- ALYDON Thal who gave Susan an anti-radiation drug soon after she landed on Skaro. He was elected leader after Temmosus' death. The First Doctor helped Alydon and his people defeat the branch of the Daleks who had survived in the City and were preparing to exterminate the Thals through increased radiation (B).
- ANTODUS A Thal from Skaro and Ganatus' brother. He helped the First Doctor fight the Daleks. He was terrified by the Lake of Mutations but ended up sacrificing his life to save Ian's (B).
- D5 GAMMA Z ALPHA Skaro's identification in the Movellan star charts (5J).
- DALEKENIUM (a.k.a. DALEKANIUM) Very dense, synthetic substance presumably created by Davros and used in the making of the Daleks' mobile casings. Under certain conditions, it is also a powerful explosive (KKK).
- DALEKS Created by Davros, the Daleks were the mutated descendants of the Kaleds (a.k.a. Dals), one of the two races living on the planet Skaro. The Daleks lived inside a mobile casing which was equipped with sensor discs, a unique iris and lens, a sucker-stick arm and a special extermination weapon. Their natural form appeared to be small, green, blob-like, octopods with claws. They had one purpose: to exterminate all other life-forms and become the dominant species in the universe. The Emperor Dalek was the supreme Dalek leader. Mention was made of a Dalek Council, presumably reporting to the Emperor. Beneath it were warlords such as the Black or Gold Daleks.
The Daleks' history is subject to different interpretations. It is said that the Daleks began as a humanoid race first known as Dals, then later as Kaleds, on planet Skaro. Their enemies were the Thals, with whom they engaged in fierce warfare, lasting a thousand years, culminating with the neutronic wars which destroyed most of Skaro and made it radioactive. The Kaled scientist Davros studied and further developed some of the mutations resulting from the wars, then created a mobile casing for them and christened his new creatures Daleks. The Daleks' mobile casing was based on Davros's own life support chair. Earlier versions were powered by static electricity. Later versions used various forms of energy, including solar power.
The Time Lords sent the Fourth Doctor to Skaro to stop the development of the Daleks, but he failed, succeeding only in entombing them in the Kaled bunker, after they had turned against their creator (4E).
Later, some crippled Kaled survivors discovered the remnants of Davros' early experiments and mutated themselves into new Daleks. The First Doctor met the new Daleks in the Dalek City and foiled their attempt to destroy the surviving Thals by increasing Skaro's radiation levels. Those new Daleks presumably perished when the Thals destroyed their power controls (B).
The original Daleks ultimayely resurfaced and took over Skaro, driving the Thals in exile. Their ruthlessness enabled them to conquer their space sector. Mankind's slow but steady space expansion attracted the Daleks' attention. By 2160 AD, the Daleks launched a secret plan to invade Earth. First, they spread virulent plagues through a swarm of meteorites. As a result, the solar system was quarantined by the other human colonies. The Daleks struck in 2164 AD, invading an almost depopulated Earth. Any attempt at space intervention was firmly dealt with by the Daleks' space fleet. This became known as the First Dalek War. The Daleks planned to extract Earth's molten core and turn the planet into a giant spaceship. But, in 2167 AD, the First Doctor, Susan, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright helped freedom fighters Dortmun, Tyler and David Campbell defeat the invaders (K).
(The same invasion succeeded on a parallel Earth where World War Three had occurred, but was eventually erased from the time continuum when the Third Doctor prevented the death of 20th Century diplomat, Sir Reginald Styles (KKK).)
Some Daleks who had survived this First Dalek War crashed on Vulcan and later tried to take over the human colony there, but were defeated by the Second Doctor, Ben Jackson and Polly (EE).
Earth fought the Daleks again after they tried to blackmail the galaxy by controlling the only supply of parrinium (a mineral found only on Exxilon), the cure to a space plague, which the Daleks had probably started. They were thwarted by the Third Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Earth's Marine Space Corps (XXX). Once the Daleks' role in the space plague became known, several galactic races (including the Draconians), probably stirred up by the exiled Thals, united to attack and punish the Daleks. Thus was born the Alliance. The war that ensued became known as the Second Dalek War. The Daleks were then driven from Skaro, which was retaken by the Thals. The Daleks were forced to relocate to another world which, out of pride, they christened Skaro (herein dubbed "Skaro II").
