Dalek Sec was regarded by the Tenth Doctor as the "cleverest Dalek ever". (TV: Evolution of the Daleks) He had the ability to think beyond the capacity of any other Dalek and eventually became the leader of the Cult of Skaro. Sec believed that the Dalek race needed to evolve by combining their DNA with that of other alien races in order to survive and planned a Final Experiment, which culminated in his assimilation of the human, Mr Diagoras.
Dalek Sec's assimilation of a human allowed him to experience human emotions which, along with his vast wisdom, resulted in his transformation from a cold, ruthless strategist to a merciful pacifist. Due to this change in personality, his fellow Daleks unfortunately went from obeying him without question, to actively rebelling against him for going against their race's racial purity doctrines.
Originally a bronze Dalek, Dalek Sec was the Dalek Commander of the Seventh Incursion Squad whose mission was to wipe out the Mechonoids on Magella. Sec commanded from on the battlefield overseeing the field from vantage points. After the Mechonoids were exterminated, Sec returned as ordered to the Emperor. Sec was selected as the leader of the Cult of Skaro and given his name. He and the rest of the Cult members were then sent to the Weapons Factory for upgrades. Sec was led to a special experimental laboratory where he was re-encased in a black Metalert casing, a type of Dalekanium that was defensively superior to standard Dalekanium. Sec, along with the rest of the Cult, began using their initiative to defeat enemies. (PROSE: Birth of a Legend)
The Battle of Canary Wharf
Emerging from the Void Ship along with the Genesis Ark, a Time Lord prison ship, Sec served as Dalek commander during the Battle of Canary Wharf against the Cybermen. He and the other Daleks seemed unfazed by the Cybermen's invasion, stating, "This is not war — this is pest control!" The Cult of Skaro opened the roof of Torchwood Tower and ascended to a space where the Genesis Ark could open.
Sec and the rest of the Cult of Skaro released an army of Daleks from the Genesis Ark, which started to fight the humans and the Cybermen present at the battle and in the streets below. The Tenth Doctor was able to open the void which caused the Daleks, the Cybermen and everything else which had travelled through the void to be pulled into it. Instead, Sec and the Cult initiated an emergency temporal shift and vanished before they were sucked into the void. (TV: Doomsday)
1930s New York
Sec, along with the Cult of Skaro, ended up in New York City in 1930 and established a base beneath the Empire State Building. The Cult of Skaro attempted to create new Dalek mutants and revive the Dalek race; when those attempts failed, Sec decided to attempt the "Final Experiment": blending Dalek with human. He enveloped Mr Diagoras and began to "evolve". (TV: Daleks in Manhattan)
While in his new body, he began to feel humanity for the first time in his existence. At first, he felt Diagoras' ambition and his instincts for violence; he even commented that the humanity's genius for war made them very much like the Daleks. Later his views changed. Motivated by emotions beyond anger and hatred, and rejecting the traditional Dalek drive to conquer, Sec asked the Doctor to help him create more hybrids using mindless human bodies. Sec started to express his feelings that their creator had been wrong. He decided to create the new race of Dalek humans, different from the Daleks, out of the belief that if they continued to try to be superior, they would eventually die.
The other Daleks came to view Sec's beliefs as heresy, however, and were repulsed by his decision to combine his DNA with that of a human as they no longer saw him as the pure-blooded Dalek that they'd previously served. Sec was betrayed and captured by his former servants, and ultimately sacrificed his life to save the Doctor from being exterminated by Dalek Thay.
