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->'''Rose:''' You don't have to do this any more. There must be something else, not just killing. What else is there? What do you want?\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:I want... freedom.]]

The one with a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dalek...]] and one ''very'' angry postwar [[StealthPun Doctor who]] thought they were all gone.

This episode marked the return of the eponymous villain to ''Series/DoctorWho'', and began the extremely brief tenure of the untrustworthy companion Adam Mitchell.

The episode was adapted by Robert Shearman from his ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho040Jubilee Jubilee]]".
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The Doctor and Rose arrive in [[Main/TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 2012]] Utah, in a museum of alien parts. As they discover when they are captured, they're in the ElaborateUndergroundBase of Henry van Statten, an American tycoon with way more money than sense. The pride of TheCollectorOfTheStrange's collection is a strange metal... droid... thing, that Mister Alien Expert just ''knows'' is sentient, but that he can't communicate with. So he locks the Doctor in there with it.

Even the usually unflappable Ninth Doctor freaks out when he sees... a Dalek. It's his first clue that the genocide that ended the Time War wasn't as complete as he'd thought. A tense standoff ensues, during which we see all the Doctor's rage and pain.

Anyway, van Statten kidnaps the Doctor for forcible induction into the Alien Museum. While he's indisposed, the Dalek tricks Rose into touching it, repairs itself using her time traveller DNA, and escapes from its holding cell to wreak some ''serious'' havoc. The Dalek is horrified to learn it is the last of its kind.

Rose and Adam try to rejoin the Doctor (who has convinced van Statten to let him go try to save everyone's lives), but are separated by a steel blast door. And Rose is on the wrong side of it. An even ''tenser'' standoff ensues, while the Doctor watches over CCTV, but Rose's DNA -- transferred to the Dalek when she touched it -- is messing with the Dalek's xenophobic sensibilities, and it suffers an identity crisis instead of just killing Rose. The Dalek nearly kills a panicking van Statten, but Rose stops it, and it decides it wants to leave. She goes with it to the top floor of the dam and it shoots a hole in the ceiling, letting in the sunlight. It opens its shell to feel the warmth of the sun. The Doctor arrives at this point, wielding a BFG and telling Rose to get out of the way. She refuses and [[WhatTheHellHero calls him out on trying to kill it when "all it wants is the sunlight."]] The Dalek learns Rose touching it has combined its DNA with hers, making it "impure". It decides it wants to die rather than live as a new lifeform, and orders Rose to tell it to self-destruct. She reluctantly does so, and it kills itself.

Meanwhile, van Statten's assistant, disgusted by the death that has occurred, has his guards seize him and orders them to wipe his memory and dump him on the side of the road in "some place beginning with 'S'", {{Ironic Echo}}ing him when he'd earlier decided another assistant [[YouHaveFailedMe had failed him]].

Rose and the Doctor get ready to leave, followed by Adam, who doesn't understand why they're going into a box when the dam is going to be filled with cement, but Rose has persuaded the Doctor to let him come. He follows them into the TARDIS.

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!!Tropes:

* AgonyBeam: Henry van Statten's body scanner has this effect on the Doctor (with a direct visual CallBack to the torture scene in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]"). It's not clear if the pain is a standard side effect or due to van Statten mishandling the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum.
* AlasPoorVillain: The Dalek, who goes through a traumatic roller coaster of discovering morality, discovering emotions beyond hate and fear, and unable to kill anything that it hates, begs Rose to make it commit suicide as it watches the sunlight, unable to do anything. Rose complies. It gives one last, rather morose-sounding "Exterminate!" before blowing itself up out of self-loathing.
* ArcWords: "Bad Wolf One" is the callsign of van Statten's helicopter.
* ArmourPiercingQuestion: "What about you, Doctor? What the hell are you changing into?"
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: The Dalek breaks through the Cage's door lock (it's broken and low on power, so it couldn't do OpenSaysMe) because its genius intellect and sucker manipulator mean it can run through the billion possible combinations in seconds.
* BadBoss: Henry van Statten keeps control via his army of {{mook}}s and by memory-wiping his executives on a whim, keeping them in a state of sycophantic terror. Unfortunately, by insisting the Dalek be captured [[WeHaveReserves regardless of casualties]] he alienates his security force, and by breaking down in fear in front of Goddard he loses her respect. Both quickly join forces to depose him after the crisis is over.
* BadassBoast: "[[AC:THE DALEKS SURVIVE IN '''''ME!''''']]"
* BadassDecay: The Dalek's InUniverse recognition that this is happening to it prompts its own self-destruction.
* BatmanGambit: The Dalek pulls off a marvelously simple one to regain a hold on its situation.
* BatmanGrabsAGun:
** The Doctor, upon realizing what van Statten's hiding, tries to torture the Dalek to death.
** Then, after the Dalek gets loose, the Doctor literally grabs a gun, from a stash of uncatalogued weapons in Adam's lab.
* BerserkButton:
** The Daleks, for the Doctor.
** And vice versa. Remember, the Dalek had been there for years, stoic and silent, until someone introduces himself to it as the Doctor.
--->'''The Dalek:''' [[AC:DOC-TOR? '''''THE''''' DOC-TOR?! EX-TER-MINATE! '''EX-TER-MINATE!!''' '''''EX-TER-MINAAAAAATE!!!''''']]
* BillBillJunkBill: "Broken, broken, hairdryer, broken..."
* BlatantLies: Rose asks if Adam can come along on their adventures. When the Doctor asks if this is because he's good-looking, Rose says coyly that she never noticed.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Van Statten says there must be some way of negotiating with the Dalek. The Doctor points out that you can't negotiate with an OmnicidalManiac who thinks you should die [[AbsoluteXenophobe simply for being different]].
* BreakTheBadass: See EstablishingCharacterMoment. The second the Doctor realizes what the Metaltron really is, he starts pounding on the door in sheer terror, begging van Statten to let him out.
* BrokenAesop: While the Doctor is certainly being unpleasant in torturing the Lone Dalek, he is treated as wrong for wanting to kill the Dalek and treating it as absolutely evil. However when the Dalek gets free it kills hundreds of people and it is clear it intends to wipe out all humanity. It does gain human feelings, but it's clearly an exception and Rose's sympathy towards it is largely born from ignorance, while the Doctor knows firsthand how dangerous the Daleks are and is proven right.
* CharacterShilling: The Doctor's description of the damage one Dalek could do unchecked. Notably, this episode reintroduces the Daleks from the original show as a threat, when previously they'd suffered BadassDecay. TropesAreNotBad.
* CharacterTitle: "Dalek".
* ChekhovsArmory: The old Cyberman head, foreshadowing the next series.
* ChewingTheScenery: The Doctor starts ''literally'' foaming at the mouth. {{Justified|Trope}} because, it's a ''[[TheDreaded Dalek]]''.
* CirclingMonologue: The Doctor performs one when he first speaks to the Dalek.
* TheCollectorOfTheStrange: Van Statten collects and studied alien artifacts. Collecting a live Dalek may not have been the best move...
* ComputerEqualsMonitor: The Dalek smashes a computer monitor with its plunger arm, and proceeds to both recharge itself (draining power from the entire West Coast in the process) and absorb the entire Internet.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The lone Dalek wipes out the base's security, takes command of the place, drains all electrical power from the ''entire west coast of the United States'', and establishes itself as a very credible threat to the ''world'', reminding us why these creatures are the Doctor's greatest enemy.
* ContinuityNod:
** The Dalek's cry of "[[AC:Have pity!]]" as the Doctor tortures it echoes Davros' exact same words in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]". He asked more or less the same thing of Seven back in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]", and got about as sympathetic a response as Nine gives the Dalek.
** The scene of the Doctor being tortured is shot to strongly resemble the controversial torture scene that opened "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E2VengeanceOnVaros Vengeance on Varos]]".
** The Cyberman head van Statten has in his collection is of the kind seen in either "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E3TheInvasion The Invasion]]" or "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E5RevengeOfTheCybermen Revenge of the Cybermen]]".
** Van Statten's museum also contains a stuffed Slitheen arm, presumably looted from the wreckage of Downing Street.
** The Doctor compares van Statten to Davros, the latter of whom isn't mentioned by name.
* CowTools: The contents of van Statten's museum.
* CrossReferencedTitles: Since this is the episode that definitively introduced the Daleks into the revived series, its title seems to be a conscious nod to "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E2TheDaleks The Daleks]]", the serial that introduced them to the classic series (though it's fittingly retitled "Dalek", since there's only one of them this time).
* CrucifiedHeroShot: The Doctor, when van Statten is torturing/interrogating him.
