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The Daleks are a race of atrophied squids from the planet Skaro. To navigate their environment, they make use of armoured travel machines which they're absolutely helpless without.
The first villains introduced in the show, in the second episode, and the first recurring villains, they're without a doubt the most popular villains that the show has produced and are collectively the Doctor's Arch Enemy, being nearly as iconic as the TARDIS itself.
Voiced by: Peter Hawkins (1963-67); David Graham (1963-66); Roy Skelton (1967, 1973, 1975-83, 1985-88); Oliver Martin and Peter Messaline (1972); Michael Wisher (1973-74); Brian Miller (1984, 1988); Royce Mills (1984-88); Nicholas Briggs (2005-present)
- 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.
- Age Without Youth: Older Daleks who don't die in battle devolve into a sentient pile of goo. There's a reason the Dalek word for "sewer" is the same as the Dalek word for "graveyard."
- Always Chaotic Evil: Somewhat averted in the new series, particularly with Dalek Sec and to a lesser extent Dalek Caan. But they are generally the exception that proves the rule, and did not change on their own. The overwhelming majority are ruthless killing machines.
- Always Someone Better: Whenever they're sharing the spotlight with another villain, expect them to steal the show.
- Arch Enemy: The species as a whole to the Doctor.
- 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 new series; their force field protects it (the Doctor claims concentrating fire on it could work, but this appears to have mixed results), and trying to blind it with paint only worked for a second. River managed to kill one with a blast to the eyestalk, but this particular Dalek was already in such poor shape that it needed several minutes to recharge between shots.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: Hatred to them is beautiful and snuffing out sources of great hatred seems to be the Dalek equivalent of a cardinal sin.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Most people who've never seen the Daleks will laugh at their stupid design.
- Big Bad: Archenemies of the Doctor, and just about everything else in the universe that is not a Dalek. Quite fond of the Evil Plan in the new series, to the point where it's a surprise not to find them the masterminds behind the season's Apocalypse How. Main Antagonists of the 2005 and 2008 series.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Of the 2006 series, with the Cybus Cybermen.
- Bigger Bad: Retroactively established to be this for Eleven's run during "The Time of the Doctor." They quite simply would not give up on the Siege of Trenzalore and the idea of exterminating the Time Lords forever prompting the Silence, through their attempts to kill the Doctor in Series 5 and 6, to Ret-Gone the conflict by making sure Eleven never reached Trenzalore.
- Blood Knight: When ordered not to kill, Dalek drones have to actively fight against an overpowering urge to fire.
- Bond Villain Stupidity: All enemies of the Doctor suffer this to some extent, but the Daleks compound it with...
- 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.
- Breakout Villain: They very nearly never appeared at all, but are now as iconic as the TARDIS.
- Canon Dis Continuity: 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.
- Catch Phrase: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
- There's also "EX-PLAIN! EX-PLAIN!", "I OBEY!", and "MY VISION IS IMPAIRED! I CANNOT SEE!"
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Across their history, any Dalek sporting a red or black colour scheme is usually a high ranking officer.
- Create Your Own Villain: As said under Eviler Than Thou, the First Doctor was largely just a traveller wandering about. But the sheer ruthlessness with which the Daleks operated meant that he had to take a stand against them no matter what.
- Creative Sterility: Perhaps the sole weakness that acknowledge about themselves. The Daleks' lack of imagination means that they become rudderless without a leader to give them orders.
- Creepy Monotone: Averted. It sounds more like they're trying to choke back their disgust with all other life.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: One Dalek? You're so screwed. A full Dalek Empire? They're so screwed.
- To be fair though, they do manage to rack up a large number of kills before being defeated.
- Cyber Cyclops: The production team even added pupils to the New Paradigm models, making the eye-stalk look almost organic.
- Cyborg: They're organic creatures plugged into metal war machines.
- Deadpan Snarker: Despite being ostensibly emotionless, they've got some good quips.
- Deflector Shields: The revival gave them personal force-fields that can melt bullets before they even hit home.
- Demoted to Extra:
- Depending on the Writer:
- While the Davros origin story has since overshadowed all others, they did have various origins in the early days of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe.
- Under Russell T. Davies, they were the Big Bads of the whole show and the overarching Myth Arc along with being pure Omnicidal Maniacs. Under Steven Moffat, they're more Monster of the Week Galactic Conquerors.
- The biology of the Kaled mutants varies quite a bit. In some episodes, the mutants cannot survive outside their casings for more than a few seconds while others show them not needing the casings. Likewise, the new series has shown them as being able to talk without the aid of their casings while the classic one made clear that they have no larynx.
