Bronze Daleks (PROSE: Engines of War) were the Dalek drones which served during several of the Daleks' biggest conflicts, such as the Second Dalek War, (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) the Dalek-Movellan War, (TV: The Pilot) and, most notably, the Last Great Time War, (PROSE: Engines of War) before being reintroduced as standard drones into the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
While their casings were mostly bronze, their slats and sense globes were golden. (TV: Dalek et al.) Although bronze-coloured, the metal of the casings was in actuality still Dalekanium. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
In addition, a band which connected the middle weapons platform to the lower base unit was coloured bronze for most of these Daleks. However, on some bronze Daleks, such as the "Metaltron", the band was golden. (TV: Dalek, Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways) This minority of bronze Daleks shared this trait with the red and golden Supreme Daleks. (COMIC: Ambush, TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End, The Magician's Apprentice / The Witch's Familiar)
Hierarchy[edit | edit source]
The bronze-coloured drone Daleks remained subordinate to Black Daleks, (PROSE: Engines of War) the Dalek Inquisitor General, (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) red and golden Supreme Daleks, (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End) and the Dalek Emperor himself. In addition, the Emperor was protected by the Emperor's Personal Guard; mostly bronze, they were distinguished by their black domes as with their pre-Time War counterparts. (TV: The Parting of the Ways, The Evil of the Daleks)
A minority of bronze-type Daleks aboard the Dalek Emperor's flagship following the Last Great Time War had black base units with golden sense globes in addition to a black dome similar to that of the Emperor's Personal Guard. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Though generally appearing as foot soldiers, bronze Daleks could also be of higher ranks, distinguished from their subordinates only by their individual identifcation tag. Indeed, a bronze Dalek served as a Command Dalek during the Second Dalek War, subordinate to the Dalek Inquisitor General. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) Similarly, a bronze Dalek served as a Dalek Squad Leader during the New Dalek Paradigm's governance of the Sunlight Worlds. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation) The leader of a Dalek Death Squad was a bronze Dalek. (TV: Revolution of the Daleks) The bronze Daleks that were later named Thay, Caan and Jast respectively served in the positions of Commandant of Station Alpha, Attack Squad Leader in the Thirtieth Assault Group, and Force Leader of the Outer Rim Defensive Battalion. Furthermore, these Daleks were recruited by the Daleks to form the Cult of Skaro under the black Dalek Sec, who himself was originally the bronze Dalek Commander of the Seventh Incursion Squad before receiving a new casing composed of metalert. (PROSE: Birth of a Legend) The Cult ultimately became regarded as "above and beyond the Emperor himself." (TV: Doomsday) Upon overthrowing Sec, Caan took command of the Cult of Skaro. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks) The Emperor himself was housed in a massive bronze casing. (TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Variants[edit | edit source]
A Reconnaissance Scout Dalek encountered by the Thirteenth Doctor appeared in an ancient scroll to resemble a bronze Dalek. Additionally the weapons platform of its reconstructed scrap casing beared a similar design pattern to that of a bronze Dalek. (TV: Resolution)
Assault Daleks were specialised bronze Daleks equipped with laser-cutting arms and blowtorches to replace their plunger manipulator arms. They had a claw and blowtorch combination. These were used for cutting through strong metals and for picking up objects normal Dalek drones could not. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks, TV: The Parting of the Ways)
Temporal Weapon Daleks were identical to the bronze Dalek drones with the exception of their weapons platform, which was very similar to Special Weapons Dalek, with a single, large cannon rather than a gunstick and manipulator arm. (PROSE: Engines of War)
