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Appearance / Type: Kaled mutant in armored shells
Also known as: Metaltron
Mark III Travel Machine
Enemy Daleks
Affiliated with: Dalek Empire
Place of origin: Skaro
Appearances: Full list of appearances
Mentioned in: DW: The Rescue
DW: The War Machines
DW: The Tomb of the Cybermen
DW: Carnival of Monsters
DW: The Face of Evil
DW: City of Death
DW: Castrovalva
DW: Battlefield
DW: The Christmas Invasion
DW: School Reunion
DW: The Girl in the Fireplace
DW: The Runaway Bride
DW: Gridlock
DW: Human Nature
DW: Utopia
DW: The Sound of Drums
DW: Last of the Time Lords
DW: Silence in the Library
DW: The Next Doctor
DW: The End of Time
EDA: Dreamstone Moon
BFA: The Eye of the Scorpion
BFG: Weapon of Choice
NA: The Also People
Notable Individuals:
For the 1963 serial, see The Daleks, For the 2005 episode, see Dalek (TV story)

Daleks were mutated descendents of the Kaleds of the planet Skaro. They fought the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War, resulting in the almost total destruction of both races. They regarded the the Doctor as their greatest single enemy and were hated and feared throughout time and space.


Physical characteristics

Battle Armour

"The metal is just a battle armour. The real Dalek creature is inside."
―The Doctor.

The creatures inside their " machines" were most frequently Kaled mutants, which the Doctor once described as "little green blobs in bonded polycarbide armour" (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks), although mutated members of other species, mainly Humans, also occupied the casings on occasion.

In the original story, DW: The Daleks, the mutated creatures are called Dals.

The interdependence of biological and mechanical components arguably made the Daleks a type of cyborg. The Imperial Daleks created by Davros during the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War were inarguably true cyborgs, surgically connected to their shells. (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks)

Externally, Daleks resembled human-sized peppershakers, with a single mechanical eyestalk in a rotating dome, a gunstick and a manipulator arm. The casings were made of bonded polycarbide armour (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks, Doomsday), a material that was also called dalekanium. (DW: The Dalek Invasion of Earth)

The lower shell was covered with 56 hemispherical protrusions, seen as a self-destruct system (DW: Dalek).

The voice of a Dalek was electronic, the Dalek creature having no vocal apparatus as such. Their most infamous statement was "EX-TER-MIN-ATE!", with each syllable individually screeched in a frantic electronic scream. Other common utterances included "I (or WE) OBEY!" to any command given by a superior. Daleks also had a radio communicator built into their shells, and emitted an alarm to summon other nearby Daleks if the casing was opened from outside.

The Dalek's eyepiece was its most vulnerable spot, and impairing its vision often led to its main weapon being fired indiscriminately. The Dalek casing also functioned as a fully-sealed environment suit, allowing travel through the vacuum of space or underwater without the need for additional life-support equipment. (DW: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, DW: The Parting of the Ways)

A Dalek was connected to its casing through a positronic link while the mutant itself accesses nutrient feeders and control mechanisms inside its internal chamber. (BFA: The Time of the Daleks)

Due to their gliding motion, some models of Dalek were notoriously unable to tackle stairs, which made them easy to overcome under the right circumstances. For example, at one time the Doctor and his companions escaped from Dalek pursuers by climbing into a ceiling duct. (DW: Destiny of the Daleks) Some models appeared to be able to hover, or even travel under their own power like small spacecraft (DW: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, DW: The Chase, DW: Revelation of the Daleks, DW: Remembrance of the Daleks, DW: Dalek, DW: The Parting of the Ways, DW: Doomsday, DW: Daleks in Manhattan).

The armour of Dalek Sec and Dalek Caan had temporal shift capacity, possibly unique to those units and the others of the Cult of Skaro. (DW: Doomsday, Daleks in Manhattan)

The power source of the Dalek casing appears to have varied at different points in their history. During his first encounter with them on Skaro, the Doctor learned that the casing was externally powered by static electricity transmitted through the metal floors of the Dalek City. Isolating a Dalek from the floor using a non-conductive material shut down the casing, although it was not immediately fatal to the occupant. This weakness was not seen on any other occasion. (DW: The Daleks)

By the beginning of the Last Great Time War the Daleks had adapted their technology to use a form of energy apparently inextricably linked to the process of time travel (possibly Artron energy). On more than one occasion Daleks and their devices were seen to leech this energy from time-travelers to power themselves. (DW: Dalek, DW: Doomsday)

