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Fixated on the conquest and annihilation of all other species, the Daleks have pursued technological innovation in their quest to become the ultimate form of life.
Davros’ Mark III Travel Machine – better known as a Dalek.
Photo © Dan Goldsmith.
The Emperor of the Daleks in The Parting of the Ways (2005).
Rose (Billie Piper) and Mickey (Noel Clarke) recoil from the horrific death of Dr Rajesh Singh in Doomsday (2006).
A Dalek cutting-tool attachment in The Ambush, the fourth episode of The Mutants (aka The Daleks, 1963-64).
Davros (Michael Wisher) and his creations in Genesis of the Daleks (1975).


In the planet Skaro, the humanoid Kaleds and Thals fought a bitter war of mutual annihilation. After generations of inconclusive combat, the Kaleds found themselves blighted by genetic mutations arising from the use of chemical weapons. Believing the genetic damage irreversible, their chief scientist, Davros, experimented to establish the Kaleds’ final mutational form. These were creatures with only vestigial limbs and limited power of locomotion. Davros therefore designed a travel machine to house the mutants.

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Ever since the TARDIS was first revealed in 1963, Doctor Who has presented a bewildering array of alien technology and gadgetry. Human scientific knowledge can do nothing to explain the mysteries of the astonishing devices and phenomena that the Doctor takes for granted. This is the first publication devoted to the incredible ideas that the series has made its own. Highlights include a comprehensive guide to the sonic screwdriver, the secrets of the Time Lords and the weaponry of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemies.