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Historians who studied the Dalek timeline speculated that the Dals might have been the descendants of humanoids who had been transplanted onto Skaro by alien powers. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) The Time Lords furthered believed that the Kaleds had splintered off from the Dals. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) Varna, a Kaled from before, or early during, the time of the Thousand Year War, said that "Dal" was a Kaled word for warrior. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro)
Whatever their past, the Dals were extinct by the time of the Thousand Year War between the Thals and the Kaleds, as were the Tharons, as a result of a programme of genocide orchestrated by the Kaled government. Knowledge of the Dal language was still known to a few, including Davros and Magrantine. In the Dal language, the word "Varga" meant "devourer". (AUDIO: Purity)
Davros, the creator of the Daleks, found a prophecy in the forbidden Book of Predictions, written in the extinct language of the Dals, which stated "...and on that day, men will become as gods." In the original language, the final word was pronounced "Dal-ek." (AUDIO: Guilt)
Five centuries following the detonation of the neutron bomb that had ended the conflict, the Thal records described the Dals as having originally been teachers and philosophers. At this point in their history, the Thals also believed that the Dals had been the direct genetic ancestors of the Daleks rather than the Kaleds. (TV: The Daleks) The Dals being the Daleks' ancestors was later dismissed by researchers as a legend based in a half-truth. (PROSE: The Secret Lives of Monsters)
Behind the scenes
- The television story The Daleks names the Dals as the predecessors of the Daleks. The television story Genesis of the Daleks, which actually showed the creation of the Daleks, contradicted this and named the Daleks' ancestors as the Kaleds. The Dals could be said to be the spiritual ancestors of the Daleks as Davros' creations were inspired by Dal prophecy, however they are not the biological ancestors of the Daleks.