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Just a bit of fun, but should you ever feel the need to look up something from the Dalek Chronicles, and you can't be bothered to find/read/buy the paper version, here is your dispensable guide to all things connected to those classic comic strips. The source for each entry is noted at the end of the entry, along with any invention on my part. Please note that Children of the Revolution, Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer, Black Legacy and The Invasion from Space are not part of the Chronicles and therefore not included.

Articles dealing specifically with themes, oddities, speculation and the personnel behind the strip are included in boxes to separate them from the main text.




Click on the letters above to take you to the relevant alphabetical listing, or scroll if you fancy the exercise...

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ACID RIVER - Unusual geographical feature of Skaro. It was here that Zeg was first ambushed by the Emperor during their duel. (Duel of the Daleks)

ACTINIC RAY SHIELD - Protective shield around the planet Phryne. Actinic rays heat the surface of approaching spaceships, presumably until they explode. The Daleks, however, counter attacked with Gamma Beta Ice Ray, which sounds much more impressive, and wiped out the Phrynian defences. (The Archives of Phryne)

AERO-VANES - Part of the mechanism of a hoverbout that keeps it in the air. If these become eaten by rust, for example, the hoverbout will drop like a bird with no wings. (Plague of Death)

ALVEGA - Closest of all worlds to Skaro, so also, presumably "deep in hyperspace". Alvega was a lush and verdant world ruled by the Controller and populated by plants called the Amarylls... until the arrival of the Daleks. They burned its vegetation and ultimately destroyed the whole planet by destroying the Controller. One might suppose Skaro to be now protected by an asteroid belt, but this is pure conjecture. (The Amaryll Challenge)

ALUMINIUM - Aluminium, according to the Dalek Emperor, is rare in the Dalek Empire. (The Road to Conflict)

AMARYLLS - Benevolent vegetal inhabitants of the planet Alvega. They were ruled by the Controller. However, when the Daleks burned the grass and showed a lack of respect, the plants turned nasty, blowing seed spores into the Dalek casings, which germinated and killed the Daleks. The Daleks exterminated all of them before blowing up their planet. (The Amaryll Challenge)

ANDOR - Sala's uncle and a cowardly toadying slave to Kest and the Krattorians. To save his own neck, he gave the Daleks the secret of space flight. He was burned up in the exhaust of the departing Krattorian spaceship. (Power Play)

ANDROID - In Legacy of Yesteryear, Emissaries of Jevo and The Road to Conflict, the Daleks confusingly refer to humanoid life forms as androids. David Whitaker clearly isn’t implying that the three races (original Dalek, Jevon and human) are human-shaped robots, as the word has commonly been defined since 1863. So what does he mean? Android derives from ανδρός, the genitive of the Greek ανήρ anēr, meaning "man", and the suffix -eides, which is used to mean "of the species; alike" (from eidos, "species"), so it seems likely he is using it in a strictly literal sense meaning ‘of the species of man’ or ‘like the species of man’ ie. humanoid. Glad we’ve cleared that one up.

ANDROMEDA - If you circle Andromeda and then head N by NS, you will landfall on Earth, apparently, though these do sound suspiciously like the kind of directions given by someone who has no idea where they are and where you want to end up. (The Road to Conflict)

ANTI-GRAVS - Dalek unit of space measurement. (The Amaryll Challenge)

ANTI-MAGS - Units for measuring the magnetic charge output from Magray Ultimate. (Rogue Planet)

ANTI-MISSILE ROCKETS - Dalek defence, kept on standby beneath the waters of the Lake of Mutations. (Impasse)


An Amaryll

ANTI-VISIBILITY THRUSTERS - The Monstrons' rather posh name for what are essentially smoke bombs, though they do a fair bit of damage too, especially when fired at the Dalek City. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

ARKELLIS FLOWER SAP - Unusual substance found on Skaro that can be fused with metals to produce a substance that is, presumably, stronger and/or better. The Emperor's casing contains Arkellis Flower Sap. (Genesis of Evil) According to The Dalek Book, it is one of Skaro's rarer flowers and will only root in metal. (The Dalek Book 1964)

ARIDES - Planet more than ten million miles from Jevo. It does not appear to have any animal life due to its flora, a type of plant that emits a pollen deadly to all life. This normally poses no threat to other worlds, but a vast mutation created millions of giant flowers several miles high capable of spreading pollen beyond the planet and thus threatening every living thing in the cosmos. The threat was ended by an expedition from the planet Jevo aboard the spaceship Guardian which sprayed the plants with liquid killer. For those who like a bit of culture with their Dalek facts, Arides is the name of a poem by Ezra Pound, about a man who takes an ugly wife. (Emissaries of Jevo)

ASTOLITH - Handsome young hero. Astolith used to be a space captain before he was captured by the Krattorians and made a slave. He plotted against the slave traders with Sala and finally piloted the ship away from Skaro. It is likely that he and Sala became an item. (Power Play)

ASTRODALEK - A rather charmingly titled Dalek in charge of the Daleks’ space observatory. It was he who first spotted Skardal being created, though he was unable to provide a solution when the rogue planet started on a collision course with Skaro. (Rogue Planet)

ATREVOLVERS - Ground defence of the planet Phryne, capable of destroying Daleks, assuming of course that the Daleks don’t sprinkle its operators with deadly liquid then blast the atrevolver into tiny pieces. (The Archives of Phryne)

AUDIO METER - Device used by the Daleks to monitor sound on the surface of a planet. It can detect voice waves over a considerable distance. The Daleks used it on Alvega. (The Amaryll Challenge)

AUDS - Unit of measurement/distance. (Eve of the War)

AUN - Advisor to Ruler Gry on the planet Zeros. He appears to be a particularly trusted advisor, and possibly the one who devised the plan to send robot agent 2K to intervene in the war between the Daleks and the Mechanoids. (Impasse)

AUTHORSHIP - Terry Nation’s Dalek Chronicles were almost certainly never written by Terry Nation, just like most of the spin-off fiction from the Daleks. Indeed, Dennis Spooner and Donald Tosh would often complain that his television scripts were so thin that they virtually had to write those too, using Nation’s submission as a guideline. Credit for the Chronicles usually goes to David Whitaker, and it’s clear to see several of Whitaker’s writerly quirks in many of the published strips, such as his fascination with mercury, but it is unlikely that he is the sole author of all 104  instalments. The Pentaray Factor, for example, is very strangely structured, setting up Lurr with his foreteller device and his granddaughter Mirva as the clear protagonists of the piece, before switching it all around in the later episodes such that Mirva stands around doing nothing whilst Jared becomes a traditional hero. I would suggest that Whitaker started this story (the feisty Mirva has many similarities to Sala in Power Play) but that someone else provided the conclusion. This would also explain why the spelling of Pentaray/Penta Ray changes through the story.) Equally, in The Menace of the Monstrons, various plot threads are established before being quietly forgotten about in later instalments. Alan Fennell, the original editor of TV Century 21, claims he outlined “probably the first two or three stories which were basically how it all began. There was a lot of input from my side because I wanted to do it in the first place. I spent a lot of time with David Whitaker, the writer... David then took over. All plots as always are put through the editor anyway for approval so there was probably some input [after this] but I can’t remember what.” (Doctor Who Classic Comics Issue 19)


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Black Dalek

Black Dalek

BLACK DALEK - Second-in-command to the Emperor. The Black Dalek visits all parts of the city in the Emperor's absence. He first appears in the third story as Zeg's would-be executioner (Duel of the Daleks), but makes a more major contribution to the sixth story where he contracts a deadly rust plague and liberally spreads it throughout the whole Dalek City, albeit by accident. Interestingly, and usually, the Emperor spares him from extermination and simply has a new casing made for the Black Dalek mutant, suggesting his position by this point is a highly specialised and important one. (Plague of Death) The new casing is not only black, but also sports some rather sexy blue and gold globes. The Searcher Leaders in The Archives of Phryne are also black, suggesting that the Black Dalek evolves into a rank rather than an individual. A Black Dalek informs the Emperor of Dalek revolt in Shadow of Humanity.

BLUE - Like Season 26 of Doctor Who, blue is the colour of alien skin in the Dalek Chronicles. The humanoid Daleks are blue-skinned, as are the Krattorians in the following strip. The Monstrons are also blue-skinned along with the people of Zeros. This is perhaps the influence of Dan Dare at work on the strip, or perhaps that shades of blue reproduced particularly well with the printing process TV Century 21 used, or simply that blue aliens seemed highly exotic to people of the 1960s.

BOWL OF TOMORROW - Futuristic fortune telling device held by Lurr of the planet Solturis. It may have been Lurr's own invention, as Bowls of Tomorrow are certainly not common on the planet, nor entirely trusted by everyone. However, the bowl did not foresee Lurr's death at the hands of his cousin, so perhaps it wasn't as good or reliable as he made it out to be. (The Pentaray Factor)

BRAIN MACHINE - The origins of the Brain Machine are unclear. The first mention of it in the original strips is in Duel of the Daleks where it decides that Zeg and the Emperor must fight it out. It returns in Plague of Death to provide a solution to rid the Daleks of the rust cloud. However, this solution causes the cloud to turn into a deadly virus that almost wipes out the whole Dalek species, so perhaps the Brain Machine's advice should be taken with a pinch of salt. It is interesting to note that this is the last time it appears in the strips. By way of justification, I show its destruction in The Menace of the Monstrons following the Engibrain attack, but no such explanation is given in the actual strips. The Brain Machine may have evolved into the Logic Machine, which appears to be installed in every Dalek saucer, but this is purely hypothesis.

