The Dalek Empire was an empire created by the Daleks which spanned much of time and space. With a goal to exterminate all life save the Daleks themselves, the Empire waged numerous interstellar wars, bringing it into frequent conflict with the Doctor. It was divided for a time during its civil war, but was eventually reunited. Ultimately, the entire Empire fought the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War, which was marked by unprecedented destruction across time. The Dalek Empire ceased to exist when the war ended, although remnants survived. One of the survivors of the Dalek Empire, Dalek Caan, went on to become the founder of the New Dalek Empire, which itself would later be succeeded by a third empire.

History Edit

Origins Edit

Inheriting the Kaled belief that Skaro was the only world in the universe that could support life, (TV: Genesis of the Daleks) the earliest incarnation of the Dalek Empire was focused only on Skaro, intending to rebuild and fully colonise the ruined planet. Their first encounter with the First Doctor, who confirmed that other life existed in the universe, (TV: The Daleks) however led the Daleks to devote themselves to one day leaving Skaro and conquer other worlds. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro, Return to Skaro)

With the knowledge of constructing spacecraft lost to them, the Daleks reverse engineered Krattorian blueprints. (COMIC: Power Play) Before their own spacecrafts were completed, it was believed that the Daleks had made alliances with spacefaring races, such as the Voord, to transport Dalek forces to desirable planets. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Daleks) After the construction of the first Dalek Fleet, the Daleks first attacked the planet Alvega, ultimately destroying it when it would not surrender to them. (COMIC: The Amaryll Challenge)

In the early days of the Empire, Dalek factory ships were sent out by the thousands to quickly mass produce legions of Daleks on other planets. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) On these capsules landed on the planet Vulcan where it would later be uncovered by human colonists who sought to exploit Dalek technology. The Daleks within worked to conquer the planet only to be destroyed by the Second Doctor. (TV: The Power of the Daleks)

Reconnaissance scout Daleks were also sent out ahead of the main fleet to gather information of targeted worlds before the fleet would be summoned. (TV: Resolution)

After the Dalek Empire had conquered thousands of worlds, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) they staged an invasion and conquest of Earth in the year 2157. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) The Daleks intended to use Earth to enact Project Degravitate, turning the planet into a massive warship to carry their forces across the galaxy, (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests) but the interference of the First Doctor led to their invasion being overthrown. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth) Following this, other subjugated races began rising up against the Empire. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

Expanding the Empire Edit

As always, time travel makes the sequence of events here conjectural.

Settling down to more general use of their time travelling abilities, the Daleks proceeded on a grand effort to create a permanent base of operations. Using knowledge from the library of Kar-Charrat (AUDIO: The Genocide Machine) and the power of Gallifrey, the Daleks obliterated the entire Seriphia Galaxy, remaking it to their own designs. (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) From there, the Daleks staged two major invasions of the Mutter's Spiral 2,500 years apart. (AUDIO: Invasion of the Daleks, The Exterminators)

Imperial Daleks explode retreat

The Dalek Empire is split by violent civil war.

Despite having their own galaxy, the Dalek Emperor maintained himself on the home planet of Skaro, and continued efforts from there to take over Earth at various points in history. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan, The Evil of the Daleks, Day of the Daleks)

The Gold Dalek, aided by the Renegade Time Lord known as the Master, attempted to provoke war between the humans and Draconians, leaving both species open for Dalek conquest, (TV: Frontier in Space) and later attempted to use time travel to reconquer 22nd century Earth, (TV: Day of the Daleks) but was stopped by the Third Doctor on both counts. The Black Dalek Leader took inspiration from this and sent a taskforce of Daleks to assassinate the Doctor in his first incarnation, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) but this failed when the Doctor trapped them in a war against the Mechonoids. (TV: The Chase)

Some time after the Daleks' foray to Exxilon, the Daleks recommitted themselves to conquest, breaking the Draconian Empire with the Combined Galactic Resistance being formed to fight back against Dalek conquest. The Resistance managed to capture a damaged Dalek, that was later named Rusty, who claimed a desire to turn on its own kind. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) However, Rusty had access to post-Last Great Time War memories, implying that these Daleks were not of the pre-War empire and instead the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Into the Dalek) After the Twelfth Doctor rescued Journey Blue, the Resistance asked him to help fix Rusty as he had been turned good. The Doctor, Clara Oswald, Journey, Ross and Gretchen Alison Carlisle travelled into Rusty and located a crack in his power source that was spewing radiation and killing him, losing Ross along the way.

