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Skaro was the homeworld of the Thals, of the Kaleds, and infamously, of the Daleks. The latter came to be during the Thousand Year War between the Thals and Kaleds because of the actions of the Kaled scientist Davros. After its devastation and irradiation during this war, Skaro became uninhabitable to humanoids without regular anti-radioactivity drug treatments. Subsequent attacks on the planet caused by the Dalek presence would nearly destroy it, but eventually, Skaro was remade by the Daleks and became the centre of the Dalek Empire once more.

Astronomical data[]

Location[]

Most accounts placed Skaro as a long way away from Earth: one explained that it was in the Seventh Galaxy and nine galaxies away from Earth, (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998)., COMIC: Legacy of Yesteryear [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1966).) while another account described Skaro as being "in the next universe but one", (PROSE: Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, adapted from The Daleks (Terry Nation), Target novelisations (Frederick Muller Ltd, 1964).) while another stated that Skaro was "half a universe away" from Earth. (COMIC: The Planet of the Daleks [+]Dennis Hooper, TVA comic stories (Polystyle, 1972).) According to another account, it was located in the Eighth Galaxy. (AUDIO: The Destroyers [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) Skaro was, at any rate, located in hyperspace. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) According to one account, Dr Who was driven to travel back to the 2150 Dalek invasion of Earth because he had seen records on the Earth of the year 3000 of an alien invasion at that time. These records described the invaders are originating from a planet designated M-1, which orbited the star Deneb. (COMIC: Daleks, invasión a la Tierra año 2150 [+]Alfredo Grassi, adapted from Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (David Whitaker and Milton Subotsky), Editorial Columba (1978).)

According to one account, Skaro was a wandering "mystery planet". It moved into Earth's Solar System in the 25th century, becoming located at an elliptical orbit around Earth's Sun. During this time, its orbit crossed that of Uranus and occasionally put it in the vicinity of Jupiter and Saturn. The Daleks seemingly had nothing to do with this movement, and, indeed, were frightened by the fact that Skaro's new position put it within the reaches of Earth's expansionist space empire. (COMIC: Invasion of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker and Terry Nation, Dalek annual - The Dalek Book (Souvenir Press, 1964).)

Another account called Skaro's location the "Skaro system". (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) It was the twelfth planet in its solar system, (TV: "The Ambush", PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998).) and it had at least two suns. (PROSE: The Stranger [+]Gary Russell, Heroes and Monsters Collection (Heroes and Monsters Collection, 2015).) It had a similar atmosphere, climate and gravity to Earth, though it was plagued by sulphuric rain. (GAME: City of the Daleks [+]Phil Ford, The Adventure Games (BBC Wales Interactive, 2010)., TV: Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) Skaro's nearest neighbour was a planet called Alvega. (COMIC: The Amaryll Challenge [+]The Daleks#Writers, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

Nature[]

Skaro's radius, from the surface to the centre of its cold planetary core (the Ice Heart of Skaro), was about 10000 miles. Directly below the surface of Skaro was a "cellular layer" consisting of a network of caves inhabited by tunnel beasts. Below were the Zone of Eternal Dark, home to eerie glowing creatures; the Stratum of Screaming Winds, inhabited by Suckers; the Abyss of Death with its walls of living rock; the "depths of unknown" with their masters the Krakis; and finally the Morass, encasing the Ice Heart directly, domain of the sponge people. (COMIC: The Dalek Trap [+]Brad Ashton and Terry Nation, The Dalek Outer Space Book (Dalek annuals, Panther Books, 1966).)

Landscape[]

Before neutronic war broke out, the Daleks' humanoid forefathers and their rivals the Thals lived on two separate continents of Darren and Davius, separated by the Ocean of Ooze, (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) although by the end of the Thousand Year War, Skaro had a single large continent as the stage of the ongoing conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds. The continent was, however, divided in two by an immense mountain range. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).)

Much of Skaro was a wasteland, devoid of all life after centuries of war. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).)

A jungle once grew near the Dalek City. Following an exchange of neutron bombs, the jungle was petrified. Radiation levels across most of the planet remained high. There were less irradiated plateaus where the Thals lived. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

Hydrothermal activity was indicated by the presence of place names like "Geyser Swamp". However all bodies of liquid may not have been composed of water. At least one river was known to be comprised of sulphuric acid, and the geysers in Geyser Swamp spewed mercury, rather than steam. (COMIC: Duel of the Daleks [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

The planet had polar ice caps. The mountains at one of the poles were known as the Polar Mountains. (COMIC: Legacy of Yesteryear [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1966).)

PlagueofDeath-Map of Skaro

A map of Skaro showing weather patterns. (COMIC: Plague of Death [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

After being restored by the Daleks, Skaro appeared to have been, to an extent, returned to the pristine state it held before it became war-torn, as it was safe for Clara Oswald, Missy and the Twelfth Doctor to walk around without worry of radiation sickness (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).) and the skies were clear enough to see the sun rise and fall. (TV: The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).)

Geographic features[]

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Continents/regions[]

There were various regions on Skaro, notably Davius, Dalazar, the Wastelands and Darren. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

Rivers, lakes, and oceans[]

The Ocean of Ooze was an ocean on Skaro that separated Davius and Dalazar. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) Additionally, there were several seas such as the Bottomless Sea, the Sea of Acid, the Sea of Rust, the Serpent Sea, and even the River of Whirling Waters.

There was a lake called Drammankin Lake. (AUDIO: Innocence [+]Gary Hopkins, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).) However, it was more commonly referred to by the Kaleds as the "Lake of Mutations". (AUDIO: Corruption [+]Lance Parkin, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).)

One area was also known as the Geyser Swamp.

Islands[]

The Forbidden Islands were on Skaro.

Settlements[]

Dalek building on Skaro

A monolithic Dalek-shaped skyscraper towers over Skaro. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).)

Many cities and settlements existed on Skaro throughout its history, though the Thousand Year War made much of the planet's surface an inhospitable wilderness. The Darrien province and the Kaled Dome dated back to the Kaled/Thal occupation of the planet, (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) but by far the most notorious and enduring conurbation on Skaro was the Dalek City, built by the Daleks immediately after their emergence (COMIC: Power Play [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) and used as their main base of power on Skaro throughout their history. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964)., The Evil of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967)., The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015)., PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.) According to one account, the Daleks' capital city was Kaalann. (GAME: City of the Daleks [+]Phil Ford, The Adventure Games (BBC Wales Interactive, 2010).) The black, friable spires of Yarvelling's Church from Skaro were a fragment of the Last Great Time War. According to one account, the Eighth Doctor saw the Cathedral fused with fragments of Morbius' Red Capitol in the backwater where he triggered the Moment. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Time War [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who: Lockdown! (2020).)