Whatever the power source was that the Daleks used in the interim, it was (apparently uniquely) immune to being drained by the City of the Exxilons. Strangely, the Daleks retained motive power and the ability to speak even though their weaponry was shut down (strongly suggesting the weapon systems had a separate power supply). The Doctor indicated that this was because the Daleks were psychokinetic, the City being unable to absorb psychic energy. Other references to the Daleks having any kind of psychic potential are rather scarce, but on the planet Kyrol the Doctor later discovered an enclave of humanised Daleks who had, through years of meditation, developed their psychokinesis to a remarkable degree. (DW: Death to the Daleks, DWM: Children of the Revolution)

The casing was also booby-trapped making even dead Daleks a dangerous foe. They were frequently equipped with virus transmitters which worked automatically. (NSA: I am a Dalek) Furthermore, the armour contains an automated distress beacon which activates if disturbed. (DW: Planet of the Daleks)


"A nightmare. It's a mutation. The Dalek race was genetically engineered. Every single emotion was removed except hate."
―The Doctor.
Kaled Mutant in Time War armour

The interior mutant was, as Ace described it, a green or pinkish "blob." (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks) It is the brain of the Dalek and the true creature that hates everything that is not a Dalek. The "blobs" are most often genetically-mutated Kaleds or, at times, other species captured by the Daleks and are depicted as having multiple tentacle-like protrusions and a normal sized right eye with the left eye much reduced in size so as to be easily missed. Despite their apparent lack of any motive capability they are shown to be capable of defending themselves, as demonstrated when a Dalek attacked and killed a soldier. (DW: Resurrection of the Daleks)

While typically the Daleks are small mutants, at least one member of the species, Dalek Sec, had extremely large tentacles and was pale green; he could even produce a sac-like membrane that appeared to come from his mouth. It was this membrane that he used to absorb Mr. Diagoras and transform into a Human-Dalek. (DW: Daleks in Manhattan, Evolution of the Daleks) Before or during the Time War, the Daleks mutated even more, it had a large eye in the centre of its body and tentacles. (DW: Dalek)


Davros, creator of the Daleks.
"We are entombed but we live on. This is only the beginning. We will prepare. We will grow stronger. When the time is right, we will emerge and take our rightful place as the supreme power of the universe!"
―Daleks after being entombed on Skaro by the Doctor.

The Daleks were the product of a generations-long war between the Kaled and Thal races.

Main article: Creation of the Daleks

Over the course of their history, the Daleks developed time travel (DW: The Chase), an interstellar (and later intergalactic) Dalek Empire (DW: The Daleks' Master Plan) and factory ships for conquest (DW: The Power of the Daleks). The radio dishes which had originally been required to allow them to travel on surfaces without a static charge (DW: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) also vanished, enabling Daleks to move under their own power.

Main article: History of the Daleks

Origin of the name

"Dalek" had been the ancient Kaled word for god. Davros, the creator of the Daleks, appropriated the name, supposing the Daleks to approximate gods in evolutionary terms. (BFD: I, Davros) Obviously, however, that Dalek is an anagram of Kaled, the race from which the Daleks were genetically engineered. A scientist under the command of Davros mentioned that the word "Dalek" had never been heard before the Doctor, and then hours later, Davros himself, uttered it. (DW: Genesis of the Daleks)

Society and Culture

"All inferior creatures are to be considered the enemy of the Daleks, and destroyed!"
―A Dalek



Daleks had little to no individual personality and a strict hierarchy. They were conditioned to obey a superior's orders without question. Ultimately, the most fundamental feature of Dalek culture and psychology was an unquestioned belief in the superiority of the Daleks. Other species were either to be exterminated immediately, or enslaved and then exterminated later once they were no longer necessary. The default directive of a Dalek was to destroy all non-Dalek lifeforms.

Daleks even regarded "deviant" Daleks as their enemies and worthy of destruction. The civil war between the Renegade and Imperial Daleks was a prime example of this, with each faction considering the other to be a perversion despite the relatively minor differences between them. This belief also meant that Daleks were intolerant of such "contamination" even within themselves. (DW: Dalek, DW: The Parting of the Ways, DW: Evolution of the Daleks, BFA: The Mutant Phase)

Another offshoot of this superiority complex was their complete ruthlessness, although this is also due to genetic modifications made to the original Kaled mutants by Davros. It was because of this that it was nearly impossible to negotiate or reason with a Dalek and it was this single-mindedness that made them so dangerous and not to be underestimated. However, their reliance on logic and machinery was also a weakness, albeit one that they recognized in themselves. (DW: Destiny of the Daleks) On two occasions they transferred emotions from other life-forms, in the one case Humans, having refined, the Human Factor with the help from the Doctor to create Humanised Daleks. (DW: The Evil of the Daleks) In another incident, they refined savagery, hatred and cunning from many other life forms (DWM: The Dogs of Doom) One unintentionally Humanised Dalek appeared after it used Rose Tyler's DNA to regenerate after sustaining injuries, resulting in involuntarily developing feelings. However, some traditional Dalek psychology remained and the Dalek self-destructed in disgust. (DW: Dalek)

A post-time war Dalek.


