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Voiced by: Peter Hawkins (1963–67); David Graham (1963–66); Roy Skelton (1967, 1973, 1975–83, 1985–88);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); Nicholas Briggs (2005–present)

"EXTERMINATE!"
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Mutants. Cyborgs. Aliens. Xenophobia personified. In short; the Daleks. 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 Mad Scientist 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 armour, which looks rather like a pepper pot, which makes them even more terrifying. The first villainous alien race introduced in the franchise (in the second episode, in fact), they are the most endearingly and enduringly popular, and are considered to be the Doctor's collective archenemy.


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Tropes associated with the television continuity

  • Absolute Xenophobe: "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.
    • How does a Dalek say "You are different from me"?
      EXTERMINATE!
  • Achilles' Heel: The eye-stalk. "My vision is impaired! I cannot see!"
  • Age Without Youth: "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. There's a reason the Dalek word for "graveyard" is the same as the one for "sewer".
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The Doctor, who they refer to as "The Predator of the Daleks".note 
      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: Emergency! Emergency! Weapon System Disabled! Emergency Protocols Have Been Breached! Emergency, Emergency, Emergency!
    • Rose could also count, considering what (as the Bad Wolf) she did to the Dalek Emperor and an entire army with just a wave of her hand.
      Rose: If you um... escaped the Time War don't you wanna know what happened. What happened to the Emperor?
      Dalek Sec: [beat] The Emperor survived?!
      Rose: 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 poured 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.
  • Always Chaotic Evil: 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 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: The species as a whole is this for the Doctor. Specifically, only the Eighth Doctor has never directly opposed them in the TV seriesnote 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.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: 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 Weaksauce Weakness in the revival; their forcefield 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.
  • Axe-Crazy: Every single Dalek is a psychopathic Knight Templar Omnicidal Maniac. Even the "sane" ones realise what they are and tend to Go Mad from the Revelation.
  • Badass Army: Nine times out of ten, they surpass the humans in military capacity if the Doctor doesn't interfere.
  • Bad Future: 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.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: The only thing they find beautiful is pure hatred.
  • Berserk Button: 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!
  • Big Bad: Archenemies of the Doctor and everything else. Quite fond of the Evil Plan in the revival, to the point where, during Russell T. Davies' era, it was a surprise not to find them the masterminds behind the season's Apocalypse How. They're the main antagonists of the 2005 and 2008 series.
  • Big-Bad Ensemble: Of the 2006 series, with the Cybus Cybermen.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: All enemies of the Doctor suffer this to some extent, but the Daleks compound it with Wrong Genre Savvy.
  • Breakout Villain: They very nearly never appeared at all, but are now at least as iconic as the TARDIS.
  • Broken Record: Groups of Daleks are prone to chanting in unison, usually boasts or extermination threats.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Several bits of the Daleks' stories are continually discarded for one reason or another. This ranges from the time the producers tried to make them comic relief to that time the guy who made them forgot that they weren't robots.
  • Can't Use Stairs: A Running Gag 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 the episode's writer, Robert Shearman, 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.
    • "WE ARE THE SU-PER-I-OR BEINGS!"
  • Characterisation Marches On: 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 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.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: 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.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
    • 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.
  • The Comically Serious: Despite them being xenophobic murderers, the fact that they have few emotions, including zero sense of humour, occasionally makes them this.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Dalek? You're so screwed. A full Dalek 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.
  • Creepy High-Pitched Voice: The average Dalek screams every single word with a shrill monotone. This tips viewers off to the Daleks' inhuman natures immediately, if that wasn't given away by the salt shaker-shaped tanks they live in or by their delightful catchphrase, "Exterminate".
  • Creepy Monotone: Averted. It sounds more like they're trying to choke back their disgust with all other life.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: That Death Ray they use? It doesn't just kill you. You die in agony.
  • Cyber Cyclops: The New Paradigm Daleks even had pupils, making the eyestalk look almost organic.
  • Deflector Shields: The revival gave them personal force-fields that can melt bullets before they even hit home. Even guns capable of destroying the bulletproof Cybus Cybermen have no effect on them.
  • Demoted to Extra:
  • 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 — superweapons, Eldritch Abominations, altering time itself — and not a single one of these attempts stopped them.
  • The Dreaded: In a universe full of any number of beasties, psychopaths and gods, the Daleks are consistently shown to be the #1 fear of those who've fought them, the Doctor included.
  • Early Installment Character-Design Difference: They took three stories to achieve their classic appearance. The Dalek props in the first story, "The Daleks", lack the vertical panels attached to the "shoulder" section of their casings. In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", they have clunky looking satellite-style disc aerials on the backs of their casings, conceived 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). "The Chase" added the final vertical panels, conceived as solar panels for power collection.
  • Elite Mook: The Special Weapons Dalek — though all other Daleks treated it with contempt.
  • Enemy Civil War: Twice on TV:
  • Everything's Better with Spinning: Averted with Daleks, who have a tendency to spin around in circles before they blow up.
  • Evil Is Hammy: DAAALEKS ARE-SUPERIOR-HAMS-TO-THEM-AAALL!
  • Evil Sounds Deep: 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.
  • Eye on a Stalk: A mechanical example; defeating them often revolves around attacking it.
  • Fantastic Racism: They harbour a deep hatred of any species that isn't them, viewing them as inferior life forms that must be exterminated.
  • The Farmer and the Viper: When facing their own defeat or perhaps simply wishing to gain an advantage, the Daleks often count on their foes being a Good Samaritan and always cry "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.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: They feel this way about every single non-Dalek in the universe, and occasionally also about Daleks of "inferior" designs.
  • Flying Saucer: The standard make of their starships going back quite some time.
  • Forever War: They are the result of a thousand year war between the Thals and their ancestors, and have been waging war against the rest of the universe since their inception.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: 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, becoming one of the most powerful and feared races of all time.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: The rank structure of the Daleks places Golden Daleks high in the hierarchy.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: 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.
  • Human Resources: They're not above converting other lifeforms into Daleks if they need the numbers ("The Parting of the Ways") or the subject is too useful to pass up ("Asylum of the Daleks"). 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.
  • Immune to Bullets: They're (mostly) vapourized by a forcefield before they can make contact. And even without their shields, bullets in the revived show never have any effect on them.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Inverted in the revived series. Unique among Doctor Who villains, the Daleks NEVER miss, even when shooting at the Doctor himself. Ascended into Improbable Aiming Skills in "Victory of the Daleks", where we see one shoot down airplanes.
    • It's also an AA Defence 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.
  • In Love with Your Carnage:
    • 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 other prisoners.
    • It's suggested that this might be the reason why they've never been able to finish off the Doctor.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: 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.
  • Joker Immunity: 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 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. (He has a time machine.)
  • King Mook: The Dalek Emperor is usually a Dalek mutant in gigantic casing.
  • Lack of Empathy: 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.
  • Large Ham: "EXTERMINATE!" This is especially when voiced by Nicholas Briggs.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia:
    • 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 "The 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:
  • Little Green Man in a Can: Or as the Seventh Doctor put it, "little green blobs in bonded polycarbide armour."
  • Low Culture, High Tech: Much like their 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 Time Travel, but all they ever conceive of doing with their spaceships is finding new places to raze.
  • The Man: 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 Bad Wolf corporation.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": 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. They're afraid of him.
  • Master Race: As one Dalek says in "Victory of the Daleks", the fundamental basis and belief of their entire culture. "DALEKS ARE SUPREME!"
  • Meat Moss: Thanks to Age Without Youth, 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.
  • Mind Rape: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Dalek tech does this to them on purpose, to reinforce the notion of their Omnicidal Maniac status. Any memory that might lead to a moral or existential epiphany is forcibly suppressed.
  • Morality Dial: 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.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Kaleds, ancestors of the Daleks, wear 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 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 "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 "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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • 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.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: 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 defences against them. Earlier stories had their eyestalks, but that's a very small target (and the forcefield covers that now, too).
    • Energy Weapons 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.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Mutant Alien Cyborg Nazi.
  • No Indoor Voice: Even in normal conversation (or what passes as such for a Dalek), their voices are loud, harsh, and screeching.
  • Omnicidal Maniacs: The only fitting fate for all non-Dalek life is death.
  • Once a Season: 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 them, though fortunately Big Finish more than makes up for it.)
  • One-Man Army: 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.
  • The Paranoiac: 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 other life everywhere so that the Dalek race will be protected from contamination from their supposed biological inferiors.
  • Roar Before Beating: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
  • Sadist: They seem to get a disturbing amount of pleasure in killing things, and their main weapon is very painful as detailed under Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Scary Dogmatic Aliens: They're Nazis In Space!, with the odd religious fundamentalist overtone, such as in "The Parting of the Ways".
  • Significant Anagram: The Daleks were originally engineered from a race called the Kaleds.
  • Spikes of Villainy: Not on their cases, but on their DNA.
  • Starfish Aliens: The Daleks inside their metal casings look like slimy, tentacled, sea creatures with one eye.
  • Starfish Robots: The metal casings themselves are meant to house their creepy and mutated bodies.
  • The Starscream: 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. Subverted in "The Stolen Earth"; the Daleks don't even pretend to respect him this time, and are keeping him as a "pet".
    • As of the 12th Doctor's era, Davros has come to expect this, fondly remarking, "You know how children are." The Doctor notes later on in the episode, after having stolen Davros' chair, that he stole it precisely because Davros has survived so long amongst several billion psychotic "mini-tanks" with Chronic Backstabbing Disorder.
  • Straw Vulcan: Subverted. While some characters claim they have no emotions, it's pretty obvious what they mean is they have no good emotions like love, compassion, etc and only feel hatred, fear, and disgust towards everyone.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Their Death Ray 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, to vaporising other Daleks.
  • Super Soldier: They have one, the Special Weapons Dalek, which has a different casing from its fellows, and is far stronger, capable of incinerating three Daleks in one shot. Apparently, 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.
  • Talking Lightbulb: Their "ear-lamps" flash in time with their speech.
  • Technology Marches On: 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.
  • Tentacled Terror: Open their personal tanks and you'll reveal that Daleks are little more than brains with many creepy tentacles.
  • Too Dumb to Live: They have an unfortunate habit of becoming this, particularly when their "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 "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 "The Stolen Earth". A Dalek's "eye" is blinded, but the Dalek remedies it and says "My vision is not impaired."
  • Took a Level in Badass: 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 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 Xenophobes since their early years, this mostly extended to conquering planets and enslaving inferior races. In the Revival Series, they are full-on Omnicidal Maniacs who attempt to destroy all of reality at one point and nearly succeed.
  • Tortured Monster: 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.
  • To Serve Man: "Into the Dalek" reveals that Daleks feed on a protein goop processed from the carcasses of their victims.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: They do this very often, mainly because Davros has no sense of pattern recognition.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Compared to several other threats that have opposed the Doctor, the Daleks are not the sharpest tools in the shed. Then again, when they have weapons strong enough to bust through nearly any resistance their foes may put up, and enough defenses to No-Sell nearly any enemy attack, they don't often feel the need to think and strategize, as merely blasting the enemy into oblivion is often enough to do the job. In contrast to several examples of this trope, the Daleks never grow out of this mindset and their solution to every defeat they have faced is simply to increase the strength of their weaponry and armor from what it was previously. Also in contrast to said examples, simply enacting this approach has enabled them to remain a relevant and competent threat over their decades long history on the show.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation:
    • 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 Manchurian Agents, acting like they did while alive, until an eyestalk unexpectedly bursts from their forehead...
  • Villain Decay: 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".
    • Zig-Zagged in the Moffat years. Under Davies they eventually became Too Powerful to Live to the point where them merely being alive was a threat to the universe (and beyond), yet due to Joker Immunity they would always come back regardless. When Moffat took over, the policy changed and they now show up as Monster of the Week, 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.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Stairs used to be this for them. Used to.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: More often than not, the Daleks simply default to blasting their enemies with their gunsticks until it stops moving. See Unskilled, but Strong.
  • Worthy Opponent: 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.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: 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, there was never a plan to begin with.
  • Xeno Nucleic Acid: According to "Evolution of the Daleks", their DNA lacks base pairs and has Spikes of Villainy on the outside. As is presumably the case for all life from Skaro, it's described as being fundamental type 467-989.
  • X-Ray Sparks: The special effect used for their Death Ray since 1988.

