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What was 'impure' about the last surviving red dalek?

In 'Revolution of the Daleks', a special episode falling just after series 12 new Doctor Who, a creature cloned from takes over a company's manufacturing facilities, and proceeds to create loads of ...
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What were the 27 planets taken by the Daleks?

In "The Stolen Earth", 27 planets are stolen by Davros and the Daleks to create a doomsday machine. As we can see in the following scene, they include: Earth (obvs) Callufrax Minor Jahoo ...
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Links between "The Daleks" comics and the television series

The Wikipedia article on the Daleks states: "Although much of the material in these strips was directly contradicted by what was later shown on television, some concepts like the Daleks using ...
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How often have Daleks appear on comedy television shows?

Google put the video "Dalek Seven-2 on Spike Milligan's 'Q6'" in my search results, and I found it surprising to see a Dalek appear in a television sitcom (if indeed that's the right take on ...
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How big is the 'Crucible' from Doctor Who?

The Crucible is a large, spherical object used by the Daleks as a ship/superweapon. I would like to know how big it is.
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Are the Daleks robots or cyborgs?

I heard somewhere that the Daleks were robots created by Davros, but then I read that they were cyborgs. Which one of these is true?
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Did the Daleks kill Davros?

I read that the Daleks from Doctor Who put their creator, Davros, on trial. Does anyone know if they killed him, or at least what happened to him afterward?
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When was the first time the Daleks moved the earth?

I was re-watching series 4's The Stolen Earth, and the Doctor mentioned: "someone tried to move the earth once before, a long time ago." Then it cuts to the Daleks, implying that it was they who ...
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Other than the Daleks, did any other enemies have real-world parallels in Doctor Who?

So it’s relatively well known that in Doctor Who, the Daleks were originally allegorical for the Nazis, with their ruthless efficiency and their mindless cries of “Exterminate!” So were any of the ...
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"Genesis of the Daleks" and the link with "The Dalek invasion of Earth"

In the fifth episode of the 1975 story "Genesis of the Daleks", Davros threatens to torture Sarah and Harry unless the (Fourth) Doctor provides information about Dalek losses. I assume that ...
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Why Does No One Remember Past Invasions In Doctor Who? [duplicate]

After watching the recent New Year's episode (Resolution), something has been bothering me. A Dalek is encountered on Earth in 'present' times and attempted extermination ensues. Nothing that shocking ...
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What keeps the Daleks from conquering the universe? [closed]

The time war was supposed to have destroyed Daleks and Time Lords alike. However this has been somewhat retconned in the last seasons. As it stands the Time Lords are locked away out of universe ...
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How could one Dalek hold against entire armada of Daleks?

In recent Christmas special episode of Doctor Who Twice Upon A Time, How did that one Dalek achieve a feat which the entire Time Lord race had had a hard time with? Let's say, that good Dalek could ...
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How did Davros survive the events of Journey's End?

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 ...
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Why are the Daleks considered a threatening enemy? [duplicate]

How is it the Daleks are even considered a threat? They aren't really very powerful and are rather slow and bulky. As war machines they are extremely ineffective when logically thought about. Can ...
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Location of this 1980's Dalek found in a scholarly article?

I'm looking for the in-universe location of the Dalek shown below. The original article: Canny. A Computational Approach to Edge Detection, IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, 8(...
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How dangerous are the Daleks?

The Doctor keeps saying Daleks are the most dangerous alien life form. Is there an existing count of their victims? I don't mean a perfect count. It could be "one entire planet". But what basis does ...
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Did anyone else have access to an Emergency Temporal Shift?

In Evolution of the Daleks we see Dalek Caan escaping the Doctor using an Emergency Temporal Shift. This ended up taking him all the way back to the Time War. My question is: does anyone else have ...
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How do The Daleks and Genesis of the Daleks relate?

How do ‘The Daleks’ and ‘Genesis of the Daleks’ relate? The history shown in 'The Daleks' contradicts that in 'Genesis', and I want to know the truth about the Kaleds' descendants.
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Is it explained how a person can fit in a Dalek?

It has been used as a plot device in many episodes of Dr Who that a person will impersonate a Dalek by getting inside the travel machine, from the earliest series ("The Daleks", "Planet of the Daleks")...
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Why were humans needed for the reality bomb?

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 ...
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Is this "The Daleks" comic strip fan-made?

Can anyone identify the following story. It has the feel of a non-canonical fan produced magazine based on the TV21 Daleks? I'm wondering if it is was one-off, part of a fan magazine or something ...
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How long can Daleks and Davros live?

Do Daleks live forever, barring any chance the Doctor gets to destroy them? Giving Davros an age is going to be difficult, if only because he was left for dead at the end of Genesis of the Daleks but ...
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What happened to the third "Dalek" movie?

In the Wikepedia article on Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., it is stated that a third Dalek movie was considered but was never realised. The claim is that it was to be based upon the serial The ...
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Spelling: Daleks or Darleks?

I know it is normally Daleks, but I have seen it writen Darleks too. I also noticed that the actors too, usually pronounce it "Darleks". So, are the two spellings interchangeable?
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Continuity and Skaro

Has it ever been explained (barring John Peel's book, The War of the Daleks which hasn't been widely accepted) how Skaro can exist when the 7th Doctor caused its destruction?
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Dalek Invasion of the Earth

In the Dalek Invasion of Earth, why would the Doctor suggest that his first adventure with them may have been "millions of years in the future"? When he first met the Daleks on Skaro they were limited ...
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What happened to the multi-coloured Paradigm Daleks?

