“All enemies of the Daleks must be destroyed! Exterminate them! EXTERMINATE!” Dalek
“Exterminate!”. Now there is a statement that will send a shiver down the spine of any self-preserving race!
It is difficult now, to appreciate how fresh, original and futuristic the Daleks were; on their first appearance in 1963’s – The Daleks and how much they captured the public’s imagination.
They quickly became thee most popular Doctor Who monster and the first to make a reappearance in the series. Although they have somewhat fell out of favour in recent years – mainly through overexposure, their original cult appeal remains intact.
The Dalek’s were created by the late Terry Nation and Raymond Cusick. Played by many movement artists and voiced by many voice-over actors over the years. Notably by the late Roy Skelton, who also voiced George and Zippy on Rainbow and created the classic nasally electronic twang.
To understand the Daleks, one must go back to the beginning in Genesis Of The Daleks – 1974 to get to the bottom of their famous salt shaker appearance.
Sure enough, they initially couldn’t go up stairs (ot was always hinted at though but never directly referenced) – or traverse the alien (quarry) landscape very well but these flaws were eventually worked out. As the Dalek’s evolved and the evolutionary kinks were straightened out.
The Dalek’s were born out of the planet Skaro’s civil war, between the Kaled’s and the Thal’s. After centuries of war and with both races depleted of resources, the two races were waging Earth-style (primitive) WWII-warfare.
In an attempt to break the stalemate, brilliant Kaled scientists were working on a number of top secret projects to swing the balance; including a bio warhead which could destroy the Thal’s heavily armoured command dome.
More secret, was the project led by Davros; to create an artificial and evolutionary next step for the Kaled race. Initially, it was a goal of all of the top Kaled Scientists, until Davros took over the project and changed its aims, for evil purposes, the other scientists weren’t as keen – so Davros murdered them.
Davros himself had as much reason to want to be victorious in the civil war. A Thal shell had exploded near to him and had almost killed him. He was left horribly scarred and blind, only seeing by means of an electronic third eye.
He was also wheelchair bound, which served as a life support system – and he only had the use of one functioning hand. Luckily, his brilliant (if twisted) mind was left intact and his ability to command others.
The Dalek design was titled a ‘Mark III travel machine’ – based on his own life support wheelchair design. It contained a mutuated gooey green version of a Kaled form. The mutant began life as an unseen clawed thing. But over time, changed into a slimey green squid like thing – and even a red jelly monster.
The mutant was encased in a tough Polycarbide armour shell, with a death ray attachment and a telescopic plunger; capable of manipulating objects in the environment, such as computers. It could even be used to crush the head of; or read the mind of human prisoners.
The Dalek’s optical equipment was a single eye stalk, which protruded from a dome shaped head and could do a full 360 degree spin. Later, Daleks could see in infra-red vision.
“…Today, the Kaled race has ended, consumed in a fire of war, but, from its ashes will rise a new race. The supreme creature. The ultimate procreator of the universe: THE DALEKS! The action you take today is the beginning of a journey that will take the Daleks to their destiny of universal and absolute supremacy. You have been conditioned and programmed to complete a task. You will now carry out that program.” Davros
Davros also removed from his mutations; all emotion – except hatred. With all moral reasoning gone, the Dalek’s could concentrate fully on destroying their Thal enemies.
The problem was, by removing their emotions, Davros had given the Dalek’s no reason to be loyal to him and in return – they exterminated him and destroyed the Kaled base.
However, the Dalek design did hide a number of weaknesses, which gave bipedial opponents a chance – at least. Such as the Dalek’s first appearance in The Daleks – 1963 when they required conductive metal floors to move about on.
They upgraded, seemingly, in The Dalek Invasion of Earth – 1964, when they could move about freely on any surface and go underwater – as a Dalek appeared out of the Thames river.
Removal of the Dalek’s eyestalk (if you could get close enough!) rendered the Dalek blind and it would usually end up self destructing or shooting itself – via a ricochet.
They experimented – unsuccessfully in The Evil Of The Daleks, with introducing human emotions into their Dalek brains. In a vain attempt to gain an advantage over their enemies. This almost resulted in their total destruction as a civil broke out between the Daleks and their more humanised cousins.
