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Davros
Also known as:
Race: Kaled
Home Planet: Skaro
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"Few people can be said to have changed the course of history. How many people have saved their own race from destruction? Ensured the survival of their people to the very end of time itself? Created life itself? And been responsible for the deaths of billions of people throughout all eternity? One person has done all that, and more... Davros!'"
―Jack Harkness, Davros Monster File
This article is about the character. For the Big Finish Audio see Davros (audio story).

Davros, originally the head of the Kaled Scientific Elite on the planet Skaro, presided over the creation of the Daleks. During the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, he served as Emperor of the Imperial faction and later of the Dalek race itself.

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Biography

Early life

Davros was born during the Thousand Year War between Thals and Kaleds on the planet Skaro. It was a time when mercy and nobility were all but non-existent and life was harsh and grim. The use of atomic weapons and other agents of mutation had started to produce mutants known as mutos. As a child, Davros claimed only his mother believed in him. Others feared him and his determination, and were right to do so. His father wanted him to become a soldier like his elders, but Davros was determined to become a scientist. (BFD: Innocence)

Scientific career

Davros disagreed with his sister Yarvell's ideas of a compromise with the Thals. Davros was forced into the military where he was put in charge of developing new weapons. After his mother killed his father, sister and aunt, Davros no longer had anyone that he could impress. In honour of Yarvell's death he and his mother commissioned a statue to be made to house her ashes. (BFD: Purity)

Davros began experimenting with organisms and teaching them to speak. In particular he taught them to say his own name. For his first experiment he used a Thal brain instead of a Kaled one. (BFD: Guilt)

Davros was grievously wounded by an attack, and afterwards he needed a mobile life support system just to stay alive, let alone to move. (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks) 30 seconds without his life support would have killed him. The life support system was controlled by a switch conveniently placed on his panel of buttons on his life support system. (DW: Genesis of the Daleks)

Creation of the Daleks

The Doctor encounters Davros for the first time.
"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 conqueror of the universe. The Dalek!"
―Davros.

With his equally ruthless aide Nyder, Davros ascended to a high rank in the Kaled Scientific Elite and presided over the creation of the Daleks. (DW: Genesis of the Daleks)

For more see main article.

Davros was originally exterminated by his Daleks. The reason for this being he had set them to be the dominant race, as Davros was not a Dalek he had to be exterminated so they could achieve their primary function. However, intervention by the Time Lords began a chain of events that changed future history - starting with the The Doctor being sent to Skaro during this time period, where Davros first demonstrated the Daleks to the Kaled Scientific Elite. The Doctor and Davros first met at this time. Davros learned of the Doctor's mission and imprisoned him. He used a lie detector to force the Doctor to reveal the details of the Daleks' future defeats, so that he could learn from them and so that his creation, the Daleks, could avoid them. (The Doctor later had this record destroyed.) (DW: Genesis of the Daleks)

"Death" and revival

"I created you. I am the master. Not you, I, I, I!"
―Davros
Davros is found.

The Daleks eventually turned on Nyder and exterminated him. Later, they apparently exterminated Davros himself (DW: Genesis of the Daleks), which damaged his primary life support system supposedly killing him. However the secondary and backup ciruits switched on immediately which, allowed him to survive in a form of suspended animation while his life support worked to regenerate him. After an unknown period of time had passed, Davros was sought both by the Daleks, now a major galactic power, and by the Doctor. The Daleks sought to revive Davros so that he might offer them a way out of their impasse in their war with the Movellans. Davros' suspended body was found in the underground remains of the crumbled scientific elite bunker, and was revived. Davros opted to help the Daleks in their war against the Movellans. He devised a plan to destroy a Movellan ship but after this failed he was captured by the Doctor and escaped Dalek slaves and imprisoned in a cryogenic freezer as "a block of ice". (DW: Destiny of the Daleks)

(EDA: War of the Daleks claims that Davros was moved, unbeknownst to him, from Skaro to a decoy planet called Antalin, as part of a plan by the Daleks to stop Skaro's destruction. However this event is of extremely questionable canonicity as not only is spin-off material of uncertain canonicity in regards to the TV series, but War of the Daleks received extremely mixed reviews, many of them negative to the point of the novel being disregarded by some from the spin-off continuity).

Return

Davros on board the human space station.
"I have waited a long time for this. Once the Doctor is exterminated, I shall build a new race of Daleks. They will be even more deadly and I, Davros, shall be their leader! This time we shall triumph. My Daleks shall once more become the supreme beings!"
―Davros.