* CurbStompBattle: The Dalek single-handedly kills nearly the entire garrison of the bunker it was imprisoned in.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The Doctor brandishing a gun, torturing his enemies and gloating about committing genocide? Though this wasn't the first attempt to introduce a DarkSide to the Doctor's character, from now on there would be a continuing theme of the Doctor losing his moral inhibitions and the matching importance of his Companion as a MoralityChain.
* DeathSeeker: The Doctor shows signs. "You survived." [[Recap/DoctorWho50thASTheDayOfTheDoctor "Not by choice."]]
* DistressCall: The Dalek, but there's no Dalek left alive to receive it. The Doctor mocks it for this.
* DistressedDude: The Doctor ends up chained and shirtless.
* TheDogBitesBack: At the end of the episode, van Statten's surviving subordinates revolt and drag him away to wipe his memory and dump him somewhere, just how he used to punish ''incompetent'' subordinates at the beginning of the episode.
* DramaticIrony: All of the drama and tension comes from the audience knowing exactly what Henry von Statten has locked up in his alien collection, but the Doctor having no idea, making his at-first earnest attempt to help the alien his first (and quite riveting) encounter with the Daleks in the new series. Part of it also then comes from Rose and the other humans being totally unaware of the Doctor's past history with the Daleks and being shocked by the anger and violence in his voice.
* DrivenToSuicide: This episode demonstrates just how ''scared'' the Daleks are of becoming anything other than their idea of perfection.
* DyingAlone: The Dalek uses this as a ploy to gain Rose's sympathy: "My race is dead. I shall die alone."
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: The entire episode takes place in van Statten's secret underground alien museum in Utah.
* ElectrifiedBathtub: The Dalek triggering the sprinkler system and electrocuting the guards through the resulting puddles.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Oddly, one that doesn't involve the character being established actually ''doing'' anything: When the Doctor first sees the Dalek, he [[OhCrap completely freaks out and begs to be let out.]] That's right: The Dalek is so dangerous that the Doctor's first instinct is to get as far away from it as possible.
* ETGaveUsWiFi: Apparently, broadband came from [[RoswellThatEndsWell Roswell]].
* EverythingIsOnline: The Dalek not only manages to download the entire Internet within mere seconds from a random terminal, it simultaneously drains the entire eastern United States of electricity.
* EvilIsNotAToy: Van Statten continues to treat the Dalek as the prize of his collection, ignoring the Doctor's warnings.
* FakeKillScare: The scene in which the Dalek is chasing Rose. She gets trapped behind the closing door, then you hear "EXTERMINATE!" and a shot over the radio. Then it's revealed she didn't get killed after all.
* FalseInnocenceTrick: The Dalek pulls this on Rose, only to get a bit more than it bargained for when absorbing her [=DNA=] causes it to actually start feeling things like "compassion".
* FirstTimeInTheSun: The Dalek feels the sun on its body for the first time.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the techs mentions that the last person to touch the "Metaltron" burst into flames. When Rose touches the Dalek, because she's a time traveller it feeds from her and draws enough power to free itself.
* GetItOverWith: Rose to the Dalek. "Go on then, kill me."
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar[=/=]GoshDangItToHeck: A weird case -- van Statten's "goddamn it" remains about the strongest bit of profanity used in the main series... but it was his use of the antiquated term "spooning" people made a fuss over.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Well illustrated in the Doctor:
-->'''The Doctor:''' The Daleks have failed! Why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe of your filth! Why don't you just ''die?''\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:You would make a good Dalek.]]
* HeroicBSOD: The Doctor nearly loses it when he finds a Dalek survived the Time War.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Van Statten wasn't killed, but he surely paved the way for his eventual fate. His policy of using torture on his alien captive caused said alien to go on a murdering rampage when it finally got loose, and his fondness for wiping people's memories and dropping them off in a town starting with the same letter as their last name got turned around on him by his newly appointed second-in-command.
-->'''Goddard:''' And by tonight, Henry Van Statten will be a homeless, brainless junkie living on the streets of San Diego, Seattle, Sacramento... Someplace beginning with "S".
* ICannotSelfTerminate: It can, but only if it's ordered to first.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The Doctor ended the Time War by wiping out the Daleks and his own people, bleakly explaining that he had no choice.