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    Kaleds 

Kaleds

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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 living Kaled.


  • Abusive Precursors: The Daleks inherited their racist beliefs and a ruined Skaro from them.
    General Ravon: OUR BATTLE CRY WILL BE TOTAL EXTERMINATION OF THE THALS!
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: 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.
  • Fantastic Racism: 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.
  • Forever War: They were engaged in a mutually self-destructive war with the Thals; we never find out why they're at war with each other, only that both sides saw the total destruction of each other as the only viable way for peace.
  • Hopeless War: Regardless of which side won, there wasn't much victory to be had. Skaro was a burnt out irradiated mess, and resources and technology were so limited that 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.
  • Humanoid Alien: 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(-looking) and it did nothing to lower his standing in Kaled society.
  • Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: 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 it's a known fact that there are more than seven galaxies.
    Ronson: [humouring him] ... Quite.
  • Kill 'Em All: When the Doctor convinced the Kaled leadership to investigate Davros, Davros 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.
  • Noodle Incident: We never find out why the Kaleds and Thals are engaged in war. It makes the conflict even scarier.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: 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.
  • Putting on the Reich: 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.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They only had a major role in one Fourth Doctor story (and a cameo in "The Magician's Apprentice") but they are essential to the Doctor Who mythos, because without them there would be no Daleks.

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    The Dalek Emperors 

The Dalek Emperors

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Top left (1967), top right (1988), bottom (2005)
Voiced by: Roy Skeleton (1967), Terry Molloy (1988), Nicholas Briggs (2005)

Dalek Emperor: So, you are the Doctor.
The Second Doctor: We meet at last. I wondered if we ever would.

The de facto head of the Dalek Empire, although they are usually stuck on Skaro and thus rarely encounter the Doctor. There have been several of them throughout the show's history, though Depending on the Writer, any two of them might actually be the single individual (not that it makes much difference). The first one we see was met by the Second Doctor on Skaro, who then proceeded to destroy his empire. A new one appeared during Seven's tenure, although he was actually Davros. During the Time War, the last Emperor was thought to have been killed, only for Nine to later discover (to his horror) that he had survived the final battle.


Tropes associated with the television continuity:

  • Big Bad: In Series 1 of the revival.
  • Canon Immigrant: First appeared in comic books — the 1988 version was modelled on the design used by the comics.
  • Deadly Decadent Court: Expanded Universe materials suggest that Emperors regularly get deposed by upstarts and Starscreams.
  • Deadpan Snarker: "Hail the Doctor, the Great Exterminator."
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Dalek Emperors are recognized by their very deep voices, similar to the New Series Dalek Supremes, as opposed to the high-pitched mooks.
  • A God Am I: The 2005 Emperor believed himself to be a god, having made new Dalek life from "the dirt".
  • Depending on the Writer: How many Emperors have there been, exactly? Who knows! Mostly everyone agrees that anything post-"The Parting of the Ways" is a new Emperor, as being wiped from all time and space by Bad Wolf is a pretty definitive demise, but before that, you'll find novels to claim that the Emperor was the same individual from "The Evil of the Daleks" all the way to the Eighth Doctor's era.
  • God-Emperor: The 2005 Emperor claimed very hard to be one, until Rose-as-Bad-Wolf disproved his claims of immortality by vaporizing him.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: To the Dalek Empire as a whole, up until Series 1 of the revival.
  • Hannibal Lecture: The 2005 Emperor, despite being by far the most insane with his God-Emperor pretensions, is extremely perceptive, and breaks the Doctor with just one speech.
  • King Mook: The Emperors are in essence just very large Daleks.
  • Large and in Charge: All the Imperial casings are significantly larger than standard-issue Daleks, ranging from the slightly bigger "rounded-headed" Emperor to the building-sized tower that was the "Evil of the Daleks" Emperor.
  • Legacy Character: They're all different characters (…or are they?), but since they're, you know, Daleks, that really doesn't change things.
  • Light Is Not Good: Some of them have a white colouring to denote their leadership status.
  • The Man: The revival's Emperor is basically this to humanity. He's the head of a centuries-long conspiracy, not even his intermediaries know who they're really working for, he keeps humans under control through corrupt news and lethal reality TV, and he made his army out of the poor and displaced.
  • Manipulative Bastard: One interpretation of the 2005 Emperor's "great exterminator" speech, where he basically dares the Doctor to push the button to destroy the Daleks... but take Earth with them. He can't do it. Of course, this could also be a manifestation of just how crazy the Emperor is, that he believes he'll survive.
  • Nonstandard Character Design: They look nothing like your average Dalek. The first was stuck on Skaro plugged into the walls, the second was more mobile but had a round head, the third was in an enlarged Dalek casing combined with a glass tank so you can see the mutant inside.
  • Orcus on His Throne: They rarely leave Skaro, just giving orders to the others. This is justified since most of them aren't very mobile.
  • Puppet King: Russell T. Davies dubbed them "Puppet Emperors", since no matter who's in charge, the Dalek Empire remains the same, as any leader who exhibits non-Dalek behaviour (like Dalek Sec) is immediately removed from power.
  • Voice of the Legion: Some of the Emperors' voice filter makes them sound like this.

