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Susan Mendes
Also known as: Suz, Angel of Mercy
Race: Human
Appearances: Full List of Appearances
Actor: Sarah Mowat

Susan Mendes, also known as Suz, was a geologist sent to Vega 6 to study a blue rock known as Veganite. In the course of her original investigation she met Alby Brook. When the Daleks invaded Vega 6 and enslaved the population, Susan's defiant behaviour made her a target of Dalek investigation. This behaviour also served in the Daleks' favour and they used Susan to help implement a shift system for their slave workforce so that productivity would be more efficient and the slaves would live longer. Through the course of her captivity and service to the Daleks, Susan and her ally Kalendorf plotted in secret ways to bring about the downfall of their masters and free the galaxy from Dalek rule.

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Dalek Invasion

Susan Mendes was a geologist working for the Rhinesberg Corporation. Taking a break from her work one fateful day, Susan had a short picnic lunch with Alby Brook, who was working as a water-taxi operator in the marshlands of Vega 6. As they were chatting about their jobs over some homemade pickled onions, they witnessed a burning starship streak through the atmosphere on a collision-course for Vega City. As the two rushed back to the city, Susan and Alby found that they could only pick up local broadcasts— the satellites had been destroyed. Through those broadcasts, they learned the reason behind the chaos that had come hurtling through the clouds; a furious battle against the Dalek invasion force. The broadcast was interrupted, the Daleks announcing their victory and subjugation of the Vega system. (BFDE: Invasion of the Daleks)

Susan only knew of the Daleks from obscure history lessons and was confused and even appalled by Alby's seemingly cold behaviour toward the situation. Refusing to follow him, Susan remained on Vega 6, wanting to find her parents before it was too late. The Daleks stormed the planet, laying waste to cities and enslaving the population. The weak and injured were exterminated as they would only serve to slow down the efficiency of the workforce. Other captives were surgically-altered into Robomen. As the population was being corralled, Susan assisted a man named Kalendorf and in turn stopped him from being exterminated by the Daleks. Susan's obstinate attitude toward the Dalek patrol confused and intrigued them, and Susan was kept under close scrutiny. (BFDE: Invasion of the Daleks)

The machine drilling was stopped and the enslaved population of Vega 6 was put to work, digging and chipping away at veins of Veganite in poorly-ventilated shafts with little more than their own bare hands. The Robomen assisted the Dalek patrols, ordering the slaves to work without rest and food. Disobedience was punishable by constant whippings and extermination. The slaves were quite literally worked to death, dropping by the hundreds, and even the Robomen were showing fatigue. Growing exhausted from being overworked to her breaking point, Susan once again lashed out at her Dalek masters, demanding rest and food. Her outburst was recorded and transmitted to the Dalek Supreme in the Seriphia Galaxy, which demands to speak with Susan. Taken to a communications chamber, Susan is left alone, facing a screen and the Dalek Supreme, who tells her that it is transmitting from the Seriphia Galaxy, which the Daleks had created themselves using the Apocalypse Element. Having asserted that the Daleks will not be defeated, the Dalek Supreme demands to know why Susan continues to be defiant and even genuinely awaits an answer. (BFDE: Invasion of the Daleks)

Susan was too exhausted to think clearly, trying to explain that the slaves needed rest. However, if the slaves rested, the work would stop and that was not acceptable. If the slaves die, more slaves can be brought in. Susan attempts to counter by demanding rest, food, and hope, but cannot adequately explain why the slaves need these things due to her fatigued state. Frustrated and spent, Susan tells the Dalek Supreme to kill her. Instead, it informs her that the slaves will be allowed to rest and that they will speak again. In time, a shift system is implemented for the slaves, allowing work to continue and the slaves to survive. (BFDE: Invasion of the Daleks)

The Dalek Empire

Susan Mendes and Kalendorf worked together, implementing the shift policy throughout the Dalek Empire. Productivity was increased, countless of people lived, and Susan became known as "The Angel of Mercy." Despite all that, despite her newfound popularity, leadership, and power, Susan hated herself for giving in to the Daleks' demands. Over time, however, Susan began to change. She began to actually feel proud at what she had accomplished, and one day on Garazone Kalendorf called her on it. The words hurt her and Susan storms off. (BFDE: The Human Factor)

