In the 10th Doctor episode, "Journey's End," Davros is seemingly killed. However, he returns in the 12th Doctor two-parter "The Magician's Apprentice"/"The Witch's Familiar" with no explanation for his reappearance. How did he survive/escape the events of "Journey's End?"

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    Oh, it was quite clear he would return one day. Davros has been seemingly killed so often, we already knew that something as trivial as a planet blowing up wouldn't kill him. I don't know how he did it this time; does it matter? Maybe he cloned himself.
    – Mr Lister
    Dec 27, 2017 at 8:36
  • It might have just been a dream?
    – user66716
    Dec 27, 2017 at 12:37
  • Wibbly wobbly, timey wimey, etc.
    – JAB
    Dec 27, 2017 at 20:23
  • Death can't be permanent in a show based on time travel.
    – tilley31
    Dec 27, 2017 at 20:54
  • "Emergency Temporal Shift", I believe...
    – user931
    Dec 28, 2017 at 6:24

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Davros in the magician’s apprentice and the witch’s familiar had not experienced the events of the journey’s end

It’s not stated that Davros first experienced the events of the journey’s end before he experienced the events of the magician’s apprentice. The doctor is a time traveller. The tenth doctor might have met davros after the twelfth doctor.

  • Do you have any evidence for this theory?
    – Valorum
    Dec 25, 2023 at 8:43

Teleportation. Knowing that he'd need to escape the Daleks succeed in their plan to destroy all life except them and Davros, Davros installed an emergency teleport in his chair to escape preserving his life and knowing the Daleks wouldn't come after him.

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. Do you have any evidence for this theory? Good answers are more than just what feels right to you; they have references to canon sources to back them up.
    – DavidW
    Oct 6, 2020 at 2:01

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