Also, their inability to traverse stairs was to become a legendary flaw in their design. InDestiny Of The Daleks – 1979, the fourth Doctor – Tom Baker, having escaped from the Daleks (up some stairs), stopped and shouted;
“If you’re supposed to be the superior race of the universe, why don’t you try climbing after us?”
This was finally overcame, when the Dalek’s were upgraded with an anti-gravity unit; to fly up stairs in Remembrance Of The Daleks – 1989. The new series (2005 onwards – ) has no such problem – as the Daleks could fly.
The Daleks also – on at least a couple of occaisons, discovered and perfected working time machines. Most notably, in The Chase and Remembrance Of The Daleks which they used to transport Dalek forces around space-and-time.
The Daleks generally worked alone but on occaision when it suited their long-term aims, they would ally with other races. Such as other galaxies in Mission To The Unknown & The Daleks’ Master Plan.
In Destiny Of The Daleks, Davros; their creator, (alive and trapped in his underground Kaled lab) was rediscovered by the Daleks and the Fourth Doctor. Davros was sought after by the Dalek’s; no longer as their creator and leader – but as a slave engineer, who could upgrade the Dalek’s computer brains.
This was to try and gain an advantage in their war with the Cyborg-like Movellan’s, which had reached a kind of stalemate. The Dalek’s were eventually to break off into various splinter groups after this failed campaign.
Some remained true to the Dalek Emperor. A kind of huge sedentary Dalek being with a massive computer-brain, first seen in The Evil Of The Daleks. Whilst some kept their allegiance, to their original creator Davros.
In Death To The Daleks – 1974, the Daleks crashlanded on a planet with an oppressive energy field; which stopped the Dalek’s from using their death rays. Identifying the problem, the Daleks came up with a solution and swapped their faulty ray guns for all-purpose machine guns, which could kill and oppress the local tribal aliens.
When it came to oppressing aliens. The Daleks were always quick to put them to work, as a slave race. This was to fulfill any needs the Dalek race required. In Death To The Daleks, the Daleks put the local alien populace to work, mining minerals.
In Day Of The Daleks & Frontier In Space, the Daleks had enslaved the Ogrons – a kind of squat muscular neandathal – hired to do the Daleks dirty work.
In Planet Of The Daleks, the Daleks were after the secret of invisibility cloaking. By attempting to recreate the invisibility of the Spiradon race. They also had a huge army in cold storage, underneath an ice volcano.
Davros had become something of a dirty secret, to the new Dalek-ran empire. Until the Dalek’s came calling again for him. This time to attempt to force him to work on an anti-virus to a Movellan viral bio-weapon, which was killing the Dalek race.
A civil war was inevitable between the Supreme Daleks and Davros’s rebel Dalek faction and when it came, it was devastatingly collateral and many humans were killed in the crossfire – in Resurrection of the Daleks – 1984.
When the Supreme led Daleks found out what was happening, they arrived and arrested Davros but not before destroying his Rebel Dalek force, in a firefight. In the ensuing battle, Davros lost the fingers from his remaining good hand.
The civil war reached a peak in Remembrance Of The Daleks, 1989; when the rival factions warred on Earth over possession of ‘The Hand of Omega’. The Hand was a device created by the most brilliant Gallifreyian Timelord; Omega – who had originally discovered time travel.
It could manipulate space-and-time and the Daleks calculated it would make them the supreme race in the universe. In this fight, the Daleks (unbeknown to them) were secretly under the control of Davros himself.
Davros had built and hid himself in a special Dalek body and was masquerading as the new Dalek Emporer. He wheeled out the big guns – literally, with Tank style Daleks called “Abominations” and white upgraded Imperial Daleks – to retrieve the Hand Of Omega.
What the warring Daleks hadn’t banked on, was that the seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy, had reprogrammed the Hand of Omega to destroy the Dalek mothership and homeworld of Skaro. Davros was lucky to escape in a pod, as the Dalek control ship exploded.
The Dalek’s made a brief cameo appearance in Doctor Who : The Movie – 1996, where they tried the Master in a court of law and then atomized him, even allowing the Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy to pop by and collect and transport his ashes back to Gallifrey, inline with the Master’s last wishes.
Season One – 1963-64
Season Two – 1964-65
Season Three – 1965-66
Season Four – 1966-67
Season Nine – 1972
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Season Ten – 1972-1973
Season Eleven – 1973 – 1974
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