Not soon after, Susan is sent to the Garazone moon, K-5000, to put an end to a slave rebellion. A slave named Morebi and his followers had overpowered the Robomen supervisors and were torturing a lone Dalek controller within a burning warehouse. Kalendorf was also present, trying to subdue the rebellion before it had gotten out of hand. Susan tried to desperately convince the Daleks that Kalendorf was on the moon to try and persuade the rebels to surrender. The Daleks reluctantly allow Susan to do the same. Susan's pleas are fruitless to Morebi as he no longer cared for his very life. He had lost hope, and the promise of a large-scale revolt did little to ease those feelings. Defeated, Susan returned to the Daleks, telling them that another man, Wernay, had incited the rebellion, and watched helplessly as the rebel slaves were slaughtered. Kalendorf was appalled by Susan's actions. Susan insisted that what she had done was for the greater good; to protect them and their rebellion. If Morebi and the rebels had surrendered, they would be interrogated and the full-scale rebellion discovered. (BFDE: The Human Factor)

Six months pass, and Susan is sent to the ocean world of Guria. However, the saucer transporting her and Kalendorf never made planet-fall as a battle had broken out. Susan wonders why, if the situation had soured and the Daleks were having difficulties maintaining their control over that planet. Kalendorf finds that notion to be interesting; Susan is beginning to act like her Dalek masters. As the Daleks prepare for battle, Susan and Kalendorf are ordered to the command deck to witness the events unfold. As the Earth Alliance fleet descends upon the Dalek forces, decimating them, bewildered thoughts enter Susan's mind as to why the Dalek Supreme wishes for her to watch what appears to be a very sound defeat. What is there to gain? (BFDE: The Human Factor)

The Dalek Supreme's ulterior motive comes to the fore as for a split second, Susan sees the face of Alby Brook on the screen. The transmission is cut and Susan is hustled off for a communique with the Dalek Supreme. There, Susan's very humanity is dissected as the Dalek Supreme probes away to find out what Alby Brook means to her and why. The event is forever burned into Susan's mind. (BFDE: The Human Factor)

Sowing the Seeds of Destruction

Throughout Susan's service as an "Angel of Mercy," another plan had been unfolding, paving the way for a massive revolt that would free the galaxy from Dalek rule. As Susan was taken from planet to planet to speak to the slaves and give them hope, Kalendorf accompanied her, operating in secret under the watchful eye of the Daleks. With his telepathic abilities, Kalendorf was able to plant within the minds of the slaves the seeds to the Daleks' eventual destruction. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

The years pass and Susan continues her duties, avoiding suspicion. Work efficiency is at its peak and the slaves have shown no signs of rebellion. The Daleks continue their invasion of the galaxy, the Earth Alliance suffers massive damage and defeat and billions perish. The situation comes to a boiling point when, on the planet Selatron, Susan actually kicks a Dalek from her office, scolding it for daring to talk back to her. She refuses to have even a single word with that sector's Supreme Controller, saying that she will only speak with the Dalek Supreme. Despite Kalendorf's warnings, Susan continues to be obstinate toward the Daleks, believing she has power over them. Only when the door is blasted down and Kalendorf's life is threatened does Susan agree to speak with the Supreme Controller, and she realizes that the only people she has any semblance of power over are the slaves. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

Despite Susan and Kalendorf's best efforts to be discreet with their plans of rebellion, the Supreme Controller had noticed that something was amiss; Kalendorf had been interacting closely with the slaves, though no words were exchanged. Those actions were deemed suspicious and the Supreme Controller demanded an answer. Susan's reply that the slaves "were praying" failed to impress. As a punishment for her obstructive behaviour and for coercing a group of Selatron slaves into removing surveillance devices from her office, Susan is forced to watch the cold-blooded extermination of the workers. The surveillance devices are replaced, and Susan is permitted to speak with the Dalek Supreme as she had so adamantly requested. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