Vault Daleks were bronze Daleks who were distinguished by their specialised manipulator arm claw. They were charged with guarding their creator Davros in the Vault, a special chamber within their giant space station the Crucible. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)
While masquerading as the Dalek Litigator during the Daleks' manipulation of the Sunlight Worlds, the Dalek Time Controller changed his form to that of a generic bronze Dalek, albeit with a wavering effect around its grating section that was observed by the Eleventh Doctor. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)
History[edit | edit source]
Pre-Time War[edit | edit source]
A bronze Dalek from at some point in their history was one of multiple alien entities that arrived in the River Thames of London in the early morning of 19 August 2020. However, it was intercepted by military personnel before it could attack the civilian population.(WC: 14683 UNIT Field Log)
The Dalek Emperor favorable to Davros who ruled Skaro in 2254 inhabited a bronze-colored casing similar in shape to that of the earlier Golden Emperor. However, no bronze-colored Dalek drones were in appearance on Skaro at this time. (GAME: Dalek Attack)
Bronze Daleks, led by Dalek X, a black Dalek Inquisitor General, participated in the Second Dalek War against humanity. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) Others fought in a war against the Movellans, (TV: The Pilot) as did earlier Grey Daleks. (TV: Destiny of the Daleks)
A bronze Dalek attempted to gain access to the Matrix hidden underneath the Capitol on Gallifrey during the Cloister Wars. It was attacked by the Cloister Wraiths, where it became a part of the Matrix hard drive, being "filed". It was still trapped within the Cloisters following the Time War. (TV: Hell Bent)
The last surviving Silver Dalek Drone of the Restoration Empire’s Dalek Time Squad rebuilt its casing in the bronze design after being brought aboard the Starship Future. (AUDIO: Genetics of the Daleks)
Bronze Daleks, led by a Supreme, were used during the Daleks’ takeover of the Axis and subsequent incursions into alternate Gallifreys. (AUDIO: Extermination) They attempted to invade Gallifrey of the main universe via the Matrix but were trapped in an projection by Romana and a projection of her future self. (AUDIO: Ascension)
Prior to the Time War, bronze Daleks attacked Galacton to energise its core to create fuel for the Seventh Fleet (PROSE: Mission to Galacton) and, led by a bronze Dalek Commander, saw to the extermination of the Mechonoids on Magella. Following this, the Dalek Commander was summoned by the Dalek Emperor alongside three other high-ranking bronze Daleks. Anticipating the oncoming Time War, the Emperor named the four Daleks, who formed the Cult of Skaro; led by the Commander who was transfered to a black Metalert casing and named Dalek Sec, the remaining bronze Daleks were named Thay, Jast and Caan. (PROSE: Birth of a Legend)
Time War[edit | edit source]
Led by the Dalek Emperor and Time Strategist, bronze Daleks fought throughout the Last Great Time War against the Time Lords. (AUDIO: Gallifrey: Time War, Only the Good, The Eighth Doctor: Time War, The War Doctor, COMIC: Ambush, PROSE: Engines of War)
Bronze Daleks made up the vast majority of the "billion billion" Dalek Fleet that converged on Gallifrey on the last day of the Time War. Having successfully penetrated the sky trenches, they engaged in the fall of Arcadia, where they were fought by the War Doctor and Gallifreyan soldiers. When the thirteen Doctors saved Gallifrey by transporting it to a pocket universe, the Dalek Fleet inadverently destroyed themselves in their own crossfire. (TV: The Last Day, TV: The Day of the Doctor) The Ninth Doctor, along with the rest of the universe, believed the entire Dalek race to have been wiped out along with Gallifrey. (TV: Dalek)
Post-Time War[edit | edit source]
However, the Doctor found that one bronze Dalek had survived, crashing to Earth in 1962. Eventually, in 2012, it came to the possession of Henry van Statten, who ignorantly named it the "Metaltron". Ultimately, the Dalek, after finding that it had been "contaminated" by Rose Tyler's human DNA chose to self-destruct. (TV: Dalek)
Surviving the war in his flagship, the Dalek Emperor, guarded as ever by the Emperor's Personal Guard, created an army of half a million bronze Dalek of human origin. At the end of the Battle of the Game Station in 200,100, they were all reduced to dust by Rose Tyler, under the possession of the Bad Wolf entity. (TV: Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways)