BULOS - First city of Solturis. Interestingly, in the original strips, it is also on one occasion referred to as Buros. (The Pentaray Factor)


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CENTRAL CONTROLLIST - Dalek in the Dalek City in charge of all communications with hoverbout patrols. (The Terrorkon Harvest) Also referred to simply as Central (Legacy of Yesteryear)

CF - Dalek unit of measuring temperature. 89 below was below freezing. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

CRYSTAL CONTINENT - Area of Skaro. It is mentioned in the Altered Vistas version of Power Play, though not in the original strip. The source is the Dalek Annual 1977. (See Map for details)

CITY SECTION HEADS - Regional leaders of Dalek forces on Skaro. They are answerable to the Emperor, the Black Dalek, and apparently other Daleks of high rank too. (Plague of Death)

CLEARING MACHINE - A Dalek device for clearing unwanted vegetation in preparation for the laying of metal roads, rather like a huge lawnmower with eight laser attachments on flexible arms. One was blasted by a Rogue Dalek when it threatened to destroy the mutated flowers around the Lake of Mutations. (Shadow of Humanity)

Crystal Continent (artist's impression)

The Crystal Continent, Skaro

CLOUD - AKA Deadly Space Cloud. There are no clouds in space, a fact which takes the Daleks a surprisingly long time to realise. The cloud is, of course, just a camouflage for a Mechanoid ship and their deadly hypnotic suspicion ray. Always is, isn't it? (Eve of the War)

CONTINUITY - The Dalek Chronicles clearly do not mesh with Doctor Who continuity, where the Daleks were engineered by Davros, rather than being the results of an accidental Neutron blast that spontaneously mutates the humanoid Daleks over a two year period. However, its continuity actually diverges with the very first Dalek story too, as the Daleks’ forebears on screen are said to be Dals, not Daleks and the reasons behind the war are quite different. Still, the strip does appear to offer a reason for the Daleks being able to identify the Mechanoids in The Chase, and even a vague sort of reason why they occasionally call them Mechons (after their leader), and, as the final story ends with the Daleks discovering the location of Earth, we might assume that events are actually leading up to the televised The Dalek Invasion of Earth, though this isn’t necessarily the case.

COMMUNICATIONS ROOM - Chamber infiltrated by Tom, Jennie and Captain Fleet using a box of matches to light a fire. It was from here they contacted the Starmaker, though sadly to no avail. (The Road to Conflict)

CONTROLLER (1) - The vegetal heart of Alvega, linked to the surface plant-life via roots. The Controller resisted the Daleks' attempts at conquest and ordered the Amarylls to attack the Daleks. It later sent out a gigantic Worm to destroy the Daleks and their saucer. Finally, it confronted the one surviving Dalek, but the Dalek destroyed the Controller, and Alvega and itself with it. (The Amaryll Challenge)

CONTROLLER (2) - Elderly ruler of the planet Phryne. He set great store by the planet’s defences, but the Daleks still managed to invade. Under threat of torture to relinquish the secrets held by him and his people, the Controller elected to throw himself from a great height rather than let the Daleks have that knowledge. This set a fine example to Saf and the Phrynians, who presumably went to the mountains intent on hurling themselves to their doom. (The Archives of Phryne)

COSMOSCOPES - Dalek instruments for monitoring activity in deep space. They were used to track Skardal’s progress through space. However, they could not detect the planet when it moved behind Omega Three. (Rogue Planet)

CURSE OF THE DALEKS - Although the 1965/66 stage play The Curse of the Daleks probably stands outside of Dalek Chronicles continuity, it does base much of its backstory on details revealed in The Dalek Book, to which The Dalek Chronicles can be seen as a natural prequel. In The Curse of the Daleks, as in The Dalek Book, the Daleks attack Earth in 2129AD (not 2164AD as stated in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and not 2150AD as stated in Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150AD) and we are even given a month - December. Mankind eventually defeated the Daleks, though not before London and Paris were completely flattened, but could not bring themselves to wipe out the entire race, so simply switched off the source of the Daleks’ power, leaving them dormant or in some form of suspended animation (and if we really want to mix up our continuities we could compare this to Davros’ long sleep prior to his liberation in Destiny of the Daleks).

An attempt by one of the crew of the starship Starfinder to revive the Daleks to their former glory in the year 2179AD, almost precisely fifty years after their deactivation, finally came to nothing when their power was disconnected again. How the Daleks rose again to become the most feared race in the universe is a story presumably told in The Mechanical Planet, a story in The Dalek World.


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DALATOMIC BEAM MISSILE MACHINE - Device being tested by the Daleks. Rods are lowered into a container (content unknown). This produces radioactive beta-gamma rays. Unfortunately for the Daleks, the device was unstable and exploded. The beta-gamma radiation mixed with rust particles to produce a rust cloud that almost destroyed the Daleks. (Plague of Death)

DALAZAR - Continent on Skaro situated across the Ocean of Ooze. Dalazar was home to the Daleks and site of their capital city. (Genesis of Evil) (See Map for details)

DALEADER - Title given to the leader of the saucer commanders. Kind of cute. (Rogue Planet)

DALEKAURAL STATION EIGHT - Listening station in the Dalek City built after the Monstrons destroyed the original city. (Eve of the War)


THE DALEK BOOK - There is a strong argument to support the notion that The Dalek Chronicles form a natural prequel to events depicted in this extremely desirable 1964 annual.

The strips and fiction  (see the Daleks in the Comics feature for fuller details) were written by David Whitaker (with some possible involvement from Terry Nation) who would later write many of the TV Century 21 strips, and detail the Daleks’ assault on the Solar System, more or less from the point that the Dalek Chronicles end. The continuity established here was also used as the basis for his stage play The Curse of the Daleks which he wrote the following year.

DALEK CITY - Situated in Dalazar. The original city was destroyed by a neutron explosion. It is implied in the original comic strip that the new city of the mechanised Daleks is built on the same site. (Genesis of Evil and Power Play) This city was later attacked by a rust cloud (Plague of Death) and then destroyed by the Monstrons. (The Menace of the Monstrons) A new city was subsequently built (presumably on the same site again) with better defences. (Eve of the War) (See Map for details) The city is located close to the Lake of Mutations and was almost destroyed when a Terrorkon stole a missile and headed into the mountains. The Daleks were forced to evacuate the city. (The Terrorkon Harvest)

THE DALEK WORLD - Follow up to the previous year’s Dalek Book, but with less claim to being part of the same continuity as, despite featuring the Mechanoids and explaining how the Daleks came to be reanimated following their defeat at the hands of the Earthmen, the stories form less of a cohesive whole.

The following year’s The Dalek Outer Space Book has even less claim to being part of the same continuity - indeed with its references to the S.S.S. and Sara Kingdom it seems to feed much more into the continuity of the original television series - and so is not included here.

The Dalek World

DALEKENIUM - Skarosian metal from which the original Dalek casings were constructed. This was later treated to produce Metalert. (Duel of the Daleks)

DALEK INFORMATION CHAMBER - Tall building on the outskirts of the Dalek City. Inside is a vast screen. It is in this chamber that the Emperor gloats about the impending destruction of Mechanus, and on the roof of this building that robot agent 2K was almost captured by the Daleks after listening in to the Emperor’s plans. (Impasse)

Original Dalek


DALEKS (1) - Blue-skinned humanoid race from the planet Skaro. They had a pathological hatred of the other native intelligent species, the Thals. Their planet was struck by meteors, which triggered the detonation of their own neutron bomb store mutating the Dalek people. In order to survive, they took shelter in the Dalek war machines devised by Yarvelling. (Genesis of Evil) However, three humanoid Daleks survived without mutation, thanks to the North Pole shifting and freezing them alive. These were Lodian, Yvric and Zet. Lodian knew of the location of Earth and was building a spaceship to take him there, which suggests that the humanoid Daleks were considerably more advanced in the fields of deep space astronomy and space flight than their descendants who took some considerable time to develop space flight and never discovered Earth through their own science. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

DALEKS (2) - War machines created by Yarvelling to wipe out any Thal survivors after the bomb strike intended to end the conflict once and for all. Mutated after an unintended neutron bomb blast, the humanoid Dalek survivors took shelter inside the machines. Dalek mutants, apparently, are all brains and unbelievably revolting. (Genesis of Evil)

DALEK TUNNELLERS - Dalek machines for excavation equipped with two corkscrews for clearing soil and rock and heavy-duty lasers. The Daleks used them to breach the Starmaker’s forcefield. (The Road to Conflict)

DALEK WORKSHOPS (OLD) - Created by the humanoid Daleks to, most likely, develop weapons, these had been long abandoned when Zeg and the Emperor had their final confrontation here. (Duel of the Daleks)

DARREN - Clumsily titled continent on Skaro. One hopes there isn't another continent called Keith. It was in Darren that the Daleks kept their store of nuclear weapons. (Genesis of Evil) (See Map for details)

DAVIUS - Continent on Skaro. Davius was home to the Thals. (Genesis of Evil) (See Map for details)

DEAD FOREST - Never actually mentioned or seen in The Dalek Chronicles proper, but it features in the Altered Vistas adaptation of Impasse.

DECIMAL-CANTONS - Unit of measurement used by the Daleks. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

DESERT NORTH CONTROL - Desert tracking station monitoring the skies above Desert 23. It is manned by two Daleks who are in contact with a control centre inside the Dalek city. It was Desert North Control that first detected robot agent 2K’s touchdown on Skaro. (Impasse)

DESERT STATION GX.YUR - Dalek tracking station situated North-North West of the Dalek City. It was completely destroyed by attack from a rust cloud. (Plague of Death)

DESERT 23 - Barren area of Skaro (longlat Northwest by South) monitored from Desert North Control. It is probably not too far from the Dalek City. It was here that robot agent 2K touched down in his personal spaceship. (Impasse)

DET - Unit of power. The Magray Ultimate’s anti-mags must be increased by ten dets to stop the saucers being drawn along after the meteorites. (Rogue Planet)

DIMENSION ATOMS - Another wonderful Dalek discovery. Now for the science. When you add dimension atoms and substance particles to an hypnotic cloud, which is composed of thought patterns, you get an indelible image stored on the memory retina of the Dalek victim. Did you get   that? There will be homework, you know... (Eve of the War)

DOCTOR (WHO) - Never mentioned throughout either the Dalek Chronicles (obviously for contractual reasons) or the Dalek annuals. Perhaps the Dalek Chronicles take place in an alternative universe where the Doctor (and maybe even the Time Lords) never exist and the Daleks’ mastery of space (though seemingly not time, which is never mentioned, perhaps to avoid stepping on the parent series’ toes) is assured.

DRENZ - Ruler of the humanoid Daleks, though his anti-war stance and desire to end the conflict by means other than a nueutron strike and total annihilation of the Thals appears to have made him a significantly less popular figure than War Minister Zolfian, especially as the war has continued for quite some time despite his beliefs.

He may only have been a figurehead, or possibly a last vestige of some kind of royal family or tribal leader, as his political views clearly have little effect on the Daleks and their war efforts. Zolfian eventually killed him in cold blood in front of an audience of Dalek supporters, who raised not a single protest at his slaughter. (Genesis of Evil)

DUST OF DEATH - Kirid’s rather colourful and somewhat melodramatic name for the deadly pollen produced by the flowers of Arides. (Emissaries of Jevo)


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Ruler Drenz

Ruler Drenz

EDEN, ERIC - Artist who illustrated The Archives of Phryne. Eden studied with Frank Hampson in Southport and briefly joined the Dan Dare team in 1950. After a spell in advertising he returned to the strip in 1955, where he specialised in airbrush art. Eden also scripted many Dan Dare stories before he left Eagle. He went to work for TV21, where he drew Lady Penelope and Fireball: XL5 amongst other strips. He died at his home in Shropshire in 1983, aged only 59.