* ImmuneToBullets: The Dalek has an anti-bullet force-field (apparently powered by sheer badassery) surrounding it.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Courtesy of van Statten: "I'll tell you how they got in, in-tru-da window!"
* InternalHomage: The destruction of Gallifrey, which the Doctor here elaborates on (and which turns out to have been his own doing), was also a massive StoryArc in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' novels.
* InternalReveal: Two -- when the Doctor realises that there is a Dalek, and then when the rest of the characters realised how dangerous Daleks are.
* IronicEcho:
** "Take him away, wipe his memory, leave him by the side of the road somewhere." First said by van Statten regarding an employee he fired on a whim, then said later by Goddard regarding van Statten after his actions resulted in 200 people being killed.
** Dare to compare!
--->'''Ninth Doctor:'''[[note]](said coldly, spitefully, and full of hatred)[[/note]]''[joyfully astonished]'' It's not working... ''[laughs mean-spiritedly]'' Fantastic! Oh, ''fantastic!'' Powerless! Look at you. The great space ''dustbin''. '''How does it feel!?'''
--->'''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E3DeathToTheDaleks Third Doctor]]:'''[[note]](said warmly, triumphantly and full of confidence)[[/note]] Well, well, well. Daleks without the power to kill. [[HarsherInHindsight How does it feel?]]
*** The real kicker is that the latter is long before the Time War, and the former is not long after, over half a dozen incarnations later. Three treats this kind of situation like a staunch, reserved, and observant gentleman who is happy to be in a position of superiority over a group of Daleks and believes there's a real chance at turning the tables on them. But after seeing the Daleks have grown into a much bigger threat and propelled the Time War, Nine is reduced to a panicked, hopeless fear just to be in the same room as a Dalek, and then gets worked up into a frothing rage turning openly wrathful and vindictive, maybe even bloodthirsty, at just ''one'' Dalek.
* KickTheDog: Van Statten has an aide memory-wiped simply for giving him the wrong answer.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: Goddard, arguably a BitchInSheepsClothing herself, promptly removes van Statten from [=GeoComTex=] after he causes 200 deaths and gives him the karmic punishment of firing and mind-wiping him just as he did to the people he didn't like, and dumping his grubby keister "somewhere beginning with 'S'" without a scant trace of his [[LaserGuidedAmnesia own identity]].
* LargeHam: The Doctor's scene alone with the Dalek, in which Creator/ChristopherEccleston was ''literally'' foaming at the mouth by the end of his scary, awesome speech:
-->'''The Doctor:''' Why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe of your filth! ''Why don't you just '''DIE'''?!''
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Van Statten's standard punishment for people that he fires, before dumping them in a city with a name beginning with the same letter as their last name. At the end of the episode, Goddard has van Statten subjected to the same treatment.
* LastOfHisKind: The Dalek.
* LaughingMad: Briefly, but the Doctor’s attack of laughter at seeing the Dalek chained up does have a maniac quality to it.
* LaughWithMe: "I'll tell you how they got in, in-tru-da-window! ''[...]'' In-tru-da-window, that was funny!"
* LicensedGame: A flash game based on this episode is available [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/doctorwho/games/lastdalek/index.shtml on the BBC website]]. Remarkable in that it lets you play as [[VillainProtagonist the lone Dalek]] and [[TheBadGuyWins exterminate everyone]], ''including'' [[TheHero the Doctor]].
* MercyKill: The Dalek begs for Rose to order it to exterminate itself, because it can't bear to be an impure Dalek.
* MonsterSobStory: This is the one story where a Dalek comes off as sympathetic. In fact, it was also the former TropeNamer for LoneDalek, which is now this trope.
* MoralityChain: Rose arguably acts as one to the Dalek. She "corrupts" it, making it unable to kill her and even convinces it not to kill the Doctor and Van Statten.
* MythologyGag: A dark one, albeit: The Doctor refers to the Dalek as "the great space dustbin" while torturing it. Daleks have been said to resemble dustbins -- among various other things -- by fans and non-fans of the show alike.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond: When asked her name, Goddard says "Goddard, sir, Diana Goddard."
* NameTron: The Dalek is at first called a "Metaltron" by van Statten and Co.
* NextSundayAD: From 2005 to 2012.