Circa 2540 AD, the Daleks decided that their best tactic would be to create a split between the Alliance's two most powerful members: Earth and Draconia. They engaged the services of the Master to foment a war between the humans and the Draconians, even offering him the use of their Ogron slaves. But the Master's scheme was exposed and defeated by the efforts of the Third Doctor and Jo Grant (QQQ).
The Daleks then plotted to attack the Alliance with the secret of invisibility and a 10,000-strong Dalek army, kept frozen on Spiridon. The Third Doctor and Jo, with the help of a Thal commando unit that had been monitoring the Daleks' moves from Skaro, thwarted them again (SSS). The Thals notified the Alliance of the Daleks' activities, and the Alliance struck back, leading to the Third Dalek War. At one point during this war, a Dalek casing was put on exhibit in the Moroks' Space Museum, and provided a hiding place for the First Doctor (Q). Also, a Dalek was used by Borusa as a pawn in the Game of Rassilon (6K).
The Daleks eventually took advantage of the Alliance's slow disintegration during the 26th Century to launch an attack on Skaro. They succeeded in exterminating most of the Thals, but the planet itself was turned into a bombed-out ruin of no further use to them -- or so they thought. Towards the end of the 26th Century, the Daleks encountered the equally aggressive robotic Movellans, which they could not crush. Caught between the still powerful Alliance and the undefeated Movellans, the Daleks felt trapped. So, as the 27th Century began, they returned to Skaro to recover their long-buried creator, Davros. But their efforts were thwarted by the Fourth Doctor and Romana. Davros was taken to Earth where he was sentenced to life in suspended animation (5J).
Deprived of Davros' help, the Daleks lost their war against the Movellans, who used a special virus to decimate them. While striving to defeat the Movellans, the Daleks had become aware of the Time Lords' existence and discovered the rudiments of time travel technology, involving the use of time corridors. Ninety years after Davros' trial, the Daleks hired Lytton to free Davros from the space penitentiary where he was kept. They also captured the Fifth Doctor and plotted to use him against the Time Lords, who had presumably tried to stop the Daleks' discovery of time travel. The Doctor defeated the Daleks but Davros escaped, now intent on creating new Daleks, subservient only to him (6P).
Davros secretly relocated to Nekros where, posing as the Great Healer, he used the bodies stored in the mortuary known as Tranquil Repose to create his own White (or Imperial) Daleks. But he was exposed and defeated by the Sixth Doctor. Davros was taken back to Skaro II by the Daleks (6Z).
Davros presumably escaped, since he and the Daleks fought again in or about 2963 AD. The two camps used their time corridor technology to travel back in time to 1963 London to capture the Hand of Omega. As a result of the Seventh Doctor's intervention, both Dalek races were utterly devastated. Either Skaro's, or Skaro II's, sun was destroyed. However, Davros, who had already taken to calling himself the Emperor Dalek, escaped (7H).
A long period of inactivity ensued. Sometime between the 32nd and 38th Centuries, the Daleks restored Skaro (or Skaro II?) to its former glory. They also refined their time travel technology. Using taranium, they were now able to build crude time machines. One of their first enterprises was to send an exterminating team to chase the First Doctor, Vicki, Ian and Barbara through time and space. The Dalek squad was eventually destroyed by the Mechanoids (Q).
Circa 4000 AD, the Daleks again tried to take over the Solar System which they perceived (possibly blinded by their centuries-old feud with mankind) as the Federation's lynchpin. This time, they allied themselves with other space races (including Galaxy 5). This became known as the Fourth Dalek War.
The Dalek invasion plans were first discovered on planet Kembel by Space Security Agent Marc Cory, who was murdered by the Daleks (T/A).
