Gold Daleks, also referred to as Golden Daleks, (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks) were a high-ranking class of Daleks within the Dalek Empire prior to the Last Great Time War. They were denoted by their gold casing.

History Edit

Gold Daleks were the highest-ranked Daleks within the Dalek hierarchy with the exception of the Dalek Emperor or the Dalek Prime, above Grey Daleks, Blue Daleks, Red Daleks, Black Daleks. The Eighth Doctor referred to them as the "elite," (PROSE: War of the Daleks) and Silver Daleks. (TV: Death to the Daleks) They appeared some time after the end of the Dalek Civil War at the culmination of the Great War. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks, PROSE: The Evil of the Daleks) They could act in the place of Black Daleks as a Supreme Dalek. (TV: Day of the Daleks)

A Gold Dalek on Skaro oversaw the capture of Don Morais and Zec and tasked them with retrieving a stratum of the mineral Doranium beneath the planet's surface. (COMIC: The Dalek Trap)

A Gold Dalek was in charge of the planet Earth in an alternate timeline where the Second World Peace Conference had failed and the Daleks invaded in the 22nd century in the aftermath of the devastating wars which followed. When the Third Doctor threatened to negate the timeline, the Gold Dalek led the Daleks and their Ogron servants back to the 20th century to ensure the Conference failed. They advanced into the Auderly House which was then destroyed by Shura using a Dalekanium bomb, taking them with it. (TV: Day of the Daleks) One account claims a Black Dalek was present as a second-in-command and was responsible for much of the Gold Dalek's tasks while the Gold Dalek acted as an overseer. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks)

Annual meeting

A Gold Dalek orders the Doctor's execution. (TV: Frontier in Space)

On the eve of the Second Dalek War of the 26th century, a Gold Dalek led a platoon of Daleks to meet the Master on the Ogron homeworld. There, it ordered the Master's captives — including the Third Doctor, Jo Grant, General John Williams and the Draconian Princeexterminated. However, the Master convinced the Daleks to leave the prisoners under his supervision until the Daleks' planned war began, to which the Daleks agreed and left the planet. Later, the Doctor managed to escape the prison cell by using the Master's hypnosound device, which caused the Ogron on guard to perceive the Doctor as the Gold Dalek and he opened the cell out of fear. (TV: Frontier in Space)

One Gold Dalek acted as Dalek Supreme when the Daleks tried to launch and invasion of Earth from the planet Balbo. Its ally, Jane Davis-Hunt, called it a "gold-plated dustbin". When the Third Doctor and Sergeant Benton raided the Dalek city on Balbo, the Dalek Supreme switched to emergency static power when Skwoj's interference device cut off its main supply. Skwoj and Benton forced the Dalek on top of a plastic cape, insulating it from the floor and deactivating it. (AUDIO: Poison of the Daleks)

Following the end of the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, Dalek forces were divided as some supported Davros while others supported the Dalek Prime. The Gold Daleks were the only rank that remained fully loyal to the Dalek Prime which gave him an advantage when a brief but destructive civil war broke out on Skaro. They were aware that their power would be diminished if Davros took over. (PROSE: War of the Daleks)

Other Gold Daleks Edit

The early Dalek Emperor and Dalek Prime, had a distinct gold casing made of Flidor gold. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil, PROSE: The Chase, War of the Daleks) The Emperor was also referred to as the Golden Dalek. (PROSE: The Outlaw Planet)

Spiridon Supreme Dalek

Black and gold Supreme Dalek. (TV: Planet of the Daleks)

Following the Third Doctor's escape from the captivity of the Master and the Daleks, (TV: Frontier in Space) he had the Time Lords send him to Spiridon where the Daleks were in the process of waking up an army from under the ice. There, a black Dalek Supreme with a golden dome, solar panels and globes arrived on the planet to take charge of the mission and was said by the Thals to be a member of the Supreme Council (TV: Planet of the Daleks) A similar Dalek led the force with captured various Earth naval vessels and raided Sydney Harbour. (COMIC: *Sub Zero) Another Dalek Supreme with the same casing was part of a mission on Kar-Charrat to obtain information from the planet's Library. It was the immediate subordinate to the Emperor. (AUDIO: The Genocide Machine)

By the end of the Second Dalek War, many Daleks had been given a sturdier bronze and gold casing and Dalek X, the Dalek Inquisitor General, had a black casing with golden globes and solar panels. (PROSE: Prisoner of the Daleks) Such Daleks also fought against the Movellans. (TV: The Pilot)

Davros's Imperial Daleks had white casings decorated with gold, including their globes, indicator lights, gunsticks, manipulator arms, neck casings and eyestalks. (TV: Revelation of the Daleks, Remembrance of the Daleks)


Bronze and gold Daleks in Parliament, with red officers. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

A Supreme Dalek commanded the invasion of Gallifrey. It had bronze and gold casing with black dome and globes. (AUDIO: Extermination, Ascension)

During the Last Great Time War, the bronze and gold casing from the Second Dalek War and the Movellan War became standard for Dalek drones (TV: Dalek, The Last Day, The Day of the Doctor, PROSE: Engines of War) and a similar look was used for the Emperor. (TV: The Parting of the Ways) These casings were eventually used again for the foot soldiers of the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks, The Time of the Doctor, Into the Dalek, COMIC: The Dalek Project, PROSE: The Dalek Generation) The New Paradigm variant of Red Daleks were similarly laced with gold. (GAME: The Doctor and the Dalek)

The red Supreme Dalek of the New Dalek Empire had golden globes and extra gold casing. (TV: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End)

Behind the scenes Edit

Merchandise Edit

  • Dapol, which produced a range of toys based on the classic series of Doctor Who, released several original gold Dalek variants which did not appear on-screen.
    • W008-10 was completely gold.

Other matters Edit

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