The Dalek Prime Strategist, (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) often referred to simply as the Dalek Strategist, (AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy et al) was a Time-Sensitive Dalek who served as advisor to the Dalek Emperor of the Restoration in the Restoration Empire that had never fought in the Last Great Time War, (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) created by the Tenth Doctor's alterations to history during the Dark Times. (PROSE: The Knight, The Fool and The Dead) He claimed to be the oldest Dalek in existence. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

Physical appearance[edit | edit source]

Mutant[edit | edit source]

The Dalek Prime Strategist's Dalek mutant form was purple with a single yellow eye. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

Casing[edit | edit source]

When the Tenth Doctor first encountered the Prime Strategist, the Dalek operated a battered and rusted Dalek War Machine casing. This casing was predominantly silver, which grew rusty over time, with blue sensor globes and weapons platform squares.

The Dalek Prime Strategist did not upgrade this casing for a newer model with flight capabilities, claiming to be wearing the relic with pride, and repeatedly explained to the Doctor that he viewed its wear and tear as his battle scars. However, the Doctor later realised that this was a lie the Prime Strategist told himself to make it easier on him, when actually, being confined to his painfully damaged casing was a punishment ordered by the Dalek Emperor for the catastrophic failure of one of the Prime Strategist's old plans. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) According to other accounts, however, the Dalek Prime Strategist's casing was capable of limited hovering, (WC: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy) and was capable of limited flight even with the Eighth Doctor clinging to it. (AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy)

Biography[edit | edit source]

Origins[edit | edit source]

The Strategist's casing. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

The Dalek Prime Strategist once claimed to the Tenth Doctor that he was "older than the Emperor himself", to which the Doctor replayed with a skeptical quip, (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks) in accordance with accounts which portrayed the Golden Emperor as the first-ever Dalek. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil) However, some accounts held that the Dalek Emperor who ruled the Empire following the Civil War, and who acted as the Prime Strategist's superior, was not the same individual as the original Golden Emperor, but a later pretender to the throne, the Emperor of the Restoration. (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times) Melody Malone merely recorded in The Dark Times Times that he had "existed for a very long time", calling him "ancient". (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times)

As deduced by the Tenth Doctor, at some point, one of the Prime Strategist's schemes failed spectacularly. The Emperor, as punishment, confined the Strategist to his old, ruined casing, forbidding him from upgrading to a more modern and sturdier travel machine. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

Invasion of Islos[edit | edit source]

The Prime Strategist advised the Emperor during the invasion of Islos. Once the Archivians appeared to surrender, he and the Executioner accompanied the Emperor into the Archive of Islos, only to find it emptied. The Chief Archivian revealed they had bargained with an Entity from outside of time and space for the safety of the Islosian population and the Archive. It showed them what the Strategist recognised as a portal through space and time and revealed it had offered their rescuer the Daleks in return. The Entity emerged from the portal (WC: The Archive of Islos) and began attacking the Daleks, forcing them to flee Islos. (WC: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy)

Flight from the Entity[edit | edit source]

The Daleks withdrew to Skaro, pursued by the Entity. The Entity began attacking the planet, forcing the Emperor to order the evacuation of all forces when the Daleks’ weapons proved ineffective. The Strategist advised that the evacuation was failing and the Daleks had to escape. With the Emperor silent after realising the home planet had been lost, the Strategist organised the Daleks‘ flight.

In search of reinforcements, the Strategist activated the Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy who guided him to a dormant army of ten thousand Daleks. He was alarmed by the Sentinel insistent referring to him as the Emperor, and stated that he believed the android programming was defective. When the Sentinel awoke the army the Strategist ordered it to set the base to self-destruct.

However, after the army likewise proclaimed that the Strategist was their emperor, he quickly realised the Entity had arrived before him and compromised the Sentinel, and now the army. The Strategist accelerated the self-destruct and fled, pursued by the compromised reinforcements. As the Executioner’s forces engaged the Entity’s army, the Strategist advised the Emperor to withdraw again as they couldn’t sustain these losses. He defended his failure, believing the self-destruct had claimed some of the army and a portion of the Entity with them, making it weaker. He acknowledged that there would have been away to prevent this loss (namely, accepting the mantle of Dalek Emperor) but that it would not have been "acceptable… to you". (WC: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy)

The Strategist accompanied the Emperor to Mechanus to seek the aid of the Mechonoids. Whilst the Emperor spoke with the Queen, he demanded to speak with a scientist but was ordered to wait by Mechanoid guards. He grew impatient resulting in the guards firing on him however Mechanoid 2150 arrived and agreed to speak with him. She took him across the City, which he admitted was efficient, to inspect the status of the orbital defence grid. He insisted they be repaired after the Daleks had breached them however they realised the power grid was beginning to be drained, resulting in the Mechanoids being left defenceless. (WC: Planet of the Mechanoids) He revealed to Mechanoid 2150 that the Daleks had led the Entity there to force the Mechanoids to work with them against it. When the Entity arrived and a part of it took over a Mechanoid, he and Mechanoid 2150 were able to identify the Entity’s unique energies and devise a way to create a portal to force it back to its original dimension. This successfully banished the part of it in the Mechanoid, so they decided to use the orbital array to target the entire Entity, as the Emperor was distracting it’s attacks. This succeeded and the Entity was defeated. The Strategist reunited with the damaged Emperor and they were ordered to leave Mechanus by the Queen, who declared that the Mechanoids were coming for the Daleks. (WC: The Deadly Ally)