Soon afterwards, the First Doctor, Steven Taylor and Katarina arrived on Kembel, and discovered a tape left by Cory. With the help of another space Security Agent, Bret Vyon, they decided to warn Earth of the impending Dalek attack, and of the treachery of Mavic Chen, the Guardian of the Solar System. Chen had given the Dalek the replacement taranium they needed to activate their supreme weapon: the Time Destructor.
The time travellers stole the Daleks' taranium core, and fled Kembel. In the course of their escape, Katarina sacrificed herself to save her companions. Bret Vyon was killed by his sister, Sara Kingdom, who later found out the truth and helped the Doctor. When the Time Destructor was finally activated, it was on Kembel, which put a stop to the Dalek invasion. Unfortunately, its deadly effects also killed Sara Kingdom (V).
Presumably, the Federation then retaliated, and the Daleks were again driven back to Skaro, their power and influence severely curtailed.
A Century or so later, however, the Daleks managed to obtain some more taranium, and decided again to use their time travel capabilities to attack Earth. By then, they were ruled by an Emperor Dalek, who could very well have been Davros, after possibly subjecting himself to further mutations.
Resorting again to their favorite weapon, the biological one, the Daleks planned to infect humanity with the Dalek factor. Having detected Prof. Waterfield's early time travel experiments, the Daleks travelled to 1866 AD Earth. The Emperor's efforts were thwarted by the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria Waterfield. Instead of infecting Mankind, it was the Daleks themselves who became contaminated with the Human Factor. A "civil war " in which the Dalek race perished erupted on Skaro (LL).
However, some humanized Daleks may have survived, thereby making the Fourth Doctor's prophecy that eventually a greater good would come of the Daleks' creation come true (4E). The fact that the Daleks eventually become extinct, thanks mostly to the intervention of the Doctor (often manipulated by the Celestial Intervention Agency), may be evidence of Time Lord intervention.
- DALS Another name for the original humanoid race from Skaro from which sprang the Daleks (B). See also KALEDS.
- DAVROS Great, but twisted and crippled, Kaled scientist. Davros was permanently attached to a mobile, lifesupport chair. His vision, and probably his other senses as well, were replaced by mechanical aids. He had also lost the use of his left arm. Davros was Chief Scientist of the Kaleds and the person responsible for the creation of the Daleks. He studied and further developed some of the mutations resulting from the Neutronic Wars, then created a mobile casing for them and christened his new creatures Daleks. The Daleks' mobile casing was based on Davros's own life support chair.
Davros fought against the Fourth Doctor, who had been sent by the Time Lords to Skaro to stop the creation of the Daleks, and even plotted the destruction of his own people to further his creations. Davros was eventually blasted by the Daleks, who turned against him, and was left for dead in the Kaled bunker (4E).
The Daleks brought Davros back to life in the 27th Century, when they needed his help against the robotic Movellans. But, thanks to the Fourth Doctor's intervention, Davros was captured and sent to Earth to be tried (5J). Davros was then sentenced to life in suspended animation in a space prison. Ninety years after his trial, Davros was freed by galactic mercenary Lytton, who had been hired by the Daleks, who again needed their creator's help against a Movellan-designed virus. Davros then decided to create a new race of Daleks, subservient only to him. But his plans were thwarted by the Fifth Doctor. Afflicted with the Movellan virus, Davros was thought to have died in the destruction of the space penitentary (6P).
However, Davros had survived. Under the identity of the Great Healer, he took over the Tranquil Repose mortuary on Nekros, where he used human bodies in suspended animation to finally create his own army of White (or Imperial) Daleks. But the Sixth Doctor defeated him. Betrayed by an employee of Tranquil Repose, Davros was captured by the Daleks and taken back to Skaro (or Skaro II) (6Z).
Davros resurfaced again, about 2963 AD. Leading his White Daleks, and using the identity of the Emperor Dalek, Davros used the Daleks' time corridor technology to travel back in time to 1963 London to capture the Hand of Omega. There, he fought the regular Daleks, led by a Black Dalek. As a result of the Seventh Doctor's intervention, both Dalek races were utterly devastated. Either Skaro's, or Skaro II's, sun was destroyed. However, Davros escaped again (7H).
It is possible that Davros finally achieved his dream of reclaiming control over his creations. The Emperor Dalek of later years may very well have been an evolved version of Davros (LL).
- DYSTRONIC EXPLOSIVE Explosive used on Skaro (4E)
- ELYON A Thal from Skaro. He was killed by a creature from the Lake of Mutations (B).
- EMPEROR DALEK The supreme leader of the original Daleks. He was not to be confused with the alias used by Davros to lead his own Imperial Daleks (7H). The Emperor Dalek was destroyed in the fighting between humanized and unchanged Daleks on Skaro (EE). He may have been an even further evolved version of Davros.
- GANATUS A Thal from Skaro and Alydon's friend. He was proved right in his mistrust of the Daleks. He helped the First Doctor and led the expedition to the Daleks' city by way of the dreaded Lake of Mutations (B).
- GARRANT, DAL (MAJOR) Combat pilot serving with the Third Galactic Fleet. He was killed by the Daleks and died on Skaro (5J).
- GERRILL One of Skaro's Mutos (4E).
- JALL Passenger on a space ship captured by the Daleks, and taken to Skaro to become part of the slave labor force searching for Davros (5J).
- KALEDS The Kaleds and the Thals were humanoid races from Skaro. The Daleks were an offshoot from the Kaleds (4E). See also DALEKS, DALS.
- KEMBEL (a.k.a. KEMBAL) Planet used by the Daleks as their headquarters in their Masterplan against Earth, which was thwarted by the First Doctor. Its Varga plants (originally from Skaro) made it very hostile. Marc Cory died on Kembel. All life on the planet was eventually destroyed by the Time Destructor (T/A, V).
- KEMEL Mute, Turkish strong man in Theodore Maxtible's employ. After Jamie saved his life, he joined the Second Doctor in his fight against the Daleks. He eventually fell to his death on Skaro, fighting Theodore Maxtible (LL).
- KRISTAS A Thal from Skaro and Ganatus' friend (B).
- LAKE OF MUTATIONS Horror-filled swamp on Skaro, which claimed the lives of Antodus and Elyon (B).
- LAN One of the Movellans serving under Commander Sharrel on Skaro. He was disarmed and reprogrammed by Tyssan (5J).
- LILT One of the employees at of Tranquil Repose. He joined Takis in calling in the Daleks from Skaro. After Tranquil Repose's destruction, the Sixth Doctor showed him, Takis and the other employees how to make proteins out of local flowers (6Z).
- MAGNADON Metal creature from Skaro which the Thals used to recharge their hand lights (B).
- THE FIRST DALEK WAR:
Mankind's slow but steady space expansion inevitably attracted the hostile attentions of other galactic powers. One such power was the Daleks.
[ Note: By then, the Daleks had already conquered their space sector and driven their ancient foes, the Thals, off their homeworld of Skaro. The Daleks were generally feared throughout known space for their aggressivity and ruthlessness.]
By 2160 A.D., the Daleks had launched a secret plan to invade Earth. First, they spread virulent plagues through a swarm of metorites. As a result of the ensuing diseases, the Solar System was put under quarantine by the other human-colonized worlds, leaving the Daleks the free hand they sought (K).
In 2164 A.D., the Daleks struck, invading an almost depopulated Earth. Any attempt at space intervention by the other human worlds was firmly dealt with by the Daleks' space et, which blockaded the planet. Obviously, other friendly races proved unwilling or unable to help. This became known as the First Dalek War (K).
Among the Colonists who participated in the First Dalek War -- and, sadly, never returned -- were the adult inhabitants of "Paradise Towers", an award-winning residential complex which, once abandoned, reverted to savagery. Threatened by the return of its insane architect, "Paradise Towers" was saved by the opportune visit of the Seventh Doctor and Mel (7E).
Meanwhile, the Daleks believed that, once Earth was gone, the other human-dominated worlds would be easily picked off, one by one. This would have been so, if it had not been for the Doctor.