- Their timeline is a bit up for debate. Did the pre-Genesis stories happen or not? What era do the "present" Daleks come from? Do the black and white serials all chronicle the early days of the species or do the Second Doctor ones come after the Seventh Doctor era?
- What is their attitude towards Davros? You Have Outlived Your Usefulness or Undying Loyalty?
- Are they a One-Gender Race (male) or are they genderless?
- What are their casings powered by? Static electricity? Atomic energy? Or do the Daleks have low-grade telekinetic powers that they use to move the casings?
- How did they survive "The Daleks"? Among the many explanations offered; that serial was at the very end of their timeline, those Daleks were mutated Kaleds that survived the Thal bombing and crawled into a prototype Dalek city that Davros had discarded, they didn't actually die and were simply Playing Possum until the Doctor left, or they really did all die but there were simply other Dalek cities on Skaro.
- Is there only ever one Supreme Dalek who functions as The Dragon (or possibly the race's ruler) or are their multiple who co-exist across the Dalek Empire and manage their own chunks of it?
- What is the exact purpose of the Dalek bumps on their skirts?
- How effective are their guns on Mechanical Lifeforms?
- Determinator: They never give up. You have to admire a species that manages to survive even after being made extinct. Repeatedly. In The Time of the Doctor, they're the only one of the many hostile species that hasn't fled or been destroyed so they can have the chance to destroy the Doctor and the Time Lords once and for all. Even being reduced to one ship didn't stop them.
- Despair Event Horizon: Per Word of God, this will happen if they accomplish their goal. They'll either commit the largest mass-suicide or go to war with each other for the most trivial of reasons. Or, you know, they could just make hats.
- 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. This includes the Doctor.
- Elite Mooks:
- The Special Weapon Daleks.
- If a Dalek has black paint, it'll be more deadly than the standard.
- The Empire: The Dalek Empire. Followed by the short-lived New Dalek Empire. Followed by the New Dalek Paradigm.
- Enemy Civil War:
- In "The Evil of the Daleks", the Second Doctor introduces the "Human Factor" into the Dalek race, pitting those with free will against the loyalists.
- After Davros is recovered during the Movellan war, he creates a new race of Daleks, the Imperial Daleks, sparking a war against the Renegade Daleks.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Averted. Daleks have a tendency to spin around in circles before they blow up.
- Evil Counterpart Race:
- Evil Sounds Deep: Supremes and Emperors usually have a much deeper voice than the standard drones.
- Eviler Than Thou: At the end of the day, they're more evil than anyone.
- The Twelfth Doctor even says that when he first began travelling, "Doctor" was just an alias he randomly chose to conceal his true identity from the Time Lords. Then he went to Skaro and saw the logical conclusion of what he would one day become and truly became the Doctor. "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" is pretty much the moment that the Doctor becomes an unambiguous hero.
- Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: They feel this way about every single non-Dalek in the universe.
- Final Boss: Though they were Demoted to Extra for most of Eleven's run, they're the last foe to fall on Trenzalore.
- Flying Saucer: Their go-to ship.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: They were once just one of the many Humanoid Aliens in the galaxy, and even scoffed at the existence of alien life, but are now the biggest threat the galaxy has ever seen.
- Great Offscreen War: They've been involved in a few. During the 26th century, they lost a devastating one to the Earth Empire.
- Higher-Tech Species: For most of their history, they weren't that much more advanced than humanity (and indeed suffered several humiliating defeats against the various Earth Empires). Then they began getting their tentacles on Time Lord technology...
- Hive Mind: The Pathweb is an artificial one.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: After their war with the Movellans stalemated, they sought out Davros to break the impasse. The Movellans, a race of Mechanical Lifeforms, assumed that the Daleks were the same before Davros revealed that they still retained an organic component and they unleashed a devastating plague against the pepperpots.
- Hope Spot: They had two in the Moffat era where they believed the Doctor to have died (after "The Time of the Doctor") or thought that he'd retired (after "The Husbands of River Song").
- Immune to Bullets: They're vaporized by a forcefield before they can make contact but even before that, most weapons just bounced off.
- Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: The RTD era is the only one to avert this trope for them. Most of the time, they just aim themselves in one direction and fire blindly.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: According to the writers and actors, the Daleks are fully aware that they're just blobs in tanks and feel overshadowed by more "legitimate" species in the universe so the simple fact that they're "Daleks" must make them better.
- Informed Attribute: Much of their on-screen actions and skill level seem in direct contravention to the idea that they could ever have waged a war against the Time Lords.
