History Recap / DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks

24th Nov '16 8:47:14 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ChromosoneCasting: Apart from Sarah, the only female character is Bettan. And she was originally a man.



* CombatBreakdown: The war on Skaro that led to the Daleks' creation is an extremely large scale example, as it went on for so long that both sides began running out of resources to power their more advanced weapons and resorted to using gunpowder-based weapons, bows and arrows, etc.



* DemocracyIsBad: Gharman proposes that the Dalek project be scrapped and the Kaleds continue under a democratically elected leader. Using Gharman's proposal of democracy to his advantage, Davros demands a vote between loyalty to Gharman and his plans, or continuing the Dalek project under himself. In private, he says the following to Nyder: "They talk of democracy, freedom, fairness. Those are the creeds of cowards. The ones who will listen to a thousand viewpoints and try to satisfy them all. Achievement comes through absolute power, and power through strength." Davros gains support in the election by calling on old favours he did for members of the opposition. [[spoiler: And after still losing out in the vote, Davros decides to [[BoardToDeath kill off Gharman and his opposition]] by inviting the Daleks to join the election]].



* DomedHometown: The Thal Dome and the Kaled Dome.
* DoomedHometown: One gets betrayed and nuked. The other gets overrun by the Fell Saltshakers.

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* DoomedByCanon: The Doctor is sent back in time to destroy the Daleks before they can even be created. However, because of the number of adventures involving the Daleks, this is clearly not possible.
* DomedHometown: The Thal Dome and the Kaled Dome.
* DoomedHometown:
Dome. One gets betrayed and nuked. The other gets overrun by the Fell Saltshakers.



* DressingAsTheEnemy: The Doctor and Harry dress in Thal uniform in order to rescue Sarah Jane. The Doctor gestures to the guard, who comes over, and the Doctor blocks his exit while Harry goes in for a GroinAttack that leaves him unconscious. Later, Harry dresses in the Kaled Military Elite uniform to rescue the Doctor from Nyder.
* EnemyMine: When the Doctor has the chance to destroy the Daleks at their creation, one of the reasons he gives against this is that otherwise hostile races would be forced into alliances due to this.



* EvilVerusEvil: The war between the Kaleds and the Thals started out as BlackAndGrayMorality or even BlackAndWhiteMorality, but by the start of the story, it had become very close to being Evil Versus Evil: the Daleks and Thals are both prepared to commit outright genocide against the others (which the Thals actually do, although their genocide is not complete), and the Thals (who up until that episode had been presented rather sympathetically) utilise slave labour and do not care in the slightest about the mortality rate of their slaves. Despite that, the Kaleds and Thals are both presented as generally less evil than the Daleks and Davros, and in a clear case of EvenEvilHasStandards, plenty of Kaleds are appalled by Davros' genetic manipulation of the Daleks into {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Indeed, more Kaleds are presented sympathetically in this episode than unsympathetically, despite the fact that the episode doesn't scrimp on the not-very-subtle Nazi allegory and makes it plain that Kaled society at large is monstrous.[[note]](While the Thals' more monstrous portrayal in this episode might seem to be a case of HeWhoFightsMonsters or TookALevelInJerkass, this episode was set ''before'' any other portrayal of the Thals, so this would mean that chronologically, this would be an ''inversion'' of TookALevelInJerkass. On the other hand, the war is described as having gone on for hundreds of years, so it is quite possible that neither the Thals nor the Daleks were anywhere near so monstrous at the start of the war).[[/note]] It's revealed in the ''first'' Dalek story from the Thals themselves that there weren't "good guys" during the original war, have changed in the years since, and aren't proud of their history. They wonder if the Daleks, whom they haven't seen in a while, have un-taken their level in {{Jerkass}}. ([[OmnicidalManiac They haven't, of course]].)



* FourEyesZeroSoul: The repellant Nyder.

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* ForeverWar: The conflict between the Kaleds and the Thals has been going on for a thousand years.
* FourEyesZeroSoul: The repellant Nyder.repellent Nyder.
* GenfhisGambit: This is one of the reasons the Doctor refuses to destroy the Daleks at their very beginning.
-->You see, some things could be better with the Daleks. Many future worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.


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* GoalOrientatedEvolution: Davros worked out what the Kaled race was going to evolve into as a result of the centuries-long ABC war they'd been having with the Thals (apparently it was a green blob that would require a motorised dustbin if it was going to get around).


