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One of the earliest, if not the earliest, major pieces of media in the Doctor Who Expanded Universe, The Dalek Chronicles... well, chronicles the early adventures of the Daleks from their creation as they struggle to establish themselves as an interstellar power.

A series of 104 page single-issue comics published by TV Century 21 magazine, the series ran from 1965 to 1967 and quickly proved itself extremely popular among the early fandom, becoming one of the centerpieces of Dalekmania.

Many aspects of the series, such as the Dalek Emperor, Black Daleks, and Dalek flying saucers would later be folded back into the TV show.

Notably, the series didn't feature even one mention of the Doctor or the TARDIS.

Tropes used in The Dalek Chronicles include:
  • Adaptation Name Change: In The Daleks, the ancestors of the Daleks were called the Dals. Here the race has always been the Daleks.
  • Adaptation Species Change: The Mechonoids were established as human built robots in later EU works. Here they're a race of Mechanical Lifeforms.
  • Adaptational Heroism: The Daleks still fully embrace A Nazi by Any Other Name by they're a good deal more affable towards one another here.
  • Adaptational Villainy:
    • In The Daleks, the Thals struck first and the Daleks (or Dals) retaliated before succumbing to He Who Fights Monsters. Here the Daleks were going to strike first before a meteor storm struck Skaro.
    • In The Chase, the Mechonoids were just an ordinary species that the Daleks waged war on. Here the Mechonoids are Galactic Conquerors that give the Daleks a run for their money.
  • Adapted Out: As only the rights to the Daleks, held by the Nation Estate and not the BBC, were sold to the magazine, the Doctor never put in an appearance in the comic.
    • Though the Thals were mentioned, they never actually appeared.
  • Alien Invasion: How the Daleks pass the time.
  • Alternate Continuity: The series is utterly irreconcilable with the television show. Though some sources suggest that it's depicting the Daleks from the Peter Cushing films.
    • There are only two ways to bring into the canon of the main show: The whole saga is a mythologized account of Dalek history (likely bent to fit the history and culture of a conquered race) or, for a second, one of the many Cosmic Retcons of the Last Great Time War made this the origin of the Daleks.
  • After the End: Skaro for two years before the Daleks rebuilt it.
  • Death World: Fitting its status as the Dalek homeworld, everything on Skaro is trying to kill you.
  • Determinator: Hey they're Daleks. They always survive and will never give up. If they don't conquer a planet today, there's always tomorrow.
  • Do-Anything Robot: The Dalek ships are very versatile.
  • The Dragon: The Black Dalek.
    • Dragon-in-Chief: As the Emperor is often leading the front lines of Dalek conquest, the Black Dalek runs most of the day-to-day operations on Skaro.
  • Earth Is the Center of the Universe: Even though it never appeared, the Daleks seem to think that conquering Earth would make them the undisputed masters of the galaxy.
  • The Empire: The Dalek Empire.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The Daleks vs. the Mechonoids.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Villain Protagonists they may be, the Daleks are still the most evil creatures in the galaxy.
  • Flying Saucer: The Dalek fleet.
  • General Failure: The Black Dalek is loyal enough but their track record leaves something to be desired.
  • King Mook: The Dalek Emperor. Its custom built casing has some special materials in it, but at the end of the day, it's just the mutant who managed to get to a casing first.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Emperor. Don't let the shiny gold casing fool you, they runs the most evil empire in the universe.
  • Lost Technology: Spaceships to the Dalek race. Going by Lodian, they had faster-than-light ships before the cataclysm.
  • Machine Worship: The Daleks seem to treat the Brain Machine as some sort of god.
  • Made of Indestructium: Subverted with Metalert. Its highly resistant to heat but very vulnerable to cold.
  • The Napoleon: The Dalek Emperor is actually the shortest of all the Daleks.
  • Only Sane Man: Lodian is the only one of the three humanoid Daleks to realize that the metal Daleks are monsters that need to be destroyed.
  • Orcus on His Throne: Averted. The Emperor is often at the frontline of planetary conquest while the Black Dalek oversees Skaro.
  • Perfect Pacifist People: The Thals were said to be such.
  • Planet Looters: The Daleks of course. They spend their days attacking planets stealing advanced technology and resources. They step their game up in their war against the Mechonoids.
  • Prequel: The last strip attempts to tie into The Dalek Invasion of Earth but it might better act as one to the Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • After walking around a heavily irradiated wasteland unprotected and overworking themselves, Yarvelling and Zolfian drop dead.
    • The Daleks got FTL travel via reverse engineering the technology. It takes them a few tries, thirteen to be precise, until they fully understand how it works.
    • The Dalek Empire is only just starting out. Not everyone has heard of them. Likewise, several stories emphasize that it takes a lot of time and resources to build an empire.
  • Rock Beats Laser: A Terrorkon proves capable of shrugging off all the defences surrounding the Dalek city.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: When the Amarylls prove too much for them, the Daleks just up and leave Alvega and commence Death From Above.
  • Slice of Life: Part of the series' appeal is that it just shows the Daleks conquering planets on a day to day basis.
  • The Starscream: Zeg, the Red Dalek.
  • Super Prototype: The first Dalek became the Emperor.
  • Sore Loser: Unable to conquer Alvega, the Daleks blow it up. The Emperor declares this to be how they will proceed going forward. If they can't conquer, they destroy. They stay true to this several times throughout the series.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Other species see a Dalek and... laugh. Of course that's when the Daleks start shooting.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Daleks but most notably the Emperor.
  • War Is Hell: The Zerovians note that the Dalek/Mechonoid has destroyed countless planets.
  • You Cannot Grasp the True Form: The Emperor tells Yarvelling and Zolfian that they would die of shock if they saw a Dalek mutant.
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