As noted above, the Daleks that were created through the manipulation and mutation of Human genetic material by the Dalek Emperor were religious fanatics that worshiped the Emperor as their god. Normal Daleks had no religion other than their fanatic belief in their own supremacy.(DW: The Parting of the Ways)

Legal system

Although the Daleks were well known for their disregard for due process and Galactic Law, there were at least two occasions on which they took enemies back to Skaro for a "trial" rather than killing them on the spot; the first was their creator Davros (DW: Revelation of the Daleks), and the second was the renegade Time Lord known as the Master (DW: Doctor Who).

Accounts differ as to whether the retrieval of Davros was not for a 'trial' in the criminal sense but rather a test to see if he was in fact worthy of becoming the supreme leader of the race (BFD: I, Davros) or if they gave him more of a literal trial (DWM: Emperor of the Daleks)
It is not clear what the Daleks' trial of the Master involved.


The Daleks were known to write poetry (NA: The Also People), and some of the more elaborate Dalek battlecries had an almost poetic quality about them (for example, "Advance and Attack! Attack and Destroy! Destroy and Rejoice!" (DW: The Chase)) In an alternate reality, the Daleks showed a fondness for the works of William Shakespeare. (BFA: The Time of the Daleks)

Due to their frequent defeats by the Doctor, he became a legendary figure in Dalek culture and mythology. They had standing orders to capture or exterminate the Doctor on sight, and were occasionally able to identify him despite his regenerations. This was not an innate ability, but probably the result of good record keeping. The Daleks knew the Doctor as the "Ka Faraq Gatri", (which meant the "Bringer of Darkness" or "Destroyer of Worlds") (DWM: Bringer of Darkness, referencing DWN: Remembrance of the Daleks). The Doctor claimed that the Daleks also called him "the Oncoming Storm" (DW: The Parting of the Ways).

The second name was also used by the Draconians to refer to the Doctor, though probably in a less pejorative sense. (NA: Love and War)

The Doctor's attitude towards the Daleks

The Doctor, in turn, grew to be almost monomaniacal in his belief that the Daleks were completely evil and unworthy of trust or compassion after countless encounters with the Daleks, many of which ended in considerable bloodshed. This was a sort of evolution in comparison with some of his earlier dealings with the Daleks; for example, the Doctor attempted to instill a "Human factor" in Daleks (DW: The Evil of the Daleks) and the Doctor hesitated when presented with the opportunity to destroy the Daleks at the point of their creation (DW: Genesis of the Daleks). His conviction of the irredeemable nature of the Daleks motivated a venomous outburst by the Doctor leading the mutant to observe that the Doctor "would make a good Dalek." (DW: Dalek) This bias was apparently changed with the discovery of how Daleks can, indeed, change, with a supreme effort, as seen with the Rose Tyler-Dalek hybrid created in Henry Van Statten's vaults. As of Evolution of the Daleks, the Doctor even becomes eager to help Sec create a new race of hybridized human-Daleks, even calling him "a great man" for recognizing Davros was wrong in attempting to create a race solely focusing on hatred and death. Later, The Doctor risked being killed by Caan to approach and reason with him, even after both Sec and the new Dalek hybrids were killed in front of him.

Dalek Hierarchy

See Dalek hierarchy.

Dalek Technology

Dalek eyepiece (DW:Dalek)

The key item of Dalek technology is the casing, evolved from the Mark III Travel Machines built by Davros. The casings of Davros' Imperial Daleks were made out of bonded polycarbide. (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks) The eyestalk of the casing clearly bestowed superior vision to the Dalek creature, and the plunger-shaped attachment functions as a flexible and adaptable limb. Dalek gunsticks could kill almost any sentient being, although many species have developed armour capable of resisting Dalek guns.  On the surface of Skaro, within the confines of the Dalek City, the machines ran on static electricity, which was fed through the floor of the city, and were incapacitated if they were removed from the floor. The technology of the casings changed over the years. The first Daleks to emerge from the bunker in which the first Daleks were entombed created a city and received power from those. (DW:Dalek) Those occupying Earth during the their 22nd century invasion had dishes on their backs. Later models of Dalek casing had their own internal power supply. Numerous models of Daleks have some degree of hover technology.