- Joker Immunity: Too iconic to ever kill off.
- They've been completely wiped out to the last in their first appearance, and several times ever since. At that point, being completely destroyed only to return later is as much part of their character than their voices or their casings.
- Light Is Not Good: Frequently the case. They're very shiny and very evil.
- Made of Indestructium: Their casings are made from Dalekanium which is functionally indestructible, being immune to most bombs and energy weapons. Though concentrated fire can cause it to buckle, only a precious few weapons can outright destroy a Dalek casing.
- Master Race: Self-described as such in Victory of the Daleks. The fundamental basis and belief of their entire culture is that they're just better than everyone else.
- Moral Myopia: They steal technology from everyone. If someone steals Dalek technology, they go ballistic (well more than usual).
- Morality Dial: Daleks are born hating but they can develop empathy and other emotions. The Cortex Vault, however, censors anything that might lead to such emotions so as to keep them "pure."
- Mutant Alien Cyborg Nazi
- Near Villain Victory: In two consecutive episodes, though said episodes take place centuries apart.
- In The Day of the Doctor, their fleet managed to breach Gallifrey's defences and they very nearly bombed the Time Lords out of existence. When the Doctors teleported Gallifrey away, the Dalek Fleet destroyed itself in its own crossfire.
- In The Time of the Doctor, the Daleks' sheer determination allowed them to last to the end of the Siege of Trenzalore. With the Doctor Out of Continues, everything was coming up Dalek until the Time Lords granted him more regenerations.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: As the Doctor says, the Daleks are such a powerful Enemy Mine that they've been directly responsible for several great galactic alliances.
- Nigh Invulnerability: They started out as pretty much tanks, and since the revival they have forcefields that make them immune nearly everything except their own weapons, only because there aren't any defenses against them. Earlier stories had their eyestalks, but that's a very small target (and the force field covers that now, too).
- 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. Other Pete's World weapons seemed specifically designed to kill them.
- No Indoor Voice: Daleks are always screaming.
- No One Gets Left Behind: The Daleks never leave living Daleks behind.
- Not So Above It All: According to the novelization of "Twice Upon a Time", the Pathweb functions much like an online comments section, with Dalek swears and commentary attached to each entry.
- Oh Crap: When they get back their memories of the Doctor, they're utterly terrified at the prospect of the Time Lords returning and wiping them out.
- Omnicidal Maniacs
- Once a Season: Per the deal that the Nation Estate struck with the BBC, the Daleks have to appear at least once in ever season of the revived show (even if it's just a cameo) if they want to keep being used.
- OOC Is Serious Business: If a Dalek isn't killing someone at the first opportunity, something is up.
- Orcus on His Throne: It's very rare to see Dalek Supremes to leave their data centres.
- The Power of Hate: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!" isn't just a battle cry. It's how they reload.
- Planet Looters
- Planet of Steves: They only ever refer to each other as "Dalek", excepting any Supremes and Emperors.
- Pure Is Not Good: Obsessed with genetic purity and exterminating everything else.
- Roar Before Beating: "EX-TER-MI-NATE!"
- Scary Dogmatic Aliens: They're Nazis In Space!, with the odd religious fundamentalist overtone in the new series.
- Significant Anagram: The Daleks were originally engineered from a race called the Kaleds.
- Space Age Stasis: From Series 7 onwards, they've been locked as a race of Galactic Conquerors to prevent them from becoming Too Powerful to Live.
- Spikes of Villainy: Not on their cases, but on their DNA.
- Starfish Aliens: What the Daleks are within their metal casings.
- Starfish Robots: What the metal casings themselves are.
- Status Quo Is God: In Asylum of the Daleks, they get all their memories of the Doctor wiped from the Pathweb. In The Time of the Doctor, they get all their memories of him back by harvesting them from Tasha Lem's corpse.
- Talking Lightbulb: Their "ear-lamps" flash in time with their speech.
- Takes One to Kill One: While a Dalek gunstick isn't the only way to kill a Dalek, it's by far the most effective.
- Too Powerful to Live: During RTD's era, one Dalek was pretty much a universe ending threat with a whole army of them being enough to threaten all reality. It's been toned significantly in Moffat's era.
- Took a Level In Badass: Oh they took several. When they started out, they were too afraid to even go outside their city unless all life on the planet was dead. In their next one, they conquered Earth. In the Time Skip between the old series and the new, they very nearly won a war against the Time Lords.