    Davros 

Davros

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Played by: Michael Wisher (1975); David Gooderson (1979); Terry Molloy (1984–88); Julian Bleach (2008; 2015)

"Today the Kaled race is ended, consumed in a fire of war but, from its ashes will rise a new race, the supreme creature, the ultimate conquerer of the universe, the Dalek!!!"

The creator of the Daleks, a Kaled from the war-torn planet of Skaro. Davros was the Kaleds' greatest scientist, and he was indispensable to his people. Horribly crippled in an accident, his brain power and intellect remained intact, which allowed him to maintain his position in a culture where imperfects were "rejected".

Davros originally created the Daleks as nothing more than a travel machine and protecting case for his people for their eventual fate; helpless blobs as the result of chemical weapons used in the war. But darker thoughts entered Davros's mind as he begin to tamper with their emotions to eradicate all feeling save aggression...

His genius is matched only by his insanity. His current actor Julian Bleach has described him as a cross between Adolf Hitler and Stephen Hawking. Davros has cheated death many, many times; nothing can stop this genocidal maniac from coming back over and over again.

Davros' relationship with the Doctor is one of begrudging mutual respect for the other's genius. Along with the Master, Davros is one of the strongest contenders for the title of the Doctor's Arch-Enemy.


Tropes associated with the television continuity

  • Aesop Amnesia: His defining trait in the Classic Series was his refusal to recognize that no matter what, the Daleks will always betray him in the end. But by the time of the Twelfth Doctor's era he has finally learned and accepted that while he may have created the Daleks, this does not mean that he controls them.
    Davros: [fondly] You know what children are like...
  • And I Must Scream: Was frozen for 90 years, remaining conscious every second.
  • Arch-Enemy:
  • An Arm and a Leg: His remaining hand gets shot off by Bostock in "Revelation of the Daleks", and he is later shown with an artificial hand in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End".
  • Art Evolution: Throughout the show's history, Davros's appearance has changed subtly but noticeably as the years go by. In the Fourth Doctor Era, Davros' skin was a sickly green. Beginning with "Resurrection of the Daleks", his skin became orange and his face looked melted. In the revival, his skin is still orange, but more wrinkled.
  • Axe-Crazy: He lacks the mobility for much direct violence, but the sheer glee he takes in building doomsday weapons and causing massacres says a lot.
  • Back from the Dead: He's killed by the Daleks in "Genesis" and succumbs to the Movellan virus in "Resurrection", yet manages to survive both times.
  • Badass Normal: While "normal" is not the best word that could be used to describe someone like Davros, his genius is on-par with the Doctor's despite coming from a planet that was only barely above Earth's technology when he was born. At their height, his creations — the Daleks — nearly destroyed the Time Lords, who were top dogs of the universe during that time.
  • Bait the Dog: He seemed like he was legitimately going to reform in "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" as he was dying, but in truth used it to sucker the Twelfth Doctor into both reviving him and creating Dalek/Time Lord hybrids using his regeneration energy. The Doctor saw through it, and Out-Gambitted him.
  • Bald of Evil: He's got no hair, and is evil as they come.
  • Big Bad: Of Series 4 of the revival. Although the Daleks are keeping him prisoner, he's the one pushing and guiding them to make the Reality Bomb. He returns to this role in "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar".
  • Brain in a Jar: He appears to have been reduced to this in "Revelation of the Daleks". As it turns out, however, it's just a decoy.
  • Breaking Speech: Fond of these, especially in the new series. He has broken the Tenth and Twelfth Doctors just by talking.
    Davros: The man who abhors violence, never carrying a gun, but this is the truth, Doctor: you take ordinary people and you fashion them into weapons... behold your Children of Time, transformed into murderers. I made the Daleks, Doctor, you made this.
    The Doctor: They're trying to help.
    Davros: Already I have seen them sacrificed today, for their beloved Doctor. The Earth woman who fell opening the Sub Wave Network.
    The Doctor: Who was that?
    Rose: Harriet Jones. She gave her life to get you here.
    Davros: How many more? Just think, how many have died in your name? The Doctor, the man who keeps running, never looking back because he dare not, out of shame. This is my final victory, Doctor. I have shown you yourself.
  • Breakout Villain: He made such an impression in "Genesis of the Daleks" that all the remaining Dalek stories in the original series are basically Davros ones to some degree.
  • The Chessmaster: Watch "Genesis of the Daleks" — 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.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He has a particularly developed case, which gives the fact that he does not foresee the Daleks' betrayal of him a nice sense of irony.
  • Cold Ham: When opposing the 12th Doctor, Davros is dying, lacking the energy to be the Large Ham he usually is. It's somehow more disturbing.
  • Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Not that he had much of a soul to begin with.
  • Dark Lord on Life Support: He gets around in a life-support chair that helps keep him alive. "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" has this even more so than normal, as he's dying.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Especially in "Revelation of the Daleks" and "The Magician's Apprentice".
  • Emperor Scientist: Whenever he's actually in charge.
  • Enemy Civil War: During the Sixth Doctor's time, Davros created Daleks that were loyal only to him, the Imperial Daleks (white and gold casing). This led to a civil war between them and the other Daleks (the Renegades), which lasted until "Remembrance of the Daleks", when the Seventh Doctor managed to take out both sides.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In "Genesis of the Daleks", he's 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. Though it's downplayed and subverted in that he doesn't seem to care about them afterwards, not even mentioning them.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He truly, honestly believes that the Daleks killing every other lifeform will be a good thing.
  • Evil Cripple:
    • His laboratory was bombed out while he was still inside it. The blast burned away his left arm, entire lower body, and even his taste buds. Davros ended up hooked in a life support system with a bionic eye and other mechanical bits in his body. On top of that, he lost his right hand when Bostock shot it to bits in "Revelation of the Daleks" and now has a robot prosthesis. Oh, and half his chest cavity has been hollowed out to clone Daleks out of his DNA. Davros has been ground up like no other.
    • For a long time it was believed that the blast also burned away his eyes, but according to "The Witch's Familiar", he still has his original eyes, it's just very, very hard to tell given how badly his face has been damaged. We also get to see Davros out of the chair... and he stops at the stomach. We see his spine.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He screams a lot, which is probably a reason his creations do as well.
  • Evil Is Petty: In "Revelation of the Daleks", he orders the murder of the Tranquil Repose DJ simply for annoying him.
  • Evil Overlord: Again, when the Daleks happen to listen to him.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Julian Bleach gives him a deep rasp similar to Sheev Palpatine.
  • Evilutionary Biologist: Davros realised the Kaleds were beginning to mutate, thanks to the damage done to Skaro by the long war. Then he decided not only to speed up everyone turning into blobby little tentacles, but also felt the need to remove a few unnecessary things like "pity" or "empathy" while he was there.
  • Facial Horror/Nightmare Face: That bomb that blew up his lab didn't spare his face, either.
  • Falsely Reformed Villain: In "Revelation of the Daleks", he takes to calling himself the Great Healer and offering a solution to galactic famine. Thanks to this, Davros can truly call himself humanitarian.
  • Faux Affably Evil: For a shriveled up humanoid potato, Davros can be surprisingly charming when it suits him, but usually he's faking it.
  • Finger-Twitching Revival
  • For Science!: He once admitted he'd gladly wipe out the whole universe just to prove it could be done.
  • For the Evulz: The Doctor poses him a philosophical question: "If you had a virus that, when released, would kill everyone in the universe, would you release it?" Davros' answer is that yes, he would release it, for no other reason than because he could.
  • Freudian Excuse: Throughout the series, it's implied that Davros' violent insanity comes from his experiences in the Thousand Year War. "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" explores this further (see Used to Be a Sweet Kid). Big Finish debunked it with their miniseries "I, Davros": yes, Davros grew up in a horrible environment in a constant state of oppression and warmongering, and yes he was being deliberately groomed for power by his equally-villainous mother, but it's also made clear that Davros was born a psychopath and probably would've ended up as a Mad Scientist regardless of his childhood.
  • Friendly Enemy:
    • One-sided with the Doctor and eventually subverted. On a few occasions, he has put aside his threats and seriously tried to engage the Doctor in talks of science, philosophy etc. Probably because the Doctor is the only man he's met who is on his level, intelligence wise. The Doctor, however, has nothing but loathing and contempt for him throughout his lives, until the Twelfth Doctor, who's moved to show him kindness and compassion by giving a him a little regeneration energy... at which point Davros viciously stabs him in the back, having planned the whole thing from the start to take advantage of him... except Twelve saw it coming a mile away and factored it into his plans by directing that same energy into the very angry Daleks discarded in the city's catacombs, who are quick to take revenge on their comrades for throwing them away.
    • After some nasty conflicts over the years (including at least one full-blown war with armies involved), the Daleks and Davros now seem to be in this relationship, with the Daleks recognising that they have some obligations to Davros as their creator and letting him hang out with them, and Davros still openly pursuing his own personal objectives but not blatantly trying to enslave the Daleks in the service of them.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: He started off as just a child from the war-torn planet of Skaro, but would eventually become a Mad Scientist who ended up wiping out his own people and whose creations, the Daleks, would threaten the safety of the universe.
  • Genius Cripple: Emphasis on genius. Despite appearances, he's actually a normal Kaled, yet is easily on the Doctor's level when it comes to brainpower.
  • Genocide from the Inside: He helped the Thals commit genocide against the Kaleds when the Doctor persuaded the Kaled government to try to stop the Dalek project.
  • Genre Blind: Fails to realize that Daleks are xenophobic towards him along with the rest of creation. And he made them like that.
  • A God Am I: Created the Daleks to put himself "above the gods", and admits he would wipe out all life to get the same rush.