Susan, still with a notion that she holds some level of power, complains to the Dalek Supreme about how she is treated, who listens for a while before harshly reminding her that she answers only to the Daleks and that all Daleks answer to it. Though, to her and especially Kalendorf's surprise, the Dalek Supreme recognizes that Susan needs emotional support and demands to know if Kalendorf's friendship is ineffective. If Kalendorf is causing unneeded stress for Susan, then he will be exterminated. Alby Brook is mentioned again, and the Dalek Supreme suggests that replacing Kalendorf with Alby would make Susan more efficient. Conflicted, Susan declines, finally realizing what little power she has. She also knows of the Daleks' suspicions. Extra care must be taken if the rebellion is to proceed, while both Susan and Kalendorf must work harder to prove their loyalty. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

Susan is taken to Yaldos where she is to make a great speech. Before that, though, she is to have her last audience with the Dalek Supreme. She reflects on Alby, confessing to herself that she loves him and has always felt his presence with her. Her quiet musing is shattered as she is told by the Dalek Supreme that Earth, the last remaining stronghold of the Earth Alliance, has fallen. The Daleks are victorious. And Susan is permitted at last to speak with the Dalek Emperor, who informs her that her long and arduous journey has finally come to an end. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

Susan Mendes' (first) apparent death

Susan was ordered to give a speech that was to be broadcast to the conquered races of the galaxy, telling them that their work efficiency has expedited the Dalek conquest. However, Susan and Kalendorf had ulterior motives for this speech, as they decided that it was time for the revolt that would bring about an end to Dalek rule. On Yaldos, an argument erupted between Susan and Kalendorf on who was to deliver the message, as they knew that such a treacherous act against their Dalek masters would cause them to be exterminated. Kalendorf begged Susan to allow him to deliver the message from a secure location. Susan agreed, and then requested to be alone. Unbeknownst to Kalendorf, Susan requested the help of the Seer of Yaldos where she had her mind psychically linked to the sorceress. (BFDE: "Death to the Daleks!")

Susan made her speech, telling the slaves what the Daleks wished for her to say. Toward the closing of her speech, Susan announced the one thing that would launch into a galaxy-wide rebellion; "Death to the Daleks!" The crowd repeated those four words like a mantra and Susan's two Dalek guards closed in on her. One was taken down by the rioting slaves, though the second one opened fire, striking Susan down. (BFDE: Project Infinity)

Susan's body, however, was never found. The Dalek guard had instead stunned Susan and instantly transmatted her body to a ship in orbit. There, Susan was put in cryo-stasis so she could later be mutated and housed within a Dalek casing. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One)

Almost six years since the start of the rebellion and Susan's hibernation, her cryo-pod was salvaged and opened. Susan awoke screaming into a galaxy that was virtually unknown to her. Traumatized and understandably hostile, Susan found herself onboard an Earth Alliance ship being looked after by Mirana, who explained the situation. Susan responded to Mirana's mention of Alby with more reflection on her feelings for him. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One)

Susan Mendes and the Dalek Emperor

Susan struggled to accept the war she has awoken to, and how she had even woken up at all, as she remembered being shot a point-blank by her Dalek guard. Mirana explained to Susan that the blast was a paralysis beam, and elaborated on how she was also instantly transmatted to an awaiting ship and put in cryo-stasis. Susan was told that although the rebellion was partially successful, it was all merely a distraction, for the Dalek Emperor's real goal was to take control of Project Infinity and summon a superior Dalek force from another universe. Mirana explained that her, Alby, and Kalendorf were captured during the battle for Project Infinity, how they too were put into cryo-stasis to be later transformed into Daleks, and their sudden, unexpected awakening by other strange Daleks. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One)

Susan listened as Mirana continued to explain how these other Daleks from an alternate universe had declared war on the "Enemy Daleks," how their retreat to the Seriphia galaxy was cut off, and how the Dalek Emperor was captured alive— only to enter a catatonic state before it could be interrogated. Mirana explained that during the initial examination, the implants within her brain enabled her to pick of a sort of residual image of the Dalek Emperor's final orders. Before its capture, the Dalek Emperor was to transmit its own consciousness outside of its body... and into Susan's mind. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One)