Native life[]

All Skarosian life had DNA, (AUDIO: Corruption [+]Lance Parkin, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).) which was fundamental type 467-989. (TV: Daleks in Manhattan [+]Helen Raynor, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) Most of Skaro's animal and plant life became extinct as a result of the Thousand Year War. (AUDIO: Corruption [+]Lance Parkin, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).) Some of the survivors included the Varga plants (TV: Mission to the Unknown [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1965).) and Slythers. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1964).) The Lake of Mutations was home to a variety of life-forms, including the terrorkon and the Lake Monsters. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964)., COMIC: The Terrorkon Harvest [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1966).) At least one area of the planet was inhabited by large dinosaur-like creatures. (COMIC: The Planet of the Daleks [+]Dennis Hooper, TVA comic stories (Polystyle, 1972).) Another Skarosian life form were magnedons; most perished in the war, leaving the landscape littered with their metallic exoskeletons. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

Electric eel MenaceoftheMonstrons

Giant electric eels. (COMIC: The Menace of the Monstrons [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

Several sentient species evolved on Skaro, including the Dals, Tharons, Kaleds and Thals. By the time of the Thousand Year War, the Tharons and Dals had died out. (AUDIO: Purity [+]James Parsons and Andrew Stirling-Brown, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).) The Mutos were mutated Kaleds and Thals, and the species which became most associated with Skaro, the Daleks, likewise descended from the Kaleds. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) According to one divergent account, which made no mention of the Kaleds, the sapient species at odds with the Thals were short, large-headed, blue-skinned humanoids who already called themselves "Daleks". (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) Yet another dissenting account uniquely held the Daleks' planet of origin to not have been Skaro at all but rather Ameron. (PROSE: We are the Daleks! [+]Terry Nation, Radio Times short stories (1973).) These accounts were later postulated to have been either mythologised retellings of Dalek history or alterations to the Dalek timeline as a result of the Last Great Time War, although some post-War researchers affirmed that the Kaleds were still the ancestors of the Daleks. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

Intelligent insects called Zomites also lived on Skaro even well into the metallic Daleks' occupation of the planet; the Daleks considered them a "pest" and worked to destroy them, even allowing other "inferior" creatures to live on Skaro if they helped in the extermination of the Zomites. (COMIC: The Daleks Destroy the Zomites [+]GASPS comics (Kenner, 1965).)

History[]

Pre-War history[]

Though the Thals used the same name for their world, in the Kaled language, "Skaro" meant "home". (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).)

Historians who studied the Dalek race believed that life on Skaro had progressed in a manner similar to early Earth, beginning in its oceans and eventually spawning reptilian land creatures that were supplanted by humanoid life. They were unsure however as to whether this life had been naturally occurring or seeded on Skaro by alien powers. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) Bernice Summerfield pondered if prehistoric Skaro had been one of the worlds to which the SSSSSSS had sent Aryan DNA samples to, resulting in the Thals' physical appearance. (PROSE: Down [+]Lawrence Miles, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).)

100 million years prior to the Thousand Year War, the ancestors of the Kaleds diverged from those of the Thals. (AUDIO: Corruption [+]Lance Parkin, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).) Despite this, archaeological findings suggested that the two races had co-existed in at least one shared settlement in ages past. Two other humanoid races, the Tharons and the Dals, had existed on Skaro but both had fallen victim to a genocidal campgain by the Kaleds. Yarvell mused if this might indicate that more sentient races had existed on the planet at some point but had been lost to the many Skarosian wars. (AUDIO: Purity [+]James Parsons and Andrew Stirling-Brown, I, Davros (Big Finish Productions, 2006).)

Following the neutronic war, Alydon described Skaro as once having been a great world "full of ideas and art and invention" before war had destroyed it all. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) Memories of this incarnation of Skaro had survived into the era of the Thousand Year War, though Davros saw little reason to retain any affection for it. (PROSE: Father of the Daleks [+]Dave Rudden, The Wintertime Paradox (2020).) Klinus recalled Skaro to have once been a world defined by creation instead of destruction. Observing several pre-Dalek Skarosian epochs colliding, Bernice Summerfield noted that the planet's pre-war state was that of a normal, thriving world. (AUDIO: Random Ghosts [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

A war-torn world: creation of the Daleks[]

Main article: Creation of the Daleks

According to one account, by the time of the creation of the cyborgs known as the Daleks, the Kaleds and the Thals fought the Thousand Year War over the wasteland adjacent to the Kaled Dome. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) Whilst differing as to the length and circumstances of the war, many other accounts agreed that the Daleks had come about in the aftermath of a war between the Daleks' humanoid forefathers and the Thals. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964)., COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).)

The cause of this war was unknown, though it was speculated that the construction of the Thal Dome had prompted the Kaleds, out of bitter jealousy and paranoia, to construct the Kaled Dome leading to a state of cold war and a technological arms race that eventually devolved into open war. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

Davros was a Kaled child who grew up in the midst of the War. The Twelfth Doctor, accidentally landing in the middle of the War, once passed the young Davros his sonic screwdriver to speak to him across a minefield of handmines, not realising who he was going to grow up to be until the boy said his name. The Doctor reconsidered helping Davros get out of the minefield, and later, a future version of the Twelfth Doctor arrived on Skaro and pointed a gunstick at Davros in an attempt to save his friend, "the only way [he could]". (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).) He then proceeded to destroy the handmines and save Davros to teach him the concept of mercy before taking him home. (TV: The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).)

Technology had devolved in this time. A Scientific Elite governed the Kaleds. By this phase of the war, biological and nuclear weapons had begun to cause mutations known as Mutos. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) The Thals also underwent many mutations as a result of the War, though they eventually reverted to a humanoid form similar to their original one. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

Although some accounts stated that these mutations of the Thals' nemeses led to their becoming the familiar tentacular blobs of hateful flesh who sealed themselves in armoured travel machines to become the Daleks, (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964)., COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) another held that before it came to that, the Kaled scientists saw the increasing number of Mutos as the end of their species in its "pure" form. Davros, now the Kaled chief scientist, (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).) effectively making him the king of Skaro, (TV: Dalek [+]Robert Shearman, adapted from Jubilee (Robert Shearman), Doctor Who series 1 (BBC One, 2005).) decided to accelerate the mutations on purpose to determine their "ultimate form" and placed the results in travel machines, though not before making his own alterations to their genetic code to make sure that they would be heartless killers with an innate belief in their own supremacy, making them the perfect warriors as conceived of by Davros: "soldiers who would never, ever stop". (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975)., The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).)