War with the Hond[edit | edit source]

The Strategist's mutant form, partially exposed after being attacked by the Hond. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

After the Emperor had recruited the Tenth Doctor to help the Daleks fight the Hond, the Prime Strategist met the Doctor in the Dalek City. He led him to the Vault of Obscenities, which the Strategist was older than even himself. As the two made uneasy conversation, the Prime Strategist saved the Doctor from a creature the Doctor did not glimpse clearly.

Soon, they came across a Hond, who was unharmed when the Prime Strategist immediately opened fire on it. The Doctor had to trap it in an energy cage he made out of an energy weapon found in the Vault. Shortly after, the Doctor deduced the truth about the Strategist's casing, which had become even more battered in his battle with the Hond, exposing part of the Dalek mutant's face.

Eventually, the Doctor succeeded in defeating the Hond by linking together all the defence systems in the Vault of Obscenities and using them as a transmitter to relieve the Hond's pain, causing them to evaporate (as they were embodiments of suffering itself). The Daleks immediately declared that, having served his purpose, the Doctor would be exterminated.

The Doctor seemed disappointed in the Strategist for betraying him — as he had hoped, somehow, that the Strategist really was different from the rest of its kind, to which the Strategist sheepishly stated that "in the end, [he was] still a Dalek". However, he wasted no time in triggering all the weapons in the Vault at once, causing a string of explosions to engulf the Dalek City.

When reprimanded by the Emperor about the apparent backfiring of its plan to enlist the Doctor, the Strategist noted that, despite the collateral damage, the Doctor had succeeded in saving the Daleks from the Hond — and added that perhaps the Doctor, albeit perhaps a different Doctor, could still be of use to head off another related threat to Dalek supremacy. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks)

In the Dalek Time Squad[edit | edit source]

The Dalek Prime Strategist was a member of the Dalek Time Squad sent by the Emperor to rectify the divergent timeline and "return the situation to Dalek advantage". He served under the Time Commander, although Melody Malone suspected that as he had served under many Dalek Commanders in his day, his loyalty and obedience to this particular individual was questionable to say the least. (PROSE: The Guide to the Dark Times)

When the Dalek Time Squad captured the Eighth Doctor, (AUDIO: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not) the Dalek Prime Strategist saved him from being exterminated by the Dalek Executioner and brought him before the Time Commander to agree an alliance. With the Doctor, the Dalek Time Squad travelled to Wrax to analyse its altered timeline. The Prime Strategist accompanied the Doctor to the Wraxians’ gallery, rescuing him when he was caught in the Eye of Wrax. When the Wraxians sought to use the Devolver on the Daleks, the Dalek Prime Strategist convinced the Time Commander to let the Doctor negotiate with the Wraxian President and later to agree to the Doctor's deal with the Wraxians, the Daleks withdrawing in exchange for the Devolver's dismantling. The Doctor had devised a theory that the temporal alterations originated in the Dark Times, which he only told the Daleks when they’d left Wrax. As the Time Lord hooked up his TARDIS to the Dalek time machine’s engines, the Dalek Prime Strategist reported his confidence that the Doctor had been successfully manipulated, before the group travelled to the Dark Times. (AUDIO: The Enemy of My Enemy)

After the Battle of Mordeela, the Dalek Time Squad visited Velosia, who were under imminent threat from the Kotturuh. The Time Squad used this to their advantage and promised to rescue the best and brightest of their race, leaving the others to face the judgement of the Kotturuh. The Velosians agreed and the Daleks took off. Unbeknowst to them, the agreement was a ruse and the Velosians upon the ship were slaughtered, leaving the last of the race at the hands of the Kotturuh. (COMIC: Tales of the Dark Times)

Shortly after, and accompanied by the Eighth Doctor, the Time Squad stumbled across an abandoned ship hanging empty in space except databanks and a vast supply of Huon particles. The Daleks ignored the Doctor's advice to learn from the long, lost species and decided to harness the Huon particles as a potential source of energy, despite the Doctor's warnings. The Dalek ship responded negatively to the particles. The Doctor explained that while it's easy to transform any form of particles into Huon particles, it is very difficult for Huon particles to be transformed into energy. The Doctor ejected the particles, thus saving the Daleks, and explained that the ship used to belong to a race once wiped out by the Kotturuh. The Huon particles were a test to weed out the greedy and the stupid. Those races who specifically wanted to learn of the long forgotten culture would instead have gone for the databanks. (COMIC: Tales of the Dark Times)

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

Speaking of his portrayal as the Dalek Strategist, Nicholas Briggs described him as "ancient and a little bit conniving".[1]

Footnotes[edit | edit source]

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