- Trigger Happy: Frequently described as such. Led to the downfall of the first Dalek Empire. When they saw thirteen police boxes surrounding Gallifrey, they doubled down on their firepower, destroying their fleet in its own massive crossfire when Gallifrey disappeared.
- Turned Against Their Masters: They do this very often, mainly because Davros has no sense of pattern recognition. Averted as of Series 9 where they're respectful of him.
- Unskilled but Strong: Their battle plan is pretty much "Shoot something a lot". But their guns are just that powerful. Likewise, they're nowhere near as crafty as some of the Doctor's other enemies, such as the Cybermen or the Sontarans, but they do have large planet conquering armies.
- Villains Want Mercy: Ever since their first appearance. It never works out for them.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- The eyestalk. There's no backup. Take it out and the Dalek is blind. It also lacks peripheral vision making it very easy to hide from a Dalek.
- Originally, they could not fly. A simple flight of stairs would halt their rampage.
- They are really slow. Killing a Dalek is difficult. Outrunning one is very easy.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Usually because they're Wrong Genre Savvy and want the Doctor to talk so they can try and figure out his plan. Generally averted in the Steven Moffat era where the Supremes fire whenever the chance presents itself.
- 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 on if an individual is a Dalek, even if their DNA is too degraded to actually register as one. The Dalek Prime Minister even thinks that the Daleks are incapable of truly exterminating him because of how much they respect him.
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!!!
Played by: Michael Wisher (1975); David Gooderson (1979); Terry Molloy (1984-88); Julian Bleach (2008, 2015)
- Ax Crazy
- Arch Enemy: As the creator of the Doctor's most hated enemies and the second most recurring villain, Davros is up there with The Master. The Twelfth Doctor outright calls Davros his arch enemy. Something which the Master takes offence to.
- Back From the Dead: 5 out of 7 appearances.
- Badass Normal: Normal is hardly an appropriate term for Davros but he came from a planet with technology not too much above Earth's own and he managed to build a race that rivalled the Time Lords.
- Bald of Evil: Because his hair was burnt off in the explosion.
- Back From the Dead: According to the Doctor, he's actually dead by the time of the Series 9 opener, being sustained only be leeching off the lifeforce of the Daleks. He then comes back when he gets some of the Doctor's regeneration energy.
- Batman Gambit: Pulls off one in the Series 9 opener, banking on the Doctor's sense of compassion. Shame that the Doctor Out-Gambitted him.
- Big Bad: Of the Series 4 finale and the Series 9 opener.
- Bigger Bad: As the creator of the Daleks, he's pretty much responsible for everything that's gone wrong in the Doctor's life and has indirectly ruined god knows how many lives across time and space.
- Body Horror: His upper half is all that's left of him and most of it is bursting at the seams with various life-support technology.
- Can't Kill You - Still Need You: Kaled policy means he should have been left to die out in the cold but his genius saved him.
- The Chessmaster
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Not that there ever was one to begin with.
- Deadpan Snarker: Hey, the Daleks got it from somewhere.
- Emperor Scientist: Whenever he's actually in charge.
- Evil Counterpart:
- Evil Cripple: Little more than a torso bursting with life-support technology. Even his spine is, at least partly, artificial.
- Evil Is Hammy: He screams a lot. The Daleks had to get it from somewhere.
- Evilutionary Biologist
- Friendly Enemy: On a few occasions, he has put aside his threats and seriously tried to engage the Doctor in talks of science, philosophy etc. In the Big Finish audio "Davros", he starts making friendly comparisons between them. The Doctor, of course, will have none of this.
- 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.
- Genre Blind: Fails to realise that Daleks are xenophobic towards him along with the rest of creation. And he made them like that.
- A God Am I: What he thinks total Dalek conquest will make him.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Time and time again. He has a bit of a blind spot when it comes to the Daleks.
- 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.
- For added hypocrisy, for all his concerns with preserving Kaled purity, he's far from a pure Kaled yet acted like God's gift to them.
- Named the Tenth Doctor as "The Destroyer of Worlds." Coming from the man who was seconds way from destroying the The Multiverse, this is hypocrisy at its finest.
- 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.
- 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-centered that he keeps forgetting that the Daleks (with exceptions) are not slavishly loyal to him.
- Karmic Death: Well, not quite death, but his defeats are typically ironic.
- Last of His Kind: "The Magician's Apprentice" finally acknowledges that he's the last of the Kaleds and within he mourns the large void their absence has left within him. Then again considering he was trying to trick the Doctor into giving up his regeneration energy, how much of this angst is true is up for debate.
- Like Father, Like Son: Honestly it is not hard to see where the Daleks got their everything from.