Unknown to anyone, the Daleks created, and launched, a time capsule during the final battle of the Time War with a single bronze Dalek with the plan to spread the Dalek factor on Earth, to use humanity's life force and raw materials to build more Daleks for back-up in the final battle. The capsule's engines failed in the journey and the Dalek within ejected, falling to Earth in 70 AD. The Dalek died but released a small amount of Dalek factor that remained dormant in the genetic structure of approximately one in 500,000,000 humans. When the Dalek casing was uncovered in Crediton Vale in Dorset, England in the 2000s, the Dalek factor became active in Kate Yates whose newfound Dalek powers allowed her to grow a new Dalek mutant within the casing. The Dalek pursued the Tenth Doctor, who eventually knocked it into the sea with a crane from the dig site where the Dalek was found, although the Dalek electrocuted the Doctor and escaped. After breaking into a train and recovering its gunstick from Frank Openshaw, the leader of the team who excavated the Dalek's casing, the Dalek exterminated Frank along with several civilians before slaughtering dozens of people in Twyford. It then united with Kate Yates, whose Dalek personality had become dominant. Upon receiving a Time Ring from the Tenth Doctor it intended to travel to Earth in 500,000,000 to use humanity's resources to rebuild its race but failed when Kate's human personality resurfaced and set the Dalek's Time Ring to self-destruct. The self-destruct caused a warp implosion that atomised the Dalek and made the Dalek factor go dormant again in humanity. (PROSE: I Am a Dalek)
In 2007, the Tenth Doctor and Bronwyn Ceredig overheard a bronze Dalek on Black Island in Yns Du, Wales. The Dalek had been generated from Rose Tyler's memories after she had been put asleep by Nathaniel Morton and the Cynrog Peyne and forced to dream of some of the aliens she had encountered; these dreams were fed back to a Cynrog machine in the lighthouse on Black Island that allowed for dream-generated creatures to be made physical. The Dalek, along with a pair of Slitheen and a replica of the Nestene Consciousness that had also been generated from Rose's memories, ceased to exist after Rose was disconnected from the Cynrog machine. (PROSE: The Nightmare of Black Island)
Within a Void Ship, the Cult of Skaro survived the Time War as well, taking with them the Genesis Ark, which contained millions of bronze Daleks imprisoned by the Time Lords. Emerging on Earth in 2007, the Cult were able to open the Ark, unleashing the millions of Daleks who attacked humans and parallel world Cybermen in the Battle of Canary Wharf. However, the conflict was soon ended when the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler opened the Void, resulting in the millions of Daleks and Cybermen being sucked into it. The Cult were forced to perform an emergency temporal shift to escape. (TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday) Those contained within the Void were eventually destroyed as a result of the reality bomb. (TV: The Next Doctor)
Appearing in New York in 1930, the Cult attempted to rebuild their race in the Final Experiment. Discarding his casing to assume the form of a Human-Dalek, Sec collaborated with the Doctor to combine Dalek and human DNA, believing that the Daleks could only survive with humanity's thought and emotions. This, however, put him at odds with his bronze subordinates, who overthrew him with Caan taking command. After Sec gave his life to save the Doctor, Thay and Jast were destroyed by Dalek-humans infused with Gallifreyan DNA, who were then terminated by Caan. Rejecting an offer by the Doctor to help him, Caan used an emergency temporal shift to escape. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks)
Breaking the time-lock to enter the first year of the Time War, an act which ultimately cost him his sanity, Caan rescued Davros from death. Using his own DNA, Davros proceeded to create a New Dalek Empire composed mostly of bronze Daleks with a red Supreme Dalek. Though this Supreme Dalek usurped Davros' as ruler, he did allow Davros to remain aboard the Crucible alongside the mentally broken Caan, whose half-broken casing his Dalek mutant form.