  • Gone Horribly Right: He wanted the Daleks to be ruthless, xenophobic bastards obsessed with their own supremacy. He succeeded alright, since this led them to kill him for a time and refuse to obey him for not being Dalek.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: "The Witch's Familiar" shows Davros has lost his legs and some of his lower body. He is apparently connected to his chair by a mechanically enhanced spine.
  • Handicapped Badass: Only has one arm, a bionic eye and the upper half of his body, yet still manages to be one of the Doctor's greatest enemies.
  • Hell Is That Noise: His voice modulator is faulty, but oddly off-putting most times. When he screams, however, he sounds just like a Dalek.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: He has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to the Daleks. In "Resurrection of the Daleks" he seems to be learning, and tries to wipe out the Daleks and start again. In "Remembrance of the Daleks" it is implied he was so successful with his new Daleks he has taken over Skaro. However, he falls victim to this again when he tries to use the Hand of Omega and destroys Skaro, in the Seventh Doctor's first use of this trick.
  • Hope Crusher: He tries to push the already guilt-stricken Doctor to the Despair Event Horizon in hopes that he can turn him into a man willing to kill Davros's younger self, willing to commit genocide against the Daleks at last... all to prove his own belief that the Doctor and his compassion are wrong and have an ultimate victory over his nemesis.
  • Human Resources: Utilized the dead and frozen on Necros for material to his new Imperial Daleks.
  • Hypocrite: In his first appearance, wherein he was prepared to exterminate all creation, but was shocked when the Daleks turned on him. This aspect of his personality has left as he has gotten more and more insane.
  • Iconic Sequel Character: One of the most recognisable and iconic villains in all of the Whoniverse, and one of the contenders for the Doctor's Arch-Enemy, and he debuted in season 12.
  • In Spite of a Nail: At the end of "The Witch's Familiar", the Doctor saves Davros as a young child, and tells him the value of mercy... and he still turns out an utter bastard. That one bit of mercy saved Clara's life, though, in spite of what Davros would become. It also goes a way to explaining Daleks like "Rusty" and why they need a Morality Dial to stay evil.
  • It's All About Me: He really does not care about anyone but himself; he was willing to sacrifice all of his own people just to ensure his Dalek project would go through. He's also so self-centred that he keeps forgetting that the Daleks (with exceptions) are not slavishly loyal to him.
  • Joker Immunity: Like the Master and the Daleks themselves, Davros is too iconic a villain to kill off for good. Russell T. Davies even outright admitted that Davros survived the events of "Journey's End" because he didn't want to kill off such a classic villain.
    Davros: I am very difficult to kill. You should already know that.
  • Karmic Death: Not quite death, but his defeats are typically ironic.
  • Lack of Empathy: Doesn't care for anyone, including his fellow Kaleds. In fact he thinks empathy is a weakness, which is why he engineered it out of the Daleks. He even tries to convince the Doctor that, as he puts it, "Compassion is wrong."
  • Large Ham: As an Expy of Adolf Hitler, he's prone to melodramatic speeches and grand gestures.
  • Last of His Kind:
    • Not stated as such in-universe, but he is the last known surviving Kaled. Just don't expect much angst from him about it, because he helped the Thals kill all of the Kaleds, then used the Daleks to kill most of the Thals.
    • In "The Witch's Familiar", while talking with the Doctor, he says a man should have somewhere to belong, a home, a people, the implication being that he feels the absence of the Kaleds — albeit for his own nationalist, fascist reasons.
      "A man should have a race, a people, an allegiance. A man should belong."
  • Mad Scientist: Sealing tiny little mutant omnicidal maniacs into personal tanks can't be anything but mad.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: In most cases, Davros barely acknowledges the horrible state of his body beyond a clinical analysis. Occasionally, some people even note that Davros has the intelligence and scientific background to fully heal or replace his body, but uses his constant agony as motivation.
  • Man in a Kilt: Well, the first actor was. When he played the character, he wore a kilt underneath the "Dalek wheelchair". Also applies to the "wheelchair" itself, as it's been continually referred to as one during filming. And he was Scottish during his second appearance for some reason.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Manipulates the Doctor into giving him regeneration energy. He is a very good actor.
  • Monster Progenitor: To the Daleks. He's implied to be behind at least several varieties of Daleks, and some other monsters. He's not a Dalek himself, but with his Dalek-esque life-support machine and his Omnicidal Maniac tendencies, he's halfway there. And to top it all off, he's the current image for that trope.
  • Mood-Swinger: He can ramp up from calm discussion of philosophy or his latest plan to screaming megalomaniacal rants in seconds.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He fills this role in the series 4 finale, although he wants to destroy them rather than rule them, leaving only Daleks.
  • Not So Different:
    • He's tried to pull this on the Doctor a few times, such as in "Journey's End".
      Davros: The man who abhors violence, never carrying a gun. But this is the truth, Doctor. You take ordinary people, and you fashion them into weapons. Behold your Children of Time transformed into murderers. I made the Daleks, Doctor; you made this.
    • He even ventures that the Twelfth Doctor's face is so much like his.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: From his perspective, he thinks he's doing a service to the Kaleds by replacing them or transforming them into the Daleks, and believes that their Omnicidal Maniac tendencies will bring a end to war. In reality he's motivated by a god complex and cannot fathom an actual peaceful solution.
  • Obviously Evil: He's a hideously scarred man with a skeletal face and a penchant for hamming it up while talking about how Virtue Is Weakness. The only reason anyone ever trusts him is because he's an expert manipulator and people value his vast intellect.
  • Omnicidal Maniac:
    • Especially in "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", when he planned "THE DESTRUCTION! OF REALITY! ITSELF!!!"
    • This was alluded to back in "Genesis of the Daleks", where he admitted that, if he could wipe out all life with his own creation, he would, for no other reason than because he could. Explains the Daleks.
      The Doctor: Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory, something contagious and infectious that killed on contact, a virus that would destroy all other forms of life, would you allow its use?
      Davros: It is an interesting conjecture! [...] To hold in my hand a capsule that contains such power, to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice... To know that the tiny pressure of my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything... Yes, I would do it! That power would set me up above the gods! AND THROUGH THE DALEKS, I SHALL HAVE THAT POWER!
  • Pet the Dog: The only being he's ever treated with anything close to kindness that wasn't faked was Nyder, and the Daleks killed him a long time ago. He also seems to be genuinely impressed by Dalek Caan breaking into the Time War, and tells the Supreme Dalek to "show respect" after it calls Caan an insane abomination.
  • The Quisling: Gives instructions to the Thals, the race his people the Kaleds have been fighting against for a thousand years, on how to destroy the Kaleds when they threaten to shut down his Dalek project. Then subverted when he sends the Daleks to wipe out the Thals.
  • Really 700 Years Old: We don't exactly know how old Davros is, but thanks to his built-in life support system and frequent bouts of suspended animation he's clearly lived long beyond the natural limits of a Kaled. By Series 9, however, he's finally dying, so he tricks the Doctor into giving him a new lease on life.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: When he's not hamming it up, he's this. Tends to switch between them on the fly. Is mainly this in his Series 9 appearance (justified, since he's dying).
  • Super Wheelchair: Based the Daleks' armour on his own bionic eye and life-support chair.
  • Unexplained Recovery:
    • "Resurrection of the Daleks" ended with him succumbing to the Movellan virus. In his next appearance, he's fine.
      • Even expanded media doesn't explain it; Davros opens with him in an escape pod owned by the Galactic Bank, launched over ninety years prior to the main storyline with Davros having been trapped there in a semi-conscious state ever since, but it's never explained how he cured himself of the virus.
    • Happens again in the New Series. In "Journey's End", he's last seen on an exploding Dalek saucer spitefully rebuffing the Tenth Doctor's offer to save him. Seven years later, in "The Magician's Apprentice", he pops up on Skaro without any explanation.
  • The Unfettered: There is absolutely nothing he's not prepared to do to ensure the survival of the Daleks... or himself.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: The Twelfth Doctor accidentally ended up on Skaro when Davros was still a kid, and was in the process of saving him from a mine field until he learned he learned that boy he was trying to save would grow up to be his most hated enemy. And Davros remembers the encounter.note  In the end, the Doctor saves him from the minefield anyway.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He very quickly lapses into one when his creations betray him. And when the Hand of Omega is activated.
  • Villain with Good Publicity:
    • He was the head of the Kaled Scientific Elite, and later took on the guise of the "Great Healer" on Necros (working hard to avoid creating "consumer resistance").
    • In the Big Finish story "Davros", the eponymous warmonger is idolized by a small but dedicated (and controversial) group of people in the 38th century; a woman named Loraine Baynes, the most prominent of these people, even arranges for him to be revived and placed as a head scientific consultant for an interplanetary corporation. It doesn't end well.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: He helped the Thals kill all of the Kaleds, then used the Daleks to kill most of the Thals.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • He genuinely respects the intellects of the preserved on Necros, and even believes he's honouring them by converting them into Daleks.
    • Also most certainly considers the Doctor this. And the Daleks, whenever they're opposed to him.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Davros tries to play on the Doctor's sympathies by asking to see the sunrise with his own eyes one last time. The Doctor decides to donate a little regeneration energy to help him along, at which point Davros reveals it was an act so he could drain all the regeneration energy to create Dalek/Time Lord hybrids. Unfortunately for him, the Doctor knew what he was up to and knew the Meat Moss Daleks would also be energized, and they hate other Daleks.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: In "Destiny of the Daleks", he apparently still thinks it's the Hinchcliffe era, and that the story is another grim Nazi allegory. In the far Lighter and Softer Williams/Adams era, he ends up coming across as an overblown idiot rather than a dangerous villain.
  • You See, I'm Dying: In "The Magician's Apprentice", he is dying and wants to see the Doctor.

