[[caption-width-right:350:"[[WhatYouAreInTheDark Do I have the right?]]"]]

->''"I know that although the Daleks will create havoc and destruction for millions of years, I know also, that out of their evil, must come something good."''
-->-- '''The Doctor''' (pondering [[ContemplateOurNavels his navel]])

"Genesis" begins with the Doctor and companions being hijacked on their way back to Nerva Beacon and deposited instead on [[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks Skaro, home planet of the Daleks]]. The planet is at an early stage in its history, with a long war of attrition currently ongoing between its two human-like native races, the Kaleds and the Thals. The ultimate result of this war is that the Kaleds will inevitably mutate due to the high "[[NuclearWeaponsTaboo chemical]]" levels. They've built themselves travel casings to remain mobile -- and as we all know, these will enable them to become the Daleks. The Time Lords instruct the Doctor to either prevent this entirely, or divert the Daleks' development into a more peaceful form, or -- failing that -- destroy them. They give him a "Time Ring" to allow him to return to the TARDIS once this is done.

The Doctor and companions make their way past horrific mutants, victims of the war's "[[NuclearWeaponsTaboo chemical]]" exchanges, into the Kaled bunker, where truly frightening crippled mad scientist Davros and his henchman Nyder are conducting genetic experiments. They plan to discover the final form of mutation for the Kaled race and develope a new "Travel Casing" for the results, which Sarah and the Doctor instantly recognize as a Dalek. The Doctor and Harry escape from the bunker and persuade the Kaled leaders to put a stop to the experiments, but Davros colludes with the Thals to open the Kaled City's defenses and allow it to be destroyed. He then activates his experimental Daleks and uses them to kill the Thals.

The Doctor makes his way back into the bunker and sets explosives on the Dalek breeding tanks, needing only to touch two wires together to prevent the Daleks from ever existing. However, he can't bring himself to commit genocide, and reasons that much good will eventually come out of the undoubted evil of the Daleks, and who is he to play god like this [[ContemplateOurNavels and so on]]. This fascinating debate is then interrupted by the arrival of a Dalek, forcing the doctor to drop the wires and leg it. As the Dalek pursues it runs over the wires, blowing up the tank anyway.

Meanwhile, some of Davros's fellow scientists are uneasy about the experiments and demand they be stopped. Davros turns the Daleks on them, but his creations then turn on their creator and Davros himself is exterminated. Thals who survived the massacre destroy the entrance to the bunker, sealing the Daleks inside, while the Doctor and co make an escape thanks to the Time Ring. The Doctor estimates that his interference will have put the development of the Daleks back by a thousand years.

One of very few serials not to involve the TARDIS even by implication: the Doctor and companions arrive by transmat beam, and leave by Time Ring.

Part 1 [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/iNN53OZyR-Q/ can be seen here.]]

Part 2 [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/Yt2OC2BVgPw/ here.]]

Part 3 [[http://www.wat.tv/video/classic-doctor-who-episode-4lp3r_3ka95_.html here.]]

Part 4 [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/KOIOM9-Qqkk/ here.]]

Part 5 [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/MIfPuHSH5OI/ here.]]

Part 6 [[http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/AlaRbBe5eYQ/ here.]]


