The Daleks have been causing trouble for the good Doctor ever since their first appearance in 1963. Here’s a quick guide to every TV story!
The Daleks – 1963/64
Also known as ‘The Mutants,’ this adventure sees the First Doctor arrive on the Daleks’ home planet of Skaro, where the last survivors of a war with the Thals plan their enemies’ ultimate destruction.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth – 1964
The year is 2164, and the metal mutants have invaded Earth. Their plan? To replace the planet’s magnetic core with an engine so that they can pilot it wherever they want. What can possibly go wrong?
The Chase – 1965
This comical adventure sees the Daleks pursuing the First Doctor and his companions through time and space on a relentless quest for revenge. Will their robot clone of the Doctor finally stop their enemies in their tracks?
The Daleks’ Master Plan – 1965/66
This is the longest Dalek story of all time and spans multiple planets and time zones. This time, the metal mutants are plotting the total destruction of time itself, but they’re missing a vital component for their time destructor – which the Doctor just happens to have stolen.
The Power of the Daleks – 1966
In this adventure, a hapless scientist awakens a bunch of dormant Daleks in a human colony on the planet Vulcan. Posing as servants to humanity, it is up to the newly-regenerated Doctor to persuade everyone that the creatures’ intentions are far from good, and destroy their rising army.
The Evil of the Daleks – 1967
When a Victorian scientist’s time travel experiments go awry, he opens the floodgates to the Daleks’ home world. This time, the metal mutants are searching for something called the ‘human factor’ to make themselves invulnerable – and they’ve decided that the Doctor’s companion will give it to them.
The Day of the Daleks – 1972
The Daleks have invaded Earth in the 22nd century, and a group of humans believes they can avert this fate if they travel back in time and assassinate a 20th century peace delegate.
Planet of the Daleks – 1973
The Third Doctor and his companion Jo encounter the metal mutants on the planet Spiridon, along with a collection of Thals who are on a military expedition. This time, however, the Daleks have the power of invisibility, and plan to awaken a 10,000-strong army to conquer and destroy.
Death to the Daleks – 1974
The Doctor finds himself working alongside his deadliest enemies after a power drain maroons them all on the planet Exxilon.
Genesis of the Daleks – 1975
The Time Lords send the recently-regenerated Doctor to the planet Skaro at the time of the Daleks’ creation by the demented scientist Davros. His mission? To avert their creation or interfere with it in such a way that the Daleks become harmless. But does he have the right…?
Destiny of the Daleks – 1979
The metal mutants are losing their long drawn-out war with the robot Movellans, and they return to Skaro to rescue Davros, their creator, in the hope that he can devise a winning strategy.
Resurrection of the Daleks – 1984
The Daleks once again seek out Davros (now a prisoner) after losing their war with the Movellans, who have developed a special virus that attacks Dalek tissue. And whilst the metal mutants plan to take over the universe using clone technology, their creator has plans of his own – namely, to do away with the current race of Daleks and a build a new, deadlier iteration.
Revelation of the Daleks – 1985
Davros has set up operations in a funeral parlour, where is slowly developing a new race of Daleks using human tissue. But his experimentation has caused division among the Dalek race, resulting in two factions: one loyal to Davros, and the other to the Dalek supreme. In the closing moments of this story, Davros is arrested by his own creations and taken away to stand trial.
Remembrance of the Daleks – 1988
As the Dalek civil war continues, the metal mutants are fighting over the Hand of Omega – a valuable piece of Time Lord technology that has the power to blow up stars. And it’s hidden on Earth in the 1960s, stashed away by the Doctor during one of his earlier visits.
Dalek – 2005
The Time War has ravaged the universe, wiping out both the Time Lords and the Daleks. But a lone Dalek has survived, and now takes pride of place in the collection of Henry van Statten, an eccentric business tycoon. Can the Doctor deal with it before it wreaks havoc and destruction on the human race?
Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways – 2005
The Doctor discovers that the Dalek Emperor survived the Time War and has been secretly building a new race of Daleks out of human flesh, using a TV station with deadly game shows as a front.
Army of Ghosts / Doomsday – 2006
The legendary Dalek sect known as the Cult of Skaro burst out of their hiding place in the Void – the space between universes – and lock horns with the Cybermen for control of planet Earth. They possess a mysterious object known as a Genesis Arc, a Time Lord prison, which contains hundreds of the Doctor’s deadliest enemies.
Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks – 2007
The survivors of the Cult of Skaro have established themselves in New York in the 1930s where they are, once again, searching for a way to achieve universal dominance. Their leader, Dalek Sec, realises that they will need to evolve if they are to survive, and transforms himself into the universe’s very first human Dalek.
The Stolen Earth / Journey’s End – 2008
Planet Earth has been taken from its proper place in the universe and transferred to the heart of the Medusa Cascade. Here it forms part of a massive machine known as the Reality Bomb – a device engineered by Davros that can reduce atoms to dust, and dust to nothing.
Victory of the Daleks – 2010
The Doctor discovers the Daleks working in the heart of the London Blitz, posing as loyal soldiers. Of course, it’s just a front – their real plan is to activate their progenitor and give rise to a new, deadlier Dalek paradigm.
Asylum of the Daleks – 2012
Something strange is going on at the heart of the metal mutants’ asylum planet. Too scared to investigate themselves, they kidnap the Doctor and and force him to venture inside on their behalf.
The Day of the Doctor – 2013
Three of the Doctor’s incarnations journey back into the Time War with the Time Lords’ deadliest weapon in their grasp. Can they really use the Moment to wipe out Gallifrey and destroy the Daleks?
Into the Dalek – 2014
The recently-regenerated Doctor discovers a Dalek that has become so ill that it has turned good. Hoping to put it out of its misery, he allows himself to be shrunk so that he can go inside its casing and fix it.
The Magician’s Apprentice / The Witch’s Familiar – 2015
Davros is dying, and he wants the Doctor’s help. Initially, the Time Lord is sucked in by his sufferings – but it turns out to be a ruse. The Dalek creator really wants access to the Doctor’s regenerative energy, to super-charge both himself and the Daleks of Skaro.
Resolution – 2018
A lone Dalek from long ago reassembles its mutant body and forms a new ‘scrap yard’ casing before going on a killing spree. Can the Doctor stop it before it summons the Dalek fleet to planet Earth?
Revolution of the Daleks – 2021
The remains of the scrap yard Dalek are stolen and used to make imitation drones that are utilised by the UK government. But they turn nasty, and the real Daleks object to their impurity, resulting in an all-out war between the two factions.
Eve of the Daleks – 2022
The Doctor and her friends find themselves trapped in Manchester, in a time loop, on New Year’s Eve – with the Executioner Daleks in their midst!
So there you are. To date, these are all of the Dalek stories from the TV universe of Doctor Who. Of course, there is a plethora of extra adventures in comics, novels, games, and Big Finish audio productions. For more information on the metal mutants’ exploits, check our guide to Dalek history.
In the meantime, which is your all-time favourite Dalek adventure? Let me know in the comments below.
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