In 2167 A.D., the First Doctor, Susan, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright helped Earth-based rebels to defeat the Daleks, who had ultimately planned to turn Earth into a mobile planet by draining its core and replacing it with giant star drives. Susan chose to remain on Earth with freedom fighter David Campbell (K).
[ Note: The Third Doctor once visited an alternate future where Mankind suffered a Nuclear War in the late 20th Century, and where the Dalek invasion was totally successful (KKK).]
C. 2187 A.D., Susan was kidnapped by Borusa to take part in the Game of Rassilon. She teamed up with the First Doctor and, together with the Doctor's other four incarnations and various Companions, helped thwart the megalomaniacal Time Lord's plan for immortality (6K).
The Dalek invasion had shown Earth and its colonies that there was force only in strength and unity. Mankind could only count on its own ressources. That lesson was not forgotten, and Earth took its first steps towards developing into a major galactic powe
- THE SECOND DALEK WAR:
Then, as the 25th Century began, Earth started a new period of expansion. Deciding to open a new galactic arm, the robotic Mechanoids (R) were launched in order to prepare new planets for colonization.
It was probably during this time that the budding Earth Empire -- although it was not as yet known by that term -- came into contact with the Draconians, rulers of another, powerful, but peaceful, galactic empire (QQQ).
The Daleks, who had watched Mankind from afar since their initial defeat, decided the time was right to launch a second offensive. Again, they may have decided to use a familiar weapon: a virus, which became a space plague. An antidote was found -- Parrinium -- and ultimately located on the planet Exxilon. But it was only thanks to the intervention of the Third Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith that Earth's Marine Space Corps was able to defeat the Daleks and secure a supply of Parrinium (XXX).
Once the Daleks' role in the Space Plague became known, several galactic races -- possibly stirred up by the exiled Thals -- united to attack and punish the Daleks. Thus was born the Alliance, which included Earth and the Draconian Empire. The war that ensued became known as the Second Dalek War.
During it, the Daleks were driven away from Skaro, which was reconquered by the Thals. The Daleks were forced to relocate to another world which, out of pride, they christened Skaro (although we will refer to it as "New Skaro").
One of the Second Dalek War's side effect was that a number of planets, stricken by the Dalek Plagues, became vehemently xenophobic. One such world was Inter Minor (PPP).
Towards the later part of the 25th Century, it was business as usual for Earth. Several times, the Doctor found himself in conflict with the various corporations.
In 2471 A.D., the Third Doctor and Jo Grant helped colonists fight the devious plans of the Interplanetary Mining Corporation -- in addition to preventing the Master from using the Doomsday Machine (HHH).
Around the same time, the Fifth Doctor, Turlough, Tegan Jovanka and Nyssa of Traken fought the inhumane policies of Terminus, Inc. and helped prevent a second "Big Bang". Nyssa chose to stay and help the victims of Lazar disease, possibly an offshoot of the Dalek plagues (6G).
Of little importance in galactic terms, was the First Doctor, Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright's first encounter with Vicki on the planet Dido (which the Doctor had visited before) in 2493 A.D. The time travellers rescued the young girl from the villainous Bennett.
Towards the tail end of the 25th Century, the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan thwarted the efforts of a small band of isolated Cybermen, remnants of the First Cyber Wars, who were trying to destroy the remains of Voga, which had drifted near Space Beacon Nerva in Earth's Solar System (4D).
- THE THIRD DALEK WAR:
C. 2540 A.D., soon after the end of the Second Cyber Wars, the Daleks, who had been driven from Skaro, but were still at large, returned. They decided that their best tactic would be to create a split between the two most powerful members of the Alliance: Earth and the Draconian Empire.
They engaged the services of the Master to foment a war between Earth and Draconia, even offering him the use of their Ogron slaves. But the Master's schemes were ultimately exposed and defeated by the efforts of the Third Doctor and Jo Grant (QQQ).
Next, the Third Doctor and Jo, with the help of a Thal commando which had been monitoring the Daleks' moves, successfully froze an entire Dalek army which had been stored on Spiridon, and was poised to attack the Alliance. They also prevented the Daleks from gaining the secret of Spiridonian invisibility (SSS).