Tropes associated with Big Finish

Voiced by: Terry Molloy (2003–present)

Davros first appeared for A Day in the Limelight in the episode "Davros", and went on to get his own Big Finish spinoff titled "I, Davros". He also encounters the Doctor in the regular monthly episodes on occasion.


  • And I Must Scream: He spent ninety years floating in a space capsule, completely alone, with every second feeling like the worst kind of psychological torture.
  • Asexuality: In addition to being Married to the Job. He gets a lot of Ship Tease with co-worker Shan, but Davros claims he just isn't actually wired to fancy anybody.
  • Bastard Bastard: In the first episode of "I, Davros", it is revealed his mother Calcula's husband was sterile when he was conceived and his real father was Councillor Quested.
  • Body Horror: One of the flashbacks in the "Davros" episode details the moments after Davros having narrowly survived a Thal attack, but suffered horrific injuries because of it, including having most of his flesh cooked off.
    Davros: ... What ... what is that smell?
    Ral: [hesitantly] ... It's you, Davros.
    • At one point, during a "Freaky Friday" Flip, the Doctor learns what it's like to be Davros: Constant, horrific, agonizing pain, and he seriously admits that if he could kill himself at that moment, he might. Davros, naturally, doesn't have the same problem.
  • Creepy Monotone: 16-year-old Davros, heard in "Innocence", almost sounds like a regular inquisitive teenage boy — but speaks in a detached and scientific way, with very blunted affect. The result is genuinely creepy.
  • Driven to Suicide: Deliberately ignored; Davros opens with the moment when Davros contemplated whether or not he should kill himself after he was crippled, and in The Curse of Davros, when the Sixth Doctor was trapped in Davros's body, he reflected that he wouldn't be able to keep going if he was stuck in Davros's body for good; despite the beliefs of others, Davros chooses to use his pain and agony to inspire himself to do more, which might be commendable if he wasn't using his existence to plan how to kill more people.
  • Enemy Mine: He comes to deeply admire the Sixth Doctor, and considers him the closest thing he's got to a friend. Six does not agree. At all.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with in the Big Finish Audio Dramas [1] and I, Davros; young Davros seems to demonstrate real friendship for his colleague Reston, even bearing something close to romantic feelings towards fellow scientist Shan, and despite his complicated relationship with his family, he appears to demonstrate genuine affection for his sister Yarvel and mother Calcula. However, it soon becomes clear that his ambitions and Lack of Empathy override any real feelings he has for anyone but himself: over the course of I, Davros, he leaves Reston to die alone out of sheer disgust, has Shan used as a scapegoat and executed, and uses the bodies of both Yarvel and Calcula in his experiments. And every time he comes close to experiencing something like remorse or even nostalgia for the time he spent with his "loved ones," it only ends up becoming a springboard for another horrific act.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: Gets into one with Six.
  • Freudian Excuse: Invoked: his childhood was a bit screwed up, with his mother being pretty much an Expy of Livia. Still, it's abundantly clear that he would have become a Mad Scientist no matter what, and that's he's naturally a sociopath.
  • Joker Immunity: Played for Drama; Six recognises it as yet another way in which he and Davros are Not So Different.
  • Large Ham
  • Laughing Mad: "The Davros Mission" gives us Davros having a laughing fit at the idea that anyone would want to save him. It's terrifying.
  • Long Game: In "Terror Firma", it's revealed that he's been tracking the TARDIS ever since "Storm Warning".
  • Loss of Identity: During his encounter with Eight.
  • Mad Doctor: Leads to one hell of a Wham Line in "Terror Firma":
    Davros: I was able to operate–
    Eighth Doctor: My TARDIS?
    Davros: Operate on your TARDIS.
  • Morton's Fork: A core element of the "Masters Of War" story is Davros constantly having to choose between two negative outcomes: either give his Daleks some kind of moral compass and compassion and have his entire army be more vulnerable because of it, or create them without morals and inevitably end up betrayed by them. The episode really dives into this idea and explores it from all possible angles.
  • Motive Rant: He's infamous for getting in at least one good rant per story. His day in the limelight episode, therefore, begins with one showing his thoughts immediately after receiving his injuries.
  • Not So Different: From Six. Davros poses that they might have been friends if they hadn't been enemies. Six does not agree.
  • Psychological Horror
  • Start of Darkness: We first get to hear a few flashbacks of his life on Skaro before he became an Evil Cripple. After that, the box set "I, Davros" follows his military career starting at age 16, and offers a glimpse into his family circumstances. As it turns out, he was always evil.