Dalek claw and blowtorch (DW:The Parting of the Ways)

There have been numerous variations on Dalek armoured shell.

See Dalek variants.

By the era of the Last Great Time War, Dalek technology had moved on even further - Daleks now had force-fields. Whereas previous versions of Daleks could be destroyed by well-placed bastic bullets or the like, these Daleks stopped such bullets from even getting close to the casing. Their propulsion systems not only added hover ability, but enabled independant space travel. These Daleks could use the DNA of a time traveller to regenerate their bodies and their casings just by virtue of the traveller touching the casing.

Dalek syringe attachment (DW:Daleks in Manhattan)

Dalek travel technology varied over time. However, Dalek spaceships were consistently designed in a saucer shape, and hoverbouts allowed individual Daleks to travel without using up their own power source. The Daleks also developed time travel capabilities. Time Corridors allowed limited transport between one era and another. However, the Daleks also developed their own kind of time machine of similar capacities to the Doctor's TARDIS, though they could not change shape. These time travel machines were also dimensionally transendental. (DW: The Chase, DW: The Daleks' Master Plan) They could also initiate 'emergency temporal shift' which was basically a teleport through time and space, which could help the Dalek escape if it was surrounded but which was totally random, unlike other time machines, so there was no way of telling where the Dalek would end up after teleporting. (DW:Doomsday,DW:Daleks in Manhattan, DW: The Stolen Earth)

It is not known how advanced their time travel technology had become by the time they vanished to fight the Last Great Time War, but the fact that Dalek Caan was able to travel to the time-locked Last Great Time War meant that it must have been approaching the level used by the Time Lords themselves.

The Daleks were also experts in biological warfare, and used (or attempted to use) biological weapons on one occasions. (DW: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)

Dalek writing

See Dalek writing.


  • Eyestalk susceptible to concentrated fire
  • Arrogance
  • Lack of imagination
  • Movellan virus

Behind the Scenes

Other appearances.

Two Doctor Who movies starring Peter Cushing featured the Daleks as the main villains: Dr. Who and the Daleks, and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD, based on the television serials The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth, respectively. However, the movies were not straight remakes. Cushing's Doctor is not an alien, but a human inventor, and is literally named "Doctor Who." The movies used brand new Dalek props, based closely on the original design but with a wider range of colours. Originally, the movie Daleks were supposed to shoot jets of flame, but this was thought to be too graphic for children, so their weapons emitted jets of deadly vapour instead.

Marvel UK was publishing Doctor Who Magazine at the time, which included comic strip stories in its pages. Aside from meeting up with the Doctor in them, the DWM strips also introduced a new nemesis for the Daleks; the Dalek Killer named Abslom Daak. Daak was a convicted criminal in the 26th century who was given the choice between execution and being sent on a suicide mission against the Daleks. He chose the latter and, when the woman he loved was killed by the Daleks, made it his life's purpose to kill every Dalek he came across.

The Daleks have also appeared in the Dalek Empire series of audio plays by Big Finish Productions. Daleks are set to reappear in series 5 of the revived series

Story titles

Beginning with the 1965 stage play The Curse of the Daleks, the best-known title format for stories featuring the Daleks has been "... of the Daleks". This was first used on television in the 1966 serial The Power of the Daleks and was used most recently on TV in 2007's Evolution of the Daleks. In fact, if comic strips, audios and novels are included, more stories exist that do not use this title format, but "... of the Daleks" is considered ubiquitous enough that the spoof film Myth Runner includes a joking reference to an apparent future Who story entitled Deuteronomy of the Daleks.

The word Dalek has been titular to more Doctor Who televised story titles than any other noun, although Planet and Death are more ubiquitous if Hartnell-era adventures — which originally did not have story titles as such — are identified only by their episodic titles. Indeed, in the whole of the Hartnell era, Dalek was used exactly once as an onscreen title — for episode two of the adventure later re-christened as The Dalek Invasion of Earth.