The Fourth Doctor, transported to this time period by the Time Lords to prevent a possible future where the Daleks would rule the universe, was given the chance to destroy the first incubating Dalek embryos but feared that he had not the moral right to wipe an entire species of sentient lifeforms from history, never mind how infamous. The Doctor nevertheless played a part in entombing these early Daleks in their bunker, from which he hoped it would take them centuries to escape. The Daleks still survived and promised to re-emerge. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 12 (BBC1, 1975).)

A neutronic war capped off the long-standing conflict between the Thals and their nemeses, leaving Skaro utterly inhospitable to the lifeforms who had flourished there before it. Some Thals survived by developing an anti-radiation drug, (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964)., COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) whilst what few numbers of their humanoid enemies had survived the neutronic strike died of radiation poisoning. (COMIC: Genesis of Evil [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) The Daleks, on the other hand, could survive in the irradiated atmosphere thanks to their travel machines. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

After building a Dalek City for themselves, (COMIC: Power Play [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965).) the Daleks believed the Thals to have been utterly annihilated at the end of the war, though they had in truth merely faded into obscurity by forsaking most technology and becoming peaceful farmers. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

Historians from an era following the Last Great Time War believed that, immediately following the end of the Thousand Year War, the Daleks erected the Dalek City only for their settlement to come under attack by what remained of the Thal race. In response, the first generation of Daleks detonated a neutron bomb but had underestimated the yield of its fallout, leaving them trapped in their city for the next five centuries, while the bomb had wiped out virtually all life on Skaro save for the Daleks themselves. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

The aftermath of the Thousand Year War, Neutronic War and Dalek Creation[]

As the centuries passed and the radiation levels dropped, the Daleks made plans to spread out across and rebuild Skaro, carving out a series of subterranean tunnels leading out from their city. (AUDIO: Return to Skaro [+]Andrew Smith, The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four (The First Doctor Adventures, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) Dependent on a constant feed of static electricity however, they were limited to movement along inductive metal surfaces. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) It was speculated that prior to the Thal-Dalek battle, the Daleks had made some progress in colonising their planet. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terrance Dicks, adapted from The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Terry Nation), Target novelisations (Target Books, 1977)., AUDIO: Return to Skaro [+]Andrew Smith, The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four (The First Doctor Adventures, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) The Thals meanwhile believed that they were now of intellectual and physical perfection. They lived a simple pastoral and pacifist lifestyle on a high plateau that was spared the neutronic fallout, though their lifestyle was dependent on a great rainfall that came every four to five years. When the rain was two years overdue, the Thals left their plateau in search of new food sources. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

Skaro forest day

Petrified forest on Skaro. (TV: "The Dead Planet" [+]Part of The Daleks, Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).

When the First Doctor fled prehistoric Earth, (TV: "The Firemakers" [+]Part of An Unearthly Child, Anthony Coburn, adapted from The Pilot Episode (Anthony Coburn), Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963).) he attempted to return to 1963 London only for his TARDIS to bring him to Skaro, (PROSE: What the TARDIS thought of "Time Lord Victorious" [+]James Goss, Time Lord Victorious (2020).) knowing how important encountering the Daleks would be to the Doctor's character. (TV: Into the Dalek [+]Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014).)

The Doctor's companion, Ian Chesterton, taught the Thals to use violence in self-defence, in order to protect themselves against the xenophobic Daleks who threatened them. The Daleks came to know, during this time, that they had adapted to become dependent on radiation. With levels subsiding and their lives threatened, the Daleks proposed to set off another neutron bomb. As this would take too long, the Daleks instead planned to release radiation from nuclear reactors into the atmosphere.

A combined effort by the Doctor, his companions and the Thals resulted in the electricity supply for the city being cut off, leaving the Daleks immobile and powerless. The Doctor and his companions believed the Daleks had died to the last, and lamented that they had not found another, less bloody way to save the Thals. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).) One account suggested that the Thal-Dalek battle had taken place eighteen months prior to 31 July 2065, logically placing this fateful alien visit to Skaro in early 2064. (PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.)

Not long after the battle, Skaro fell victim to an omega device improperly used by Ace who attempted to time lock the Dalek homeworld. Bernice Summerfield and a group of travellers became trapped on Skaro during this time where they accidentally began to restore power to the Dalek City. One Dalek was fully reactivated and attempted to resume the irradiation of the atmosphere before Bernice and the Seventh Doctor managed to break the faulty time lock and restore Skaro's history. (AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

Generations later, the Thal Tryana discovered the Dalek City's incubation level and the Supreme Dalek therein who manipulated her into restoring the Daleks' infrastructure. When the First Doctor and his companions returned to Skaro, the Supreme launched an invasion of the Thal City before intending to claim the Doctor's TARDIS as a means of reaching other worlds for conquest, only to be defeated by its own ionising towers and the Dalek City destroyed. As the Thals had feared, however, (AUDIO: Return to Skaro [+]Andrew Smith, The First Doctor Adventures: Volume Four (The First Doctor Adventures, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) the Dalek race survived. The Doctor would later theorise that they had other colonies on Skaro. (PROSE: Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terrance Dicks, adapted from The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Terry Nation), Target novelisations (Target Books, 1977).) Eventually, the Daleks forced the Thals to evacuate Skaro. (PROSE: The History of the Daleks [+]John Peel and Terry Nation, The Official Doctor Who & the Daleks Book (St Martin's Press, 1988).)

The Daleks did turn their attention towards the conquest of space and notably targeted Earth in the 22nd century, though that occupation was thwarted by the Doctor. Still, they steadily forged a sprawling Dalek Empire. (TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1964)., Resolution [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who New Year Special 2019 (BBC One, 2019)., COMIC: The Amaryll Challenge [+]The Daleks#Writers, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1965)., Legacy of Yesteryear [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1966)., The Road to Conflict [+]unclear authorship, The Daleks comics (City Magazines, 1966-1967). et al.) The Doctor, Ian and Barbara Wright visited Skaro again, where they inadvertently helped the Daleks exterminate their pests, the Zomites. (COMIC: The Daleks Destroy the Zomites [+]GASPS comics (Kenner, 1965).)