The Mentor, creator and leader of the strange alternative-universe Daleks, had suspected something was amiss with Susan and had ordered her destruction, along with other humanoids who had been held captive by the Enemy Daleks for a specific length of time. However, as Susan was told, Mirana and Alby had recaptured Susan's cryo-pod, awakening her, and thus bringing her up to date. Susan remained suspicious of Mirana's motives, and even Kalendorf's, for if she did indeed have the Dalek Emperor's consciousness hidden deep within her brain, she was sure that Kalendorf had a plan to take advantage of that. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One)

The Merging of the Minds

When alerted to a scout ship on a course to a rendezvous point, Susan suspects the pilot to be Alby and requests to accompany Mirana and a security squad to meet him. When the airlock opened, Alby was there, accompanied by a young woman named Morli, and a squad of Enemy Daleks who demand that Susan be turned over to them immediately. Taking Mirana's gun, Susan stepped forward, identifying herself despite Alby's pleas, and as the Daleks start exterminating members of the security squad, Susan points the gun to her head, ordering a cease-fire. The Daleks want to reclaim their Emperor who is locked away in Susan's mind, and thus they need her alive. They were unsure if Susan would go through with her threat and kill herself, but they were not willing to take such a risk and they back down. An agreement is reached— if Susan does not kill herself, the crew and her friends on the ship will live. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter One, Dalek War: Chapter Two)

The captured crew is hustled into a landing bay and left with a few Dalek guards. Susan and Alby are reunited, though under stressful circumstances. Susan's spirit has been beaten down by the Daleks, manipulated by hope. She begins to wonder if it would be best for her to die, especially since she would take the mind of the Dalek Emperor with her. After a while, the guards begin to withdraw and almost immediately, suspicions are raised. Alby takes Susan's gun and fires upon the retreating guards, damaging one of the Dalek's motive power and weaponry, the Dalek grinding to a halt in the doorway, preventing the landing bay from being sealed off. The hostages scramble to escape as Daleks elsewhere in the ship release a drammankin gas into the landing bay, causing 57 people to fall unconscious. Amid the chaos, Susan was able to escape, along with Alby, Mirana, Morli, and another man, Marber, keeping just out of firing range of the pursuing Daleks. Cornered by an escape hatch, Susan attempts to hold off the attack by threatening once again to end her life, allowing Mirana and Marber to flee in an escape pod. Alby, however, refuses to leave without Susan, while Morli lags behind. The Daleks are ordered to fire a paralysis beam at Alby and Morli, and then threaten to kill them unless Susan surrenders her weapon. Reluctantly, Susan throws down her arms, cursing the Daleks. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter Two)

Restrained, Susan is subjected to a brain analysis disc to scan her mind for any trace of the Dalek Emperor. An extremely painful process, Susan attempts to resist, only to be once again threatened with the possible deaths of Alby and Morli. The disc is activated, and the commanding Dalek demands to know where the Emperor is, over and over again. The intensity of the pain is increased as the scan progresses. Susan tries to resist, though is overwhelmed, hearing the Dalek's frantic screeching fill her mind. Soon, it fades off, replaced by another recognized voice. A thunderous roar emerges from deep within her consciousness, taking complete control over her mind. As a horrified Alby looks on, Susan opens her eyes, announcing to her captors, "I am the Emperor of the Daleks!" (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter Two)

After a time, the Dalek Emperor's mind becomes dormant once more, allowing for Susan's personality to reemerge, much to Alby's relief. The brief awakening was to ensure that the Daleks' mission was not wasted. Susan and Alby are reunited and embrace each other, though it was short-lived, Alby expressing his concerns to Susan. Was there an ulterior motive to the Dalek Emperor putting its mind within Susan? Did it know that since Susan and Alby were in love, and Susan's status as the legendary Angel of Mercy gave her a higher probability of being rescued? Susan soon began to share the same concerns, wondering what good her love was if it only gave the Daleks yet another weapon to use against them. (BFDE: Dalek War: Chapter Three)

Suz's (second) apparent death / Suz's death...?

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