This may be a stupid question but I've been re-watching Doctor Who, so: in The Stolen Earth/Journey's End, why were people needed to test the reality bomb?
As I understand it the 'bomb' removes the magnetic field holding atoms together, in which case you don't need to test it on people (you could use a toaster for all it mattered). What I mean is, everything is made of atoms so you don't need the test to be on something living.
I considered that the Daleks don't care about 'inferior life' and have no problems with experimenting on living things.
They obviously considered the Earth a possible threat (although minimal). If they hadn't there was no reason to destroy military installations or attack the population at all. They could have just let the activation of the full weapon kill them all. It was obviously dangerous to everything outside the Crucible, that's why the order was given later on ('all Daleks return to the Crucible to shelter from the cataclysm')
So why even bother attacking Earth? Everyone would die anyway, and they could have used anything to test the 'mini bomb' on.
Or have I missed something here?