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[[Image:Dalek.jpg|thumb|right|A standard Dalek]]
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The '''Daleks''' are a species of sapients from the [[Doctor Who]] universe.
The '''Daleks''' are a species of sapients from the [[Doctor Who]] universe.

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Dalek "Sec"

The Daleks are a species of sapients from the Doctor Who universe.


Daleks are small, genetically engineered, octopus-like creatures known for piloting pepper-pot-shaped personal vehicles and screaming "exterminate" at practically any other living thing they encounter. Individual Daleks possess genius-level intellects and rampant xenophobia.

For the most part, Daleks dwell within their individual vehicles. These vehicles carry sufficient armor to easily resist twentieth century small arms, with later models also outfitted with shield systems. They also carry an energy weapon and a plunger-like appendage for manipulation. Early models of these flat-bottomed machines ran on wheels or tracks concealed beneath the "skirt", but more recent models use a form of antigravity system to maneuver; they generally hover a few centimeters above the ground, but they can freely fly if doing so is advantageous.


"We have five million Cybermen. How many are you?"
"You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks?"
"We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect."
"What is that?"
"You are better at dying."
-- Dalek leader to Cybermen leader


Daleks are native to the planet Skaro, where they were developed by a scientist/inventor named Davros to fight in an ongoing war on behalf of the Kaled nation.

Eventually the Daleks rose in power and scale to become one of the most powerful civilizations in the Doctor Who universe, able to pose a direct threat to even the Time Lords. The Time Lords ignored the rising power of the Daleks until it was too late, resulting in the Great Time War. This war ended with the use of weapons of mass destruction by both sides, resulting in the virtual extinction of both species.


The leader of the Dalek Empire was the "Dalek Emperor". A Dalek Emperor is apparently created to serve as ruler, as the design of their vehicle is typically distinctive. Outside of that, Dalek society is heirarchical, with inferior Daleks being naturally obedient to those of higher rank.

Dalek society is highly militaristic at every level, and a key aspect to most Dalek behavior is a perception of complete and utter superiority to all other forms of life. Genetically engineered to be xenophobes, the ultimate aim of the Daleks is to wipe out all other forms of life in existence, and they will stop at nothing to achieve this goal. Never the less, Daleks are capable of making temporary alliances with non-Daleks or using enslaved creatures in their plans, albeit with the intention of exterminating them when they are no longer useful. The Daleks have been known to take captive humans and retrofit them with cybernetic systems to make them into obedient cannon fodder known as Robomen, although these procedures were (possibly deliberately) unrefined and eventually resulted in the mental breakdown and death of the subject.

Threat Assessment

The Daleks are a direct threat to any other civilization that they encounter. In addition to their individual armaments, they have fleets of heavily armed warships and technology that allows them to travel through time. Individual Dalek soldiers are in and of themselves threats, being very durable and capable of a high degree of mobility.

The Daleks are among the most advanced species in the Doctor Who Universe, able to pose a threat to the Time Lords and engage in a war which nearly completely wiped out both species. A fully operation "Dalek Empire" can teleport entire planets and manipulate space-time to create "time pockets" to hide their operations: even a Time Lord can't find such a time pocket without help from the inside. This capability makes their operations extremely secure against attack.

Daleks of Note

The Cult of Skaro were a special group of four Daleks given a greater degree of individuality and freedom of thought than normal Daleks to come up with new methods and means to gain military superiority. These are notable for being the only known Daleks capable of questioning core Dalek ideological concepts, such as their complete supremacy over all other life forms. Said Daleks were also unusual for having names (Jast, Sec, They and Caan).