What happened to the multi-colored Paradigm Daleks, in terms of production and story? It's as if the BBC forgot about them.
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In what ways can Daleks be killed?

Daleks are incredibly powerful, but not invulnerable. My question is, based on what we know (audio and spin-off stories will work too), what does it take to kill or incapacitate one of these ...
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Why are Daleks terrifying?

I'm fairly new to Dr. Who, just having watched some of the newer episodes, and find Daleks rather, well, odd. The idea seems to be that they probably are cheesy villains by today's standards but weren'...
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Why did the Daleks use pigs to make pig-slaves?

In "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks", Daleks from the Cult of Skaro use a genetic laboratory in 1930 Manhattan to turn residents of the slum of Hooverville into pig-slaves, which ...
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In The Dalek Invasion of Earth, why did the Daleks want to turn Earth into a giant spaceship?

I'm specifically referring to the First Doctor serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth, not any of their many subsequent attempts to invade Earth. BLACK DALEK: What remains to be done? NORMAL DALEK: Only ...
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What was the original design of the Daleks?

Considered to be one of the greatest science fiction villains the Daleks are generally considered to be Dr Who's primary adversary. What was the original design of these mechanical monsters?
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Wasn’t this planet already back before The Magician's Apprentice?

In The Magician's Apprentice, it is said that Skaro was destroyed or time locked and brought back. So how can the Matt Smith Doctor be there on Skaro in Asylum of the Daleks? [Planet surface] ...
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Did the Doctor Who creators ever consider significantly redesigning the Daleks?

It struck me recently that the Daleks still look almost exactly the same as they did over fifty years ago, with the sole exception that today's Daleks come in a variety of colors. 1964: 2015: While ...
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Is it true that the Daleks have to appear in every season of Doctor Who?

There is a very persistent rumor that the Daleks must appear at least once every season of revived Doctor Who due to an agreement with the estate of Terry Nation, the writer who created the Daleks. ...
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Is it now safe to get shot by a Dalek?

In episode 9.2, Using the knowledge above, what stops anyone who has access to such technology to use it as a shield, allowing them to get shot by Daleks with no ill effects?
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How can the Daleks hit moving targets at angles over 45 degrees?

Minor spoilers. In Victory of the Daleks, the Daleks hit three moving aircraft out of the sky at angles clearly exceeding 45 degrees, with no wasted shots. The accuracy isn't what I'm concerned about;...
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Why did Rose's touch revive the Dalek?

In the 2005 Dr Who episode "Dalek", the imprisoned Dalek is revived and mutated by DNA that is transferred from Rose when she touches it. Earlier dialog indicates that the Dalek had been touched at ...
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During the Time War why didn't the Daleks blow up at least one TARDIS while in the Time Vortex?

From the Cracks in time and space story arc it's known that if a TARDIS is blown up (possibly while in the Time Vortex) it rips creation itself apart. Also, from the Stolen Earth / Journey's End we ...
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Why wasn't Davros exiled by the Kaleds?

In Genesis of the Daleks, the Doctor is forced to try to alter the evolution of the Daleks. Davros is the chief scientist on Skaro. By the first century of the war with the Thals, some Kaleds were ...
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Why did a Dalek beg River Song for mercy?

In the season 5 finale, after a Dalek shot The Doctor, DALEK: You will be exterminated! RIVER: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One Alpha ...
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Where did the Daleks in "Into the Dalek" (#243) come from?

In episode #243 - "Into the Dalek", there is at least one large ship full of Daleks, and a rebel ship of humans that are fighting them. Are these Daleks new creations of the multicoloured Daleks from ...
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How did the Daleks regain their numbers?

Since the end of the Time War the Daleks have been near extinct and some of the plots of the previously released seasons have been about the Daleks regaining their former strength (Bad Wolf Station, ...
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Do daleks have gender?

Having a robotic voice and being another species, the Daleks live in a robotic shell, and their names give away nothing. So I am curious: is there ever any mention of a Dalek having gender?
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How long would Dalek Sec have survived?

Dalek Sec is a human-Dalek hybrid that the Doctor faced in New York during the great depression. He was created because the Daleks felt they needed to evolve in order to survive. They practiced the ...
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Daleks And Their Gear

Why do Daleks from Doctor Who never upgrade or do something to their arsenal? At least add a weapon or something. See here, they are getting bigger and more colourful, but they don't add defences or ...
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Do Daleks Breathe?

In Doctor Who Season 1 Episode 13, when Daleks swarmed out to enter the Satellite 5, they had to pass a measurable distance through space to reach it. They do it sans air. Also in Season 1 Episode 6, ...
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What year was the Time Lock established?

Is there any evidence to indicate when - what year by our Earthly reckoning - the Time Lock was put in place around the Time War between the Daleks and Time Lords?
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How do the Daleks Build Anything, without themselves having hands?

I understand that Daleks can kill, but they don't have any hands. How do they build those huge ships they fly around in? The only logical conclusion I can come up with is they have a huge slave ...
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