* AbsoluteXenophobe: The Daleks though Davros isn't far behind them in terms of Xenophobia, either!
* AirVentPassageway: Used multiple times, if somewhat deconstructed: it gets you in and out of places, but it's by no means a stealthy way to do so.
* 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.
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: Davros forces the Doctor to give him information about future Dalek defeats by torturing Sarah Jane [[DistressedDude and Harry]].
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: The Doctor, on the verge of destroying the Daleks, pierces his own armor welded together with thoughts such as "Daleks are Evil," "The Ends Justify The Means," "You are better than them anyway," "Even your own people want this to happen," and "You're under orders to destroy them." His dilemma into the moral rightness and the fact the Daleks will produce some good in the form of forces who would be antagonistic toward one and another join together in fear of a common foe lead him to hesitate long enough until another option comes about.
* BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork: When the Doctor can't bring himself to blow up the Dalek incubation chamber, a Dalek sees him. When trying to pursue the Doctor, it drives over the wires, making the bomb explode.
* BBCQuarry: Skaro, of course.
* BeastAndBeauty: The mutants want to kill Sarah [[FantasticRacism because she's not one of them]].
-->'''Sevrin:''' She's beautiful. No deformities, no imperfections.\\
'''Gerrill:''' She is a norm. All norms are our enemies. Kill her now for what she's done to our kind.\\
'''Sevrin:''' No, why? Why must we always destroy beauty? Why kill another creature because it is not in our image?
* BizarreAlienBiology: Hinted at with the Kaleds, given when they look at The Doctor and Harry's bio-scans, they've got no idea what they're seeing.
* BlackAndGrayMorality: Both Davros and the Daleks are portrayed as utterly evil, with the Thals and Kaleds paling in comparison. However, the war between the two races is GrayAndGrayMorality at best and comes very close to being BlackAndBlackMorality. The Kaleds are Nazi allegories who desire the destruction of the Thals, while the Thals use disposable slave labor to build weapons and murder the vast majority of the Kaleds to bring about peace, a sentiment Davros himself echoes later in the story.
* BlasphemousBoast: Davros boasts that with the Daleks he'll become mightier than the Gods.
* BlatantLies: Davros claims the Daleks' guns are for self-defense.
* BystanderSyndrome: No-one dares defend Ronson from Davros and his accusations.
* CapsLockNumLockMissilesLock: Happens twice! First with Davros' chair is equipped with a button that will turn off his life support and kill him in 30 seconds, placed right next to all of his other controls, which could easily be accidentally hit, considering he [[EvilCripple barely has any control over his only functioning hand.]] And, also, the rocket which the Thals plan to use to destroy the Kaleds has two buttons right next to one another on its main control. Fire and Destruct.
* TheChessmaster: Davros, and spectacularly so. Watch closely -- for the whole 6 episodes, he is not so much as momentarily inconvenienced by ''any'' of the events of the serial until the very end.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Davros has a particularly developed case, which gives the fact that he does not foresee the Daleks' betrayal of him a nice sense of irony.
* 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.
* CliffhangerCopout: A notorious example in the episode two/three cliffhanger, where Sarah falls from a great height while climbing the access tower of the Thal rocket... and lands on a platform just below her that definitely should have been visible in the previous episode.
* CosmeticallyAdvancedPrequel: The Doctor describes the prototype Daleks as 'primitive', but they're still portrayed by 1970s-style props, rather than the older 1960s design.
* CrapsackWorld: Want to know why the Daleks are the wonderful caring culture they are? Look at where they came from.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Poor [[TheScapegoat Ronson]] doesn't die instantly from the Dalek's rays like everyone else does.
* DarkerAndEdgier: One of the grimmest, bleakest stories the sries ever did.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Thals have blonde hair and are warriors, the Kaleds have brown hair and are scientists. Now consider what the Daleks were inspired by, and their combined legacy is the Daleks...
* DomedHometown: The Thal Dome and the Kaled Dome.
* DoomedHometown: One gets betrayed and nuked. The other gets overrun by the Fell Saltshakers.
* TheDragon: Nyder, Davros's nearly emotionless right-hand man.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even Nazi-analog Kaleds find Davros' scheme abhorrent.
** Likewise, Davros is quite upset when the Daleks kill Nyder, and when they move to kill his only other loyal supporters too, he is shocked and tries to think up reasons for why the Daleks ought to let the men live.
** Nyder subverts this when this when told by Davros of his plans to exterminate the Kaleds as well as the Thalls, for a moment he seems truly shocked that Davros would really do such a thing, before immediately deciding he did not care.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Davros truly, honestly believes that the Daleks killing everything other lifeform will be a good thing.
* EvilCripple: Davros. A truly frightening portrayal, especially the way he moves his one remaining hand.