Gathering 27 stolen planets in the Medusa Cascade, the Daleks launched a brief invasion in which they easily overwhelmed human military forces, sustaining only minimal casualties at the hands of the Children of Time. Notably, one Dalek chose to spare the life of the young Adelaide Brooke, who it recognised as a fixed point in time. (TV: The Waters of Mars) Ultimately, the New Dalek Empire was destroyed by the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor, who used the Daleks' Dalekanium power feed against them. (TV: The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)
A small group of bronze Daleks were found by the Tenth Doctor on 22nd century Earth. They intended to use a proton cannon to conquer the planet by rendering humanity intangible, only for the Doctor to turn the weapon against them. Trapped in an intangible state, the Daleks judged this an unacceptable outcome and self-destructed. (COMIC: Extermination of the Daleks)
Having survived the New Dalek Empire's destruction, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) A single Dalek ship, containing three Daleks, located a progenitor; while this progenitor had the potential to restore the Dalek race, it would not recognise these Daleks' DNA. As a single bronze Dalek remained aboard, the other two masqueraded as Ironsides, ostensibly the creation of a human scientist, actually a android created by the Daleks, for the British war effort in the Second World War. In reality, the Daleks' plan was to lure and provoke a testimony from the Doctor, which would confirm them as Daleks to the progenitor. After a month in 1941, this succeeded as the Eleventh Doctor identified them as Daleks, thus enabling the creation of a New Dalek Paradigm. Sporting larger casings, the new paradigm consisted of five archetypes which included a red Drone Dalek, subordinate to the white Supreme Dalek. The older three Daleks, who were deemed as "inferior" by their successors, allowed themselves to be exterminated before the new Daleks departed to rebuild their race. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
For a while, the red Drone Daleks appeared en masse as the foot soldiers of the New Dalek Paradigm. (GAME: City of the Daleks, COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) However, after a repeated series of failures that that the Eleventh Doctor had inflicted on the Paradigm, the empire reorganised itself under the Parliament of the Daleks, led by the Prime Minister of the Daleks. Eager to distance itself from the Paradigm's failures, the Prime Minister promoted the Red Daleks to an officer class and had the drones return to the Bronze Dalek style of those who had fought in the Last Great Time War, feeling that their design was the one most likely to invoke fear across the galaxy. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks; PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
During the New Dalek Paradigm's manipulation of the Sunlight Worlds to discover the Cradle of the Gods, bronze Daleks made up the majority of the Daleks involved in the operation, subordinate to a white Supreme Dalek, the secondary leader, and the Dalek Time Controller, who served as overall leader; on this particular mission the Time Controller frequently masqueraded as the Dalek Litigator, appearing as a regular bronze Dalek, although the Eleventh Doctor observed a wavering effect around its grating section. In addition a Dalek Squad Leader, identical to a standard bronze Dalek, led a patrol of Daleks in pursuit of the Doctor when he tried to escape with Sabel, Jenibeth and Ollus Blakely in his TARDIS. Five bronze Daleks were destroyed by Jenibeth, now converted into a Dalek puppet, after her original childlike personality resurfaced; shortly after the remaining Daleks, including the Dalek Time Controller, abandoned the Sunlight Worlds after they believed the Cradle of the Gods was about to destroy all of the Sunlight Worlds. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)
When the human starliner Alaska crashed into the Dalek Asylum, thereby compromising the planet's security, the Eleventh Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams were captured by the Daleks and confronted by the Prime Minister of the Daleks onboard the Parliament of the Daleks, who tasked them with deactivating the asylum's planetary forcefield so that the Daleks could destroy it. A large number of bronze Daleks that had survived encounters with the Doctor were among those classed as insane and therefore kept within the asylum, with a handful of bronze Daleks being kept in the asylum's intensive care area. Oswin Oswald, a human that had been converted by the Dalek inmates, was contained in a bronze casing. Ultimately, she and the insane Daleks died when she disabled the asylum's planetary shield, allowing the asylum to be destroyed by the Parliament of the Daleks. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)
A single Dalek survived, albeit heavily damaged, when its ship crash landed in ancient Britain. The native Britons, believing it to be a deity, named the Dalek the "Bronze God". It encountered Winston Churchill and Kazran Sardick when the Eleventh Doctor took them back in time in the TARDIS. Ultimately, it was destroyed when its ship exploded. (AUDIO: Living History)
Bronze Daleks participated in the Siege of Trenzalore, (TV: The Time of the Doctor) and the war with the Combined Galactic Resistance. One of them, named Rusty by the Twelfth Doctor, joined the resistance to destroy his kind, becoming known as the "good Dalek". (TV: Into the Dalek) Eventually making his home on Villengard, Rusty survived for billions of years into the far future, defending himself as Daleks were repeatedly sent to destroy him. (TV: Twice Upon a Time)
Bronze Daleks were among a diverse range of Daleks who, led by a red Supreme Dalek, resided on the rebuilt Skaro where Davros lived, having survived the destruction of the Crucible. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice) One bronze Dalek was killed by Missy, allowing Clara Oswald to temporarily operate its casing so that they could safely navigate the Dalek City. When the Doctor's regeneration energy rejuvenated the discarded Daleks from the sewers, the city-dwelling Daleks were overrun and destroyed. (TV: The Witch's Familiar)
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Merchandise[edit | edit source]
- The "Dalek Patrol Ship" sets released in 2014 by Character Options included an exclusive 3.75-inch bronze "Dalek pilot" figurine bearing a black dome and alternating black "skirt" panels identical to the colour scheme of the Dalek saucer commander.