Dalek Sec made a prediction mere seconds before his death, stating, "My Daleks... understand this. If you choose death and destruction... then death and destruction will choose you." Dalek Jast dismissed the thought at the time, but a minute later he was the next of the Cult to die, at the hands of the Dalek-human hybrids, who refused to obey the Daleks' commands as a result of being infused with Time lord DNA, due to the Doctor's actions. Dalek Thay was killed shortly thereafter, leaving only Caan, who performed an emergency temporal shift and disappeared. (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
A statue of Dalek Sec in his humanoid form was created by the Sarkovians and exposed in the Space Museum on Xeros, a fact recorded in a history book about the Daleks written by humans. The piece was entitled The Newborn. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)
After Sec's death, as well as the deaths of Jast and Thay, this left Caan as the only Dalek in existence. However, his emergency temporal shift took him back into the Last Great Time War, where Caan was able to rescue Davros from his supposed death, leading to the creation of a new empire of Daleks. (TV: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End)
However, the new Dalek Empire was destroyed by the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor, aside from one saucer, which fell through time to 1941. The surviving three Daleks set themselves up on Earth, created the android Edwin Bracewell and posed as the "Ironsides", machines created by Bracewell to help Britain win the Second World War. Tricking the Eleventh Doctor into providing them with his "testimony", the Daleks used a Progenitor to create a new Dalek Paradigm, who successfully re-established the Dalek Empire, ultimately fulfilling the Cult's goal. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
During the Last Great Time War, the Time Lords used the Matrix to view possible future events from the Doctor's personal timeline to learn more about the Daleks. Among these was information on the Cult of Skaro and Dalek Sec, including what was dubbed "The Dalek-Human Hybrid Incident". The Time Lords considered extracting the hybrid Sec from his timeline right before his death to recruit him in the Time War, seeing usefulness in his appeal to human emotion and knowledge of Dalek plans and strategy. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)
As leader of the Cult of Skaro, Dalek Sec was more intelligent and creative than most Daleks; indeed the Doctor thought that he was the cleverest Dalek to have ever existed. Nevertheless, before his transformation, Sec was just as callous as any other Dalek, mercilessly shooting down anyone who got in his way during the Battle of Canary Wharf.
He also showed a sense of sass uncharacteristic for a Dalek - when conversing with Cyber-Leader One, he claimed that wiping out the Cybermen across Earth could be done "with one Dalek" and that "pest control" would be a more appropriate term for such a slaughter than "war". Later in the conversation, he appeared to compliment the Cybermen by saying they were superior to the Daleks in one respect, but then said that the former were only "better at dying." (TV: Doomsday)
Although he displayed no mercy to his enemies, Sec was willing to sacrifice his purity for the good of his race and believed that he was doing so by going through the "final experiment".
After using Mr Diagoras to transform into a human Dalek, Sec's personality changed and he began to feel compassion and mercy, feelings that the Daleks had been incapable of for thousands of years. He remorsefully told the Doctor that the deaths the Daleks had caused were wrong and that their creator was also wrong to make the Daleks the way they were. He also displayed respect for humanity and commented that, despite their faults, they possessed courage.
Sec was very dedicated to the Daleks but also felt that "purity" had brought their race to near-extinction. He believed that the Daleks had to change and adapt to survive. He hadn't intended for his transformation to result in him gaining human emotions, but believed that these emotions were good and that if the Daleks accepted them, they would survive. Unfortunately his Dalek companions disagreed with him and this eventually resulted in them betraying him.
Sec tried to reason with the other Daleks either by demanding that they obey him due to him being their leader or begging them to listen to him. Sec eventually sacrificed himself to save the Doctor, showing that he had become a much better person than he had been as a "pure" Dalek. The Doctor showed righteous outrage over his murder, referring to Sec as "the only creature who might've led [the Dalek race] out of the darkness". (TV: Evolution of the Daleks)
Behind the scenes
The Visual Dictionary
His human emotions are caused from merging with Diagoras' human brain. His six tentacles (three either side of his face) are from merging. He gained dexterous fingers, and due to more-exposed-than-human flesh, this makes him weaker to attack.
Following the Final experiment, Dalek Sec's armour and weapons were disposed of as they no longer served any purpose.
- A promotional still image from Doomsday, featuring the Cult of Skaro and the Genesis Ark, is used to depict Dalek invaders on a copy of the newspaper Daily Times in GAME: City of the Daleks. However, the invaders in the game itself are shown to be red Drone Daleks of the New Dalek Paradigm.
- An image of Dalek Sec was modified to create the Black Dalek overseer depicted on the cover of Planet of the Ogrons.