* NotSoDifferent:
** The Doctor sure doesn't like it:
--->'''The Doctor:''' The Daleks have failed! Now why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct?! Rid the universe of your filth! [[WhyWontYouDie Why don't you just]] ''[[WhyWontYouDie die?!]]''\\
'''Dalek:''' ''[pause]'' [[AC:You would make a good Dalek.]]
** Also:
--->'''Dalek:''' [[AC:I am alone in the universe.]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yep. ''[bitter smile]''\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:So are you.]] ''[The Doctor's smile slips]'' [[AC:We are the same.]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' We're not the same! I'm not... no, wait. Maybe we are. You're right, yeah, okay. You've got a point. Because I know what to do. I know what should happen. I know what you deserve. ''[sadistic grin]'' ''Exterminate!'' ''[yanks down the shock lever]''\\
'''Dalek:''' ''[screaming]'' [[AC:Have pity!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' Why should I? You never did! ''[turns it up further]''
** The Doctor also suggests that van Statten would like Davros, the creator of the Daleks (without referring to Davros by name). Van Statten, naturally, is unware that it's a StealthInsult.
* OhCrap:
** The Doctor has this moment when he realizes that van Statten's "Metaltron" is a ''Dalek'': he panics and begs to be let out of the cage before the Dalek can kill him.
** The one characters had when they saw the pants-browning horror that was the following statement.
--->'''Adam:''' Great big alien death machine. Defeated by a flight of stairs.\\
'''[=DiMaggio=]:''' Now listen to me. I demand that you return to your cage. If you want to negotiate, I can guarantee that Mr. van Statten will be willing to talk. I accept that we imprisoned you, and maybe that was wrong. But people have died, and that stops, right now. The killing stops. Have you got that? I demand that you surrender, is that clear?\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:E-LE-VATE!]]
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: The Ninth Doctor is cheerful, silly, happy, and above all, calm. Nothing fazes him. Then, he sees a heavily damaged, barely-alive Dalek -- and immediately loses his shit in a big way. In the old show, and in public consciousness even more so, Daleks were often played for laughs. This signals very effectively that on the new ''Doctor Who'', Daleks ain't funny -- as everyone else learns quickly enough.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Anna-Louise Plowman's attempts at an American accent. Subverted with Corey Johnson (van Statten), as he was born in New Orleans.
* ParentService: Creator/ChristopherEccleston's ShirtlessScene.
* PragmaticAdaptation: The original version of this episode, the ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' story "[[Recap/BigFinishDoctorWho040Jubilee Jubilee]]", was well over twice as long and involved a ''massive'' TimeyWimeyBall. It also starred Dr. Evelyn Smythe as the companion, who (as opposed to Rose) already had plenty of experience with Daleks. Robert Shearman cut out the AlternateTimeline plot and the political implications of the original story, and instead focused on CharacterDevelopment for Rose and the Ninth Doctor, with fantastic results.
* PyrrhicVictory: What the Doctor seems to be feeling after the Dalek self-destructs.
-->'''Rose:''' Is that the end of it then? The Time War?\\
'''The Doctor:''' I'm the only one left. I "win". How about that?
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech:
** The Doctor delivers several to van Statten, at one point bluntly calling him worse than the Dalek. An especially powerful one once Rose is trapped down with the Dalek:
--->'''The Doctor:''' Let me tell you something, van Statten. Mankind goes into space to explore. To be part of something greater!\\
'''Van Statten:''' Exactly! I wanted to touch the stars!\\
'''The Doctor:''' You just want to drag the stars down and stick them underground, beneath tons of sand and dirt, and ''label'' them! You're about as far from the stars as you can get! ''And you took her down with you.''
** He gives another one earlier on:
--->'''Van Statten:''' There has to be something it wants.\\
'''The Doctor:''' What's the nearest town?\\
'''Van Statten:''' Salt Lake City.\\
'''The Doctor:''' Population?\\
'''Van Statten:''' One million.\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''All dead''. If the Dalek gets out, it will murder every living thing. That's all that it needs.\\
'''Van Statten:''' But why would it do that?\\
'''The Doctor:''' ''[[AbsoluteXenophobe Because it honestly believes they should die]]''. [[FantasticRacism Human beings are different,]] [[KillAllHumans and anything different is]] ''[[KillAllHumans wrong]]''. [[ANaziByAnyOtherName It's the ultimate in racial cleansing]], and ''[[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom you]]'', van Statten, ''YOU'VE LET IT LOOSE!''