The Humans decreed an indefinite sentence of suspended animation, during which time Davros retained full consciousness. After 90 years, the Daleks, led by the Dalek Supreme, liberated Davros from his prison ship in space, and revived him once more. They believed that he might help them to find a cure for the virus with which the Movellans defeated them: a virus that attacks only Dalek tissue. Under the pretense of discovering the cure, Davros began experimenting on Daleks to bring them under his control. The Doctor, now in a new incarnation, attempted to kill Davros during this time, though he ultimately lacked the resolve to do so directly. His treachery discovered by the Dalek Supreme, Davros released the Movellan virus onto the prison ship, effectively killing all the Daleks on board. The virus then began affecting Davros, who promptly fled in an escape pod before Stien caused the station (and the prison ship) to explode. (DW: Resurrection of the Daleks)

A New Enterprise

Davros was then somehow picked up by a different space station and imprisoned in a vault. Arnold Baynes and his wife Lorraine extracted him and helped in his restoration. At the very same moment, the Doctor arrived after being called in by some friends. The Doctor demanded that Davros be immediately placed in suspended animation but as Davros was fully conscious he goaded the Doctor into doing the job himself. The Doctor couldn't. Feeling Davros deserved a chance for redemption, Baynes offered him a job at his company, TAI. The Doctor also offered beginning a working relationship with Davros. Eventually, Davros gained a foothold. He held great interest in the Stock Market and planned on closing it down, the results completely disrupting the Galaxy. Throughout this venture however, Davros began to be haunted by his past, particularly the time before his accident when he betrayed a female Kaled scientist named Shan who he perhaps loved. The Doctor was able to halt Davros's plan but he managed to escape in a ship. The Doctor managed to take control of the ship from the TAI control room and steered the ship around making it crash, Davros screaming Shan's name fearfully. (BFA: Davros)

Emperor of the Imperial Dalek faction

Davros as the Emperor Dalek.
"The Daleks shall become...THE LORDS OF TIME!!!"
―Davros

Davros, however, survived, and set himself up as "The Great Healer" on the planet Necros and lured the Doctor there. Using the bodies of the dead at Tranquil Repose, Davros created a new race of Daleks with white and gold livery, who would later be called "Imperial Daleks". The new faction was totally loyal to him. The Supreme Dalek's forces arrived on Necros (having been brought there by Tranquil Repose's disgruntled staff) and captured him to put him on trial. (DW: Revelation of the Daleks)

For more background on and an account of the war that followed between Dalek factions, see Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War.

By the time of his attempt to recover the Hand of Omega from 1963 Earth, Davros called himself the Dalek Emperor (of the Imperial Daleks only). Apparently, he had lost most of his organic body, and was completely encased within an Imperial Dalek-like shell, though his head and upper body still appeared to be at least partially Kaled. (DW: Remembrance of the Daleks) He was apparently killed by the Hand of Omega but survived by once again by escaping in an escape pod.

For more details on this see the Shoreditch Incident.

After the Hand of Omega

There are two, possibly conflicting accounts of what happened to Davros next. This is the first.

The escape pod was taken on board by a garbage ship called the Quetzel. the Doctor and Sam Jones landed on the Quetzel. A Thal force later took control of the ship. They wanted Davros to alter their race so they could better fight the Daleks. A force of Daleks arrived and took Davros, the Doctor, Sam, the Thals, and the Quetzel engineer Chayn to Skaro, which Davros had believed destroyed by the Hand of Omega. The planet destroyed had in fact been a decoy world named Antalin. Now the Dalek Prime wanted to remove any supporters of Davros from the Dalek race. A trial was held. Those Daleks loyal to Davros turned on the Dalek Prime and a civil war broke out. In the end, the Doctor and his allies escaped from Skaro, Davros' forces were defeated, and Davros was apparently executed by matter dispersal. However, there is a possibility that the Dalek operating the unit was loyal to Davros, and may have transported him to safety. (EDA: War of the Daleks)

This is the second.

Alone in space, Davros created the virus, capable of killing all living things, which the Doctor had hypothetically compared the Daleks to during their first conflict on Skaro. He was found by a Nekkistani ship. The Nekkistani helped him, and he rewarded them by killing them. The Nekkistani ship, with Davros on board, was found drifting in the Time Vortex by the Doctor, Gemma Griffin and Samson Griffin. Davros took control of Gemma and Samson and operated on the TARDIS after Samson obediently rendered the Doctor unconscious. Davros established a link to the TARDIS. He sent Gemma and Samson home and left the TARDIS to be damaged by the self-destruct of the Nekkistani ship. Davros went on to conquer Earth by causing mutations and creating new Daleks. By the time he met the Doctor again, Davros found himself teetering on the edge of sanity, his mind split between two warring personalities - that of Davros, and that of "the Emperor". The Doctor struck a deal with the Daleks, who considered Davros an unreliable leader, that they would leave Earth with their true Emperor if the Doctor did not release the virus. The Daleks accepted and left Earth with Davros, his Emperor personality dominant. (BFA: Terror Firma)

During the Last Great Time War

Whatever happened to Davros after the events of Remembrance of the Daleks, it is known that the following happened.