See also

External links

External Sources

  • Howe, David J & Walker, Stephen James (2003). The Television Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorized Guide to DOCTOR WHO (2nd ed.) Surrey, UK: Telos Publishing, ISBN 1-903389051-0.
  • Haining, Peter, (1988) "Doctor Who and the Merchandisers", Doctor Who: 25 Glorious Years London, UK: W.H. Allen, ISBN 0-31837661-X.
  • Davies, Kevin (director) (1993). More than 30 Years in the TARDIS London, UK: BBC Video.
  • Howe, David J & Walker, Stephen James (1994). The First Doctor Handbook London, UK: Virgin Publishing, ISBN 0-426-2-430-1.
  • Finklestone, Peter (producer) (2003). "Talking Daleks" featurette, The Dalek Invasion of Earth London, UK: BBC Video.
  • Seaborne, Gilliane (director) (2005). "Dalek", Doctor Who Confidential BBC Wales.
  • Nation, Terry (ed.) (1979). Terry Nation's Dalek Special, Target Books, bottom.
Dalek television stories
Major appearances: The Daleks  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth  • The Chase  • Mission to the Unknown  • The Daleks' Master Plan  • The Power of the Daleks  • The Evil of the Daleks  • Day of the Daleks  • Planet of the Daleks  • Death to the Daleks  • Genesis of the Daleks  • Destiny of the Daleks  • Resurrection of the Daleks  • Revelation of the Daleks  • Remembrance of the Daleks  • Dalek • Bad Wolf/ The Parting of the Ways  • Army of Ghosts/Doomsday  • Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks  • The Stolen Earth / Journey's End
Minor appearances: The Space Museum  • The Wheel in Space  • The War Games  • The Mind of Evil  • Frontier in Space  • Logopolis  • The Five Doctors  • The TV Movie  • Human Nature  • The Waters of Mars
Non-canonical: The Curse of Fatal Death
 • Complete List of Appearances •
Aliens and Enemies of Season 1
An Unearthly Child: Kal The Daleks: Daleks  • Thals  • Lake Monster Marco Polo: Tegana  • Mongol Bandit  • Malik  • Acomat  • Kuiju The Keys of Marinus: Yartek  • Voords  • Marinusians  • Morpho Brains  • Vasor   Ice Soldiers  • Kala  • Aydan  • Eyesen The Aztecs: Tlotoxl   The Sensorites: Sensorites  • Second Elder   The Reign of Terror: Maximilien Robespierre  • Léon Colbert
Aliens and Enemies of Season 2
Planet of Giants: Forester  • Smithers The Dalek Invasion of Earth: Robomen  • Daleks  • Slyther  • Black Dalek  • Dalek Saucer Commander The Rescue: Sand Beast  • Bennett/Koquillion  • Didonians   The Romans: Nero  • Poppaea  • Didius  • Sevcheria  • Locusta  • AscarisThe Web Planet: Zarbi  • Menoptera  • Larvae guns  • Optera  • Animus   The Crusade: El Akir  • Saphadin  • Thatcher  • Fatima The Space Museum: Moroks  • Lobos  • Xerons  • Daleks The Chase: Daleks  • Supreme Dalek  • Aridians  • Mire Beast  • Frankenstein's Monster robot  • Dracula robot  • Grey Lady  • Gubbage Cones  • Robot Dr Who  • Mechanoids   The Time Meddler: The Monk  • Ulf  • Sven  • Gunnar the Giant
Aliens and Enemies of Season 3
Galaxy Four: Rills  • Chumblies  • Maaga  • Drahvins  • Mission to the Unknown: Varga plants  • Daleks  • Malpha  • Warrien  • Trantis  • Gearon  • Beaus  • Sentreal The Myth Makers: Cassandra The Daleks' Master Plan: Daleks  • Supreme Dalek  • Mavic Chen  • Malpha  • Trantis  • Celation  • Gearon  • Beaus  • Sentreal  • Zephon  • Kirksen  • Visians  • Screamers  • The Monk The Massacre of St Bartholomew's Eve: Catherine de Medici The Ark: Monoids  • Refusian The Celestial Toymaker: Celestial Toymaker  • Joey the Clown  • Clara the Clown  • King of Hearts  • Queen of Hearts  • Knave of Hearts  • Joker  • Sgt. Rugg  • Mrs. Wiggs  • Cyril  • Kitchen Boy The Gunfighters: Johnny Ringo The Savages: Savages  • Elders  • Jano  • Senta  • Edal  • Exorse The War Machines: WOTAN  • War Machines  • Green  • Brett
Aliens and Enemies of Season 4
The Smugglers: Samuel Pike  • Cherub  • Spaniard  • Jamaica  • Gaptooth The Tenth Planet: Cybermen  • Krail  • Jarl  • Talon  • Krang  • Shav  • Gern The Power of the Daleks: Daleks  • Kaled mutants  • Bragen The Highlanders: Grey  • Trask  • Perkins The Underwater Menace: Zaroff  • Fish people  The Moonbase: Cybermen The Macra Terror: Macra   The Faceless Ones: Chameleons  • George Meadows  • Spencer  • Blade  • Steven Jenkins  • Pinto  • Ann Davidson The Evil of the Daleks: Theodore Maxtible  • Daleks   Dalek Emperor  • Humanised Daleks  • Alpha  • Beta  • Omega • Guard Daleks