* FantasticRacism: This serial shows that on pre-Dalek Skaro, the Kaleds (the race that became the Daleks) and the Thals hated each other, and both of them hated the mutants, to the point that the Thals (who were usually shown as pacifist allies of the Doctor) used them as slave labor.
* FlashbackToCatchphrase: The Kaled scientists use the word exterminate a lot in their normal conversation. Then the Daleks show up, and '''EXTERMINATE''' was born...
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the first episode, The Doctor and Harry are dragged into a bunker and meet the fanatical General Ravon, who begins ranting (''very loudly'') about how the Kaleds will end the war soon. And then there's this part:
-->'''Ravon:''' We will avenge the deaths of our fallen brothers and sisters, and build a peace that will be a monument to their sacrifice! Our battlecry will be '''TOTAL EXTERMINATION OF THE ''THALS!'''''
* FourEyesZeroSoul: The repellant Nyder.
* GenocideDilemma:
** The Doctor posses this question to Davros: If he had a virus in a capsule that would destroy every living entity in the universe, would you release it? Davros, after brief consideration, screams with joy he would do it.
** The Doctor, on the other hand, found himself with the means and ability to wipe out the Daleks forever. His debate and rationalization of the permissibility of this action, of what it would turn him into if he did the very thing that he condemns the Daleks for doing, eventually leads him to not doing it.
** Of course, since The Daleks were pretty much ''programmed'' to feel nothing but hate and rage for other lifeforms, The Doctor ''really'' should have known a false equivalency when he saw it.
* GenreBlindness: Pretty much no one sees Davros' constant betrayals coming, despite the fact that he is ObviouslyEvil. Davros himself has a case of this when he expects the Daleks not to turn on him.
* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: Garman just '''doesn't''' get that Davros is an utter monster, and honestly thinks he'll go quietly.
* GoneHorriblyRight: You wanted merciless half-machine beings that bowed to nobody and nothing, Davros? You got it.
* HeelFaceTurn: Practically every character that turns out to be a good guy starts of pretty ambiguously.
* HeroicBSOD: The Doctor (briefly) goes depressed when he thinks Sarah and Harry are killed by the Thal missile.
* HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct: Discussed.
--> "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?]]"
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: They wanted unstoppable powerful killing machines. They got it.
* HopelessWar: The Thal-Kaled War has been going on for years and years, and both sides are technologically regressing with no hope of breaking the stalemate and no appetite for a peaceful solution. (The Davros-centric AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios make it '''even worse''').
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Spelled out for the viewer in almost those exact words by the Doctor as he tries to rationalize his act of genocide.
* ImprobableAge: {{Lampshaded}} with General Ravon, who would owe his rank to both his fanatical dedication to the Kaled cause and the fact that he started as a ChildSoldier.
* IrrevocableOrder: The Doctor '''almost''' gets Davros to do this. The Doctor has control of Davros' life support system and tells him to give the order to destroy the proto-Daleks or else he'll turn it off.
-->'''Davros:''' This is Davros. Elite unit seven will go to the incubator room. All survival maintenance systems are to be closed down. The Dalek creatures are to be destroyed.\\
'''Doctor:''' Tell them the order cannot be countermanded.\\
'''Davros:''' This order cannot--\\
''Nyder knocks out the Doctor from behind''\\
'''Davros:''' This is Davros, this is Davros. My last order is cancelled, repeat, cancelled. No action is to be taken.
* ItsAllAboutMe: The Kaled government threatens to delay Davros's works? Davros engineers the destruction of the entire Kaled city.
* JokerImmunity: The ''real'' reason the Doctor couldn't bring himself to wipe out the Daleks.
* KillerRabbit: During their trip to the Thal city, Harry gets attacked by a savage ''clam!'' Apparently it's one of Davros' old experiments.
* LackOfEmpathy: The Daleks, as well as Nyder, Davros' soulless right-hand man.
* LandMineGoesClick: "Harry. I'm standing on a mine."
* MadScientist: Davros. Duh.
* {{Mutants}}: Both the mutos, who live in the wastelands, and the results of Davros's animal tests, that live in the caves.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Kaleds believed there were no such things as aliens, due to Davros having "proven" that in the ''seven'' galaxies they know of there was no other life. And then they met The Doctor. Oops.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Nyder is blatantly Skaro's morphic-resonance copy of Heinrich Himmler.
* NuclearWeaponsTaboo: Despite claims in most earlier and later ''Doctor Who'' stories, and much of the text on this very page, the word "nuclear" is never mentioned in "Genesis of the Daleks", and problems that are usually associated with radiation are ascribed to mysterious "chemicals".