Spaceflight era and after[]

The Dalek World The Mechanical Planet Space Vault Above sKARO

A space vault over Skaro. (COMIC: The Mechanical Planet [+]David Whitaker and Terry Nation, The Dalek World (Dalek annuals, Souvenir Press, 1965).)

Before crashing on the planet Vulcan, a Dalek spacecraft made a failed attempt to transmit a distress signal to Skaro. (AUDIO: The Dalek Conquests [+]Nicholas Briggs, BBC Audio (2006)., TV: The Power of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966).)

In the wake of the failure of the 2150s Dalek invasion of Earth, the Black Dalek's ship was forced to return from Earth to Skaro. (PROSE: The History of the Daleks [+]John Peel and Terry Nation, The Official Doctor Who & the Daleks Book (St Martin's Press, 1988)., TV: The Dalek Invasion of Earth [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1964).)

The first Dalek time machine took off from Skaro to pursue the First Doctor through time and space, its crew maintaining contact with Skaro Control. Upon their arrival on Mechanus, Skaro reported that the Mechonoids possessed powerful weapons. (TV: The Chase [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 2 (BBC1, 1965)., PROSE: The Chase [+]John Peel, adapted from The Chase (Terry Nation), Target novelisations (Target Books, 1989).) The destruction of the time machine was noted on Skaro. (PROSE: The History of the Daleks [+]John Peel and Terry Nation, The Official Doctor Who & the Daleks Book (St Martin's Press, 1988).)

By one account, in the centuries following the Earth invasion, the Daleks turned to Skaro's neighbouring star systems for resources and so neglected the defense of their homeworld which was seized in an assault by the Thals. (PROSE: The History of the Daleks [+]John Peel and Terry Nation, The Official Doctor Who & the Daleks Book (St Martin's Press, 1988).)

By the 25th century, Skaro was a "wandering planet". It drifted into Earth's solar system, leading the Emperor to attempt to conquer the system and enslave humanity, partially out of fear that the rapidly-expanding Earth Empire might conquer Skaro, instead. (COMIC: Invasion of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker and Terry Nation, Dalek annual - The Dalek Book (Souvenir Press, 1964).)

The sole survivor of a human expedition to Skaro returned with a map which she claimed to have drawn herself during her months in the wilderness, although its authenticity remained unproved. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

As human historians understood, Operation Divide and Conquer came about when the Master arrived on Skaro and addressed the Dalek Supreme Council with his proposal. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) By the 2540 Spiridon campaign, the Thals had reclaimed Skaro from the Daleks (TV: Planet of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who television stories season 10 (BBC1, 1973).) through an assault on Skaro. However, the Daleks later saw to the removal of the Thals. (PROSE: The History of the Daleks [+]John Peel and Terry Nation, The Official Doctor Who & the Daleks Book (St Martin's Press, 1988).) Indeed, during the Second Dalek War later in the 26th century, Skaro Command was in charge of the Dalek military effort. (AUDIO: Out of Time [+]Matt Fitton, Out of Time (Big Finish Productions, 2020).)

By 4000 Skaro appeared to be under Dalek control, as Daleks on Kembel requested a Dalek time machine from Skaro. (TV: The Daleks' Master Plan [+]Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner, Doctor Who season 3 (BBC1, 1965-1966).) During a Dalek War in the 41st century, Merrick Kingdom was part of a landing party on Skaro. He collected samples of Varga plants. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom [+]Andrew Smith, Dalek Universe (Big Finish Productions, 2021).)

According to one account, the failure of the 4000 invasion attempt led the Dalek Supreme, who escaped Kembel in a critical condition, to return to Skaro and order that Dalek forces retreat from "the human galaxy", preparing a new strategy as the Daleks expanded their empire across the Outer Galaxies. The Dalek Wars ended, for a time, though the Daleks would eventually enter a conflict with the Movellans. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

A thousand years after the events on Kembel, the Dalek Prime had moved into a larger casing at the cost of his mobility, (PROSE: The Evil of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from The Evil of the Daleks (David Whitaker), Publication Order (Target Books, 1993).) ruling Skaro from within the Dalek City. In this era, the Second Doctor attempted to cause the Daleks' "final end", introducing the Human Factor in a faction of Daleks to spark a devastating Dalek Civil War. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks [+]David Whitaker, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1967).) The humanised Daleks were ultimately forced to flee Skaro in a captured saucer. (COMIC: Children of the Revolution [+]Scott Gray, DWM Comics (Panini Comics, 2001-2002).) The Time Lords believed that the civil war resulted in a temporary absence of Daleks from Skaro. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual [+]Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, BBC Books (2021).)

Skaro was under the control of the Dalek Prime's forces during the Dalek-Movellan War, (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997)., TV: Destiny of the Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 17 (BBC1, 1979).) though the planet was left isolated after the Movellan virus disintegrated the Dalek Empire. (PROSE: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, adapted from Remembrance of the Daleks (Ben Aaronovitch), Publication Order (Target Books, 1990).) Nevertheless, control of Skaro was retained in the early stages of the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War between the Dalek Prime and Davros's forces. (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) By the tail end of the War, "just in time" for its apparent destruction, however, Davros and his Imperial Daleks had wrenched back control of the planet. (PROSE: Special Daleks [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

Destruction of Skaro[]

Main article: Destruction of Skaro
Remembrance destruction

The destruction of Skaro. (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).)

Skaro was destroyed when, as planned by the Seventh Doctor, (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) the Hand of Omega detonated its second sun, (PROSE: The Stranger [+]Gary Russell, Heroes and Monsters Collection (Heroes and Monsters Collection, 2015).) causing it to go supernova. The stellar explosion released a shockwave which quickly struck the nearby world. It ripped and burned the planet to smithereens (TV: Remembrance of the Daleks [+]Ben Aaronovitch, Doctor Who season 25 (BBC1, 1988).) before wiping out the other planets in the Skaro system. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual [+]Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, BBC Books (2021).)

The Dalek Prime later claimed that Skaro had not in fact been destroyed. According to him, the Daleks, during their invasion of Earth in the 22nd century, had discovered records that showed Skaro's destruction. Failing to change history altogether, the Daleks had instead decided to terraform the planet Antalin into a decoy Skaro and manipulated both Davros and the Doctor, ensuring that both believed Antalin's coordinates to be Skaro's. Thus, as the Eighth Doctor discovered in horror when both he and Davros returned to the Dalek Prime's Skaro, it was Antalin which the Hand of Omega had destroyed, and Skaro remained, intact, as the Dalek Prime's power base.