After this, Davros went on to be a commander of the Daleks in the Last Great Time War, only to supposedly die during the first year of the conflict (despite the Doctor's efforts to save him) at the Gates of Elysium, when his command ship flew into the jaws of the Nightmare Child. However, Dalek Caan broke the War's time lock and saved him from death. Davros then rebuilt the Dalek race by using a large number of his own cells, leaving his internal organs and skeleton exposed. Davros called these Daleks his "children". (DW: The Stolen Earth)

Following the Last Great Time War

Davros after the Last Great Time War.
"Welcome... to my new empire, Doctor."
―Davros

After Davros was rescued by Dalek Caan and had finished creating his new army of Daleks, he used a planet-sized ship known as the Crucible to travel the universe and "steal" planets. These planets were then put around the Crucible. Earth was the final planet to be taken by Davros and his New Daleks. They took the planets to the Medusa Cascade where he and his Daleks awaited the arrival of the Doctor in a pocket of time one second out of sync with the rest of the universe. Davros used advanced technology to hack into the wavelengths of the Subwave Network and talk to the Doctor, explaining to his nemesis how he had survived. (DW: The Stolen Earth)

It quickly became apparent that Davros had once again become a slave of the Daleks, who placed him under guard within the Vault on the Crucible as part of a deal he made with the Supreme One. If Davros was indeed a slave, it is puzzling as to why there was a terminal in his prison in the Vault which could be used to control every aspect of the Daleks' travel machines and the Crucible, especially as it did appear to be operational by Dalek implements.

This was used by Donna and the Doctor to destroy the Daleks. This arrangement required Davros to build a Reality bomb powered by the Crucible and the 27 planets in the Medusa Cascade which would destroy all of existence leaving the Daleks the sole inhabitants of the universe. However, his plan failed due to the intervention of the Doctor and Donna, who destroyed the Dalek race once more, leaving Davros on a burning Crucible. Before leaving in the TARDIS, the Doctor offered to save Davros, but the creator of the Daleks refused, stating that he named the Doctor the Destroyer of Worlds, after which he was apparently engulfed in flames. To this point of time the BBC, has still not confirmed whether Davros is truly dead. (DW: Journey's End)

Creations

"Supreme Dalek? Ha! That is a title I shall dispute most vigorously, I created the Daleks. It is I who shall control their destiny, I am the Supreme Commander!"
―Davros

Most notable of Davros' creations is the Mark III travel machine, which then became known as a Dalek. Davros also experimented with other Dalek forms, such as a Dalek able to walk over rough terrain known as a Spider Dalek. (EDA: War of the Daleks)

Davros also created an Imperial faction of Daleks to counter what he saw as a Renegade faction of Daleks, as well as the cybernetic Juggernauts by combining Human components and DNA with the robotic Mechanoids. (BFA: The Juggernauts)

"Supreme Dalek? Dont be ridiculous! I am the Supreme Dalek, Emperor, and Commander all in one! You are lead by no other. Release me!"

-Davros

Personality

"Yes... yes. To hold in my hand a capsule that contained such power... to know that life and death on such a scale was my choice. To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes - I would do it. That power would set me up above the gods! And through the Daleks, I shall have that power!"
―Davros when asked by the Doctor if he had the power to unleash a deadly viral plague, would he use it.

Davros had a sound mind early in his life, but the incident that crippled him and his overall experiences in the Thal-Kaled war left him a depraved and ruthless megalomanic not far below the surface. Brilliant and driven, he relentlessly experimented to find the final form of the Kaled people. Davros was a cool and sadistic person; it was his ability to command and delegate that was most forceful and cold. While his conversation with the Doctor following his awakening (DW: Destiny of the Daleks) suggests that he may have survived the extermination attempt through forethought, it does still seem to have made Davros even more bitter than he had originally been.

After his supposed death and rescue from the Last Great Time War, Davros arguably even seemed decidedly less power-crazed and somewhat defeatist, perhaps due to having lost control over the Daleks yet again as well as being aware that once he was of no further use to them, they would most likely exterminate him. He also seemed to have developed a dislike for pride and vanity, traits which he had always exhibited in previous incarnations. He admonishes the Dalek Supreme for displaying pride and distastefully notes the "arrogance" in the Doctor's voice. Ironically he himself goes on to exhibit pride, refusing to escape the exploding Crucible with the Doctor and instead chosing almost certain death. He also gave the impression of being more insane than ever, having been consumed by a nihilistic desire to completely destroy the entire multiverse. (DW: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)

Physical characteristics

Davros was originally seen by the Doctor sitting upright in a movement and life support chair resembling the base of a Dalek. His skin was discoloured and his body has been crippled by some accident in his past. His Kaled body was similar to that of a Human, though a blue eye in his forehead replaced his lost vision, allowing him some semblance of sight. The overall effect made him look like a Dalek from a distance. He had only his right hand, which he used to operate various controls on his chair. These in turn could perform various functions from controlling doors, the Mark III travel machines, or his own life support system.