Aliens and Enemies of Season 9
Day of the Daleks: Daleks  • The Controller  • Ogrons The Curse of Peladon: Arcturus  • Alpha Centauri  • Aggedor  • Hepesh  • Ice Warriors  • Peladonians The Sea Devils: The Master  • Sea Devils  • Chief Sea Devil  • George Trenchard The Mutants: The Marshal  • Solonians  • Jaeger  • Varn's SonThe Time Monster: The Master  • Kronos  • Minotaur  • Chronovores
Aliens and Enemies of Season 10
The Three Doctors: Omega  • Gell guards  • Anti-matter Organism  • Time Lords Carnival of Monsters: Lurmans  • Drashigs  • Kalik  • Plesiosaurus  • Orum  • Inter Minorians Frontier in Space: Draconians  • The Master  • Ogrons  • Daleks  • Ogron eater  • Cross Planet of the Daleks: Daleks  • Dalek Supreme  • Thals  • Spiridonians  • Sponge-plants  • Eye-plants The Green Death: BOSS  • Giant Maggots  • Giant Flies  • Stevens  • Ralph Fell  • Elgin  • Hinks  • James
Aliens and Enemies of Season 11
The Time Warrior: Jingo Linx  • Irongron  • Bloodaxe Invasion of the Dinosaurs: Pterodactyl  • Stegosaurus  • Tyrannosaurus rex  • Apatosaurus  • Brontosaurus  • Triceratops  • Finch  • Whitaker  • Charles Grover Death to the Daleks: Daleks  • Exxilons  • Great City of the Exxilons The Monster of Peladon: Aggedor  • Ice Warriors  • Peladonians  • Azaxyr  • Sskel  • Eckersley  • Alpha Centauri  • Vega Nexos Planet of the Spiders: Lupton  • The Great One  • Eight Legs
Aliens and Enemies of Season 12
Robot: K1  • Hilda Winters  • J.P. Kettlewell  • Arnold Jellicoe  • Short The Ark in Space: Wirrn  • Noah The Sontaran Experiment: Styre  • Sontarans  • The Marshal  • Styre's Robot Genesis of the Daleks: Davros  • Nyder  • Daleks  • Thals  • Kaleds  • Kaled mutants  • Mutos  • Revenge of the Cybermen: Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Kellman  • Vogans  • Cybermats
Aliens and Enemies of Season 17
Destiny of the Daleks: Daleks  • Davros  • Movellans  • Kaled mutants City of Death: Scaroth The Creature from the Pit: Lady Adrasta  • Tythonians  • Huntsman  • Wolfweed Nightmare of Eden: Mandrels  • Tryst  • Dymond The Horns of Nimon: Skonnans  • Nimons  • Soldeed  • Anethans  • Crinothian
Shada: Skagra  • Krargs
Aliens and Enemies of Season 20
Arc of Infinity: Omega  • Hedin  • The Ergon  • Time Lords Snakedance: The Mara  • Manussans Mawdryn Undead: Black Guardian  • Mawdryn Terminus: Vanir  • Lazars  • The Garm  • Black Guardian Enlightenment: Eternals  • Wrack  • Mansell  • Black Guardian  • White Guardian The King's Demons: The Master  • Kamelion The Five Doctors: Borusa  • Cybermen  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant  • Robot Yeti  • Raston Warrior Robot  • Dalek  • Kaled mutant  • Time Lords
Aliens and Enemies of Season 21
Warriors of the Deep: Silurians  • Icthar  • Scibus  • Tarpok  • Sea Devils  • Myrka The Awakening: Malus  • George Hutchinson Frontios: Gravis  • Tractators Resurrection of the Daleks: Davros  • Gustave Lytton  • Daleks  • Dalek Troopers  • Dalek Duplicates Planet of Fire: Kamelion  • Timanov  • The Master The Caves of Androzani: Sharaz Jek  • Morgus  • Stotz The Twin Dilemma: Jacondans  • Mestor  • Gastropods
Aliens and Enemies of Season 22
Attack of the Cybermen: Cybermen  • Cyber-Controller  • Cryons  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant Vengeance on Varos: Sil  • Quillam The Mark of the Rani: The Master  • The Rani The Two Doctors: Chessene of the Franzine Grig  • Shockeye of the Quawncing Grig  • Dastari  • Stike  • Varl  • Sontarans  • Androgums Timelash: Megelen  • Tekker  • Morloxes  • Karfelons  • Karfelon androids  • Bandrils Revelation of the Daleks: Davros  • Daleks  • Glass Dalek
Aliens and Enemies of Season 25
Remembrance of the Daleks: Davros  • Daleks (Imperial and Renegade)  • George Ratcliffe  • Special Weapons Dalek  • The Girl  • Supreme Dalek The Happiness Patrol: Kandyman  • Helen A  • Pipe People  • Fifi Silver Nemesis: Lady Peinforte  • De Flores  • Cyber-Leader  • Cyber-Lieutenant  • Cybermen
The Greatest Show in the Galaxy: Gods of Ragnarok  • Chief Clown  • Captain Cook  • Mags  • Robot Clowns  • Advertising Satellite  • Bus Conductor  • Segonaxian
Aliens and Enemies of Series 1
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Music of the Spheres: Graske
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Rise of the Empire era