Davros, unwilling to believe that his own creations had tricked him so thoroughly that he didn't know his own home planet, instead reasoned that Skaro had indeed been destroyed, but that the Dalek Prime may then have terraformed some other planet to resemble the Daleks' old home world and then fabricated the story of Skaro's survival — by Davros's reckoning, the Daleks under the Prime's command would have been too young to have known the original Skaro, and thus would not have known any better. (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).) Indeed, the Twelfth Doctor once remembered that Skaro had been destroyed by the Hand of Omega. (PROSE: Twice Upon a Time [+]Paul Cornell, adapted from Twice Upon a Time (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018).) Another theory was that the Daleks manipulated the timelines, making it so, while the planet was destroyed, they reconstituted it, effectively erasing the destruction from time. (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016).)

According to another account, the Imperial Daleks had won the war with the newly crowned Emperor of the Restoration being the one who restored Skaro. (PROSE: The Restoration Empire [+]James Goss, Time Lord Victorious (Eaglemoss Collections, 2020).) After detecting temporal fluctuations caused when the Tenth Doctor poisoned the Kotturuh in the Dark Times, (PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.) the Daleks invaded Islos to gather more information. The Chief Archivian however bargained with an Entity to save their people, offering it the Daleks in return. (WC: The Archive of Islos [+]James Goss, Daleks! (2020).) Faced with this foe, the Daleks were forced to abandon Skaro. (WC: The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) After the Mechanoids sent the Entity back to its original dimension, the Emperor and Prime Strategist returned to Skaro and recalled other surviving Daleks. The Mechanoids followed to destroy the Daleks for good but were caught off guard by the reinforcements, having believed the Emperor and Strategist to be the last. A battle ensued, during which the Queen and Mechanoid 2150 attempted to convince the Strategist to betray the Emperor. He pretended to agree and they plotted to use Skaro's beam projector to send the Emperor through a portal to the Entity's dimension. The Strategist betrayed them and instead sent every Mechanoid on Skaro through it. (WC: Day of Reckoning [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.) The Daleks were subsequently attacked by the Hond. With Skaro in danger of falling, the Daleks recruited the Tenth Doctor to help their defence. After working with the Prime Strategist, he was able to devise a way to pacify the Hond, saving Skaro, escaping with the aid of the Thirteenth Doctor. (COMIC: Defender of the Daleks [+]Jody Houser, Time Lord Victorious release order (Titan Comics, 2020).)

Whatever account was right, Skaro, or a version of the planet, survived. (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016).) The Master's execution took place on Skaro and the Seventh Doctor made arrangements to go there to pick up the remains. (TV: Doctor Who [+]Matthew Jacobs, Doctor Who Television Movie (Fox Broadcasting Company, 1996).) The fact that the Doctor could do this indicated a somewhat less hostile attitude of the Time Lords towards the Daleks under President Romana. (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).)

Last Great Time War[]

Romana's attempts at peace (PROSE: Lungbarrow [+]Marc Platt, adapted from Lungbarrow, Virgin New Adventures (Virgin Books, 1997).) did not stop tensions from reaching a boiling point, as the tensions between the Daleks and Time Lords eventually broke out into the Last Great Time War, a temporal conflict fought between them for the sake of reality itself. (TV: Gridlock [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).) Skaro served as the base of the Dalek Empire during the War. Opposing Gallifrey, Skaro's history was time-locked to prevent further Time Lord incursions. (AUDIO: Legion of the Lost [+]John Dorney, Infernal Devices (The War Doctor, Big Finish Productions, 2016).) Skaro was also copied in the War, with the copies being thrown out into space as projectile weapons. (PROSE: Revenge of the Nestene [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who: Lockdown! (2020).)

During the Time War, the War Master stole the Infinity Chip from Skaro. (AUDIO: The Cognition Shift [+]Lisa McMullin, Hearts of Darkness (The War Master, Big Finish Productions, 2020).) The Time Lords planned to unleash a genetically engineered breed of Dalekanium-eating Vashta Nerada against Skaro but were forced to abandon the project following an incident on Synthesis Station. (AUDIO: Day of the Vashta Nerada [+]Matt Fitton, Classic Doctors and New Monsters: Volume Two (Classic Doctors, New Monsters, Big Finish Productions, 2017).) The Severance of Skaro occurred during the conflict. (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016).)

The Barber-Surgeon's campaign threatened the time lock around Skaro and the time lock around Gallifrey. (AUDIO: The Mission [+]Robert Valentine, He Who Fights With Monsters (The War Doctor Begins, Big Finish Productions, 2022).) In search of the Daleks' information on the Barber-Surgeon, the War Doctor travelled to Skaro, arriving in Kaalann during an attack of the Barber-Surgeon's creations. He was swiftly captured by Spider Daleks and taken before the Dalek Time Strategist, who chose to let him escape Skaro with his information in hopes of him finding their mutual enemy. (AUDIO: The Abyss [+]Robert Valentine, He Who Fights With Monsters (The War Doctor Begins, Big Finish Productions, 2022).) When the Barber-Surgeon removed himself from existence, the time lock around Skaro, like that around Gallifrey, was restored. (AUDIO: The Horror [+]Robert Valentine, He Who Fights With Monsters (The War Doctor Begins, Big Finish Productions, 2022).)

During the closing actions of the war, the War Doctor arrived on Skaro, destroyed the majority of the Dalek Emperor's fleet, and, using a stolen gunship, burned the words "no more" into the Dalek City. (PROSE: The Day of the Doctor [+]Steven Moffat, adapted from The Day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), Target novelisations (Target Books, 2018).) Skaro was also destroyed during the Time War. (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016)., Meet the Doctor [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Annual 2006 (Panini UK, 2005)., et. al) According to a history of the universe, Skaro was destroyed due to the devastation wrought by the War. (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016).) After escaping the conflict, Dalek Caan, a member of a Dalek group known as the Cult of Skaro, stated that the planet was "gone, destroyed in a great war". He contrasted what happened to Skaro with New York City, where "versions of this city [stood] throughout history". (TV: Daleks in Manhattan [+]Helen Raynor, Doctor Who series 3 (BBC One, 2007).)