On Necros, Bostock fired a gun which destroyed most of his right hand and thus his independent operability. (DW: Revelation of the Daleks) For a short time after, his hand was replaced with a claw (DWM: Emperor of the Daleks) and finally replaced with a prosthetic substitute of future human design (BFA: The Juggernauts), (though its first appearance on screen was in DW: The Stolen Earth) He was capable of firing electric shocks from his mechanical hands, allowing him to ward off attackers and stun or even kill them. (DW: Revelation of the Daleks, Journey's End)

Behind the Scenes

Actors

Michael Wisher (who had previously played the voice of the Daleks in several Third Doctor stories) portrayed Davros (as well as provided the Daleks' voices) in his debut story Genesis of the Daleks. The creator of the Daleks and of Davros, Terry Nation, intended to imply that Davros had not actually died during that story by showing Davros' life support button still working, a detail not actually shown in the filmed story. When Davros returned in Destiny of the Daleks, Wisher could not play the part, so David Gooderson was cast in the role.

Subsequently, Terry Molloy, who first appeared in Davros' third story, Resurrection of the Daleks, has played the role on television and audio more times than any other actor. Rory Jennings played Davros as a child in a flashback sequence in the Big Finish Productions audio mini-series I, Davros, which examined Davros' past prior to creating the Daleks. Molloy has stated that Julian Bleach's performance has stayed true to the type of person that Davros seems to be.

Un-official productions

Davros appeared in a one-off fan-produced stage play, The Trial of Davros, with Michael Wisher. A second revised staging of the play starred Terry Molloy, with Peter Miles reprising his television role as Davros' henchman Nyder.

Other non-canon appearances

Davros appeared on stage once more played by Julian Bleach during Doctor Who at the Proms. He dramatically appeared on-stage to welcome attendees to his Dalek Empire and claimed the Royal Albert Hall as his new palace.

Davros television stories
Genesis of the Daleks  • Destiny of the Daleks  • Resurrection of the Daleks  • Revelation of the Daleks  • Remembrance of the Daleks  • The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
 • Complete list of appearances  •
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 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 4
Voyage of the Damned: Max Capricorn  • Heavenly Host  • Bannakaffalatta
Partners in Crime: Cofelia  • Matron Cofelia's guards  • Adipose The Fires of Pompeii: Pyrovile  • Lucius Petrus Dextrus  • High Priestess  • Soothsayer  • Sibylline Sisterhood Planet of the Ood: Ood  • Klineman Halpen  • Ood Brain  • Ood Sigma  • Kess  • Solana Mercurio  • Ood Delta 50  • Bartle  • Rep The Sontaran Stratagem/The Poison Sky: Sontarans  • Staal  • Skorr  • Martha Clone  • Luke Rattigan The Doctor's Daughter: Hath  • Cobb  • Hath Gable  • Hath Peck The Unicorn and the Wasp: Vespiforms  • Arnold Golightly  • The Unicorn Silence in the Library/Forest of the Dead: Vashta Nerada  • Nodes  • 710/aqua  • Charlotte Lux  • Doctor Moon  • Ella and Joshua Midnight: Midnight Entity Turn Left: Fortune Teller  • Time Beetle  • Adipose  • Empress of the Racnoss The Stolen Earth/Journey's End: Daleks  • Davros  • Dalek Caan  • Supreme Dalek  • Vault Daleks  • Judoon  • Shadow Architect • Mr Smith  • Human-Time Lord Meta-Crisis
Music of the Spheres: Graske
The Next Doctor: Cybermen  • Mercy Hartigan/CyberKing  • Cyber-Leader  • Cybershades  • Cybershade 16  • Mr Scoones  • Mr Cole  • Mr Fetch
Captain Jack's Monster Files Spotlight Aliens and Enemies
Adipose  • Pyrovile  • Ood  • Sontaran  • Slitheen family  • Hath  • Vespiform  • Vashta Nerada  • Judoon  • Midnight Entity  • Trickster's Brigade  • Dalek  • Davros  • Sycorax/Racnoss/Max Capricorn/Heavenly Host/Roboform/Roboform Christmas Tree/Graske/Changeling  • Cyberman  • Weeping Angels

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