EARTH - According to the humanoid Daleks, Earth is the gem of the universe, a planet teeming with life and rich in mineral wealth. It is nine galaxies away from Skaro (Legacy of Yesteryear) and, bizarrely, in the next universe but one. (The Road to Conflict) The Daleks finally discover its location in The Road to Conflict from the ruins of the Starmaker spaceship. However, Captain Fleet, Jennie and Tom manage to escape back to Earth to warn them of the imminent invasion.

EASTERN DARREN - Continent on Skaro where precious stones were found by the Daleks in the mountains. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

EIGHTY-FOURTH GALAXY - Galaxy which Skardal travelled through. It was whilst it was here that AstroDalek first detected its progress through space. (Rogue Planet)

ELECTRIC BARRIER - Forcefield (also known as a Voltastream) used to protect the Daleks from the Terrorkons on the Lake of Mutations, the place where the Daleks stored their missiles. (The Terrorkon Harvest)

ELECTRIC EEL - See Giant Electric Eel. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

ELECTRON DISPLACEMENT RECORDER - Device created by the Daleks for detecting UFOs as they enter Skaro's atmosphere. (Power Play)

ELECTRONIC ATTRACTOR - A device used by the Daleks to divert the Terrorkons while they install new missiles in the underwater launch bays in the Lake of Mutations. Possibly it emits some kind of mating signal, or perhaps it just sounds like food. (The Terrorkon Harvest)

ELECTRONIC WAVE PROJECTOR - Solturan device capable of recording the image displayed in Lurr's Bowl of Tomorrow. (The Pentaray Factor)

EMPEROR - The Emperor was one of the first Daleks created. He took command without election or consultation and demanded a casing made of Arkellis Flower Sap, Quartz and Flidor Gold. (Genesis of Evil) The Emperor tricked Sala to gain possession of the Krattorian space vessel. (Power Play) During development of Metalert, he was forced to defend his position from Zeg. The Emperor triumphed due to intelligence rather than strength. (Duel of the Daleks) Developments in the space programme led to the creation of a space armada which first landed on Alvega. With victory far from certain, the Emperor led most of the fleet on to Solturis. The Emperor has a knack of leaving a planet just as the situation is about to turn tricky, and this he did again on Solturis, leaving the Daleks to be defeated. (The Pentaray Factor) However, he returned home to find the Daleks being attacked by a rust plague. This he deduced (from some fairly heavy clues) was being spread by the Black Dalek. He spared the Black Dalek and ended the fighting that threatened to destroy the Daleks. (Plague of Death) However, when the Monstrons attacked immediately afterwards, the Emperor was almost destroyed, falling into an old watercourse beneath the city. Here the unlucky fellow was attacked by a giant electric eel before leading the Daleks to freedom. (The Menace of the Monstrons) When the Mechanoids made their presence felt, the Emperor ordered all Daleks to invent or steal new weapons and sent ships out across the many skies in search of ways to defeat their new enemy. (Eve of the War) Interestingly, the Emperor does not feature at all in The Archives of Phryne, though he does receive a name check. This is the only story where the Emperor does not feature. He returned in Rogue Planet, and ultimately devised a plan to avoid Skaro’s destruction and hasten the defeat of the Mechanoids.

ENGIBRAINS - Silent robotic servants of the Monstrons. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

EXTRACTOR PIPES - Pipes built by the Daleks’ ancestors (possibly the humanoid Daleks) to extract hydrogen from the Lake of Mutations. They travel through the mountains and connect the lake to the Dalek City. This would appear to be a piece of excellent continuity with the first televised Dalek story. (The Terrorkon Harvest)

The Emperor

The Emperor of the Daleks


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Flidor, moon of Skaro

FC - Unit of Dalek temperature measurement. Presumably Whitaker took the letters from Fahrenheit and Centigrade, thus covering himself for potential resales abroad. (The Amaryll Challenge)

FENNELL, ALAN - Original editor of TV Century 21, and also editor of Captain Scarlet, Thunderbirds and Stingray. He also wrote various scripts for several episodes of Gerry Anderson’s puppet series. He shared the same film-writing agent as Terry Nation, which may have been how the Daleks ended up in a magazine dedicated to, what was at the time, probably Doctor Who’s greatest science fiction rival. It seems the initial approach came from Nation and his agent. Fennell outlined probably the first two or three stories for the Daleks’ strip, working closely with David Whitaker in his mews flat.

FIRE - The Daleks seem bizarrely concerned about fire in their Communications Room and evacuate the chamber. Possibly there are instruments here that might explode if they come into contact with flames. (The Road to Conflict)

FLEET (CAPTAIN) - Lantern-jawed captain of the Earth ship Starmaker which was forced down onto Skaro by the Daleks. When two children, Tom and Jennie, were abducted by the Daleks, Fleet went after them, but his rescue attempt ended embarrassingly in his own capture and subsequent rescue by the aforementioned children. Together, doing it like acrobats, they stole a Dalek saucer and high-tailed it back to Earth to warn of an imminent invasion. (The Road to Conflict)

FLIDOR GOLD - Flidor is, according to the 1964 Dalek Book, one of Skaro's satellite moons. It is apparently "a dead world but rich in a blue veined gold metal".This implies that the humanoid Daleks had rudimentary space flight, but that this secret was briefly lost to their mechanised descendants. (Genesis of Evil, and I slipped in another reference in Duel of the Daleks, source The Dalek Book 1964)

FLIER - Solturan method of transport. (The Pentaray Factor)

FLOWERS - See Mutated Flowers.

FORBIDDEN ISLANDS - Location on Skaro of a jungle of mutated and seemingly living and aggressive plants. (Legacy of Yesteryear)


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GAMMA BETA ICE RAY - Not to be confused with Beta Gamma Rays, which are radioactive, the Gamma Beta Ice Ray is the perfect antidote for Actinic Rays. They wiped out the Phrynian defence network allowing the Daleks to land on Phryne. Presumably every Dalek saucer is equipped with a Gamma Beta Ice Ray projector. (The Archives of Phryne) Sounds like a 1970s ice lolly to me...

GELTIS - Nobleman of Solturis who planned to seize total power through the Daleks and the Pentaray. He was cousin to Lurr and eventually stabbed him and then blew up the house. Geltis was killed by Jareth who threw a rock at him and toppled him over a cliff. Not a very noble way to die. (The Pentaray Factor)

GEYSERS - See Mercury Geysers.

GIANT ELECTRIC EEL - One of the strange mutants left on Skaro after the war. They lived in the old watercourses beneath the city and, probably, in the Lake of Mutations. The Daleks used one to repower themselves before heading out to kick some Monstron butt. (The Menace of the Monstrons). Another giant eel (though possibly not electrified) features in The Terrorkon Harvest. It attacked the rogue Terrorkon and ultimately destroyed it, though possibly losing its own life in the process.

GRANT (MR) - Second-in-command aboard the Earth passenger ship Starmaker, which was forced down onto Skaro by the Daleks. He remained behind when Captain Fleet went in search of two abducted children, which was unfortunate for him as the Daleks breached the ship’s defences and exterminated everyone they came across, including Mr Grant. (The Road to Conflict)

GRY - Ruler of the Zerovians who authorised the plan to send a robot named 2K to thwart the Daleks and the Mechanoids. Judging by his opening speech to his advisors, he has ruled “for aeons”, which suggests an incredibly long life span for the Zerovians. Mmh... a race of incredibly long-lived people who occasionally interfere in the events of the universe... Who does that sound like? (Impasse)

GUARDIAN - Spaceship of the Jevon expedition sent to the planet Arides. It is made of low-grav metals and can travel at a speed of at least 2000 rels (per what, we are never told, but then we don’t know how long a rel is either). The ship can beam an identification telefilm at nearby planets. It can travel faster than a Dalek saucer. (Emissaries of Jevo)


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HELP - What to shout if you see a Dalek. Then run. Actually, better still, run and then shout help. You stand a better chance of staying alive.

HISTORIC VIDEO-RECORDER - A Dalek device for replaying images of their ancestors. The Emperor has one and uses it to positively identify  Yvric. Sadly, this is sometime after his minions have blasted Yvric into dust. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

HOVERBOUTS - Introduced in the sixth story, though it is implied that they have been in operation for some time, the hoverbouts give the Daleks total mobility, though the ones in this story invariably end up pulped on the ground thanks to the rust cloud. Hoverbouts contain aero-vanes which help them to fly. (Plague of Death) Later hoverbouts seen in The Road to Conflict were entirely enclosed affairs more like a one-Dalek spaceship and equipped with meteorite-diverting equipment.

HOVERBOUT NORTH ONE - An entirely different construction of craft, with an enclosed cockpit, possibly used in treacherous conditions such as the polar wastes. Hoverbout North One suffered failing internal radial heat and landed seven Decimal-Cantons from the polar mountains. Unable to save the pilot Dalek, the rescue party instead chose to destroy the craft and its occupant. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

HYDROPONIC FORCE HOUSES - Area in the Dalek city where the Daleks appear to cultivate alien flora. Tom, Jennie and Captain Fleet were not hiding here, making its appearance somewhat gratuitous. (The Road to Conflict)

HYPERSPACE - Apparently, Hyperspace is where Skaro (and presumably Alvega and the rest of the Skarosian star system) is located, according to Genesis of Evil. Hyperspace is a theory, as old as at least the 1940s, that suggests that space, which seems three-dimensional to us, is actually possessed of more dimensions and that, in another dimension, our space is actually curved and folded such that locations that seem distant are actually close together, providing you can escape three-dimensional space, hop into hyper-dimensional space, and then emerge at the point you desire. I suspect that David Whitaker, whose grasp of science is evidently tenuous at best, is not basing his use of the word on accepted ideas, and uses Hyperspace instead to mean an area of space a long way away from Earth (i.e. deep space).


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IBRID - Not actually named in the original comic strip, but Ibrid is the name I gave to the other speaking Jevon crewmember in Emmissaries of Jevo.