The Eleventh Doctor later recalled seeing the city of Kaalann in ruins after the Daleks fled Skaro. (GAME: City of the Daleks [+]Phil Ford, The Adventure Games (BBC Wales Interactive, 2010).) Incorrectly believed to be the only survivor, the Doctor was once described as the only person to leave "the ruins of Gallifrey and Skaro" after the War. (PROSE: Meet the Doctor [+]Russell T Davies, Doctor Who Annual 2006 (Panini UK, 2005).) Skaro was reduced to a crumbling ruin of its former self, dubbed by human historians to be "the price paid for attempting to conquer time", after the War. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

Resurrection of Skaro[]

After the new Progenitor Daleks of the New Dalek Paradigm escaped, (TV: Victory of the Daleks [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 5 (BBC One, 2010).) they returned to Skaro, reinstated the Emperor Dalek, and rebuilt their city of Kaalann to make Skaro the centre of their Paradigm. The Eleventh Doctor discovered that the Daleks then had invaded Earth in 1963. He went to the rebuilt city of Kaalann and discovered that the Daleks had found the Eye of Time, which helped them alter Earth's timeline. Using the Eye, the Doctor travelled to Kaalann in its ruined state before the return of the Daleks. He sabotaged the Daleks' vision, allowing him to deactivate the Eye. The timeline returned to normal and the New Dalek Paradigm's invasion of Earth was erased. Skaro reverted to its ruined condition. (GAME: City of the Daleks [+]Phil Ford, The Adventure Games (BBC Wales Interactive, 2010).)

An area of the petrified jungle was salvaged by humans at some point close to the 41st century and taken to Earth's Station 7 for research. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

After the Paradigm Daleks led the Daleks into numerous failures, the Dalek Empire they had founded was reinvented, lessening Paradigm influence and creating the Resurrected Dalek Empire. This reinvented state was commanded by the Parliament of the Daleks. It was a conscious decision to base this Parliament on a Dalek saucer instead of on Skaro, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) resulting in the Daleks abandoning their homeworld to its ruined state. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) With a mobile capital, the Dalek leadership could travel wherever they needed to. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

Skaro was thus left in ruins, with the conditions of its environment even worse than after the Thousand Year War. The Eleventh Doctor revisited the devastated world after being summoned by a woman called Darla, who claimed to have been looking for her daughter, Hannah. He did this with great reluctance, even going as far as avoiding saying its name. However, this was a trap to capture him; Darla had been taken over by the Daleks, resulting in the Doctor being taken to the Parliament of the Daleks. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 7 (BBC One, 2012).) After the Parliament was destroyed in the Siege of Trenzalore, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) the Daleks returned to Skaro and restored the world, returning Skaro to its status as the capital of the Daleks' empire. According to Davros, the Daleks possessed a strong concept of home that would always push them to restore their home planet. (TV: The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).)

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A dying Davros returned to Skaro after barely surviving the destruction of his Crucible at the hands of the Meta-Crisis Tenth Doctor, claiming "Where does an old man come to die? But with his children." Davros later sent Colony Sarff to find the Twelfth Doctor and bring him to Skaro. The Doctor willingly came and was joined by Missy and Clara Oswald. The building Sarff's ship landed in appeared to be a space station floating in space but turned out to actually be on Skaro with the rest of the planet invisible to the rest of the universe. Whilst Davros occupied the Doctor, showing him conversations from their previous encounters, Missy and Clara were seemingly exterminated. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).) However, Missy had rewired their vortex manipulators to absorb the energy and teleport away. Needing to get back into the city, they breached the sewers. There they discovered ancient Dalek mutants who, unable to die, had devolved into sludge. Davros was able to convince the Doctor to give up some regeneration energy to Davros to sustain him until the sunrise. The cables surrounding the Doctor were actually Colony Sarff, who trapped the Doctor. Regeneration energy was transmitted to every Dalek on Skaro, and the Daleks were reborn with new Time Lord powers.

However, this was a ruse by the Doctor. The energy regenerated the sewer Daleks, who destroyed the Dalek city. The Doctor and Clara left in the TARDIS, leaving the Dalek City a crumbling ruin. (TV: The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).) A book covering the universe's history theorised that this planet had not been the original Skaro but another planet renamed as such when, at some point after the Shoreditch Incident, the Daleks adopted it and erected another Dalek City upon its surface. The book cited that the petrified jungle and the Drammankin Lake were not seen during the Doctor's visit, even though they had been very close to the Dalek City. The book's placement of the event also suggested it had occurred prior to the Time War, (PROSE: The Whoniverse [+]George Mann and Justin Richards, BBC Books (2016).) but Davros, the Doctor, and Missy had all concurred that the planet was the original Skaro, resurrected in the post-Time War era. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015)., The Witch's Familiar [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One, 2015).)

After the Doctor's escape, the Daleks rebuilt their city once more. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017)., Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.) Missy remained on Skaro for a while longer, writing a postcard to the Doctor in which she mentioned the Petrified Forest and the Ocean of Ooze. She also took a Slyther as her pet, which ate any Thal they encountered. (PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.)

Though a group of historians from an era that followed the Last Great Time War tentatively postulated that the Siege of Trenzalore had been the final military defeat of the Daleks, these same historians knew that Skaro itself persisted into their time, still hidden behind its invisible barrier, dating the Hybrid Incident as occurring sometime after the Siege and concluding that the Dalek species had survived the Siege. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).) The Time Lords also dated the Incident as occurring after the Siege from the Daleks' perspective. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual [+]Richard Atkinson and Mike Tucker, BBC Books (2021).)

Skaro was one of the many worlds the Doctor visited where Sutekh unleashed his dust of death, wiping out the Daleks and all other life on the planet. Said life was restored some time later when the Doctor forced Sutekh to reverse the dust's effects. (TV: Empire of Death)

The final end[]

Skaro's final end?

Skaro finally implodes. (COMIC: The Test of Time [+]Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett, The Doctor Who Fun Book stories (Target Books, 1987).)

A short time before the First Doctor and Susan first landed at 76 Totter's Lane, a powerful being known as the Father of Time, who was in truth the Doctor's own future self, took the Doctor and Susan to the Skaro of the "unforeseeable future", being careful not to reveal the name of the Daleks to them, (COMIC: The Test of Time [+]Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett, The Doctor Who Fun Book stories (Target Books, 1987).) as they had yet to meet them on a much earlier Skaro. (TV: The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964).)

There, the Doctor and Susan met two advanced Daleks in spiked, bumpless casings, who were guarding Zone X, where an excavation into the very heart of Skaro could be accessed. Before the Daleks could exterminate the two Time Lords, the planet began to tear itself apart, the final consequence of all the abuse the Daleks had put themselves through. The Doctor and Susan survived by thinking to ride out the storm from the very heart of the planet; considering that they had passed his "test", the Father of Time pulled Susan and the Doctor back into their TARDIS just as Skaro imploded. (COMIC: The Test of Time [+]Tim Quinn and Dicky Howett, The Doctor Who Fun Book stories (Target Books, 1987).)