* OhCrap: See LandMineGoesClick above and VillainousBreakdown below.
* OmnicidalManiac: Davros hasn't quite got this far, but his 'virus' speech shows us that if he had that kind of power, he would use it, just for the sake of having it.
* 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.
* PuttingOnTheReich: Kaled dress, propaganda, medals, and salutes. As if the very nature of what Davros was [[OmnicidalManiac creating]] wasn't enough to clue you in.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The heads of the Kaled government listen to what the Doctor has to say, and have been trying to circumvent Davros' near-total control for some time. Of course, they've got the same GenreBlindness as everyone else, and trust Davros when he appears to go along with their requests.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Most of the surviving Kaleds try to oust Davros from his position of authority at the end. Davros proposes a vote... but only so that he knows who to shoot.
* RefugeInAudacity: The line the Doctor uses to distract some Thal guards while breaking in to their city to rescue Sarah Jane
-->'''Doctor:''' Excuse me, can you help me? I'm a spy.\\
(knocked out by Harry)
* {{Retcon}}: In previous episodes the Kaleds were called the Dals, and the war between them and the Thals lasted just one day (i.e., implied to be a nuclear war). Here the war has been going on for a thousand years.
** Then again, this ''is'' a show about time travel...
*** It explains in the expanded verse The Dals were extinct by the time of the Thousand Year War between the Thals and the Kaleds, as were the Tharons, as a result of a programme of genocide orchestrated by the Kaleds. A few words of the Dals' language were preserved, such as "Varga" meaning "devourer." (AUDIO: Purity) Davros, the creator of the Daleks, found a prophecy in the forbidden Book of Predictions, written in the extinct language of the Dals, which stated "...and on that day, men will become as gods." In the original language, the final word was pronounced "Dal-ek." so it very possible is a case of mistaken identity.
*** And the Thals says it has been 500 years since the war and don't seem to have been in a position to write the best histories.
* 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.]]
* RogueAgent: A Time Lord points out to the Doctor that they allow him to roam the universe doing his thing in exchange for doing the occasional favor for them, so he should just stop griping and get with the program.
* SchizoTech: Mentioned in Part One. The war with the Thals has been going on so long that instead of using expensive laser weaponry, they're down to conventional gunpowder arms, and if things keep up they're going to finish with bows and arrows.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: The Doctor tries to prevent the Daleks' creation.
* ShoutOut: The Doctor's meeting with the Time Lord was inspired by ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''.
* StartOfDarkness: Come and see just how the Daleks came to be.
* ThrownFromTheZeppelin: When Davros confronts [[MinionWithAnFInEvil dissenter]] Gharman and his scientists and guards and asks who is with him and who is against him, a few step over to join him and [[TheDragon Nyder]]. No prizes for guessing [[ThePurge what happens]] to Gharman and the others.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Up until this story, the Thals were the Daleks' good counterparts. All that changes as it turns out they use mutos as slave labour or simply shoot them if they're unfit, infect their prisoners with radiation poisoning, psychologically abuse Sarah for kicks and not only butcher the entire Kaled population but force the Doctor to watch. Possibly an inversion, as all their previous stories are set later on in their history.
** Previous stories set later in the Thals timeline often mention their hatred of war and violence, based on their experiences with it, and that they used to be warriors. It was never said that they were that bad, though.
* UndyingLoyalty: Nyder to Davros.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Why does Davros have a button on his chair for the express purpose of shutting down his own life support system?
** [[FridgeBrilliance Do you think he'd ever let himself be taken alive?]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Kavell, the Kaled scientist who frees Harry, Sarah and Gharman, disappears between Parts Five and Six. He's last seen midway through Part Five leaving with Gharman, but isn't with him and the other Kaleds when they're confronting Davros in Part Six. Unlike other MIA Kaleds (Ravon and Tane especially), it can't be argued he died in the Kaled dome when the Thals blew it up, since that happened a couple of episodes earlier.
* WideEyedIdealist: Garman, despite being in a hopeless ForeverWar, and on the side ruled by a sociopathic psychotic mad scientist, is convinced that peace and reason will win out, even after everything else Davros does. Surprisingly, he actually makes it to the last episode before dying.
* VillainousBreakdown: Davros very quickly lapses into one when his creations betray him.
* WeightAndSwitch: A variation is done when the Doctor stands on the land mine: Harry props rocks ''under'' the mine, so it is blocked.
* TheXOfY: The title. From now until the revived series, all Dalek stories will use the "(something) of the Daleks" title format.