- Mad Scientist: Notice the trend?
- Major Injury Underreaction: Rarely, if ever, acknowledges the horrible condition that his body is in.
- Man in a Kilt: Well, the first actor was when he played the character wore a kilt underneath the "Dalek wheelchair". Also applies to the "wheelchair", as it's been continually referred to as one during filming. And he was Scottish during his second appearance for some reason.
- Mutant: Looks nothing like the rest of his species.
- Noodle Incident: The Freak Lab Accident which mutated him.
- 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. Explains the Daleks.
- The Other Darrin: Played by four different actors over the years, the only one decidedly off being the Gooderson Davros, who was suddenly Scottish.
- Papa Wolf: For all his faults, and he has enough to fill a TARDIS, there's very little that he wouldn't do for his children.
- Really Seven Hundred Years Old: How old he really is is anyone's guess but cryogenics and mechanical life support mean that he's clearly exceeded the natural lifespan of the Kaled people. By Series 9, he's finally dying so he tricks (or so he thinks) the Doctor to give him some regeneration energy for a boost.
- Start of Darkness: Big Finish gave him an entire mini-series dedicated to his upbringing.
- Super Wheelchair: Based the Daleks' armor on his own bionic eye and life-support chair.
- Unexplained Recovery: His return in Series 9 doesn't explain how he survived the Crucible and the Doctor doesn't bother asking.
- The Unfettered: There is absolutely nothing he's not prepared to do to ensure the survival of the Daleks.
- Villain Protagonist: Of his own Big Finish series.
- 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")
- Villains Want Mercy: Like his kids.
- Weaksauce Weakness: In his first appearance, he had the master switch that controlled all his life support easily accessible on his console meaning anyone could have pushed it and killed him. He seems to have done the sensible thing afterwards and removed it.
The Dalek Emperor
- A God Am I: The Big Bad of Series 1 thought itself an immortal god for creating a new race of Daleks.
- Big Bad:
- Of "The Evil of the Daleks."
- Of "The Parting of the Ways."
- Evil Is Bigger: Invariably larger than the standard drones in some way.
- Evil Sounds Deep
- King Mook: At the end of the day, a Dalek Emperor is just a Dalek in a big casing.
- Orcus on His Throne: The Emperors faced by the Second and Ninth Doctors. Justified in that their casings are not mobile in the slightest.
- However, the Emperor's flagship was present at the final bombing of Gallifrey.
- Puppet King: Russell T. Davies expressed the opinion that a Dalek Emperor is not individually in charge so much as they're the voice of Dalek philosophy. If the Emperor fails to conform to that philosophy, then they're exterminated and replaced with another Dalek that is.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Emperor's role in Series 1 was originally meant to be Davros' and it shows.
- We Meet At Last: With the Second Doctor.
The Dalek Prime Minister
- Deadpan Snarker: Even by Dalek standards, he can deliver a quip.
- Elite Mooks: He was specially engineered with a higher IQ.
- Faux Affably Evil: And it delights him.
- Killed Off for Real: He went mad when the Daleks remembered the Doctor resulting in his Supreme Dalek subordinate killing him and taking command of the Parliament.
- Non Standard Character Design: Doesn't have any armor at all. He just sits in a clear glass tank like an aquarium squid.
The loyalist faction in the first, or possibly the second, Dalek Civil War and its victors.
- Evil Versus Evil: Against the Imperials. The differences between the two factions is largely cosmetic. It says a lot that once the Renegades had won the war, they adopted the Imperials' plan of waging a war on Gallifrey.
- Good Old Ways: At least from a Dalek perspective.
- Weak but Skilled:
- Their guns aren't as powerful as their Imperial counterparts but they're much more accurate.
- As a faction, they're smaller than their opposites but they've got much better tactics.
A new faction of Daleks created by Davros to serve as his army.
- Evil Versus Evil: Against the Renegades. The differences between the two factions is largely cosmetic.
- Government in Exile: Suggested by the name of their faction.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Their attempt to channel the Hand of Omega led to the resulting supernova destroying their high command, ending the war, which had been a near total Curb Stomp Battle for them, in their enemies' favour.
- Light Is Not Good: White and gold casings but still Daleks at the end of the day.
- Undying Loyalty: To Davros.
- Unskilled but Strong: Their guns are more powerful than their Renegade counterparts, but not as accurate.
- We Have Reserves: Their army is much larger than the Renegades.
