As Doctor Who season 10 nears, Empire celebrates Doctor Who’s baddest baddies
PART-DUSTBIN, Part-pepperpot, allarsehole, the Daleks been Doctor Who’s arch-enemies for decades. The Daleks are set to return in season 10 of Doctor Who — here are their most notable appearances to date.
1 __ The debut (1963)
From their introduction on Doctor Who in December 1963, the Daleks — horribly mutated aliens housed in a tank-like shell — captured the public’s imagination. Their catchphrase “Exterminate!” didn’t actually appear until 1964 and the fourth episode of this arc (and even then it was “Exterminated!”). School playgrounds would never be the same again.
2 __ the big screen breakouts (1965-’66) ‘Dalekmania’ hit in the mid-’60s, and it saw the robobaddies make the leap to the silver screen, alongside Peter Cushing’s ‘Dr. Who’. 1966’s Daleks — Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. even saw them nudge the Doctor’s name off his own poster. Stick that up your TARDIS.
3 __ the comic strip (1965-’67)
Complicated licensing issues meant that while Doctor Who strips appeared in the pages of TV Comic, a separate The Daleks series was in rival title TV Century 21.
4 __ the regeneration reassurance (1966) Regenerating William Hartnell into Patrick Troughton was the biggest gamble Doctor Who would ever take, and so as insurance the Daleks were drafted in to battle Troughton in his first storyline, Power Of The Daleks, reassuring viewers that this was the Doctor they knew and loved.
5 __ the birth of davros (1975)
Genesis Of The Daleks took the Doctor back to the Daleks’ creation, where he grapples with an order to destroy them before they can do any harm. It also saw their off-screen creator, Terry Nation, introduce their on-screen creator Davros, a wheelchair-bound half-human, half-dalek.
6 __ the unexpected evolution (1988)
The Daleks finally put paid to the old jokes — how do you escape a Dalek? Run up a flight of stairs — with a nifty flying manoeuvre. This terrifying cliffhanger in Remembrance Of The Daleks is one of the show’s classic moments.
7 __ the audio drama (2003)
One of many audio plays produced while the show was off air, Jubilee (featuring Colin Baker) saw a Dalek presented sympathetically for the first time — as the prisoner of a despotic parallel-universe British empire.
8 __ the character study (2005)
Inspired by Jubilee, Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor encounters a Dalek (seemingly the last of its kind) in an underground museum in the aptly-named Dalek. Surprisingly poignant as the lonely critter ends up self-destructing.
9 __ the face off (2006)
The Daleks and the Cybermen had existed for four decades without appearing together in an episode. That changed with Doomsday, in which they finally faced off, only to have the Doctor banish both armies to a void dimension.
10 __ the twist (2013)
In Asylum Of The Daleks, a Steven Moffat story that celebrated Dalek history, came a horrifying twist. Potential companion Oswin (Jenna Coleman) turned out to be a poor imprisoned Dalek, who wasn’t even aware of her true nature. She’d later reappear as actual companion Clara (it’s complicated).
DOCTOR WHO SEASON 10 STARTS APRIL 16 ON ABC.
William Hartnell, the first Doctor Who, with Dalek models in 1965.