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This page lists appearances of the Dalek Prime, also known as the Dalek Emperor or the Golden Emperor, in the order in which he experienced them. This timeline is based upon observations of the Doctor Who universe and the events that occur during each of these stories.



Davros creates "the first Dalek" using Baran's brain.
The Dalek Prime is the first Dalek created by Davros and is sealed in the bunker for "perhaps a thousand years" concurrently with the destruction of the Kaleds.
A thousand years later, mutated descendants of the Kaleds, the humanoid Daleks, inhabit a city built on the ruins of the old Kaled Dome. They are once again preparing for war with the Thals, who now live on another continent.
COMIC: Genesis of Evil
After two years of desolation on Skaro, the humanoid Daleks begin mutating into Dalek mutants. The Dalek Prime reemerges. He claims he is one of the recent mutations, but we speculate he actually emerged from the bunker at long last, and saw the mutating Kaled-descendants as an opportunity to create new Dalek drones — something it was unable to do on its own power because the Fourth Doctor had destroyed the production line.
The Dalek City is constructed under the newly-minted Emperor's leadership.
Power Play presents the rest of its narrative as occurring immediately after the completion of this work, but other sources show that there was a long period of time between the Daleks beginning to live in the City, and the start of their space program.

Early spaceflight era[]

Under the Emperor's leadership, the Daleks gain space travel.
The Emperor orders the conquest of space, leading into The Amaryll Challenge.
The first Dalek invasion force lands on Amaryll, the closest planet to Skaro. The Emperor then orders the invasion of Solturis, leading into The Penta Ray Factor.
The Emperor is called back to Skaro, leading into Plague of Death.
An alien spacecraft lands on Skaro, leading into The Menace of the Monstrons.
The Daleks repel an alien attack, partly destroying the Dalek City.
A few months after The Menace of the Monstrons, the Dalek City is rebuilt. Following an attack on their space forces by the Mechonoids, the Emperor orders a search for inventions in space in preparation for war.
The Emperor is informed of the discovery and conquest of Phryne. (COMIC: The Archives of Phryne)
The Daleks capture Skardal and sent it to Mechanus, leading into Impasse.
The Terrorkons are disturbed, leading onto The Terrorkon Harvest.
The Emperor orders the exploration of Skaro, leading onto Legacy of Yesteryear.
(Note: this story is explicitly "centuries" after Genesis of Evil, lending credence to the five-hundred year gap between the construction of the Dalek City, and the beginning of the spaceflight era in the mid-2060s)
The Emperor declares that human beings are to be destroyed.
The Emperor declares "all-out war" on all humans everywhere.
The Daleks elect to search for Earth.
The Daleks do not yet have time travel. They are ruled by the Golden Emperor. They have conflict with humanity, which is not confined to Earth. Therefore this has been placed during the First Dalek War, before the invasion of Earth.
The Daleks' invasion is initially repelled, but they vow to return.

25th century invasion[]

Dalek War Machines, led by the Golden Emperor, invade Earth's solar system in the year 2400, beginning with the conquest of Venus. (PROSE: Break-through)
While the Golden Emperor ostensibly negotiates peace terms, Daleks based on the Moon attempt to destroy Earth but are thwarted.

27th century invasion[]

After two centuries of peace, the Golden Emperor forces Earth to return the Daleks' confiscated weaponry so they can stop a rogue planet, which is later traced to the Mechonoids. (COMIC: The World That Waits) He then vows to conquer Earth and the other planets.

Time campaigns[]

Shortly after the Daleks develop space travel for the first time, Dalek Prime sends a squad of Daleks in a Dalek time machine to kill the First Doctor.
Using his time machine, the Emperor wages a failed invasion of Earth in 2415. He later participates in an invasion of Uranus. (COMIC: The Secret of the Emperor)
The Emperor finally removes the last pretense of democracy, having the Black Dalek Leader eliminate those who speak out against the Emperor during his "reelection ceremony". The Emperor's casing is rebuilt from the ground up.

Emperor in the City[]

The Dalek Prime oversees the attempted invasion of Earth in the year 4000, which is thwarted by the First Doctor.
After a Great War spanning a thousand years, the Dalek Prime has the Daleks conduct research into the Dalek Factor. He is heavily damaged, presumed dead, when the Second Doctor infected many of the Daleks with the Human Factor, sparking a devastating civil war between them and the Emperor's Guards.
The War is won by the Emperor's voices, although some Human Daleks make it out of Skaro as per COMIC: Children of the Revolution.
Immediately after the Civil War, the Emperor, still stuck in his throne room without a gun, questions Bernice Summerfield, struggling to understand how the War could have occurred.
The Emperor reigns supreme over Skaro once again.

Civil War[]

The Emperor reigns over Skaro and attempts to try and exterminate Davros. However, Davros instead escapes with the help of the Sixth Doctor, who is trying to engineer a Dalek civil war. The Emperor tries to enlist Abslom Daak and the Seventh Doctor alongside the Black Dalek to track down Davros, but when they find him on Spiridon, he has created a new race of Daleks loyal to him. The Emperor is seemingly killed by Davros as he takes over Skaro.
However, the Emperor survives, the casing which was destroyed having presumably been a remote-controlled decoy like in PROSE: War of the Daleks. He goes into hiding and puppeteers the Renegade Daleks from afar, with the Dalek Supreme acting as the number-one.

Post-Civil War[]

Much later, following the Imperial-Renegade Dalek Civil War, the Dalek Prime has Davros captured and put on trial on Skaro, revealing to the Eighth Doctor that much of Dalek history was a fabricated to prevent the destruction Skaro by Davros and the Seventh Doctor. During the trial, one of Davros' supporters destroys a decoy of the Dalek Prime, igniting another civil war. The Dalek Prime claims victory after Davros's capture and apparent execution and after his supporters are apparently wiped out.

Last Great Time War[]

The Dalek Prime is resurrected to fight in the Time War.
The Dalek Prime falls through the Void, leaving him and his fleet barely alive.
The Dalek Prime is slain by the Bad Wolf.