Alternate timelines[]

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The Daleks took over Earth in an alternate 22nd century, taking the planet over for their superiors on Skaro. (TV: Day of the Daleks [+]Louis Marks, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).)

In an alternative 22nd century, the Daleks conquered Earth after World War III had occurred there in the 20th century, and transported Earth's mineral wealth back to Skaro. This timeline was eventually averted by the Third Doctor. (TV: Day of the Daleks [+]Louis Marks, Doctor Who season 9 (BBC1, 1972).)

In an altered state of reality the Doctor had Omega use his newfound power from the Eye of Harmony's singularity to repeatedly destroy and un-destroy Skaro, in an attempt to demonstrate how empty such power was. (PROSE: The Infinity Doctors [+]Lance Parkin, BBC Books (1998).)

In another alternate timeline, the Dalek Emperor destroyed Skaro by exploding the planet in the 43rd century when it came under attack by the Mutant Phase. This timeline was eventually erased by the same Dalek Emperor, thereby restoring Skaro to its state prior to the timeline's formation. (AUDIO: The Mutant Phase [+]Nicholas Briggs, Main Range (Big Finish Productions, 2000).)

In an alternate timeline created when the Seventh Doctor's TARDIS got stuck in the Temporal Plexus, Skaro suffered a similar history of desolation after an accidental neutron war. However, the Daleks developed as a peaceful species rather than the war-like creatures from the original timeline. Skaro in this timeline was, according to the Doctor, the universal centre of civilisation, philosophy, democracy and art. Species from all over N-Space came to Skaro, even the Time Lords. However, this timeline was unstable and solar activity of Skaro's sun increased, eventually threatening to destroy the original timeline. To avoid such a catastrophe, the Doctor erased this alternate timeline from existence, thereby eliminating this timeline's Skaro as a result. (PROSE: The Ripple Effect [+]Error: Code 2 - no data stored in variables, cache or SMW.)

In an aborted timeline, during the Last Great Time War, the War Master travelled to the creation of the Daleks on Skaro via use of the Anti-Genesis codes, which he stole from the Matrix on Gallifrey. After changing history by ensuring that the Thal bomb which crippled Davros in the original timeline instead outright killed him, (AUDIO: From the Flames [+]Nicholas Briggs, Anti-Genesis (The War Master, Big Finish Productions, 2019).) the Master, masquerading as Davros' uncle under the alias of "Sorvad", took overall control of the Kaled Scientific Elite and created his own race of Daleks in Davros' place, starting with the mutation of the entire Elite into Dalek mutants that were eventually fitted into grey Dalek casings. Despite the efforts of the Time Lords during the Time War, the Master sabotaged their attempts to stop his plan. (AUDIO: The Master's Dalek Plan [+]Alan Barnes, Anti-Genesis (The War Master, Big Finish Productions, 2019).)

The Master left Skaro for twenty years, having ordered his Daleks to construct hundreds of thousands of Dalek casings while he was gone; later, after returning and ensuring the deaths of the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan when the trio arrived to stop the creation of the Daleks, the Master deployed a neutron bomb against the Thals, rendering them extinct and devastating Skaro even more. (AUDIO: Shockwave [+]Alan Barnes, Anti-Genesis (The War Master, Big Finish Productions, 2019).) However, this timeline, which threatened to erase all of existence due to its catastrophically paradoxical nature, was eventually undone by this Master's earlier self prior to acquiring the Anti-Genesis codes, along with an alternate universe Master and the Dalek Time Strategist. (AUDIO: He Who Wins [+]Nicholas Briggs, Anti-Genesis (The War Master, Big Finish Productions, 2019).)

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Skaro in an alternate timeline where the Daleks were wiped from history by the Cybermen (COMIC: Prologue: The Fifth Doctor [+]George Mann and Cavan Scott, Supremacy of the Cybermen prologues (Titan Comics, 2016).)

In an alternate timeline where Rassilon gave the Cybermen the means to conquer all of time and space, the Cybermen conquered Skaro and erased the Daleks from history. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen [+]George Mann and Cavan Scott, Titan summer events (Titan Comics, 2016).) Eventually, the Cybermen forced the Fifth Doctor's TARDIS to land on Skaro, where a Nomad Cyber-Leader ordered a CyberIsomorph to kill the Doctor and Peri Brown. (COMIC: Prologue: The Fifth Doctor [+]George Mann and Cavan Scott, Supremacy of the Cybermen prologues (Titan Comics, 2016).) This timeline was eventually erased when, at the end of the universe, the Twelfth Doctor and a betrayed Rassilon used the Eye of Harmony on Gallifrey to regenerate the universe and restore the original timeline. (COMIC: Supremacy of the Cybermen [+]George Mann and Cavan Scott, Titan summer events (Titan Comics, 2016).)

Other Skaros[]

Just as they colonised "New Skaro," the Daleks made other planets they conquered into "Skaros," as they did to the Seriphia Galaxy (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element [+]Stephen Cole, Main Range (Big Finish Productions, 2000).) and planned to go to the Sunlight Worlds. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation [+]Nicholas Briggs, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2013).) This was because the word "Skaro" in the Dalek tongue simply meant "home". (PROSE: War of the Daleks [+]John Peel, adapted from War of the Daleks, BBC Eighth Doctor Adventures (BBC Books, 1997).)

References[]

Skaro landscape

The landscape of Skaro. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe [+]George Mann, Justin Richards and Cavan Scott, Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe (Ebury Publishing, 2017).)

The Tenth Doctor once stated, "A foe that cannot be killed, that would put the fear of Skaro into you". (PROSE: The Resurrection Casket [+]Justin Richards, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2006).) Later in his life, when this Doctor had discovered a way to turn the Kotturuh's necrotic retro-virus against them, he pondered about how the planets in his time would evolve without death's influence, theorising that Skaro would never fall victim to the wars that had led to the creation of the Daleks. (PROSE: Lua error in Module:Cite_source at line 420: attempt to index a nil value.) Much like how he had mentioned them during his encounter with Domovoi, (PROSE: Sick Building [+]Paul Magrs, BBC New Series Adventures (BBC Books, 2007).) the Doctor, when he found himself teleported to Mira, listed "the forests of Skaro" as a better location to be dumped if his abductor had been trying to kill him. (AUDIO: Buying Time [+]John Dorney, Dalek Universe (Big Finish Productions, 2021).)