Eventually, the Thals notified the Alliance of the Daleks' activities, and the Alliance struck back. This became known as the Third Dalek War.
Soon afterwards, Inter Minor cautiously reopened itself to galactic trade. The Third Doctor and Jo stopped there briefly, and resolved a crisis caused by galactic showman Vorg's use of an illegal Scope (PPP).
- Sometime during the interval between the 32nd and 38th Centuries that the Daleks re-emerged. By then, they had not only restored Skaro (or "New Skaro"?) to its former glory, but they had also refined their time travel technology. Using the rare element taranium, they were now able to build a crude, prototype time machine.
- MAXTIBLE, THEODORE Scientist whose time travel experiments with Edward Waterfield were used by the Daleks, who promised him the secret of turning lead into gold. He became their willing agent, and fought the Second Doctor. Maxtible was eventually turned into a human Dalek, and fell to his death while fighting Kemel on Skaro (LL).
- MUTOS Derogatory nickname given to the Kaleds and Thals mutated by the neutronic wars on Skaro (4E).
- NEUTRONIC WARS The culmination of the initial wars between the Kaleds and the Thals on Skaro (B, 4E).
- NYDER Sadistic Kaled Security Commander. He interrogated the Fourth Doctor and his companions when they arrived on Skaro. Nyder was fiercely loyal to Davros, and helped him plot the destruction of his own people. He was eventually killed by the Daleks (4E).
- RADIATION Radiation is generally harmful to humans and most aliens. Among its effects are death and, over a period of time, mutations. For example, the radioactivity created on Skaro by the neutronic wars was ultimately responsible for many horrible mutations, as well as the final shapes of both the Daleks and the Thals (B, 4E)
- SEVRIN One of Skaro's Mutos. He befriended Sarah Jane Smith (4E).
- SLYTHER Huge mutated creature from Skaro which was used by the Daleks to guard their Bedfordshire site during their 2164 AD Invasion of Earth. It was tricked by Ian, and fell to its death in a mine shaft (K).
- TANE Young Kaled security captain in the Kaled bunker on Skaro. He interrogated the Fourth Doctor and his companions (4E).
- TEMMOSUS Peace-loving leader of the Thals on Skaro who met the First Doctor. He was killed by the Daleks, in spite of his plea for peace and cooperation between the two races (B).
- THALS Humanoid race from the planet Skaro, they felt a fierce enmity towards the Kaleds, with whom they shared the planet. Thals and Kaleds engaged in savage warfare, culminating with the neutronic wars, which destroyed most of Skaro and turned the planet into a radioactive wasteland. Ultimately, the Thals were able to destroy the Kaleds with a super-rocket, thanks to Davros' betrayal. They were, however, subsequently exterminated by Davros' first Daleks (4E).
After the Fourth Doctor entombed the Daleks, the Thal survivors and the so-called "Mutos" (mutants) lived on Skaro's surface and, eventually, evolved into a perfect, peace-loving race of blond humanoids. When another branch of the Daleks tried to kill them all by engineering a new increase in radiation, the Thals fought and defeated them, with the help of the First Doctor. But by so doing, the Thals rediscovered their ancestors' warlike ways (B).
The rest of the Thals' history is mostly unchronicled. However, it appears likely that the Thals were eventually forced to abandon Skaro, leaving it to the Daleks (K, XXX). Later, with the Alliance's support, they were able to regain control of Skaro (SSS). During that time, a Thal commando helped the Third Doctor freeze a Dalek invasion army on planet Spiridon (SSS).
- The ultimate future of the Thals remains unknown. By the time the Daleks returned to Skaro, the planet appeared to be a deserted, bombed-out wasteland, leading us to the assumption that the Thals were either exterminated, or again forced into exile (5J).
- VARGA Vegetable lifeform indigenous to Skaro. The Varga Plants had poisoned spines which induced dementia in their victims, whose bodies eventually turned into Vargas. The Daleks had transplanted some Varga Plants on Kembel (T/A).