The Cult of Skaro
A secret group of elite Daleks formed during the Last Great Time War. Accountable only to the Emperor, their directive was to dream up new ways of survival/war by "[thinking] as the enemy thinks." Notably the only Daleks to have names; Dalek Sec, Dalek Caan, Dalek Jast, and Dalek Thay.
- A Day in the Limelight: Doctor Who Magazine #545 features a story focused on Dalek Caan (fittingly titled Dalek Caan) and how he rescued Davros from the Time War.
- Armor-Piercing Question: As Dalek Sec asks his minions, if the Daleks are the Ultimate Lifeforms, why are they so routinely defeated?
- Bond Villain Stupidity: Caan could have remotely destroyed the Hybrids at any time he chose yet only did so after they'd killed Thay and Jast.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: As the leader, Dalek Sec gets a pure black casing.
- Elite Mooks: Going by Jast and Thay's last stand, they're a good deal more durable than the average Dalek. They were all this before they were made into the Cult of Skaro.
- Exact Words: Dalek Caan never said that Davros would win. He just said that the prophecy would be fulfilled.
- Half-Identifying Hybrid: Dalek Sec becomes one after splicing human DNA into his genome. He still thinks of himself as a Dalek but his underlings very clearly don't.
- Hufflepuff House: Jast and Thay are not developed to Sec and Caan's extent.
- Humanity Ensues: Dalek Sec's plan is to enact this for the Daleks going forward, noting that humanity prospers while the Daleks languish. Caan, Thay, and Jast are quite against this.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here: As the Time War inched towards mutually assured destruction, they hid in the Void Between the Worlds. It was somewhat premature. The Daleks got a second wind and had a Near Villain Victory at the war's end.
- Shrouded in Myth: Even the Doctor doubted their existence.
- Space Age Stasis: Dalek Sec flags this. His minions want it to stay.
The New Dalek Paradigm
Originally a quintet of Daleks created from the last of the progenitors (devices containing pure Dalek DNA) in orbit of WWII Earth, the New Dalek Paradigm was to be the successor state to the New Dalek Empire, made up of pure Daleks.
- Bright Is Not Good: Bright colours but still Daleks.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience:
- White - Supreme.
- Blue - Strategist.
- Orange - Scientist.
- Yellow - Eternal.
- Red - Drone.
- Demoted to Extra: Poor reception to their design caused them to become an "officer" class of Daleks with the Time War model becoming the standard drone once again. Their variant last appeared in 2012 and were the only Dalek type not present in the Series 9 opener.
- Evil Is Bigger: The tallest Daleks, rivalling the 5'11 Eleventh Doctor. They're nearly a foot taller than the ones that fought in the Time War.
- Killed Off for Real: The questionably canon Doctor Who Experience suggests that they were killed by the survivors of the New Dalek Empire (the Daleks that Davros made aboard the Crucible). According to the equally questionably canon Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe, the Prime Minister brought back the Time War variant because they invoked fear while no one took the NDP seriously.
- Swiss Army Appendage: Though never seen on-screen, their "spine" was said to hold other tools that they could swap out their manipulator arm for.
Five blue/silver Daleks that function as "Temporal R&D" to counter the Time Lords' usage of the Omega Arsenal during the Last Great Time War. Based on the Crapsack World of Moldox, their schemes ultimately led to the War Doctor deciding that he had to end the Time War.
- Big Bad: Of Engines of War.
- Dramatically Missing the Point: They want to stuff the War Doctor into the "Predator Dalek" and harness his creativity. In doing so, they'll block his memories and emotions which, as the Doctor points, will render the whole thing moot.
- Even Evil Has Standards: They don't really like Les Collaborateurs despite how useful they can be.
- Evil Laugh: Which unnerves the Doctor to no end.
- Evil Versus Evil: Much to the Doctor's dismay, they qualify as this with respect to their conflict with Rassilon.
- Foil: To the Cult of Skaro. They work in the open with more elaborate plans, rather like the villains on an '80s cartoon.
- No-Nonsense Nemesis: Destroying Gallifrey isn't enough. Best to Ret-Gone the whole planet.
- Non-Indicative Name: As the War Doctor says, they're arranged in a hexagon, not a circle.
- OOC Is Serious Business: Their decidedly un-Dalek behaviour, namely not killing people at the first opportunity, tips off the Doctor's suspicions that there's something larger brewing.
- Orcus on His Throne: Never leave their chamber on their space station.
- Xanatos Gambit: Their plan with the Tantalus Eye. Either they fired their Temporal Cannon at Gallifrey or the War Doctor would come before them and get turned into the "Predator Dalek."
