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The Ironside Project was a ruse created by the Daleks. Kicking off the "Ironside Incident", it was designed to lure the Eleventh Doctor to them, trick him into delivering testimony to identify them as Daleks and enable them to activate the Progenitor. The Project was a complete success, and the New Dalek Paradigm was the outcome.


The Ironsides were a pair of standard Dalek drones. They had themselves painted khaki-green with the Union Flag in place of their recognition code as part of their plot. They sometimes had covers put over their luminosity dischargers to better hide from opposing forces while undercover and had army utility belts housing useful battlefield accoutrements strapped to the weapons platform of their casings, obscuring their slats. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)


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Through the extrapolations of the Matrix, the Time War-era Time Lords became aware of the Ironside Project and the ultimately successful gambit which led to the establishment of the New Dalek Paradigm, as recorded in the Dalek Combat Training Manual. They dubbed the event the "Ironside Incident". (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)


A single Dalek Saucer and its crew of three Daleks survived the fall of the New Dalek Empire, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) and fell through time to 1941. They acquired an original Progenitor device, which could create new Daleks, but the device did not respond to them because it did not recognise them as Daleks. The three decided to trick the Doctor into proving to the Progenitor that they were, indeed, Daleks.

A model representation of an "Ironside". (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

They created Edwin Bracewell, an android that was programmed to think of itself as a British scientist who constructed a pair of robot war machines, and provided him with charts and testing results realistic enough to take to the British Army to use in their war with the Nazis. Two of the three Daleks posed as Ironside prototypes. Bracewell rolled out a war-designed variant of the Dalek and put them into key points within the Allied Forces. When not used in battle, they did small tasks such as providing tea to keep up their ruse as just being advanced robots. Winston Churchill informed the Eleventh Doctor of the Ironsides.

When the Doctor arrived a month later, he was furious to discover that the Ironsides were Daleks. When his attempts to convince Churchill of the truth failed, the Doctor confronted the Ironsides directly and declared that he was the Doctor and they, the Daleks, were his enemies. This was recorded by the Ironsides and sent to the Progenitor, which accepted the identification and the Daleks' command to create the new Daleks.

The Ironsides are destroyed. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

The Ironsides immediately dropped their ruse, revealed Bracewell as an android by blasting off his hand, killed two soldiers, and returned to their ship in orbit. They were followed by the Doctor in the TARDIS. The Doctor confronted them and held the Daleks at bay with a "TARDIS destruct mechanism," actually a Jammy Dodger. The Daleks revealed their intentions and created five new Daleks. The new Supreme Dalek decided that the trio of older Daleks were "impure." The three Daleks accepted this and allowed themselves to be disintegrated by the new Progenitor Daleks, who went on to establish the New Dalek Paradigm. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)


Encountering the "Bronze God", Churchill recognised it as a Dalek through his experience with the Ironsides. Indeed, he initially referred to the "Bronze God" itself as "Ironside" (AUDIO: Living History).

Doctor RV Singh wrote about the Ironside Project in various essays. When his essays were rediscovered in the 1960s he disavowed them as a childish prank, however shortly before his death in 2010 Singh swore to a colleague of Maxwell Grey that they were actually true. (PROSE: The Mandela Effect, Or Monsters on the Streets of London)

Other records of the Ironside Project survived in declassified records of the war but no specific details could be found. (PROSE: A History of Humankind)

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