    The Dalek Prime Minister 

The Dalek Prime Minister

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Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2012)

The Doctor: You think hatred is beautiful?
Dalek Prime Minister: Perhaps that is why we have never been able to kill you.

The leader of the New Dalek Paradigm is not an Emperor but a Prime Minister and a Parliament. Resides on the Dalek Parliament Ship. Exists as a mutant in a jar, being even more stripped down than even the Emperors. This does not stop him from having much more of a personality than your average Dalek and getting right under the Doctor's skin, just with a few words.



  • Deadpan Snarker: His conversation with Eleven is unusually sardonic for a Dalek.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When he speaks to the Doctor, he's oozing with false charm, to the point where he's actually able to rattle him. And he's enjoying it.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Is the one to explain that this is the reason behind the Dalek Asylum... and then, to further creep out the Doctor, suggests that this has been why the Daleks have never been able to kill him.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: He's just a Dalek mutant encased in a simple glass tube, with none of the traditional Dalek casing incorporated into his design.
  • One-Scene Wonder: He only gets a couple of scenes, but he sticks in the memory.
  • Only Sane Man: He's much more lucid than your average Dalek.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: He's not nearly as deep or bombastic as the Emperors or Dalek Supremes were, and much more unsettling.

Groups & Secret Societies

    The Cult of Skaro 

The Cult of Skaro

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Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2006–2008)

"There are millions of humans and only four of us. If we are supreme, why are we not victorious? The Cult of Skaro was created by the Emperor for this very purpose. To imagine new ways of survival!"

An elite group of four Daleks who act as recurring antagonists throughout the Tenth Doctor's tenure. Believing themselves to be the only survivors of the Last Great Time War, the Cult of Skaro imagine new ways of restoring the Dalek race to its rightful place as the supreme beings of the universe.

They are the only Daleks in existence with names. Led by Dalek Sec, the rest of the Cult consists of Dalek Thay, Dalek Jast and Dalek Caan.


  • Armour-Piercing Question: Sec asks his fellow Daleks one in "Daleks in Manhattan" (quoted above): if the Daleks are the supreme beings, why are they so routinely defeated?
  • Badass Army: They completely slaughter the Cybermen in "Doomsday".
  • Badass Boast: The cult dishes these out every now and again.
    Cyber-Leader: Daleks, be warned. You have declared war upon the Cybermen.
    Sec: This is not war. This is pest control!
    Cyber-Leader: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?
    Sec: Four.
    Cyber-Leader: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?
    Sec: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect.
    Cyber-Leader: What is that?
    Sec: You are better at dying!
  • The Chessmaster: Dalek Caan is definitely worthy of this title as of "The Stolen Earth"/"Journey's End", having orchestrated events to bring about the Daleks' destruction, though he claims to have "only helped" and that what happened was destined to happen anyway.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Dalek Sec, the leader, is black rather than bronze, but the other three Cult members all look just like regular Daleks.
  • Character Development: Caan gets this in spades. When the Cult are introduced in "Doomsday", the other three members are constantly voicing their opinion, while Caan speaks once during the entire story. By "Evolution of the Daleks", Caan is the one who leads the revolution against Sec. Then, after exposure to the Time Vortex and the Time War (which he flew into "unprotected"), which showed him the Daleks' entire history, he engineers the destruction of the entire Dalek race in "Journey's End".
  • Elite Mooks: They seem to be more durable than normal Daleks, with Thay and Jast absorbing a lot of laser strikes before finally exploding. They are also more intelligent and imaginative than regular Daleks.
  • Eviler Than Thou: In their debut, they upstage the Cybermen as the main threat even before the Genesis Ark opens.
  • Exact Words: Caan's prophecies are heavy on this, allowing him to convince Davros that he's prophesying the ultimate victory of the Daleks over the Doctor, while in fact saying nothing of the sort.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Sec is the reflective melancholic despite being the leader, as he is the first to be open-minded to humanity; Caan is choleric, as he is the first to rebel and persuade the other two Daleks to follow his lead against Dalek Sec; Thay is sanguine, due to being very vocal about his opinions and prone to mistakes such as identifying first to the Cybermen; and Jast is phlegmatic, as he is reserved and the last to betray Sec.
  • Frontline General: Sec prefers a more hands-on approach than the Emperor or the cowardly Supreme Dalek from "Remembrance of the Daleks".
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Played with. Dalek Caan's attempt to get Davros out of the Time War caused him to see all of time and go mad (though exactly how much of it was real and how much was Obfuscating Insanity is unclear), but it also kickstarted a Heel Realization for him to realize the true evil of the Daleks. The wonderful loon goes on to plan an elaborate scheme to bring the entire Dalek species back from the dead just so he can exterminate them again.
  • Gone Horribly Right: The Cult of Skaro was designed with an imagination so they could find new ways of keeping the Daleks alive. Dalek Sec's priority of survival ends up with him becoming half-human and all but abandoning what makes a Dalek a Dalek.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Sec becomes half-human upon taking over Mr. Diagoras, and begins to experience emotions other than hatred and fear of the Doctor.
    • Caan accidentally ended up in the Last Great Time War after he escaped the Doctor, and saw the evils the Daleks had done. Despite going insane, he manipulated events so that the Doctor and his companions could destroy the Daleks once and for all, tricking even Davros. Caan is the first Dalek to turn on his kind completely by his own will and without help from genetic manipulation.
  • Heel Realization: After witnessing the Daleks' many atrocities throughout all of time, Dalek Caan (quite like Dalek Sec before him and Rusty after him) realized the evil truth of the Dalek race, spurring him on to bring about their destruction.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Sec becomes one after merging with Mr. Diagoras. The result is a Dalek mutant fused onto Mr. Diagoras' body.
  • Hufflepuff House: Thay and Jast are very important Daleks due to being part of the elite Cult of Skaro, but they are nowhere near as relevant to the story arc as Sec and Caan are.
  • Humanity Is Infectious: Dalek Sec's merger with Mr. Diagoras ends up backfiring as he gains emotions like compassion and appreciation for the human race, coming to doubt the Daleks' nature. The other Daleks don't appreciate this and turn on him.
  • Hypocrite: After two episodes questioning Sec's orders and eventually betraying him, the other three have the nerve to say that Daleks do not question orders after the human Daleks question their orders.
  • The Leader: Sec is the cult's first leader. Then Caan becomes the leader once Sec is deemed unworthy of command.
  • Laughing Mad: Caan is the first Dalek to giggle.
  • Mad Oracle: As a result of breaking the time-lock and seeing all of time and space, Caan goes a little loopy.
  • No Name Given: Averted. They're the only Daleks to have given names, not counting any Daleks given nicknames by the Doctor.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Caan is much more lucid and on the ball than he pretends to be, and as soon as his deception is revealed, he drops the giggling and gibberish, becoming much clearer and more concise.
  • Redemption Equals Death: After playing his role in Davros's failure, Caan makes no effort to save himself as the Crucible is destroyed, presumably dying in the explosion. Earlier, Dalek Sec seems to sacrifice himself by taking a death beam aimed at the Doctor.
  • Sanity Slippage: An interesting case. Caan evidently became unbalanced after breaching the time-lock and seeing all of time, but at the same time, his attitude towards the Daleks and their murderous ways became far more sane.
  • Sole Survivor: Dalek Caan is the only surviving member of the Cult after the events of "Evolution of the Daleks".
  • The Starscream: Caan, Thay and Jast overthrow Dalek Sec after he becomes a Dalek/Human hybrid and rejects the Daleks' beliefs in favour of peace. It's rather ironic that Caan himself would later experience a similar change of heart regarding the Daleks.
  • Talkative Loon: Caan, post his excursion into the Time War. As "Journey's End" shows, however, at least some of it is an act, one he drops as soon as his deception is revealed.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: "EMERGENCY TEMPORAL SHIFT!"
  • Wham Line: When Dalek Sec has the Doctor brought before him instead of having him exterminated, the Doctor begins shouting at him for the deaths he and the others just caused, only for Sec to respond with "The deaths were wrong!"

