Following a rescue operation of Davros from a Thal Dome, Davros promoted Nyder from Lieutenant to Security Commander prior to his take-over of the Kaled government. (AUDIO: Guilt) By another account, Nyder was already the Kaled Security Chief before Davros had cybernetically augmented himself. Alongside General Ravon, Nyder was horrified when he saw the first Dalek drone and was blackmailed into giving Davros all the resources he wanted to make more. (PROSE: Davros Genesis)
By the time that the first fully functional Daleks had been created, Nyder had become Davros's most trusted associate, and his personal aide. Icily efficient, he obeyed Davros' every order. After the Fourth Doctor and Harry Sullivan had escaped into the residential block of the Kaled Dome, Nyder's spies reported the meeting to him, information that Nyder brought to Davros. With his master, Nyder then travelled to the Thal Dome, bearing witness to Davros' betrayal of their race.
Returning to the Kaled Dome, Nyder duped Gharman into giving him the names of those who opposed the Dalek project before capturing the Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith. After the Doctor had been forced to reveal information about the Daleks' future defeats, Nyder took Sarah and Harry away, returning to save Davros from being blackmailed by the Doctor into giving an incontrovertible order that would have ended the Daleks.
The Doctor and his companions managed to escape and blackmailed Nyder into breaking into Davros' office for the Doctor's recording but were forced to let Nyder go as they ran out of time to destroy the Daleks forever.
After the Daleks had begun populating the Kaled bunker, they began rebelling against Davros, manufacturing more of them without his consent. When they refused to shut down the production line, Davros ordered Nyder to do so only for the Daleks to promptly exterminate him. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
Nyder was ruthless and utterly loyal to Davros, obeying orders without question. Despite certain misgivings about Davros' complex and indirect schemes (preferring a more conventional military approach) he never wavered and took no issue with the genocide of his own people and the Thals to achieve Davros' goals. His dedication to Davros was so complete that he never gainsaid anything against Davros, causing him to disbelieve the Fourth Doctor's claim to be an alien, because Davros had said there was no intelligent life in the universe apart from the inhabitants of Skaro. Cunning and sly, though not as intelligent as Davros, he still managed to deceive members of the Scientific Elite into revealing their treachery against Davros and helped in their destruction. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
Behind the scenes
- Aside from his appearance in the audio story Guilt, Peter Miles returned in the role of Nyder for two one-off productions of the play The Trial of Davros. In the first production, he appeared alongside Michael Wisher, the original actor to play Davros; and in the second, following Wisher's death, appeared alongside Terry Molloy, who took over the role of Davros from Resurrection of the Daleks through Remembrance of the Daleks.
- Peter Miles is credited as "Nyder, Kaled Security Commander" on the sleeve of the Genesis of the Daleks LP.