IMPULSE SHIELD - One of the defences of the planet Phryne. Unfortunately, the Daleks destroyed it before the Phrynians could use it to defend themselves. (The Archives of Phryne)

INFLATABLE PLASTIC EMPEROR - The Emperor's cunning means of decoying Zeg amid the mercury geysers. (Duel of the Daleks)

INFLATABLE PLASTIC PENTARAY - David Whitaker's love of inflatables borders on the disturbing, unless he was trying to develop a marketing opportunity with a range of inflatable toys based on the comic strip. The inflatable Pentaray was used to substitute the original, which the Daleks stole. (The Pentaray Factor)

INFORMATION CHAMBER - A vast chamber in the Dalek city on Skaro capable of housing all Daleks. It is here that they are briefed with vital information. (Rogue Planet)

INSLI - According to the 1964 Dalek Book, this is a Dalek word meaning "It is ready". It is used by both humanoid and mechanised Daleks. (Genesis of Evil amongst others, source The Dalek Book, 1964)

INTERCEPTOR MISSILES - Dalek defence, presumably located aboard their saucers. Four missiles were launched from Phryne’s moon and wiped out four-fifths of a space squadron sent to attack them. Unfortunately the fifth-fifth plunged down on the base and wiped it out. (The Archives of Phryne)

INVENTIONS FACTORY - Zeg's workplace. It was hit by the Oquolloquox. (Duel of the Daleks)

INVISIBILITY SHIELD - The invisibility shield cloaked the planet Phryne and its solar system (but bizarrely not Phryne’s moon). However it was not a solid barrier and could easily be pierced, just as the Dalek saucer eventually did. (The Archives of Phryne)


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JARETH - Prince of Solturis, and son to Redlin. Jareth was initially a lazy young man, but the coming of the Daleks, and Mirva's persistence galvanised him into action. He killed the treacherous Geltis and then destroyed the Daleks with the Pentaray. (The Pentaray Factor)

JENNIE - Earth girl who, with her brother Tom and her parents, was travelling aboard the spaceship Starmaker, though to where is anyone’s guess, especially in such an inhospitable area of space. When the ship was forced down onto Skaro, she and her brother were abducted by the Daleks. They managed to escape and also rescue Captain Fleet, though Jennie’s main contribution to this rescue was hiding. Unaware that her parents had been brutally slaughtered by the Daleks, Jennie accompanied Tom and Fleet back to Earth in a Dalek saucer. She’s probably still waiting for the her parents’ return with Tom and Fleet remaining guiltily silent. (The Road to Conflict)

JENNINGS, RICHARD - Prolific but, in recent years, criminally overlooked artist. Richard Edward Jennings was born in Hampstead on 20 May 1921, and grew up suffering from asthma. At sixteen he earned a free place at the Central School of Arts, although he was only two years into the course when the  World War Two broke out. Although keen to get into the Air Force, Jennings was unable to due to poor eyesight. Instead he was shipped out to the Middle East where he worked with Air/Sea Rescue.

After the war, he received a grant to continue his education but, having enjoyed travelling, he "packed a rucksack and hit the road," first working as a fisherman, spending his spare time painting murals in a boathouse. The owner of a large brewery saw these paintings and hired him to travel around Devon decorating pubs and small hotels.

After nearly two years he returned to London and, whilst delivering some artwork to an agency, he bumped into an artists' agent who broke the news that a new magazine called Eagle was just about to be launched. Jennings took the 'Tommy Walls' advertising strip that appeared in colour on the inside back cover, his first episode appearing in October 1950. Jennings wrote many of his own scripts and remained on the strip for three years.

In 1953, Jennings was offered a new strip: "Then came an idea from our brilliant editor, Marcus Morris. He called in Guy Morgan, the senior script writer of a famous film studio, to produce a new adventure series. I was asked to do the artwork and 'Storm Nelson' was launched. My experiences in Air/Sea Rescue during the war were a great help." Storm Nelson was a maritime adventurer whose adventures took him around the world. Launched on his first adventure on 2 October 1953, Storm would keep sailing his ship, the Silver Spray, through the pages of Eagle until 3 March 1962, with Jennings taking only a nine-month sabbatical in 1955-56. After a while, Guy Morgan (writing as Edward Trice) left the strip and Jennings once again took up his pen to write the stories as well as producing the artwork.

Jennings also drew other features, including 'Seeing Stars' for Eagle, 'The Fighting Tomahawks' for Junior Mirror (both 1954), 'The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe' for Swift (1957-58) and various contributions to Swift Annual. He also shared some of the duty drawing the advertising strip 'Adventures of the Bovril Brigade' (1961) with Frank Hampson.

With the end of 'Storm Nelson', Jennings switched briefly to scriptwriting only, adapting 'The Lost World' from the novel by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for artist Martin Aitchison; he returned to drawing again with 'Island of Fire' which ran in Eagle between July and October 1962. After exactly twelve years on the paper Jennings found himself out in the cold.

He spent a year drawing 'The Daleks' for the back page of TV Century 21 in 1965 and also provided illustrations for The Dalek Book (1965), The Dalek World (1966) and The Dalek Outer Space Book (1967), but slowly drifted away from comics. "For eighteen months [I] worked as a long-distance lorry driver. Not very exciting but I was broke! I took my ancient jeep up to the Yorkshire Dales where I travelled around painting pub signs and portraits. Obviously trying to recapture my youth!"

Jennings, with the assistance of his daughter, retired to Cornwall where he continued to paint and also study Eastern philosophies. He died of pneumonia at Camborne, Cornwall, on 19 January 1997, aged 75. He was cremated at Kernow Chapel, Penmount, Truro, with one of his unfinished paintings.

JEVO - Planet inhabited by the highly advanced Jevons. It is, apparently, ten million miles from Skaro, which would actually place it within the same solar system, though I suspect David Whitaker thought ten million would be a big enough number to place it a very long way away. (Emissaries of Jevo)

JEVONS - Inhabitants of the planet Jevo. They are technically advanced, with long range sensors and interstellar spaceships, and their larger than average hairless craniums, in simple comic strip terms, suggests great intelligence. However, they have not chartered an area of space they call the Unknown Regions, and it is here, predictably, where Skaro lies. Normally, the Jevons are immune to the pollen of the Arides plants, despite the fact that it destroys all life (perhaps because the pollen simply would not reach Jevo under normal circumstances). Jevons measure distance (at least in space) in multidrives. (Emissaries of Jevo)


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KENEX - He and his companion Yeq were the two Monstrons who landed on Skaro with their army of Engibrains intent on enslaving or destroying the Daleks. They almost succeeded too, but a lone Dalek triggered the volcano where the Monstron ship had landed, destroying the threat. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

KEST - Slave trading Krattorian whose ship landed on Skaro. He planned to collect a fortune in sand, but the Daleks had other ideas. Keen to save his own life, Kest made a deal with the Daleks: the secret of space flight in return for the deaths of Sala and Astolith, though he secretly planned to make off in his space vessel. He was burned to a crisp in the ship's rocket exhaust. (Power Play)

KIRID - Commander of the Jevon expedition to the planet Arides where they planned to destroy a crop of deadly mutated plants. When his spaceship Guardian was dragged down onto Skaro, he tricked the Daleks into allowing him to continue his mission. On Arides, he was able to destroy the deadly plants with liquid killer, but the Daleks, looking for revenge, followed and blasted his ship out of the sky. (Emissaries of Jevo)

KRATTORIANS - Large humanoid slave traders commanded by Kest. When their ship landed on Skaro, all bar Kest was killed by the Daleks. It was the Krattorian’s spaceship, and its flight manual in particular, that provided the Daleks with the secret of space flight, although it would seem that Krattorian propulsion methods were not wholly suited to the Daleks’ casing, as the Daleks were forced to adapt the techniques and improve their casings. (Power Play)


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LAKE OF MUTATIONS - In a nice but admittedly rare piece of continuity to the first televised Dalek story, the Lake of Mutations features in The Menace of the Monstrons and The Terrorkon Harvest. In an even nicer piece of continuity, the two-headed creature seen in its waters in the first of these comic strips is clearly a Terrorkon, which would return several stories later to give the Daleks some serious grief in The Terrorkon Harvest, and which also featured on the Doctor Who and the Daleks sweet cigarette cards released by Cadet. (See Map for details). The Daleks kept their anti-missile rockets beneath the waters of the Lake of Mutations (Impasse and The Terrorkon Harvest) and later planned to build a new metal road to the lake (Shadow of Humanity)

LIQUID AIR - At 312 degrees below freezing, it can destroy Metalert. Apparently. (Duel of the Daleks) It was also used by the Monstrons to imprison their Dalek captive and cut off radio transmissions. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

LIQUID KILLER - Herbicide used by the Jevons to destroy the deadly plants on Arides. (Emissaries of Jevo)

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LIQUID METAL - The Monstrons like liquids. First they imprison a Dalek with Liquid Air (see above), then they entomb the entire Dalek City with Liquid Metal fired by their Engibrain robots. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

LODIAN - Lodian was a humanoid Dalek scientist working in a secret base. When the neutron bomb exploded, the North Pole shifted and he and his companions Yvric and Zet were frozen alive. It took a blast of energy from their Dalek descendants to defrost them. However, Lodian and Yvric held a terrible secret, for they knew the location of a planet called Earth, a planet he felt sure their descendants would want to know about. Lodian was unusually blessed with conscience for one of his species and determined that the Daleks should never learn of Earth. To this end he destroyed a spaceship he had been building, killing himself, Zet and a few Daleks in the process. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

LOGIC MACHINE - A computer aboard Searcher One, and presumably every Dalek saucer, that answers questions. This is possibly derived from the Dalek Brain Machine, as seen in previous stories. The Logic Machine aboard Searcher One gives Searcher One Leader the clues he needs to locate Phryne. (The Archives of Phryne)

LONGLAT - Dalek measuring unit for recording the position of an object (such as Northwest by South). Robot agent 2K also uses the term whilst in space. (Impasse) Not to be confused with Longleat, which is a nice country house in Wiltshire, England.

LURR - Aged futuristic fortune-teller from Solturis. Lurr's Bowl of Tomorrow helped save the planet from the Daleks, though it couldn't help save Lurr, who was stabbed by his cousin Geltis. He was survived by his granddaughter Mirva who may later have married Jareth. It is interesting to note that Redlin says Lurr's Bowl of Tomorrow has been of assistance many times before. As Solturis has enjoyed one hundred years of peace, the bowl has either helped preserve that peace, or been used for relatively trivial matters, such as locating missing artefacts and giving reports on weather and natural disasters. However, its accuracy is clearly in some doubt as Redlin doesn't immediately believe Lurr's claims that the Daleks are bad news. (The Pentaray Factor)


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MAGNETISER - Dalek device for magnetising metallic sand and covering the Dalek City. However, the magnetic field isn't strong as digging can uncover the city. (Power Play, and I added an extra reference in The Menace of the Monstrons)

MAGNETISER (2) - Also referred to in The Menace of the Monstrons where it is simply a large magnet on a crane, presumably used for righting toppled Daleks.