    Paradigm Daleks 

Paradigm Daleks

Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2010–2012)

A group of pure Daleks that were carried inside a Progenitor device. They were activated accidentally by the Doctor when he revealed his identity to the three Daleks that were pretending to work for Winston Churchill.


  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: In the fifth series, they were introduced with the intention that they would become major presences. However, due to their unpopularity, by the time of the next major Dalek story, Series 7's "Asylum of the Daleks", they were relegated to minor roles, and vanished completely by "The Magician's Apprentice".
  • Non-Standard Character Design: They are larger than regular sized Daleks and they're coloured brightly, leading to a number of uncomplimentary nicknames ('Power Ranger Daleks' was one of the more printable ones).

    The Volatix Cabal 

The Volatix Cabal

An insane caste of Daleks created during the Time War to be capable of creativity and imagination, with horrible side-effects.


  • Arc Villain: They are the threat behind the Eleventh Doctor: Year Two arc of the Doctor Who (Titan) comics.
  • Body Horror: Some of them use parts of animals and sentient beings to decorate their casings, and the shapeshifting ones become horrific hybrids of Dalek and whatever they were imitating when they drop the mask.
  • Catchphrase: EXTERMINHATE!
  • Expy: Think the Cult of Skaro, then imagine that they're all completely insane, even by Dalek standards.
  • Mad Doctor: They are, primarily, a whole culture of them.
  • Manchurian Agent: Some of them are capable of shape-shifting into other species, and completely suppressing the knowledge of their true nature and allegiance until they get an opportunity to act.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: To Body Horror levels of nastiness.
  • No Place for Me There: They initially intended to kill themselves at the Dalek victory, as they were not worthy of survival beyond that point. When they discovered that there would be no Dalek victory, they made other plans.
  • Renegade Splinter Faction: When they discover that the Daleks aren't going to win the Time War, they decide that they no longer have any loyalties to them.
  • Sadist: Take the usual Dalek hatred and contempt for all other sentient life, and then add imagination and a sense of aesthetics.
  • Talkative Loon: They all have tendencies of this to a greater or lesser extent.
  • Word-Salad Horror: Some of them have horribly jumbled dialogue, that is even more horrific thanks to the work required to get it.

Commanders

    The Dalek Time Controller 

The Dalek Time Controller

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Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2009–present)

A Dalek from the far future, which was created with an evolved mind that allowed it to perceive time in a more advanced manner than a standard Dalek. Consequently, the Dalek Time Controller was given the position of strategist for all Dalek time missions. Chronologically (from its perspective) first meets the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC novel The Dalek Generation and later encounters the Sixth Doctor, before becoming a main antagonist to the Eighth Doctor. In the Eighth Doctor's opinion, this is the most threatening Dalek of them all. Why? He can take the Dalek race's greatest failures and change them into their greatest victories. See his tropes in the New Series Adventures here.



Tropes associated with Big Finish:

  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Resorts to this in order to live, due to its symbiotic connection to Molly O'Sullivan slowly killing it.
  • Arch-Enemy: Seems to become this for the later Eighth Doctor.
  • Badass Decay: Acknowledged and justified In-Universe. The Time Controller is literally decaying by "Dark Eyes 4", due to the symbiotic connection it developed with Molly O'Sullivan, and is in constant pain from this. Its DNA has also decayed enough that the other Daleks refuse to acknowledge it as a fellow Dalek or a high ranking officer in the Empire. Even its non-organic components are suffering from this, its weapon weakening to the point it requires several direct hits to kill someone. Doesn't stop it from blowing up Dalek after Dalek, though.
  • Big Bad: For the "Dark Eyes" series against the Eighth Doctor. Begins a bit earlier with "Lucie Miller" and "To the Death".
  • The Chessmaster: Throughout most of of The Dalek Generation. It goes up against the equally formidable Master in "Dark Eyes 4". The Master wins.
  • Conqueror from the Future: Is hurled back thousands of years and decides to perform another Dalek Invasion of Earth. Moreover, his origin in aiding the New Dalek Paradigm makes him implicitly a New Series villain thrown back in time to fight the classic Doctors.
  • The Corruption: By existing outside of time, the Dalek Time Controller remembers events from the timeline in "Dark Eyes". However, the rapidly changing timelines cause it to pick up and retain various bits that, to the Daleks, make it less and less Dalek. By being involved in Molly O'Sullivan's timeline for so long, the Dalek Time Controller ends up being symbiotically linked to her, weakening it as Molly's own body ages and fails.
  • Cross Through: His appearance outside of Six's timeline seriously freaks out Eight. To make things more complicated, he's also the main villain in The Dalek Generation, a novel written by Nicholas Briggs, in which (from his perspective) he meets the Doctor for the first time... and his first Doctor is, via Loophole Abuse of the story being a BBC Books novel and not a Big Finish audio play, the Eleventh Doctor whom he meets post Time War (relatively speaking) while working for the New Dalek Paradigm.
  • Cruel Mercy: In "To the Death", he tells the Eighth Doctor he will be left on Earth as it is sent through time to the Amethyst viruses. Being a Time Lord will enable the Doctor to live long enough to watch the Earth die.
  • Enemy Mine: In "The Traitor", the Doctor helps him against the Eminence. Earlier, he joined Straxus' future incarnation Kotris against the Time Lords.
  • Expy/Evil Counterpart:
    • Seems to be one for Dalek Caan of the New Series, as like Caan he was flung through time and saw all of eternity and every possibility as well as the whole of Dalek history. Unlike Caan, who was driven insane with horror at the true evil of the Daleks, the Time Controller instead saw exactly how he could mastermind the Daleks' conquest of all eternity.
      • Eight even subtly references this by asking how he could see eternity and not find some humility and perspective, before realising how unlikely a Dalek learning from history would be.
    • The Dalek Time Controller is also very similar in many respects to River Song, whose time travel also generally doesn't mesh with the Doctor's, meeting each other out of order from their perspectives.
  • A God Am I: In "Dark Eyes 4", he states that he is a Time Lord Dalek, and that through him, the Daleks will be the new masters of time and space.
  • Have We Met Yet?: First meets the 11th Doctor, then the 6th Doctor, then becomes the Arch-Enemy of the 8th Doctor.
  • Joker Immunity: Even though history being changed in "Dark Eyes" means he shouldn't have survived the events of "To the Death", he shows up again in "Dark Eyes 2".
  • Louis Cypher: Anyone with an understanding of French could guess the name Dutemps involved it in some way.
  • The Omniscient: One's mind existing outside of time will slowly turn you into this.
  • Plague Master: Plans to annihilate all life in the universe by reusing the Daleks' plan to pilot Earth as a mobile base and mass infecting it with the deadliest bio weapons in the universe so the Daleks could simply teleport Earth across the universe, spreading the plagues in its wake.
  • Ripple Effect-Proof Memory: In "Dark Eyes 2" he remembers the events of "Dark Eyes" despite preventing them from happening.
  • Stable Time Loop: Due to becoming increasingly less and less Dalek, by the Dalek Supreme's standards, the Time Controller goes on to greater lengths to ensure that it had its own power base, eventually culminating in becoming the Eminence. However, these actions cause the Dalek Supreme to have another mutant like it to be created and made entirely loyal to the Supreme, starting the loop all over again.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: Their life is largely this, though he was created to master that. From his perspective the first time he meets the Doctor is in the Post Time-War timeline.
  • Unholy Matrimony: With a Dalek duplicate (in human form), cloned from its own cells. Really, the name Dutemps was a bit of a giveaway. Narcissism, thy name is Time Controller.
  • Why Don't Ya Just Shoot Him?:
    • Justified. Often it won't exterminate the Doctor because doing so would mess up the timeline, or it's simply more productive to leave him alive.
    • Averts this with the Master; the moment their alliance ceases to be needed, it attempts to have him killed on the spot. He saw it coming a mile away.
  • You Have Failed Me:
    • Eventually murders Straxus, even though doing so completely resets the timeline. Since the Dalek Time Controller has become The Omniscient at that point, it doesn't matter to him.
    • Does this to several Daleks when they explicitly deny its official rank and standing.