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Battles in Time[edit | edit source]
- Bronze Daleks, including Emperor's Personal Guards at times, are featured in depictions of all the battles and conflicts depicted in the Dalek Wars section of Doctor Who: Battles in Time magazines.
- While the majority take place in new settings, others feature scenes concurrent to select television episodes, such as the Battle of Canary Wharf in Doomsday and the 21st century Dalek invasion in The Stolen Earth. Curiously, bronze Daleks are also inaccurately featured in pre-Time War events derived from "classic series" episodes, including the attack on the Thal Dome during Genesis of the Daleks, the 22nd century Dalek invasion and contemporary Dalek invasion of Mars preceding The Dalek Invasion of Earth, the battle against the Mechonoids during The Chase, and the Great War during The Evil of the Daleks.
- The bronze Daleks are also revealed to have made several other incursions on Earth.
- The Dalek of a rusted saucer downed in the Bermuda Triangle massacred an American air force in 1958, and were potentially responsible for disappearances as early as the 1490s.
- Exterminating a pirate fleet in late September 1697.
- Circa 70 million BC, Daleks fell through time and engaged dinosaurs on prehistoric Earth, with the encounter ultimately being uncovered by UNIT.
- A Dalek saucer recovered a Dalek that had been captured at a Earth military base.
- Bronze Daleks also attacked humans across space in a Dalek-Human War spanning 300 years, the Third Dalek War, 2614, 3682, the Second Great and Bountiful Human Empire, 4826. Elsewhere, they struck in the 4203 and throughout the 43rd century, 5874 9000, and exterminated the natives of Aridius.
Other media[edit | edit source]
- The bronze "Metaltron" functions as the player character in the online game The Last Dalek, which presents an alternate version of the events of Dalek.
- A total of eight bronze Daleks appear in the online game Daleks v Cybermen, in which the player controls a squad of Cybermen in an alternate take on Doomsday. The first appears at the end of Level 3, a second alongside human soldiers at the start of Level 4, with the remaining six at the end accompanying Dalek Sec, the Black Dalek. Evidently, the Genesis Ark, containing millions of Daleks, had already been opened. The three members of the Cult of Skaro in addition to Sec are not distinguished in the game, leaving their presence uncertain.
- A bronze Dalek features in the comic story The Invasion of Bash Street.
- Bronze Daleks appear as enemies in the Doctor Who: Legacy mobile game. The original version, dubbed "Time War Dalek", is followed by several variants including "Aristotle Daleks" distinguished by white grating sections which do not appear in Into the Dalek, battered "Asylum Daleks", Glider Daleks and Temporal Weapon Daleks. In addition, bronze drones appear in several versions including "Pixelated", "Cartoony", "Retro Comic" and "Infinity".
Other matters[edit | edit source]
- Extermination (2013), the first story of Gallifrey VI, marked the first appearance of a bronze Dalek on the cover of a Big Finish Productions audio drama, indicating that the events of Gallifrey were approaching the Last Great Time War. This preceded Big Finish's 2015 acquisition of the license to produce audios based on the revived Doctor Who by a year and a half. From then on, bronze-type Daleks were generally used to place a story during or after the Time War from the Daleks' perspective.
- Originally, the cover of AUDIO: The Dalek Gambit was to feature grey Daleks but it was changed to feature bronze Daleks before release. Both variants have been depicted battling the Movellans on television, in Destiny of the Daleks and The Pilot respectively. In the story itself, Ian Gilmore observes that the Daleks are of a different design to the ones he previously faced in TV: Remembrnace of the Daleks.