* {{Reconstruction}}: The episode might as well be called "Reconstruction of the Daleks"; the production team are clearly going all out to make the Daleks a genuine threat. Before writing the script, Rob Shearman asked his girlfriend what she thought were the silliest things about the Daleks. He then took the responses he got -- that they couldn't go upstairs, that they had that silly plunger, that they couldn't see anything behind them, that bullets could damage them, etc -- and had the characters actively invoke them in the story. And then had the Dalek completely subvert the expected weaknesses and even use them to kill said characters horribly:
** The Dalek can swivel its midsection and weapons to kill people behind it.
** The Dalek now has a forcefield that melts bullets.
** The Dalek can actually fly up stairs. This had been demonstrated in the earlier story "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E1RemembranceOfTheDaleks Remembrance of the Daleks]]", but that story was both over fifteen years in the past at the time of this story's airing, and was broadcast at a time when ''Doctor Who'' wasn't as popular with or watched by as many people as were watching in 2005, so it's not entirely surprising that the production team thought a refresher was in order.
** The Dalek can now use its plunger to crush people's skulls and leech off electrical sources to repair casing and weapon damages.
** The half-spheres embedded in every Dalek's lower chassis seem a ''lot'' less frivolous when it's revealed that they're a sophisticated self-destruct mechanism.
** It's also notable that several terms often used dismissively towards the Daleks ("tinpot", "pepperpot", etc.) tend to crop up -- and the people who use them tend to die horribly not long after.
* RoswellThatEndsWell: The mileometer from the Roswell ship is seen in a museum of alien artifacts. Van Statten claims that alien tech from the incident ended up creating Broadband.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Rose says she and the Doctor are JustFriends, which is good news to Adam.
* ShirtlessScene: For Creator/ChristopherEccleston.
* ShockingVoiceIdentityReveal: The Dalek's distinctive voice and [[TalkingLightbulb flashing headlamps]] are all the Doctor needs for the horror to sink in.
* ShoutOut: The joke of an alien culture's hairdryer being mistaken for a weapon was previously done in ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury''.
* ShutUpHannibal:
-->'''The Doctor''': If you want orders, follow this one. Kill yourself.\\
'''Dalek''': The Daleks must survive!!\\
'''The Doctor''': ''(literally foaming at the mouth)'' The Daleks have ''failed''! Now why don't you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct?! Rid the universe of your filth! '''WHY DON'T YOU JUST ''DIE''?!'''\\
'''Dalek''': ''({{Beat}})'' [[NotSoDifferent You would make a good Dalek.]]
* SlowDoors: Complete with an IndyHatRoll by Adam.
* SmugSnake:
** Van Statten's callous disregard for the lives of his men as the Dalek massacres them, as well as his ''massive'' ego, make him completely unsympathetic and detestable.
** Simmons, the guy tasked with "making [the Dalek] talk", also comes across as a bit of a smug, slimy weirdo who enjoys his job of essentially torturing a living thing every day a bit too much (it's a [[EvilVersusEvil Dalek]], granted, but it's not like ''he'' knows that).
** Adam is also a bit full of himself as well. It's a hint that, as the next episode demonstrates, he might not be the best choice of companion for the Doctor.
* SpoilerTitle: How much more suspenseful would the beginning of the episode been if the title hadn't already informed the audience of the "Metaltron"'s true nature?
* StealthInsult: While telling van Statten about the Daleks, the Doctor says they were created by a man who "lived in his own little world", and then tells van Statten that "You'd like him." Van Statten, of course, has no way of knowing that the man in question, Davros, is one of the Doctor's [[ArchEnemy archenemies]] and the Doctor ''hates'' him.
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: The Doctor gets strapped to a wall-based body scanner and unwillingly examined via AgonyBeam.
* SuicideDare: The Ninth Doctor delivers this line almost verbatim to the titular creature, and gets a great big ShutUpHannibal for his efforts. An unusual case of the [[AntiHero (anti-)]]hero delivering this line to the villain.
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Much like in their last televised appearance, the Doctor tries to talk a lone Dalek into committing suicide, as everything it stood for is gone.
* TeenGenius: Adam claims to have hacked into the US Defence System at the age of eight.
* TemptingFate:
** Simmons, upon being confronted with the released and seemingly powerless Dalek, smugly asks whether the Dalek is intending to "sucker [him] to death". The Dalek then grabs the scientist's face with the plunger and crushes his face.