Droid rebels on Nar Shaddaa.

Daleks were a droid variant.



In 32 BBY, a Dalek was among the numerous candidates who tried to become a Mandalorian under Jango Fett.[1]

In 5 BBY, a Dalek was among the droids participating in the droid rebellion led by C-3PO against Boonda the Hutt on Nar Shaddaa.

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Behind the scenes

Daleks are from the popular sci-fi show Doctor Who, where they became the arch-enemies of the Doctor. Contrary to the first impressions of many viewers, as well as their apparent participation in a droid revolt in Star Wars Droids: Rebellion 3, the Daleks on Doctor Who are in fact cyborgs.

The fan publication Book of Imperial Shuttle Plans: Cygnus Spaceworks includes a reference to Skaro, the Dalek homeworld.


  • Fett Club (Non-canonical appearance)
  • Star Wars Droids: Rebellion 3 (Appears on the cover only)

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"Exterminate, annihilate, destroy!"
—Dalek battlecry.

The Daleks were an extragalactic race of cyborg aliens that invaded the galaxy around 3,000 years after the Galactic Empire's loss at the Battle of Yavin. The Daleks had watched the galaxy after being exiled from their own time and galaxy at the end of the Time War. Due to their conditioning, the Daleks were extremely xenophobic and desired nothing more than to cleanse the universe of everything other than themselves.


Biology and appearance

Often mistaken for droids, the Daleks resembled human-sized salt shakers, with an eyestalk on a rotating dome, a plunger-shaped manipulator arm in the right socket of the midsection and a powerful gun fitted in the left socket. Sometimes the manipulator arm would be replaced with a more specialized tool, but the gun was rarely, if ever, removed. The rest of the Dalek's configuration consisted of a lower carriage studded with 56 bumps and a fender surrounding the base. When the Dalek spoke, the luminosity dischargers affixed to the dome would synchronize with the electronic, grating voice.

A Dalek mutant.

The recognizable rugged outer casing served as battle armor and a mobile life-support chamber. The actual Dalek creature was inside, operating the machine like the commander of a tank. Described as "pulsating blobs of hate", the Dalek creature was most often a Kaled mutant, though other species have occupied the casings on occasion. The average Dalek mutant was octopoid in appearance, looking like a mucous-excreting, one-eyed tentacled creature. The mutant itself could not survive for long outside of its protective casing. Connected to its machine by nutrient feeders and a positronic linkage, the interdependence of technology and organic components made the Dalek a type of cyborg.

The voice of the Dalek was electronic, the creature having no vocal chords and unable to utter much more than squeaks without the aid of its casing. This metallic grating voice typically was staccato with a harsh tone and rising inflection. Individual syllables were screeched, the Dalek sounding perpetually angry, verging on hysteria. This vocal pattern and tone was one of the traits that made them recognizable, especially when an invasion force descended upon a population, crying "EX-TER-MIN-ATE! EX-TER-MIN-ATE!"

Due to their gliding motion, it was long believed that Daleks were unable to tackle a flight of stairs. The casings, however, were equipped with repulsorlift technology, allowing Daleks to navigate not only staircases but rough, uneven terrain as well. This technology was further modified along with the casing, making the Dalek's shell a fully-sealed environment suit and able to navigate through the atmosphere and even the vacuum of space, replacing the need for the transolar disc.

