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"The Daleks" is the main musical motif for the creatures of the same name, composed by Murray Gold. The song is available on the Series 1 & 2 soundtrack.

The piece is split into four sections making up the whole track. The track begins with the particularly identifiable electronic synthesised sting that represents the impending Dalek threat.

The track then blends into a rising choral section, most notably used in Bad Wolf when the hidden Dalek ships are discovered. This part contains vocalists singing "Oh, mah koreh?" (?הו, מה קורה), which is Hebrew for "Oh, what is happening?".

The third section is a break from the heavy chorus and orchestra, which features heavy percussion, timpani and synthesisers to represent the robotic and ominous side to the Daleks. This section is mainly used in The Parting of the Ways and Journey's End.

The fourth and final section, probably the most used in the series, are rising vocals and an intense orchestral build-up to a climax. Used in every RTD Dalek episode except Bad Wolf, Daleks in Manhattan and The Stolen Earth, the piece features the choir singing Hebrew words "Ole Sutla" which roughly translates to "Ascending Higher" and "Koreh gever" meaning "What's up man?".

The choral elements of the track were recorded with the Crouch End Festival Chorus at AIR Studios, London in December 2004. The vocals in the fourth section of the track were lowered in pitch to give a deeper and darker male sound; a "monkish" sound as quoted by Murray Gold. The reasoning behind the choice of Hebrew, particularly slang words is unknown, however one can assume that this may have been done in a ironic way that compares the Daleks to Nazi's and the Hebrew being synonymous with the persecuted Jews. It is also worth noting that Murray Gold himself is of a Jewish background so may have felt familiar with some of the words.

According to Murray Gold, the chorus vocals were supposed to be used throughout the Dalek pieces in Dalek however they were only used twice. The other tracks in the episode have the vocals performed by Murray himself and were apparently accidentally left in as temp tracks. Gold said he recorded and layered physical copies of tracks of himself singing the Hebrew lyrics; "...about 10 tracks layered on top of each other of me singing".

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