MAGNATRAP - Dalek device operated by three Daleks intended to capture robot agent 2K. As its name suggests, it threw out a strong magnetic field to pull the robot down to the ground and immobilise him.  (Impasse)

MAGNETRAP - Possibly the same device as above, but here applied on a much larger scale to ground spaceship Guardian. (Emissaries of Jevo)

MAGNETS - Magnets are clearly one of David Whitaker’s favourite devices (perhaps harking back to the puzzle in the cell aboard the Dalek saucer in The Dalek Invasion of Earth). They feature in Power Play, The Menace of the Monstrons and Rogue Planet. See the entry below for my ideas about Mr Whitaker and magnets...

MAGRAY ULTIMATE - The Dalek saucers in Rogue Planet were all fitted with Magray Ultimate, which allowed them to fill a meteorite storm with magnetic power. David Whitaker clearly had something of a love affair with magnets. I bet his fridge was covered with them. (Rogue Planet)

MECHANOID INTERCEPTOR - An odd Mechanoid job title given that the craft in question was given specific instructions not to intercept or engage the Daleks directly at any time. (Eve of the War)


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MECHANOIDS - Hostile, territorial robots that, according to the Doctor Who TV series, were created by mankind to prepare planets for colonisation. This information does not make it into the comic strip. The Mechanoids first encountered the Daleks as the latter were building their first space station to take them to the planet Oric, a planet presumably under Mechanoid control. They used a suspicion ray, which manifested itself as a deadly cloud, to turn the Daleks against each other. However, the Daleks quickly got wind of their plans, obliterated the cloud in which the Mechanoids were cunningly concealed and blasted the Mechanoid ship into tiny pieces. Naturally, the Mechanoids retaliated, melting one Dalek saucer into a new and interesting shape before telling the Daleks to keep out of their space and wait like good little cyborgs for the Mechanoid invasion of Skaro. The Daleks did not take too kindly to this advice and immediately set out to steal an arsenal of deadly weapons with which to destroy the Mechanoids. Thus is the way that all conflicts escalate... The Emperor identified the Mechanoids as totally machine with positronic brains. (Eve of the War) However, it seems likely that the Mechanoids’ deep space sensors are not so finely tuned as the Daleks as they seem unaware that the Daleks have set the planet Skardal on a collision course with their world. (Rogue Planet) 2K later deceives the Mechanoids into believing that the Daleks destroyed Skardal to save the Mechanoids and an uneasy truce is called. (Impasse) It is interesting to note (perhaps) that on TV the Mechanoids were generally spelled Mechonoids.

MECHANUS - Hostile jungle world and home of the robotic Mechanoids. On TV it was also home to the giant fungi known charmingly as the gubbage cones. We like the sound of gubbage cones. The Emperor changed the course of Skardal and set it on a collision course with Mechanus. (Rogue Planet) Robot agent 2K later landed on Mechanus in an attempt to deceive the Mechanoids. He was detected by surveillance equipment on the roof of the Mechanoid city, which suggests that aliens regularly land there. (Impasse)

MEMORY RETINA - Every Dalek has one built into its casing. For exciting uses for the Memory Retina see the entry for Dimension Atoms... (Eve of the War)

MENOID - The Menoid Master of the Mechanoids, basically just another Mechanoid, though either painted a fierce red or permanently lit with red lights. It seems likely that the Menoid remains on Mechanus, out of harm's way. (Eve of the War)

MERCUROIL MIXTURE - It is not clear whether this mixture exists inside a Dalek casing, or in Hoverbout North One, but either way it solidifies in extreme cold (89 below CF) and makes rescue inadvisable. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

MERCURY GEYSERS - Another geographic feature of Skaro, and the scene of another of the Emperor's ambush attempts on Zeg, this time employing an Inflatable Plastic Emperor. (Duel of the Daleks)

METALERT - New metal created by Zeg to overcome the problems of space travel. It was much stronger than the previous Dalek casing, capable of withstanding greater extremes of temperature and even acid and mercury. However, it was not immune to Liquid Air (Duel of the Daleks), nor yet to rust (Plague of Death). It also presented a slight drawback in that it drove Zeg completely crackers. Metalert fractures in extreme cold, so perhaps a new version was in use by the time of events in Legacy of Yesteryear. Jevon expedition leader Kirid, who claimed the metal to be the Daleks’ strongest, demonstrated the effects of the deadly pollen of the Arides plants on a sheet of Metalert, though the highly corrosive effect of the pollen was actually faked with an ultra gamma gun. This presumably means that the Jevons have the necessary firepower to destroy Daleks. (Emissaries of Jevo) As an amusing aside, Dalek Sec’s casing in the new series of Doctor Who was enhanced with Metalert on the express orders of the Emperor during the Great Time War.

METAL ROADS - Apparently, although we never see much evidence of it in the strips, the Daleks use these for travel across the surface of Skaro. The idea of them being made of metal would seem to hark back to the first televised Dalek story, although the Daleks of the Dalek Chronicles have no need to draw static electricity through the floor. A metal road was being built to the Lake of Mutations. (Shadow of Humanity)

METALSCAN - Unsuprisingly, this is a scan for metallic objects that the Daleks used to locate the stolen missile in The Terrorkon Harvest.

METEORITE STORM - Actually an asteroid belt around Skaro (possibly the debris of Alvega), which the Emperor magnetises and uses to draw Skardal away from a collision with Skaro. Rather improbably, given the lack of a polar north in space, the wrongly termed meteorites lie west to south west of Skaro. (Rogue Planet)

MICRO-TRANS - Dalek device for translating alien speech. The Daleks used it on Alvega to communicate with the Amarylls. (The Amaryll Challenge)

MIRVA - Granddaughter of Lurr on Solturis. Her initial trust of the Daleks was soon replaced with a determination to make Jareth listen to her. Together they discovered that the Pentaray had been substituted for an Inflatable Plastic Pentaray. She probably married Jareth after the Daleks had been defeated. (The Pentaray Factor)

MONSTRONS - Alien invaders of Skaro who, together with their Engibrains, entombed the Dalek City. They were destroyed when a lone Dalek triggered a volcanic eruption. However, Monstron planning is so poor it seems likely they would ultimately have failed anyway. They talk of enslaving the Daleks, but then set out to completely destroy them. They talk of sending a captured Dalek back with an engibrain inside, but forget to do this. They talk of dissecting the captured Dalek, but forget to do this too. Monstrons are probably the most forgetful conquering alien race in the galaxy. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

MULTIDRIVES - Unit used by the Jevons to measure distance (or possibly time) in space travel. (Emissaries of Jevo)

MUTATED FLOWERS - There were apparently many of these along the route of the Daleks’ new metal road to the Lake of Mutations. However, one Rogue Dalek learned to appreciate their beauty, cultivated the plants in his rest compartment and eventually took to wearing them as decoration, a fad that enjoyed a brief vogue on Skaro, at least until the flowers wilted and the Emperor wrested back control. (Shadow of Humanity) More mutated flowers pop up on the planet Arides, this time threatening all life in the cosmos (Emissaries of Jevo). Add into this the mutated vegetation in the Whitaker-edited Keys of Marinus and one has to wonder if hostile plant-life wasn’t something of a genuine concern for poor Mr Whitaker...


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NEUTRON BOMB - Powered by pure cobalt and responsible for the (trans)mutation of the Daleks after a freak meteor strike detonated the neutron store. (Genesis of Evil) It is also loosely and implausibly implied that the explosion created several of Skaro’s curious geographical features, such as the Acid River and the Mercury Geysers. (Duel of the Daleks)


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OCEAN OF DEATH - Geographic feature of Skaro mentioned in the opening narration of Power Play. (Dalek Annual 1977) (See Map for details)

OCEAN OF OOZE - Geographic feature of Skaro lying close to Dalazar. (Genesis of Evil) (See Map for details)

OMEGA THREE - Nothing to do with fish oils. Rocky and uninhabited world distant from Skaro. Skardal collided with it. (Rogue Planet)

OQUOLLOQUOX - A fierce gale that occurs on Skaro once every six years. Its timely arrival during Zeg's experiment caused an accident that left Zeg irradiated and strengthened. (Duel of the Daleks)

ORIC - A planet distant from Skaro which the Daleks intended to make their first port of call following their expansion after the Monstrons' invasion. They planned to mine the world of its valuable metals. However, to reach Oric required the building of a space station for refuelling, and the Mechanoids did not take kindly to this kind of expansion so close to their empire. Alas, it seems poor Oric remained unexplored by Daleks. (Eve of the War)


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PATROL COMMANDER - A Dalek rank within the Dalek City. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

PENTARAY - The ultimate weapon on Solturis which fires a mixture of Alpha, Infra, Omega, Ultra and Beta rays (hence the use of the word Penta, meaning five). It had not been used in one hundred years before the coming of the Daleks. The Daleks stole the Pentaray, substituting it for an Inflatable Plastic Pentaray. Geltis provided the Daleks with the operating key, but then turned the machine against his allies. Jareth used the weapon to destroy the Daleks and their saucers. (The Pentaray Factor)

PENTA RAY - It is interesting to note that the spelling of Pentaray in the original strip changes from this spelling to the above over the course of the instalments, perhaps suggesting a change of writer. (The Pentaray Factor)

PHRYNE - Inhabited world in Sky Twenty with one moon. Phryne is home to the humanoid Phrynians, and a repository for the knowledge and wisdom of a hundred planets, though why the Phrynians have dedicated themselves to preserving this history is never made clear. To protect themselves from those who might wish to exploit this wisdom, the Phrynians have concealed their solar system (but not their own moon) behind an invisibility shield. (The Archives of Phryne)

PHRYNIANS - Inhabitants of the planet Phryne who act as archives, remembering the knowledge and wisdom of a hundred planets. They are ruled by a Controller and protected by a four-tier defence system: first is the invisibility shield, then the space squadrons, then the actinic ray shield, then the impulse shield. Not that any of these does them much good as the Daleks still land and start destroying them. The Controller says they’ll fight until they can’t fight, then they’ll hide until they’re found, then they’ll kill themselves. Given that the Daleks are only too happy to help them out on the last of these schemes, the continued survival of the Phrynians seems doubtful. (The Archives of Phryne)

PLAN H - Plan H involved the crew of the downed Earth spaceship Starmaker surrounding the ship with four forcefield generators to protect it from potentially hostile lifeforms. The Daleks were one such lifeform who simply tunnelled underneath the forcefield. (The Road to Conflict)

POLAR MAGNETISM - The Dalek Emperor believes Earth may be a planet rich in polar magnetism, suggesting that the Daleks prize it very highly, which equally suggests that the Daleks somehow use polar magnetism as a resource, though how they do this is anyone’s guess. (The Road to Conflict)

POLAR REGION NORTH ONE - Polar area where the temperature was 89 below CF. It was here that three human Daleks in their research base were frozen during the time of the neutron explosion. The region had not originally been located at the pole, but the force of the explosion shifted the planet on its axis. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

POSITRONIC BRAINS - Something possessed by the Mechanoids, apparently, and something to be feared. It is obviously a superior robot brain. (Eve of the War) The human Daleks claim their Dalek descendants to have positronic brains. (Legacy of Yesteryear).