Tropes associated with New Series Adventures:

The main villain in The Dalek Generation. The Dalek Litigator represents the others legally in the Sunlight Worlds, where they are considered nice. It's revealed to be the Dalek Time Controller, a villain from Big Finish Doctor Who.
  • Amoral Attorney: This by default, as they prosecute the Doctor and have all his assets seized. They don't use much Courtroom Antics though, as Eleven pleads guilty and the Litigator's word is highly valued.
  • Canon Immigrant: The Dalek Time Controller, who takes the leap from the continuity of Big Finish to that of the New Series Adventures. Bear in mind this was before "The Night of the Doctor" made Big Finish canon.
  • The Chessmaster: Manipulates the 11th Doctor throughout The Dalek Generation and throughout history to assist its plan.
  • Have We Met Yet?: From its perspective, when the Time Controller meets the 11th Doctor this is the first time he has met the Doctor, even though this is the post-Time War timeline. From the Doctor's perspective he first met them in his 6th incarnation.
  • Hostile Terraforming: Plans to turn the Sunlight Worlds into copies of Skaro.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: When their plan to use the Cradle of the Gods is sabotaged, they escape in their ship. This needs to happen so they can face the previous Doctors in Big Finish.

Individual Daleks

    "Quasimodo Dalek" 

"Quasimodo Dalek"

A Dalek rebuilt by humans with a poor grasp of its natural appearance in "The Dalek Project". Named so because of his weirdly assembled body, with eyestalks for hands, a gunstick where the eyestalk should be, bumps where its slats and ear lights should be, and slats where its bumps should be.


  • Meaningful Name: Given its nickname by the Eleventh Doctor for looking abnormal, after the titular Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Not only is Quasimodo Dalek built all wrong by unwitting humans, it's no surprise that the thing is just as dangerous as any other conventional Dalek when it activates.

    Rusty 

Rusty

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Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs (2014; 2017)

"I am not a good Dalek."

A stranded Dalek discovered by the crew of the Aristotle, damaged and with an inexplicable desire to see the destruction of his own race.


    Reconnaissance Dalek 

Reconnaissance Dalek

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Voiced by: Nicholas Briggs

One of the first Daleks to leave Skaro. Sealed away on Earth in the 9th century, before an archaeological team rouses it from its slumber.


  • Achilles' Heel: Its lack of a force field proves to be its downfall twice over.
  • Creepy Monotone: The people it is currently controlling demonstrate this.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: After assembling a "junkyard chic" ramshackle casing, it faces off against several dozen British soldiers and a tank. It's not even remotely a fair fight as the Dalek casually slaughters the lot of them.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Suffered one in its backstory. While it managed to inflict horrific losses before its eventual defeat, three resourceful armies during the 9th century were able to work together to roast it out of its casing before splitting it into three parts and keeping them hidden away from the world for over a millennium.
  • Evil Laugh: The first Dalek ever to engage in this trope on the TV show (though, it must be noted, not the first Dalek to laugh period, as Dalek Caan was often seen Laughing Mad).
  • Foil: To the Thirteenth Doctor. Both spend their first episodes after awakening on Earth trying to make contact with a powerful ally (Thirteen was searching for her TARDIS, the Recon Dalek is trying to alert the Dalek fleet). Both are also lacking most of their usual equipment, and they're forced to make do with the Earth technology lying around to improvise their tools so as to accomplish their mission.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: How the Doctor eventually kills it, though it's actually thrown into a supernova and not just an ordinary star.
  • Improvised Armour: Through Lin (the woman it controls as a puppet), it builds itself a fully-functional casing out of local Earth materials and the remains of its original casing. However, due to this, it is much more scavenged-looking and cobbled-together than normal Dalek armour, leading the Doctor to dub it "junkyard chic".
  • Kick the Dog: It murders two innocent traffic patrol cops for no real reason along with countless innocent civilians, and treats its puppet Liz like garbage while "possessing" her. It also tried to drag Ryan's dad Aaron with it into the supernova, which was only stopped by Ryan forgiving his father for his past behaviour and that being enough for Aaron to shake the Dalek's influence off.
  • Killed Off for Real: The Thirteenth Doctor eventually forces it into the core of a star undergoing supernova.
  • Knight of Cerebus: "Resolution" becomes almost completely serious whenever it's on screen, and very few comedic moments are to be had when it shares the screen with the Doctor.
  • Oh, Crap!: It backs away from the Doctor out of fear after scanning her and detecting two hearts, and then tries to almost immediately kill her after she properly introduces herself.
  • Kill It with Fire: Is defeated in this fashion three times over.
    • First, it's revealed that the medieval armies were able to defeat it the first time by immobilizing it and setting a bonfire around it to roast it inside its casing, severely harming the mutant inside.
    • Next, the Doctor and Team TARDIS manage to somewhat replicate this to destroy the creature's second casing via repurposed microwave parts, although this time the mutant escapes.
    • Finally, the Doctor then straight-up dumps the Dalek into a supernova to finally get rid of it.
  • No-Sell: Once it has reconstituted a metal shell for itself, it has no trouble shrugging off small arms fire from dozens of soldiers and promptly exterminating the lot of them all. It's not actually revealed whether or not the tank's fire would have been effective, as the Dalek pulls a Shoot the Bullet and destroys the tank and its crew with a single missile.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: It is capable of controlling people in this fashion.
  • Reality Ensues: It may be a Super Prototype with numerous nasty advantages over the Time War-era Daleks, but as it's still a prototype, it also doesn't have the advantages the modern Dalek models have (such as shielding tech), which ultimately proves to be a fatal weakness.
  • Sealed Evil in a Six Pack: After it was defeated in the ninth century, it was extricated from its casing and cut into three pieces that were spread far and wide. It stayed that way until the third piece was recovered by archaeologists and unwittingly exposed to UV light, which re-energized it.
  • Shout-Out: It acting as a Puppeteer Parasite over Lin makes it resemble the harnesses used by the Skitters and Overlords from Falling Skies.
  • Super Prototype: It was one of the first Daleks to be sent out from Skaro for conquest. It's twice the size of a regular Dalek, dangerously resourceful and comes with mind control. However, it's deconstructed in that it's also shown to lack the advantages that later modern Dalek models have, most notably shielding technology.
  • Taking You with Me: Tried to do this with Aaron, but Ryan manages to save his father in time.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: The Doctor jettisons the Dalek into the core of a star that's going supernova in order to destroy it.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Although it still recognizes the Doctor as an enemy when she introduces herself, it doesn't regard her as seriously as Daleks usually do, to its detriment. Justified, since it's been split apart and buried for 1200 years.


Alternative Title(s): Doctor Who Dalek

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