In this recent Doctor Who episode, the magicians apprentice, was that actually a special weapons Dalek? Why haven't they appeared almost ever before, and why did one appear now?

  • 3
    They embarrass the other Daleks because they always say "Obliterate" instead of "Exterminate".
    – Omegacron
    Sep 21, 2015 at 21:24

1 Answer 1


Yes, the Doctor Who wiki confirms it was a Special Weapons Dalek. As to why - probably because it was on Skaro, the Dalek home world.

This isn't the first time we've seen one recently. One was seen during Asylum of the Daleks.

  • but why hasn't it appeared more often?
    – tox123
    Sep 20, 2015 at 20:02
  • 2
    @tox123 The wikia also mentions: "It has been stated that the enormous power source required for its weapon resulted in high levels of radiation being released and altering the structure of the Dalek's brain, resulting in insanity. It was only used in extreme situations and was unofficially known among the Daleks as the Abomination. (PROSE: Remembrance of the Daleks)"
    – Ixrec
    Sep 20, 2015 at 20:04
  • I seem to recall a special weapons Dalek shown towards the end of the "classic" Who episodes, during Sylvester McCoy's tenure as The Doctor, IIRC.
    – Joe L.
    Sep 20, 2015 at 21:55
  • Yes, I remembered correctly! A special weapons Dalek is seen in the first serial of the 25th season, Remembrance of the Daleks, broadcast in October 1988.
    – Joe L.
    Sep 20, 2015 at 22:00
  • 1
    At least one is Russell T Davies' Dalek, the BBC doesn't currently own all the props. Sep 21, 2015 at 2:57

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.