Daleks possessed a degree of Force-sensitivity, though it was unknown what the extent of their abilities were. Restraining bolts were effective in disrupting the use of a Dalek's casing, disabling motive and weapon systems. The armor was made from bonded-polycarbide, which the Republic termed "Dalekanium," and was almost impervious to lightsaber blades. The energy discharged from the Dalek weapons could not be deflected.


"All inferior creatures are to be considered enemies of the Daleks and destroyed!"
—An example of the Dalek belief system.

An ancient race, the Daleks hailed from the planet Skaro, located in an as-yet undiscovered galaxy. The entire race was genetically-engineered, recreated in what their creator believed to be the ultimate form. Emotions were stripped from the mutants' brains, leaving only hate, anger, and a massive superiority complex. The Daleks believed themselves to be the superior beings and harbored an intense hatred for anything that was not like them. It was this intrinsic drive to destroy and conquer that drove the Daleks from Skaro and into various galaxies, in a quest for the ultimate in racial cleansing.

The Daleks were adept with technology and science. They had invented a vast number of devices ranging from surveillance equipment, such as the Rangerscope, to vehicles like the Dalek Flying Saucer and the DARDIS, to weaponry of varying destructive capabilities. And they were not afraid to sacrifice their own to use their technology. Often, a Dalek on a suicide mission would be known to remark that its death would "contribute to the greater glory of the Dalek race!"


The Daleks were a xenophobic species, bred to believe themselves to be the superior beings. This belief encompassed their society, driving their inventions and motives. Vast amounts of time were devoted to the development of devices that would rid the universe of anything and everything that they considered to be inferior.

When subjugating a civilization, Daleks often would enslave the rest of the population after destroying opposition and individuals who did not run fast enough. The slave labor was used to exploit a conquered planet of all its natural resources, be it fuel, building materials, water, or even just one substance that was needed for a specific task. If needed, some slaves would be selected to undergo a process the Daleks termed "Robotization," in which the captives would be turned into a "Roboman" slave. Cybernetic implants would be surgically grafted into the brain, controlling the slave with either commands from the Dalek command net or orders from a direct link to an individual Dalek's mind. These Robomen would then serve as agents of the Daleks, often acting as overseers of slave colonies.

Dalek Empire

Main article: Dalek Empire

The Dalek Empire was divided into a strict hierarchy. The Dalek Emperor was the ruling head, with a Supreme Council under his command. The "Supreme One" was a member of this ruling council. Below that was the black Dalek Supreme, of which Dalek Sec was one. Supreme Controllers had local command over Dalek bases within their jurisdiction. Various military commanders were below that, followed by the standard drones. Most Daleks within an invasion force were drones.

Another ruling party operated outside of the hierarchy and were handpicked by the Emperor. Known as "the Cult of Skaro," this group was to help advance the Dalek race by being allowed to think for themselves.

The leaders of the Dalek Empire at the time of the invasion were:

On top of the three leaders was the Cult of Skaro, which Dalek Sec was the leader. Its other members were Dalek Caan, Dalek Thay, and Dalek Jast.

The Dalek Empire used powerful technology that prevented the Force from affecting them.

Dalek fleet

The Dalek fleet during the Last Great Time War was comprised of ten million ships. The fleet consisted of Dalek saucers, each containing around 2,000 occupants. Each saucer was equipped with a neutronic drive engine, and various weaponry. The engine itself served as a weapon as well, programmed to destroy the saucer in the event of capture. Each saucer also housed a Dalek reproduction factory, where the mutants' genetic material would be used to breed more drones.

For operation within the atmosphere, Daleks sometime took to piloting transolar discs. These personal assault crafts were equipped with weaponry and were often deployed in large numbers. However, due to modifications made to the Dalek casing, the need for the transolar disc eventually waned.

The flagship of the Dalek Emperor was a large modified version of the standard Dalek battlecruiser. The Red Dalek's flagship, known as the Crucible, was an immense planet-sized globe with four large spires coming from the main body. Even though the Emperor preferred the classic style Dalek ship, he was often known to take command of the Crucible.

Dalek Sec's ship was rarely seen. He and the Cult of Skaro often traveled via teleport. Sec has also been known to command the Crucible as he ranked slightly above the Red Dalek. Sec preferred to work in the shadows.

Behind the scenes

The Daleks are from the popular British sci-fi series Doctor Who. Much of the information that Trak Nar used for the expansion of this article was gleaned from various sources, including the Dalek Empire audio series, with major adjustments in prose.

This article uses material from the "Dalek" article on the Star Wars Fanon wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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