tanks and are therefore evil.
* HumanAliens: Just like the Kaleds, they are visually indistinguishable from humans and Time Lords.
* NotSoDifferent: Genesis of the Daleks shows that the Thals could be just as cruel and bloodthirsty as the Kaleds. However, by the time of The Daleks, they've become pacifists. By Planet of the Daleks, as pictured, they've regained a willingness to fight when necessary.
* PeopleOfHairColour: The Thals have blond hair and light eyes, in contrast to the brunette hair and dark eyes of the Kaleds. Ironic, considering the Kaleds are very much Space Nazis.
* TookALevelInKindness: Originally they were just as bloodthirsty and evil as the Kaleds, but the effects of the war caused them to realize the errors of their ways and they became pacifists ... until the Doctor convinces them otherwise.
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!!Sensorites (First Doctor)
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A telepathic humanoid race native to the Sense Sphere. Appeared in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E7TheSensorites The Sensorites]]".
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