Originally thought to be the only Dalek that survived the Last Great Time War, the "Metaltron" wound up on around 1962, being passed around through various private collectors before it wound up in Henry van Statten's vault of alien artifacts.
- And Then What?: The Doctor more-or-less asks this of it. What's the point of its existence without the rest of the Dalek Empire? What's it going to accomplish by just killing?
- Badass Boast: "THE DALEKS SURVIVE IN ME!"
- Curb Stomp Battle: Nothing in the Vault even scratched its paint.
- Evil Counterpart: Damaged by the Time War, driven to near-insanity from the loneliness of being the last of its kind, far more dangerous and unhinged than any of its peers, and has a soft spot for Rose Tyler. The Metaltron or the Ninth Doctor?
- Last of His Kind: Was originally thought to be the only Dalek that survived the Time War.
- Manipulative Bastard: Not only is this Dalek a fully-armed and irreconcilably murderous creature, it is also really smart. This is proven when it feigns being a weak, broken and dying creature in front of Rose Tyler, tricking her into pitying, approaching and, most importantly, touching it. As a result, it absorbs her DNA and uses it to regenerate. It also finds a more... devious way of slaughtering a squadron of human soldiers, in the knowledge that it could have just as easily and effortlessly gunned them down systematically.
- Not So Different: Opines that it's this to the Ninth Doctor, being the Sole Survivor of the other faction in the Time War.
- And then there's THIS: "YOU WOULD MAKE A GOOD DALEK!"
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Narrowly averted. When finally confronting van Statten, who hysterically claims that he 'just wanted it to talk', the Dalek viciously retorts 'Then hear me talk now!'. Rose intervenes at the last second, preventing it from executing van Statten.
- Villainous Breakdown: It spends the latter half of the episode undergoing a pretty serious one, to the point that it expresses confusion and terror at its inability to kill Rose.
- What Is This Feeling?: After absorbing Rose's DNA, it starts to experience human emotions. It chooses to kill itself rather than let this continue.
A trio of Daleks that survived a great battle against the Doctor (implied but never outright said to be the fall of the New Dalek Empire), the three found the last of the Progenitor devices in WWII and summoned the Eleventh Doctor to activate its emergency systems, allowing them to rebuild the Dalek race.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Well the episode was called "Victory of the Daleks."
- Catch Phrase: "WOULD YOU CARE FOR SOME TEA?!"
- Face Death with Dignity: They're no longer pure Daleks. They eagerly accept their heirs exterminating them.
- Manipulative Bastard: They play the Eleventh Doctor like a fiddle.
- Master Actor: Aside from the Doctor, not one person suspected them. Even Amy, who should know that such technology is beyond even her time, let alone World War II, accepts them as cute Schizo-Tech.
- Noodle Incident: The last time they encountered the Doctor and why their DNA reads as "impure." Some non-canon sources said that they had been altering their DNA to beef up their immune systems and survive longer as they waited for the Doctor.
- Small Role, Big Impact: These three beaten and battered little Dalek drones only appeared once but their cunning led to the birth of the New Dalek Paradigm and the restoration of the Dalek race.
A foot soldier in the New Dalek Paradigm, Rusty was left damaged by a battle and witnessed a star being born. Convinced that the Daleks destroyed beauty, Rusty appealed to the Doctor to help him so he could destroy the Daleks.
- Anti-Hero: Rusty is a hero in the sense that he kills Daleks. But his motivation is simply because he hates them.
- Berserk Button: Do not call him a "good Dalek."
- Boomerang Bigot: Rusty may hate Daleks, but that doesn't change the fact that he is one.
- The Dreaded: To both the Daleks and the Doctor.
- Friendly Enemy: The Doctor considers him one. If only because Rusty has a great big gun. It wouldn't pay to insult him would it?
- Heel Face Revolving Door: He expressed the desire to destroy the Daleks because they destroyed beautiful things. But that was just merely the result of a leak in his power cells causing his memories and brain to be messed up. Then the Doctor tried a mind meld to help him genuinely see the beauty of the universe only to wind up redirecting Rusty's existential rage at his fellow Daleks.
- Since he still retains his preconditioned hatred towards everything in his field of view, it's likely that the billions of years alone have caused him to hate the Doctor even more-so than your average Dalek.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: He's spent billions of years killing Daleks.
- Morality Dial: Shows that the Daleks have one. Called a "Cortex Vault" it keeps the Dalek from remembering anything that could cause them to lose their existential hatred.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Rusty's casing shows sign of great battle damage (with the plunger bent out of shape) but he's managed to hold his own against his species for billions of years.