The Doctor repaired the crack with his sonic screwdriver, but the radiation had been causing Rusty's change, and so without it Rusty turned evil again, breaking free of its restraints and calling in more Daleks to destroy the Aristotle. At the insistence of Clara, the Doctor, Clara, Journey and Gretchen attempted to turn Rusty good again by reactivating his suppressed memories, particularly that of a star being born which would open him to the Doctor's influence.

Rusty. (TV: Into the Dalek)

Clara succeeded in reactivating the memories, opening Rusty's mind and the Doctor telepathically linked with him to get him to see the good in the universe through the Doctor. However, being a Dalek, the "beauty" that Rusty reacted to was the Doctor's hatred of the Daleks. Taking the Doctor's hatred as his own, Rusty turned on the Dalek boarding party attacking the Aristotle and exterminated them. Rusty told the Doctor that he wasn't a good Dalek but the Doctor was, and then he ordered the Dalek flying saucer that was docked with the Aristotle to retreat, claiming that the humans had activated the ship's self-destruct. Rusty left with the Daleks to continue his war against his own kind by destroying them from within. (TV: Into the Dalek) After managing to destroy the Dalek command ship, Rusty was retrieved by the Daleks, his new mindset causing the Dalek Supreme Council to withdraw lest Rusty's influence spread to other Daleks. After confirming it could not, Rusty was exiled to the Dalek Asylum, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) but managed to escape, basing himself at Villengard. The Daleks made attempts to hunt him down and destroy him, but Rusty was persistently successful in fighting them off. All around his control tower were the shattered remnants of his earlier attackers. Some of the Daleks survived, albeit without their casings. (TV: Twice Upon a Time)

After the resurrection of the Daleks' creator Davros during the Movellan war, (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) the Daleks entered a new era, led by Davros as the new Emperor. (COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks!) A schism developed between the Imperial Daleks loyal to Davros and Renegade Daleks loyal to the Dalek Supreme. The subsequent Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War stretched across the entire Dalek Empire. As the war escalated, the Seventh Doctor set a trap for factions, resulting in the destruction of (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks) Skaro's second sun. (PROSE: The Stranger)

The Dalek Prime and Davros survived the war and encountered one another once more during a decline in Dalek pervasiveness throughout the galaxy. Davros was again defeated and the Dalek Prime set about rebuilding the Empire. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)

Now the sole survivor of the Dalek Council, the Black Dalek Leader enacted a master plan in the year 4000. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) Forming the Great Alliance, made up of representatives of the Outer Galaxies, the Black Dalek attempted to lure all the major galactic powers to the solar system which it would then destroy with a Time Destructor only the Doctor to activate the weapon on the Daleks' base on Kembel, turning its power against them. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan)

Last Great Time War and destruction Edit

Fall of Arcadia

The Time Lords fight the Dalek Empire on Gallifrey.

Reeling from its defeat at the hands of the Ninth Doctor in March 2005, the post-Time War Nestene Consciousness considered allying with the "mighty empires" of the Daleks and the Cybermen in order to rid the universe of the Doctor, (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene) a prospect which would be realised with the Alliance. (TV: The Pandorica Opens)

United once more, the Daleks, including Davros (TV: The Stolen Earth) and the Dalek Emperor, (TV: Bad Wolf) fought the Time Lords in the Last Great Time War, a titanic battle across all of history, resulting in the near-total destruction of both sides. (TV: Dalek) It was eventually revealed that "all thirteen" incarnations of the Doctor (led by the War, Tenth and Eleventh Doctors) came together to save the Time Lords and Gallifrey which was under attack by the entire empire, a "billion billion" Daleks in millions of ships. When the Doctor moved Gallifrey into a pocket universe, the Daleks were caught in their own crossfire and they destroyed themselves (rather than being destroyed along with the Time Lords by the War Doctor with the Moment, as previously believed). (TV: The Day of the Doctor)