** Rose, Adam, and [=DiMaggio=] try to flee up a staircase, believing the Dalek's design will prevent it from climbing. Adam even taunts it to this effect.
--->"[[AC:E-LE-VATE!]]"
* ThatLiarLies: The Dalek responds to the Doctor's claim to have wiped out the Dalek race with "[[AC:YOU LIE!]]"
* TookALevelInBadass: The Daleks.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: As does the episode title. While a great episode, how much more shocking would have it been if the audience had no clue a Dalek would be involved? Then combine that shock with the Doctor's outright panic. Subverted for newer fans, who probably didn't know what Daleks were.
* TheTunguskaEvent: Henry van Statten claims to have found the cure for the common cold in "the Russian crater".
* UnstoppableRage:
** The Dalek's rampage comes off as one, given what it shouted at van Statten when upon cornering him. Then again, it's a ''[[AxeCrazy Dalek]]'' -- they ''start'' at UnstoppableRage and [[OmnicidalManiac work their way up]].
--->'''Dalek:''' [[AC:Van Statten. You ''tortured me!'']] ''[tone rises dangerously]'' [[AC:''WHY?!'']]\\
'''Van Statten:''' ''[after various panicked apologies and excuses]'' I swear, I just wanted you to ''talk''!\\
'''Dalek:''' ''[With a definitely acid tone]'' [[AC:Then hear me talk ''now''. Exterminate. ''Exterminate''!]] ''[gun-stick raises]'' [[AC:EXTERMINAAAAATE!!!]]
** The Doctor himself gets a fair amount of this in this episode, like when he first tries to kill the Dalek and when he's yelling at it to die.
--->'''The Doctor:''' Your race is dead! You all burned, all of you! Ten million ships on fire! The entire Dalek race wiped out in one second!\\
'''Dalek:''' [[AC:YOU LIE!]]\\
'''The Doctor:''' I watched it happen! '''I MADE IT HAPPEN!'''
** This is the only time the Doctor ''reveled'' in what he did in the Time War. (Even then, he recoils enough after the taunt, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified he went there]].)
* UnwittingPawn: Van Statten and Rose.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Paramilitary guard [=DiMaggio=] is an ActionGirl who tries to stop [[TheJuggernaut the Dalek]] herself with a normal handgun. It ends as well as one would expect.
* VillainousBSOD: The Dalek never lets the Touch of Rose take full effect, but the results are much the same.
* WasItReallyWorthIt: The Doctor asks van Statten if letting the Dalek live was worth losing everyone it killed.
* WeHaveReserves: Van Statten orders his soldiers to stop attacking the Dalek, as they're expendable and it's unique.
* WhamEpisode: Though Daleks were enough of a staple that they would obviously return to the series, some people considered them a bit of a joke. This episode shows ''how'' deadly and xenophobic the Doctor's foes can really get. And while the Doctor's already revealed that the Time Lords were gone, this episode reveals the Doctor was responsible for the act that killed all of the Time Lords.
* WhamLine:
** "[[AC:You would make a good Dalek.]]"
** "I watched it happen. I '''MADE''' it happen!"
** "[[AC:E-LE-VATE!]]" After years of being joke antagonists, one line made quite sure these would be far more terrifying and less joke-prone than their older incarnations.
** "[[AC:DOK. TOR.]]" While the title gave away what van Statten had in his basement, hearing the voice again qualifies both in-universe and for fans.
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: Averted. The Doctor is as horrified at the deaths of van Statten's legions of nameless henchmen and scientists as he would be at the deaths of anyone else. He even calls van Statten out on sacrificing them so pointlessly.
* WhatTheHellHero: The Doctor gets a couple very brief ones. One in the form of a Dalek commenting on how he would make a good Dalek for suggesting its new orders were to kill itself, one in the form of Rose pointing out that the Dalek wasn't the one pointing the gun at her.
* WithholdingTheCure: Van Statten claims to have discovered the cure for the common cold, but isn't letting it out of the labs. "Why sell one cure when I can sell a thousand palliatives?"
* WoundedGazelleGambit: How the Dalek made Rose touch it. {{Justified|Trope}} in that it ''was'' tortured, but it's clear that it was exaggerating to trick Rose into touching it.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: The Doctor is mortified when he's told that "[[AC:You would make a good Dalek.]]"

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