- Nominal Hero: Rusty is a "good" Dalek only in the sense that he has no interest in alien genocides. He's still plenty interested in killing the Doctor and his own kind.
- Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Escaped the inescapable Dalek Asylum.
- One-Man Army: While Daleks (especially Time War Daleks) have always been this, he's holed himself up in a single tower and has managed to exterminate any Dalek that comes his way for billions of years.
- Shrouded in Myth: As the Doctor lampshades, the idea of a good Dalek is not something that most of the galaxy is easily accepting of.
- Time Abyss: Come "Twice Upon a Time" and he's billions of years old.
- Took a Level In Jerkass: His first appearance suggested he would one day genuinely reform. By his next, he's a trigger happy sociopath who would apparently risk the fundamental structure of the universe if it means killing the Doctor twice.
- The World Is Just Awesome: Rusty initially turned against the Daleks because he saw the beauty of the universe, specifically a star being born. Turns out that was just his casing experiencing a malfunction.
One of the first Daleks to leave Skaro, the Reconnaissance Scout made its way to Earth in the 9th century where it was promptly defeated and cut into three pieces.
- Curb Stomp Battle: It takes on a squad from the British Army. The fight isn't even remotely fair for the British.
- Evil Counterpart: To the Thirteenth Doctor. Both are stranded on Earth and spend their first episode creating cobbled together versions of their iconic tech (the sonic screwdriver and the armor) while trying to contact a powerful ally (the TARDIS and the Dalek fleet).
- Evil Laugh
- Evil Is Hammy: Even by Dalek standards: "THE DALEK RACE IS SUPREME!"
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: It's from the earliest days of the Dalek diaspora into space. As a result, while it fears the Doctor, it doesn't take her very seriously. This proves a disadvantage.
- Kill It with Fire: It really can't be a fan of fire. The custodians burnt its shell, the Doctor and her companions melted it, and then the Doctor threw the squid into a supernova.
- Near Villain Victory: Was but a few rels from summoning the Dalek fleet.
- Super Prototype: One of the first Daleks sent out of Skaro to find other planets to conquer. It's twice the size of a standard Dalek, can act as a Puppeteer Parasite, is very resourceful, and can teleport. But Reality Ensues as it's also a prototype and thus lacks modern advantages. Most critically, it has no shields.
Converted humans that the Daleks enslaved during their 22nd century invasion of Earth.
- Driven to Suicide: The instant their conditioning wears off, the Robomen just wander into the Thames and die.
- Reforged Into a Minion
- Unwilling Roboticisation
A, possibly artificial, form of Skarosian fauna used as sentries at Dalek camps and outposts on other planets. Noted for their thorns which turn other organics into Vargas.
- The Dreaded: Not just because of the Viral Transformation but because if a Varga is on a planet, a Dalek base isn't too far away.
- Planimal: Described as half-plant/half-animal.
- Viral Transformation: Get stung by a Varga and you become one.
A grey-skinned brutish race of thugs that served as hired guns for the Daleks.
- Depending on the Writer: Are they genuinely as dumb as moldy bricks or was it Obfuscating Stupidity?
- Never Live It Down: Not only did they work for the Daleks, but they were constantly defeated by a dashing silver-haired gentleman (the Third Doctor). Even if people trusted them, they're not viewed as competent enough to hire anymore.
- One-Gender Race: Subverted. Much to the Monk and Missy's surprise, they're ruled by an empress.
Seemingly the upgrade of the Robomen, the Puppets are organic lifeforms that have been infested by Dalek nanites that are often used as sleeper agents or physical labour.
- Body Horror: The eyestalk jutting out of the forehead is somewhat unsettling.
- Reforged Into a Minion
The Precursors of the Daleks. Originally a race of Human Aliens, their Forever War with the Thals caused them to mutate with the Dalek casing having been designed as a life support tank for the mutant.
- Dying Race: Reduced to just Davros.
- Even Evil Has Standards: For all that they were Nazi expies, even they couldn't support the Dalek project.
- Hypocrite: All impures must be exterminated. But their chief scientist, and the de facto leader of their society, can still be crippled and mutated.
- Ignorant of Their Own Ignorance: Were convinced that they were the only life in the seven galaxies.
- Retcon: Originally the Daleks' ancestors were called the Dals.
- Punch Clock Villain: Why they couldn't support the Daleks. For all that the Kaleds spoke of racial superiority and genocide, they did want the war to one day end and rebuild their ruined society.
- Small Role, Big Impact: They really only appeared once but without them, there would be no Daleks.