PROTO EIGHT - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as it approached the light barrier. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO ELEVEN - Dalek prototype spaceship. It conquered the light barrier but melted as a result. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO FOUR - Dalek prototype spaceship. It solved normal flight problems but blew up as it approached the light barrier. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO FIVE - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as it approached the light barrier. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO-LEADER - The Emperor's golden saucer. (The Amaryll Challenge onwards)

PROTO NINE - Dalek prototype spaceship. It conquered the light barrier but melted as a result. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO ONE - First Dalek space craft. It blew up on take off due to a fuel feed malfunction. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO SEVEN - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as it approached the light barrier. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO SIX - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as it approached the light barrier. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO TEN - Dalek prototype spaceship. It conquered the light barrier but melted as a result. This made it less than ideal for space exploration. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO THIRTEEN - This prototype Dalek spaceship solved all flight and speed problems and became the standard space vessel of the Dalek fleet. This Mark I version of the ship was saucer shaped and probably the model most closely associated with the Daleks, being the design inspiration for the Dalek saucers in the new series of Doctor Who with a clear ancestor in the saucers seen in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. It's first mission took it to Alvega, then Solturis, then back to Skaro. (The Amaryll Challenge onwards) These saucers were not immune to Mechanoid firepower. (Eve of the War) The saucer design made its last appearance in the strip in The Archives of Phryne. Its subsequent redesign by Ron Turner suggests technological advances in this field (possibly a Proto Fourteen or a Proto Thirteen Mark II). They can be fitted with Magray Ultimate to magnetise meteorites. Always useful in a crisis. (Rogue Planet)

PROTO THREE - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as a result of normal flight problems. (The Amaryll Challenge)

Proto Fourteen?

Dalek Saucer Proto Thirteen Mark II

PROTO TWELVE - Dalek prototype spaceship. It conquered the light barrier but melted as a result. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PROTO TWO - Dalek prototype spaceship. It blew up as a result of normal flight problems. (The Amaryll Challenge)

PYROFLAME - Dalek fire weapon for destroying vegetation and clearing large areas. It was used on Alvega, which didn't please the Amarylls or their Controller. (The Amaryll Challenge) Although not named in the original strip, which came prior to The Daleks' Master Plan, it is clear from the illustration that it is a Dalek attachment of much the same construction as the on-screen device that is used to torch the Amaryll's beloved grass.


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RADAROVE - Only the Daleks would develop something and call it a radarove. The radarove detects alien messages in space. Apparently. (Eve of the War)

RADIATION RANGE - Geographic feature of Skaro from where Zolfian mined pure cobalt, the power source for a Neutron bomb. (Genesis of Evil) (See Map for details)

RECASTING FURNACE - Area in Dalek City where Dalek shells are manufactured. The Black Dalek was taken there after he succumbed to rust plague. (Plague of Death)

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RED DALEK LEADER - The Red Daleks appear to be Dalek Saucer captains, though these sometimes appear to be Blue Daleks. The Red Dalek in charge of the saucer overseeing the building of the first Dalek space station uncovered a Mechanoid plot to destroy the Daleks. He blasted the Mechanoid ship, but was later destroyed by the returning Mechanoids, though not before he had alerted Skaro of the danger. (Eve of the War) The Red Dalek later accompanied the Emperor on his mission to destroy the Terrorkon who had stolen a Dalek missile. The Red Dalek managed to deactivate the missile and avert disaster. (The Terrorkon Harvest) He later accompanied the Emperor when a Rogue Dalek developed human tendencies (Shadow of Humanity)

REDLIN (THE JUST) - Ruler of Solturis, or at least the area controlled by Bulos City. He had a son called Jareth. He often listened to the wisdom of Lurr, but decided not to when Daleks landed on the planet. This he chose to do based on the slender argument that the Daleks have no hands or feet and no head to think with. (The Pentaray Factor)

REL - The Dalek Book suggests that a Rel is a Dalek measure of hydro-electricity. (Plague of Death)

REST COMPARTMENTS - Quite why the Daleks should require rest compartments when it has been clearly established that they do not need sleep is anyone’s guess, but apparently they do. It would seem that only one Dalek occupies each rest compartment, in which is installed a strange device that lifts the Dalek off the floor and tilts it slightly backwards. Pillows and duvet are optional. The Rogue Dalek in Shadow of Humanity filled his rest compartment with flowers.

ROCKET - The Daleks have rockets for air defence, as well as missiles. These rockets can fly faster than any spaceship and can be detonated by remote control. (Impasse)

ROGUE DALEK - Not actually referred to as such during the course of the story, but we need to call him something so he can have an entry! The Rogue Dalek rediscovered his humanity, and developed a particular affinity with flowers, keeping them in his rest compartment, wearing them as decoration, and even going so far as to destroy other Daleks who threatened the flowers. He ultimately attempted to usurp the Emperor’s position, but, when the flowers wilted, the other Daleks turned against him and destroyed him at the Emperor’s command. (Shadow of Humanity)

ROGUE PLANET - See Skardal/Skardel.

ROOT OF THE WORLD - See Controller. Not to be confused with Roof of the World, which is a place one might find a famous Venetian explorer.

RUST CLOUD - Beta-gamma raditiation and rust produced a deadly cloud of metal-eating rust. Rust is the feared enemy of the Daleks. Apparently. The cloud was eventually destroyed on the advice of the Brain Machine by trapping it in a magnetic field and then spraying it with oil vapour. What the Brain Machine omitted to mention was that this procedure would turn the cloud into a deadly virus. See below. (Plague of Death)

RUST PLAGUE - A virus carried by the Black Dalek which infected and destroyed all Daleks who came into contact with him. Although it must have done a great deal to enhance the Black Dalek's fearsome reputation, it probably didn't bolster his popularity or his authority. (Plague of Death)


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SAF - Junior Phrynian archivist and possibly second-in-command to the Controller. It was Saf’s suspicions about the Daleks’ intentions on Phryne’s moon that led to the Controller taking decisive action. When the Daleks invaded, however, it was Saf who led his people into the mountains, to hide and then presumably to kill themselves when the Daleks eventually found them. (The Archives of Phryne)

SALA - Young lady enslaved by the Krattorians. She was betrayed by her wicked uncle Andor and tricked by the Emperor, but later hunted by the Daleks through the Dalek City. Assisted by Astolith, she finally regained the safety of the Krattorian spaceship and made good her escape. (Power Play)

SAND CREATURES - Ferocious creatures, possibly composed of mutated sand, who lived in the deserts of Northern Tarran. The Daleks were intent on wiping them out, though what possible threat they posed is unclear. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

SAUCER - Mode of Dalek transport, also known as Proto Thirteen. See that entry for additional information.

SAUCER COMMANDERS - First referred to as such in Rogue Planet. As the name suggests, these are Daleks in charge of the saucer fleet.

SEARCHER NINE - Dalek saucer sent out into space to find new weapons to defeat the Mechanoids. It went exploring Sky Twelve, so whether it found any weapons or not is never discovered. Probably none that were useful. (The Archives of Phryne)

SEARCHER ONE - The Dalek saucer that discovered Phryne, the hidden planet. (The Archives of Phryne)

SEARCHER ONE LEADER - Commanding black Dalek of Searcher One, funnily enough. His suspicions about Sky Twenty led to the discovery of Phryne. (The Archives of Phryne)

SERPENT ISLAND - Geographic feature of Skaro mentioned in the opening narration of Power Play. (Dalek Annual 1977) (See Map for details)

SERPENT SEA - Located on Western Skaro. Here there are swamplands, which may have been the natural home to the Slyther. (Legacy of Yesteryear) (See Map for details)

SKARDAL/SKARDEL - Also known as the Rogue Planet. Skardal was formed in deep space (possibly, but not necessarily in the Eighty-Fourth Galaxy) when a comet plunged into a cloud of cosmic dust. It had no orbit and travelled on an erratic course across the galaxy. Plunging through a sun, it emerged undamaged. However, when it impacted with Omega Three, its course was changed, placing it on a collision course with Skaro. The Emperor magnetised a meteorite storm to draw Skardal away from Skaro and send it to collide instead with Mechanus. (Rogue Planet) In the subsequent story, where robot agent 2K manages to destroy it with a Dalek rocket and two anti-missile rockets, the planet has changed its spelling to Skardel. (Impasse)

SKARO - A planet deep in hyperspace. (Genesis of Evil) Alvega is its closest neighbour. (The Amaryll Challenge) It was once home to the Thals and the Daleks, though it is probable that only the latter survive there now, as the Thals are never mentioned after the first strip in the sequence. The Dalek Chronicles provide little information about Skaro aside from the fact that it has an acid river (Duel of the Daleks), a Lake of Mutations (as seen in the first televised Dalek story and, in all its Technicolor glory, the first film) (The Menace of the Monstrons, amongst others), continents called Darren, Dalazar and Davius (Genesis of Evil), an Ocean of Ooze (Genesis of Evil) and more than one satellite, one of which is called Flidor (Genesis of Evil, The Dalek Book). Further information to follow. (See Map for details)

SKY SEVEN - Just as the airspace above Skaro is divided into surveillance zones, so space is divided into similar zones. These are referred to as Skies. (Eve of the War)

SKY TWELVE - An area of space explored during the Daleks’ quest to find weapons to defeat the Mechanoids. It was explored by Searcher Nine. (The Archives of Phryne)

Skaro, Deep in Hyperspace


SKY TWENTY - Location of Phryne and its moon and solar system. It was explored by Searcher One. It seems strange that the Phrynians should mask their entire solar system but leave their own moon exposed. This suggests that they actually wanted to be discovered. (The Archives of Phryne)

SKYWAY 754 - Area of airspace above Skaro. Following the Monstrons' invasion, the skies of Skaro are divided into surveillance areas. (Eve of the War)

SOLTURIS - Planet ruled by Redlin the Just. The Daleks came to Solturis, which had enjoyed one hundred years of peace, after the destruction of Alvega. (The Pentaray Factor)