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* LiteralCliffhanger: Episode 2 ends with Sarah losing her balance on a high scaffold.


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* OriginsEpisode: The serial gives us the origins of the Daleks.


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* PseudoCrisis: Sarah loses her grip on a ledge and screams as she plummets... actually, no, there's a ledge six inches below her, and she continues to climb.
* PunchClockVillain: The Thals and Kaleds seem to be portrayed as this. The Thals are using brutal methods in their war against the Kaleds such as enslaving people and forcing them to do work that will kill them but once they think they have won the war they decide to free all their prisoners and some Thals even prove helpful to the Doctor when the Daleks attack them. The Kaled scientists are doing research that will lead to the creation of the Daleks but most of them are shown to be opposed to Davros ultimately.


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* RummageFail: Lampshaded when the Doctor is ordered to turn out his pockets. He begins to do so, noting that "This might take some time..."


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* SignificantAnagram: Kaleds - Daleks.


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* TheTimeTravellersDilemma: The Doctor is given an opportunity (an order, even) to prevent or seriously alter the creation of the Daleks. The only obvious downside is that at that point the Daleks hadn't done anything wrong (yet), and so he'd be committing genocide against a thus-far innocent race, who he knew would turn evil and try to wipe out entire species... he didn't, merely delaying their development for a while, for which causality is thankful


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* WackyWaysideTribe: The giant clam. It comes out of nowhere, has no bearing on the plot, doesn't make a lot of sense and was clearly tossed in to stretch the episode out another couple of minutes.
30th Oct '16 12:30:41 AM drac0blade
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* DarkerAndEdgier: One of the grimmest, bleakest stories the sries ever did.

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* DarkerAndEdgier: One of the grimmest, bleakest stories the sries series ever did.
26th Sep '16 2:30:33 AM LondonKdS
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* GenocideFromTheInside: Davros helps the Thals to wipe out the other Kaleds when the Doctor persuades the Kaled government to try to end the Dalek project.
20th Sep '16 9:03:05 PM gnatlet
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--> "If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives...could you then kill that child?"

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--> "If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives... [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E1TheMagiciansApprentice could you then kill that child?"child?]]"
31st Jul '16 10:34:48 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ShoutOut: The Doctor's meeting with the Time Lord was inspired by ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
31st Jul '16 8:59:45 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* AllThereInTheManual: In the novelisation, the Time Lords' latest temporal projections foresee a time stream when the Daleks become dominant over all other life.
** The Daleks [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks decide to build a city]].
** The Doctor explains their mission to Sarah and Harry while crossing the wasteland.
** The first meeting between Sevrin and Bettan is depicted.
** John Peel's novelisation of [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]] reveals that the Dalek that shoots Davros later became the Daleks Emperor.


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* DarkerAndEdgier: One of the grimmest, bleakest stories the sries ever did.
19th Jul '16 6:36:08 AM DrNoPuma
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* ClamTrap: In a [[MemeticMutation memetically]] {{Narm}}y moment, Harry Sullivan somehow manages to accidentally step into a giant terrestrial mollusk that [[EvilutionaryBiologist Davros]] created, and get trapped by it.
23rd May '16 8:58:37 AM Silverblade2
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* AbsoluteXenophobe: Take a wild guess[[note]][[CaptainObvious The Daleks for those of you who don't know, though Davros isn't far behind them in terms of Xenophobia, either!]][[/note]]

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* AbsoluteXenophobe: Take a wild guess[[note]][[CaptainObvious The Daleks for those of you who don't know, though Davros isn't far behind them in terms of Xenophobia, either!]][[/note]]either!
5th Dec '15 3:13:39 AM morenohijazo
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* PostApocalypticGasmask: The lands outside the sheltered cities of the Kaleds and the Thals has become so toxic from their war that their soldiers have to wear gasmasks to survive in the open.
4th Dec '15 9:52:59 AM gojira96
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* BlatantLies: Davros claims the Daleks' guns are for self-defense.


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* HeelFaceTurn: Practically every character that turns out to be a good guy starts of pretty ambiguously.


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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: PlayedForDrama when the Doctor asks Davros if he would release a virus that would end all life [[OmnicidalManiac and Davros gleefully replies that he would.]]
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