Remnants Edit

There were at least four different instances of Dalek survivors of the Time War: a single drone which fell through time, landing on Earth in the 20th century, (TV: Dalek) the Dalek Emperor himself, (TV: The Parting of the Ways) the four-member Cult of Skaro, in possession of a Genesis Ark containing millions of trapped drones (TV: Doomsday) and the inmates of the Dalek Asylum, a prison planet containing thousands of insane and damaged Daleks. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

The Kotturuh crisis Edit

After the Last Great Time War, the Tenth Doctor encountered a version of the Dalek Empire led by the Golden Emperor and operated by Silver Daleks. He believed a paradox to have been responsible for bringing this Empire about. Having no record of having fought in the Last Great Time War, this Dalek Empire warred against the Hond, an omnicidal species from the Dark Times, albeit after a failed attempt to ally with them. When the Empire's defences began to fail and only Skaro remained, they sought out the Tenth Doctor for aid. Using Dalek technology, the Doctor deduced that the Hond were suffering made manifest and cured them of their suffering, ending their crusade against the Daleks. The Daleks made an to exterminate the Tenth Doctor but the Thirteenth Doctor helped him escape. With one Doctor lost to them, the Daleks turned their attention to the Eighth Doctor, (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) abducting him, (AUDIO: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not) and later travelling back to the Dark Times with him. (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead)

Further Dalek empires Edit

After the destruction of the Dalek Empire, two subsequent empires were established: the New Dalek Empire, followed by the New Dalek Paradigm.

The New Dalek Empire was established by Dalek Caan, who made a perilous journey back through time into the first year of the Time War, and rescued Davros from the "jaws of the Nightmare Child". Davros sacrificed cells from his own body to create millions of new Daleks. Together they built a massive fleet and a space station called the Crucible within the Medusa Cascade. Dalek Caan worked in secret to betray the New Empire and Davros, however, and assisted the Doctor and Donna Noble in disarming the reality bomb and foiling the stolen planets plot. The Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor then caused a chain reaction which destroyed the New Empire, including apparently Davros and Caan. (TV: The Stolen Earth, Journey's End)


The beginning of the third Dalek empire: the New Dalek Paradigm.

Through a deception called the "Ironside Project", three Daleks, (TV: Victory of the Daleks) having survived the destruction of the New Dalek Empire, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) tricked the Eleventh Doctor into helping them activate the Progenitor. The device then created five new Daleks, referred to as a New Dalek Paradigm. These newcomers destroyed their three forebears and escaped through a time corridor. Amy Pond speculated that the new Daleks would need time to "build themselves up". (TV: Victory of the Daleks) The Paradigm's new empire would eventually grow to be overseen by a Parliament led by a Dalek Prime Minister. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

The Daleks at some point after a vast Galactic Recession established the Sunlight Worlds, 400 worlds and the planet Carthedia acting as a government state. Humans were allowed to live there, not knowing of the danger of the Daleks. The Dalek time controller planned to use the Cradle of the Gods to turn the Sunlight Worlds into copies of Skaro. However the Eleventh Doctor and Jenibeth Blakely foiled this plan. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

The Daleks restored Skaro and made it the center of their empire. Davros stated they brought back the world due to their strong concept of home. (TV: The Witch's Familiar) Missy had an outstanding death warrant in the Dalek Empire. (AUDIO: The Bekdel Test)

Alternate timelines Edit

Following their escape, the new Daleks discovered the lost Time Lord artefact, the Eye of Time, allowing them to alter time as they saw fit. The Daleks returned to Skaro, rebuilt their capital city of Kaalann, appointed a new Emperor, and began rebuilding their empire. One of the empire's first acts with their new-found power over time was to invade Earth in 1963. In this new timeline, they succeeded in killing every member of the human race. However, the Doctor and Amy Pond successfully undid these events, leaving Earth unconquered and erasing the new empire from existence. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

Another alternate timeline was created when guerrillas from this timeline travelled back and accidentally caused a war by assassinating delegates, allowing the Daleks to invade Earth. This was averted when the Third Doctor travelled back from this timeline and told the guerrilla responsible the truth. Daleks and Ogrons travelled back to keep this timeline intact, but the guerrilla destroyed them with a bomb. (TV: Day of the Daleks)

In another alternate timeline, the Daleks invaded Earth in the 17th century. This was averted by the Eighth Doctor and Charley Pollard. (AUDIO: The Time of the Daleks)

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