SOUNDCHAMBER - A chamber in the Dalek City that records unusual soundwaves across the surface of Skaro. It detected the arrival of the Monstron ship. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

SOUTHEAST 74 - Region of Skaro, close to the Lake of Mutations, containing a supposedly extinct volcano. It was here that the Monstron ship landed. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

SPACEFIELD - A large open area within the Dalek City where Dalek ships (including rockets) are housed. It was presumably from here that the Dalek fleet took off in Rogue Planet, but it is not named until Impasse. It was here that 2K tried to steal a ship but fell into a Dalek trap. (Impasse)

SPACE SQUADRON - Defensive force of the planet Phryne who looked not dissimilar to the British Red Arrows. Unfortunately, the squadron sent to intercept the Daleks was wiped out by missiles, with its lead craft crashing down on the Daleks’ moonbase and destroying it. (The Archives of Phryne)

SPACE STATION - The Daleks started building a space station en route to the planet Oric in what they refer to as Sky Seven, but the intervention of the Mechanoids and their deadly cloud scuppered their plans. (Eve of the War)

STARMAKER - An Earth ship piloted by Captain Fleet and Mr Grant. Travelling aboard were Tom and Jennie with their parents. The Starmaker was forced down onto Skaro by a redirected meteorite storm where Daleks breached its forcefield barrier and destroyed the passengers and crew. The only survivors were Fleet, Tom and Jennie. (The Road to Conflict)

SUBSTANCE PARTICLES - See the entry for Dimension Atoms for some exciting Dalek science. (Eve of the War)

SUSPICION RAY - Improbable sounding device created by the Mechanoids. Cunningly, the suspicion ray did not make its victim suspicious, but instead made it believe that its work comrades were a hostile force. When that victim is a Dalek you can bet that fierce shooting will soon ensue... (Eve of the War)


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2K - Robot agent created by the Zerovians to outwit the Daleks and the Mechanoids whilst masking their involvement in the whole affair.

Whatever metal he is made of, it is susceptible to magnetism, but 2K is a formidable machine equipped with his own one-man space cruiser (which is adorned with his name in large letters), a scanner built into his right arm that can see into buildings, jet packs on his back which give him the ability to fly, a drill hidden inside his head with which he can tunnel underground, and a laser built into his wrist.

He is capable of sophisticated thought (and is able to second-guess the Emperor) and even guile and deception, all of which he uses to first trick the Daleks on Skaro and then the Mechanoids on Mechanus before returning to Zeros triumphant. (Impasse)

TARRAN (NORTHERN) - Desert area of Skaro, and home of the Sand Creatures. (Legacy of Yesteryear)


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TERRORKONS - Ferocious monsters that inhabit the Lake of Mutatations. They are glimpsed but not named in The Menace of the Monstrons, but would reappear a few strips later in a much more central role in The Terrorkon Harvest where one of their number steals a Dalek missile and heads into the mountain. This creature eventually met its doom wrestling with a giant eel. The Emperor says that the Terrorkons form a natural defence barrier for the Dalek city. The Terrorkons also feature in the Doctor Who and the Daleks sweet cigarette cards from Cadet issued in  1965. Interestingly, they share a number of physical similarities with the similarly named Horrorkons, from The Monsters of Gurnian (Dalek Book 1964), so perhaps the Daleks took specimens from Gurnian back to Skaro and released them into the Lake. Non-fictionally, it is possible that David Whitaker was rather taken with the appearance of the Horrorkons and decided to introduce a similar species to the waters of Skaro. Equally possible is that he simply forgot that The Monsters of Gurnian wasn’t set on Skaro, despite the title providing a clue.

THALS - Tall, beautiful inhabitants of the planet Skaro. They inhabit the continent of Davius. The Daleks have a pathological hatred of them, though the reasons for this in the original comic strip are unclear as the Thals never appear, possibly wiped out by the neutron bomb strike, though it is implied in Power Play that the Dalek city is built using Thal slave labour. They appear briefly in the Altered Vistas version of Power Play in the opening sequence. In the original comic strip, they are mentioned in Genesis of Evil but never seen.

A theory I have read, attempting to fit together all the disparate Dalek histories, suggests that The Dalek Chronicles are actually Thal legends about their enemies. However, if this were the case, one might expect to see rather more involvement from the Thals themselves.


TIMELINE - According to Genesis of Evil, we join our exploration of Dalek history ‘many thousands of years ago’. This is presumably ‘many thousands of years ago’ by our time, which places Yarvelling and Zolfian and their war efforts at least 3000 years ago (and possibly longer). (As an interesting aside, and assuming the time between Genesis of Evil and Powerplay is not vast (and there is no reason to suppose that it is) then the slaves aboard the Krattorian slave ship cannot be human (we would have been rather too primitive at the time to have become space captains, as Astolith claims to be)). Now given that The Dalek Chronicles finishes with the Daleks about to attack Earth at a time when space travel amongst humans is clearly common, and given that this attempted invasion of Earth takes place either in 2164AD (The Dalek Invasion of Earth) or 2129AD (The Dalek Book - which is corroborated by Curse of the Daleks and even pinned to a month - December), then The Dalek Chronicles covers a period of at least 3163 years - phew, quite an epic! Gaps in the narrative occur between Genesis of Evil and Powerplay (as mentioned above), Powerplay and Duel of the Daleks (though again it can’t be too long), Menace of the Monstrons and Eve of the War, Legacy of Yesteryear and Shadow of Humanity, Shadow of Humanity and Emissaries of Jevo, and this story and The Road to Conflict, so some of these gaps must be quite substantial.

TITLES - As originally printed, the Dalek Chronicles bore no individual story titles, though names for the stories have since arisen through numerous reprints. The Amaryll Challenge is also known by the rather prosaic title Out Into Space. The Pentaray Factor (also The Penta Ray Factor) is also known as The Envoys of Evil (Dalek Annual 1977). The Menace of the Monstrons is also known as Attack of the Monstrons, with the last part of this story and the whole of The Archives of Phryne also known as The Quest (Dalek Annual 1977). Eve of the War is also called The Daleks in A Fresh Start (The Amazing World of Doctor Who 1976). Altered Vistas have attempted to use the most commonly accepted version of each story title.

TOM - Plucky Earth boy who was travelling aboard the spaceship Starmaker with his not-so-plucky sister Jennie and his luckless parents. When the ship was forced down onto Skaro by the Daleks, Tom and Jennie soon found themselves prisoners of the Daleks. Escaping, and rescuing the equally luckless Captain Fleet, who had managed to get himself captured before he’d even managed a rescue attempt, Tom witnessed the deaths of both his parents (a secret he kept from his sister) before escaping back to Earth with Fleet and his sister aboard a Dalek saucer. (The Road to Conflict)

TRACKING STATION PZ8 - Tracking station that recorded the changing direction of the rust cloud as it swept in towards the Dalek City. (Plague of Death)

TRANS SOLAR DISC - Another name for a hoverbout, but not one that is ever used in the Dalek Chronicles.

TRUTH DETECTORS - Part of a larger, unnamed device equipped with sensors capable of scanning a Dalek’s casing and conducting a tissue scan, which was used on a party of Daleks when one queried an order. However, the device was not calibrated to Dalek tissue and the tests proved inconclusive on six of the subjects. (Shadow of Humanity)

TUNNELLERS - See Dalek Tunnellers.

TURNER, RON - Ron Turner illustrated part of Eve of the War (issues 50 and 51), then took over the Dalek Chronicles strip permanently from Rogue Planet to the final strip in the sequence. Turner started work at Odhams art studios in London during the late 1940s, producing various illustrations for books and magazines. Moonlighting for another studio, he wrote and drew his first science fiction strip The Atomic Mole. During the early 1950s, he worked on the covers for a series of science fiction paperbacks until, in 1953, he was offered a regular commission on a strip called Space Ace, which he also wrote, and which was published in the monthly Lone Star Comic Book. Rick Random - Space Detective followed a year later. Following a dip in science fiction’s popularity during the early 1960s, Turner joined Craftmaster - the company responsible for painting-by-numbers - but also continued to work on annuals and specials. In 1965, he worked on a Stingray strip for a TV21 Summer special, which led to him being offered The Daleks Chronicles. Because of his commitment to Craftmaster, Turner was unable to take over the strip full time until issue 59. When the strip concluded in 1967, Turner worked on various specials and annuals and, in the early 1970s was responsible for dot-to-dot and puzzle books, war stories and also Wonder Car which featured in Whizzer & Chips. The late 1970s brought more prestigious projects for the newly launched 2000AD, including Judge Dredd, a Tharg Future Shock, and an updated Rick Random - Space Detective. During the 1980's, the artist worked on Action Force, a comic designed to sell Action Men, and on the Eagle annuals. In 1989, Doctor Who Magazine commissioned Turner for the wraparound cover of their collected reprint of The Dalek Chronicles. Soon after, with a lull in his workload, Turner produced a new page of Dalek comic action which his agent, John Lawrence, submitted to Doctor Who Magazine. This led to the return of the Dalek strip with Return of the Elders in 1997. A further story - Deadline to Doomsday - was planned. Sadly, Turner died on 19 December 1998 aged 76 with only two pages of the strip completed.

TV21/TV Century 21 - On 23rd January 1965, the Daleks made their first appearance in their own full colour comic strip on the back page of the lavish new children's weekly comic TV Century 21. Probably largely written by David Whitaker (see Authorship), who was Doctor Who’s original script editor, and illustrated by legendary comic strip artists Richard Jennings, Ron Turner and Eric Eden, this popular one-page strip ran for sixteen stories over one hundred and four instalments (approximately the first two years of the publication), and finally concluded on the brink of the Daleks' planned attack on the inhabitants of Earth, which ties in very nicely with the continuity established in The Dalek Book. TV Century 21 became simply TV21 in 1968.

The comic was originally edited by Alan Fennell. In issue 105, the backpage Dalek strip was replaced by ‘Fireball XL5’. The comic merged with TV Tornado in September 1968 (Issue 199), and then with the Joe 90 publication in September 1969 (Issue 242), when the issue number on the cover was reset to Issue 1. However, by this stage TV21 was in serious decline and City Magazines sold out to IPC in July 1971. It merged with Valiant and finally lost its name on September 27th 1971 with TV21 issue 105 (or 347, if you prefer).