Not long afterwards, the Doctor showed his psychic paper to Anya Kingdom, it showing as "Grand High Prince of Skaro" to the Space Security Service agent, much to the Doctor's confusion. (AUDIO: The House of Kingdom [+]Andrew Smith, Dalek Universe (Big Finish Productions, 2021).) Davros was regarded as the Dark Lord of Skaro. (TV: The Magician's Apprentice [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 9 (BBC One|BBC One]], 2015).)

As recorded by the Testimony, the "Destroyer of Skaro" was a name for the Doctor. (TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017).)

After the a Type 1 TARDIS had used the Void to attack N-Space, Jack Harkness, Tara Mishra and the Brighton Royal Pavilion ended up on a planet that "[looked] an awful lot like Skaro". (COMIC: The Lost Dimension [+]George Mann, et al., Titan summer events (Titan Comics, 2017).)

Parallel universes[]

In the Unbound Universe, Skaro held a vast store of dimensional energy at its core, making it the target of an alien race known as the Quatch who launched an attack that led to Davros being crippled. The Daleks of this reality splintered, one group leaving to conquer other worlds while the other remained on Skaro and enforced a police state on the Thals to prepare for the return of the Quatch. When the Doctor and Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart arrived on Skaro, they helped the Daleks and Thals defeat the Quatch with Alistair choosing to remain with the hope of one day bringing about a permanent peace between Daleks and Thals. (AUDIO: Masters of War [+]Eddie Robson, Doctor Who Unbound (Big Finish Productions, 2008).)

In one reality, Skaro was home to the Thals and Kaleds. Early in its history, when the Kaleds were a "nascent species", this reality's Time Lords attacked Skaro to destroy the Kaleds. This act instead unified the Kaleds and Thals against the Time Lords who were recorded as being destroyed by the Skarosian species. A peaceful world, this Skaro never experienced the Thousand Year War. Following the Daleks of N-Space being wiped out in the Last Great Time War, the Dalek Time Strategist arrived on this Skaro and manipulated its Davros to help resurrect the Daleks. (AUDIO: Palindrome [+]John Dorney, The Eighth Doctor: Time War: Volume Four (The Eighth Doctor: Time War, Big Finish Productions, 2020)., Restoration of the Daleks [+]Matt Fitton, The Eighth Doctor: Time War: Volume Four (The Eighth Doctor: Time War, Big Finish Productions, 2020).)

In the Warrior's universe, the Fourth Doctor had left his Time Ring behind. Discovering the alien technology and the unprovoked attack, the races of Skaro formed the Unified Skaroan Alliance, achieving time travel by reverse engineering the Time Ring. (AUDIO: Aftershocks [+]Lou Morgan, Genesis (Doctor of War, Big Finish Productions, 2022).)

Behind the scenes[]

As Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. [+]Milton Subotsky and David Whitaker, adapted from The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Terry Nation), Dalek films (1966). was released in Argentina long before Dr. Who and the Daleks [+]Milton Subotsky, adapted from The Daleks (Terry Nation), Dalek films (1965). (or any other version of the original The Daleks [+]Terry Nation, Doctor Who season 1 (BBC tv, 1963-1964). narrative), the comic adaption Daleks, invasión a la Tierra año 2150 [+]Alfredo Grassi, adapted from Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (David Whitaker and Milton Subotsky), Editorial Columba (1978). was written for an audience unfamiliar with the otherwise-established Dalek homeworld of Skaro. For this reason, it gave an alternative origin for the murderous invaders: the planet M-1 orbiting the star Deneb. Deneb is a real star in the Milky Way; it is unclear whether one should understand "M-1" to be human astronomers' name for Skaro (identifying one of Skaro's "two suns" as Deneb), or a differing, perhaps diegetically mistaken account of the Daleks' origin.

The Terrestrial Index, which placed the Dalek Civil War at the end of Dalek history, claimed that the Daleks were forced to adopt a replacement homeworld after being forced off Skaro by the Thals during the 25th century Second Dalek War. Though the Daleks eventually defeated the Thals on Skaro following the 26th century Third Dalek War, the original homeworld was reduced to a bombed out ruin which was of no value to the Daleks until the Movellan Incident in the early 27th century. The Daleks were still based on New Skaro by the beginning of the 28th century, during the Necros Incident. Records were uncertain as to whether Davros based his Imperial Daleks on New Skaro or the original Skaro. In any case, it was this Imperial homeworld which was destroyed during the Hand of Omega Incident in 2960. Following this, the Daleks eventually restored their surviving homeworld to its "former glory" between the 32nd and 38th century. In the wake of the Fourth Dalek War, it was presumed that the Daleks had been driven back to Skaro by the Galactic Federation. Ultimately, a century or so following the conflict, the Dalek Emperor, who may have been the final form of Davros, enacted Operation Human Factor which led to the Dalek Civil War breaking out on Skaro, bringing about the Final End of the Dalek race.

The Discontinuity Guide made the claim that, originally, Davros was killed and forgotten by the Daleks. In the original timeline, the Thousand Year War was ended by a neutron bomb detonated by the Thals, with the advanced Daleks fleeing the planet in a hastily constructed spacecraft whilst more primitive Daleks, the early products of Davros' experimental program, remained in the Dalek City. After the primitive Daleks were wiped out in the Thal-Dalek battle, the advanced Daleks returned to make Skaro their home until the Dalek Civil War forced them to depart once again, leaving the Thals in peace before they developed space travel, fighting the Daleks in the Spiridon campaign. Eventually, at some point between the years 3500 and 4000, the Daleks returned to Skaro once again and wiped out the Thals who lived there.[1] The Fourth Doctor's interference in the creation of the Daleks creates a new timeline in which Davros survived. In this timeline, Skaro is ultimately destroyed by the Hand of Omega. The Discontinuity Guide takes the Seventh Doctor's words that the Black Dalek Leader in 1963 is "a thousand years from a disintergrated home" literally whilst conceding that it is more likely in the future than the past, thus Skaro is destroyed somewhere around the 30th century.[2]

According to the non-narrative source The Dalek Pocketbook and Space Travellers Guide, the Island of Gushing Gold was a landmark on Skaro which jetted molten gold into the air.

The Beginner's Guide to Doctor Who, a feature of the Doctor Who website, featured an image of bronze Dalek saucers over Skaro.

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Among others, Radio Free Skaro was a podcast. (WC: Tom Baker stars in John Lloyd's lost Doctor Who adventure, The Doomsday Contract [+]Big Finish Productions mini-episodes (Big Finish Productions, 2021).)

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