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ULTRA GAMMA GUN - Jevon weapon that fires some kind of Gamma ray, which Kirid hid inside a log and used to destroy a sheet of Metalert, thereby tricking the Daleks into believing that the pollen of the Arides plants was also deadly to them. The weapon is presumably capable of destroying Dalek casings, but also appears to be quite unstable as it later explodes for no particular reason taking out a Dalek in the blast (Emissaries of Jevo)

UNDERGROUND SILO - Beneath the Daleks’ spacefield lies a large and apparently largely disused rocket silo. It contains one rocket (which is of current Dalek design, as there are others in the spacefield) primed with a warhead. (Impasse)

UNKNOWN REGIONS - Area of space unchartered by the Jevons. Venturing into it aboard the spaceship Guardian caused great anxiety amongst Commander Kirid’s crew. Understandable really, given that these regions contain Skaro. (Emissaries of Jevo)


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VAR - Var is one of Ruler Gry’s advisors on Zeros. He was outraged at the idea of the debating chamber being shielded from view of the people as they would become alarmed. It seems he has been an advisor “for aeons”. (Impasse)

VEP - The Dalek Book says a Vep is a measurement of artificial sunlight, but I have used it as a more general measurement of power. (Duel of the Daleks but I added additional references in Power Play).

VIBRATOR MACHINE - No sniggering at the back there, please. This device was erected by the Daleks on Phryne’s moon to bounce vibrations back from the cloaked planet and locate its position. It was destroyed by a suicide bomber. (The Archives of Phryne)

VIDEOSCOPE NINE - See below, except I added this one myself. (Eve of the War)

VIDEOSCOPE TEN - Dalek monitoring station. One of a series built after the Monstrons destroyed the Dalek city. (Eve of the War)

VIDEOSCOPE TWELVE - Another of those monitoring stations. (Eve of the War)

VITROMAX SCREENS - The rocket ship constructed by Lodian and Yvric had Vitromax screens. They could withstand ray-gun fire. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

VOLCANO - The Monstrons built their base inside a supposedly extinct volcano in the region of Skaro known as Southeast 74. This, as it turned out, was a mistake, as a Dalek triggered a volcanic eruption, wiping the Monstrons from the face of Skaro. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

Vibrator Machine

Vibrator Machine

Volcanic Plains

Volcanic Plains

OLCANIC PLAINS - Vast area of volcanoes on Skaro located 18 by 57 degrees south by southwest. They contained untapped resources of molten metal. (Legacy of Yesteryear)

VOLTASTREAM - See also Electric Barrier. Forcefield used by the Daleks on the Lake of Mutations to hold back the Terrorkons while the Daleks installed missiles in the underwater launch bays. Quite why the Daleks chose to place their missiles in such a dangerous spot is anybody’s guess. (The Terrorkon Harvest)

VOLTOSCOPES - Not to be confused with the above, which features in the same story, the Voltoscopes are small craft capable of emitting a field that can generally hold Terrorkons immobile. Unfortunately, Voltoscope Y9 was unable to hold the Terrorkon that had stolen a missile and was destroyed by the creature. Other voltoscopes include V9 and S9. (The Terrorkon Harvest)


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WEAPON SHOPS - Area of the Dalek city as seen by Captain Fleet when the Daleks took him prisoner. It seems a little curious to march your captive past all your latest offensive developments, but perhaps the Daleks intended to intimidate the Earthman with their achievements. (The Road to Conflict)

WHITAKER, DAVID - Born in Knebworth, Hertfordshire, in 1928, though his family soon after moved to Barnes in South-West London where Whitaker spent his school years. Whitaker was a devotee of science fiction, particularly the writing of Ray Bradbury, and Boy’s Own-style adventure, such as the writings of John Buchan.

Whitaker naturally gravitated towards theatre, writing for, appearing in and directing productions for a number of companies, including the celebrated York Repertory Group, and it was whilst here that one of his plays - A Choice of Partners - was seen in production by a member of the BBC Script Unit. The BBC thereafter bought the broadcasting rights to the play and commissioned Whitaker to adapt it for television. Impressed with the  results, Donald Wilson then asked Whitaker to do a three-month trial as an in-house writer in 1957. After this, Whitaker wrote six plays, contributed to many series and serials (including Compact and Garry Halliday) both as writer and story editor, wrote comedy links for several variety shows and even provided the lyrics for a musical (Whitaker was an accomplished pianist).

He married June Barry (who would later find great success as one of the three leading ladies in Donald Wilson’s epic adaptation of John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Saga) in the summer of 1963, whilst heavily involved in setting up Doctor Who, after previous romantic links with Yootha Joyce (later of George and Mildred fame) and Justine Lord.

When the Daleks took off with the public, it was Whitaker as much as Terry Nation who contributed to the wave of Dalekmania that swept 1960s Britain. He wrote a novelisation of the first Dalek story for Frederick Muller Ltd, the first Doctor Who annual, co-authored the first Dalek film and almost single-handedly wrote dialogue for the second, penned the 1964 stage play Curse of the Daleks and spent two years writing the Dalek comic strip for TV21. However, as a BBC employee, Whitaker could only receive his monthly salary, so credit and royalties for all these projects went to Nation instead. Everything he created for Doctor Who up to his resignation in 1964 was owned by the BBC.

Called upon in 1966 to revise the character of the Doctor as Patrick Troughton took over the reins, Whitaker maintained a successful writing career - including a period working in Australia - until his death on 4 February 1980.

WICKED RELATIVES - It seems to be one of David Whitaker's curious obsessions when dealing with human characters in the early strips to introduce a wicked relative. Power Play features Sala's wicked uncle Andor who betrays her to the slave traders and then betrays his whole species to the Daleks before meeting a fiery demise. The Pentaray Factor features Geltis, whose desire for power leads him to stab his cousin Lurr to death and make a pact with the Daleks before plunging to his doom from a cliff. One must wonder about Whitaker's own relatives and their mortality rate...

WORM - Creature, either animal or (more likely) vegetable in composition, directed by the Controller of Alvega to destroy the Dalek saucer after the Daleks had broken through the planet's surface. The Daleks eventually destroyed it, but not before it had done more than enough damage. (The Amaryll Challenge)


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XABS - According to the Dalek Book, this is pronounced ex-abbs and is a Dalek word meaning "To be looked upon with favour by those in authority." It will almost certainly never reach the screen in the Dalek Chronicles, but this and other invented words such as Wibbial and Nizzial amuse me, so I've included Xabs here. Plus, X was looking a little bare, so it's nice to have something to fill the space. (The Dalek Book 1964)


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Y9 - See Voltoscopes.

YARVELLING - Chief scientist of the humanoid Daleks who, on the instruction of  Zolfian, invented the Dalek war machine as a means to destroy any Thal survivors after the planned neutron bomb attack. He was also one of the few survivors of the accidental neutron explosion and lived to see the first mutated Daleks, helping them to produce more casings and thus ensure the survival of the Dalek race. He eventually died of neutron radiation sickness. It is interesting to note that Yarvelling is initially seen riding in an automated chair, that he is a scientific genius and creates the Dalek war machines. Perhaps these sketchy ideas would later return to Terry Nation as he set about writing Genesis of the Daleks... (Genesis of Evil)

YEQ - One of the two Monstrons who came to Skaro to defeat and enslave the Daleks with their army of Engibrains. He and his companion Kenex were answerable to President Zoy. They were destroyed when the volcano in which they landed was destroyed by a lone Dalek. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

YVRIC - Humanoid Dalek who was frozen in ice when the neutron bomb exploded. Yvric, together with Lodian, appear to have been working on deep space astronomy and rocketry, as they had discovered a planet nine galaxies away called  Earth, and built a rocket ship capable of travelling there. Possibly they saw the war with the Thals as doomed to failure and sought an escape. Yvric believed he could reason with his Dalek descendants, trade knowledge with them and become one of their leaders. The Daleks destroyed him almost as soon as they saw him. (Legacy of Yesteryear)


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ZEG - Worker Dalek who, following an accident in the Inventions Factory, discovered Metalert, his casing becoming irradiated and his brain cells affected. With delusions of power, Zeg challenged the Emperor's supremacy. The Brain Machine decided Zeg and the Emperor must have a duel to decide who should lead the Daleks. Zeg survived the fire power of the Black Dalek, the Acid River and the Mercury Geysers but finally succumbed to Liquid Oxygen, which destroyed him. (Duel of the Daleks) Interestingly, Zeg is the first of only eleven Daleks in the entire canon of Doctor Who ever to have been given a name. The others are Alpha, Beta and Omega from The Evil of the Daleks, Makkith, Sukatri, Adellus and Odalon from the Doctor Who Magazine strip Children of the Revolution, and Sec, Jast, Thay and Caan from Doomsday.

ZEROS - Planet, presumably located somewhere between Skaro and Mechanus, that is home to the Zerovians. (Impasse).



ZEROVIANS - Blue-skinned inhabitants of the planet Zeros. They are ruled by a ruler who is in turn advised by advisors. So far so simple. Their parliament is housed in a dome through which the people of Zeros can see them ruling and advising. When war between the Daleks and the Mechanoids seemed inevitable, they sent robot agent 2K to intervene. They sent a robot because the Zerovians mistakenly believed themselves to be the only blue-skinned race in the galaxy. Obviously, they had never come into contact with the Krattorians, the Monstrons or the original humanoid Daleks (Impasse).

ZET - Humanoid Dalek who was frozen in ice, along with Yvric and Lodian, when the neutron bomb exploded and shifted Skaro on its axis. It appears he had held a less senior position in the research base as he was not privy to important information and researches being conducted there, such as the building of a rocket ship and the discovery of a planet called Earth. However, when he discovered these things upon his revival, he tried to bargain with his Dalek descendants to gain power, despite being initially appalled at their callous behaviour. It is likely he saw achieving power as the only viable means of survival. However, he died in the blast of the exploding rocket ship when Lodian set it to self-destruct rather than reveal the location of Earth to the Daleks. (Legacy of Yesteryear)


War Minister Zolfian

ZOLFIAN - War Minister of the humanoid Daleks. He killed Ruler Drenz and seized power, pushing ahead with a programme to create neutron bombs. However, an accident caused an explosion which left Zolfian one of the few survivors. He assisted the mutated Daleks to produce more war machines to house themselves before falling victim to neutron radiation sickness. (Genesis of Evil) According to the Dalek Book, Zolfian is a legendary figure amongst Daleks who triumphed in war and was popular in peace, whenever that might have been. (The Dalek Book 1964)

ZOY - President of the Monstrons. He appears to have a rigourous expansionist policy. (The Menace of the Monstrons)

ZYQUIVILLY - The Dalek word for farewell, apparently. Another charming nonsense from the Dalek Book. Have you ever heard a Dalek saying goodbye? I thought 'Exterminate' was as close as they got.


With thanks to Alan MacKenzie and Iain McClumpha for additional information.