New Dalek Paradigm

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The New Dalek Paradigm, who organised themselves into a state known as the Dalek Empire like the empire of old, was the name given to the restored Dalek race following their near-destruction during the Last Great Time War. Purebred Daleks initially created by a Progenitor device, which made use of pure Dalek DNA in contrast to the previous New Dalek Empire, they swept into the universe and replenished their numbers. As the original members of the Paradigm began to suffer defeats, however, the Dalek Empire they established grew to reject them, with the reinvention of the Dalek Empire robbing the Paradigm of its influence. In time, the Paradigm seemed to vanish from the resurrected Dalek Empire.

Overview[[edit]]

Characteristics[[edit]]

One of the most distinguishing aspects of the Daleks of the New Paradigm was the initial introduction of a significantly different variation on the Dalek casing for its higher classes. Much larger and bulkier than any other version, the colour-coded armour introduced by the New Dalek Paradigm mostly retained the traditional structure, but deviated drastically from the standard proportions. The "skirt" and base sections were significantly larger and broader, while the midsection did away with the shoulder slats in favour of two smooth, sloped bands vaguely reminiscent of the design first encountered by the Doctor in his first incarnation although the new Daleks were significantly more advanced than their ancestors.

Said midsection was coloured grey, as were the neck, base and sensor globes (with the exception being the Eternal Dalek, whose globes were coloured black). Additionally, the Dalek eyestalk of the new officer class seemed to contain an organic, bloodshot eyeball instead of anything truly electronic. The most drastic changes, however, were the replacing of the grating in the "neck" region with four tapered discs and the replacement of the rear sensor globes with a broad, protruding compartment that gave the new designs a hunchbacked appearance compared to previous and subsequent designs. These larger casings (TV: Victory of the Daleks) were denoted as "Type IX" by the Time Lords, who observed that the panel on the back contained hardware to extend the Dalek's functional capabilities whilst the organic materials introduced into the eye served to enhance its sensitivity. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)

This new casing initially served as the sole design of the Paradigm Empire, (GAME: City of the Daleks, The Eternity Clock) but would later be restricted to higher-ranking Daleks as the earlier bronze Type VIII design eventually returned. When the Paradigm lost its power over the Dalek Empire after a series of defeats at the hands of the Eleventh Doctor, the ensuing resurrected Dalek Empire was operated under the Parliament of the Daleks instead of the Paradigm. The Prime Minister of the Daleks deemed the bronze drone model more likely provoke the most fear across the universe. Around this time, the newer model was also modified, slimming down the back panel and now sporting a metallic colour finish. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks; PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

New casings aside, the nature of the New Paradigm Daleks remained utterly unchanged from the standard Dalek mindset. They were fanatically convinced of their own superiority, and driven by hatred for all non-Dalek life with a desire to subjugate or to destroy all life they encountered. Their ruthless obsession with racial purity even extended to the annihilation of fellow Daleks whom they deemed "impure" - as was the case with the three Ironside survivors. Despite having been responsible for the birth of the Paradigm, the new, pure Daleks recognised that the trio had been created from impure DNA, and obliterated their predecessors seconds after they had served their purpose. The older Daleks offered no resistance, as they too believed that their impurity rendered them unworthy of life. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

Hierarchy[[edit]]

The original Paradigm Daleks. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

The New Paradigm Daleks were colour-coded according to their rank and position: the Supreme Dalek was white, the Eternal Dalek was yellow, Strategist Daleks were blue, Scientist Daleks were orange and Drone Daleks red. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

While the new Drone Dalek design was mass-produced initially, (GAME: City of the Daleks, Return to Earth, The Eternity Clock, COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) the New Paradigm began to make heavier use of Bronze Daleks as time went by. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation) With the fall of the Paradigm, the Daleks formally went back to using the bronze Time War models as the shells for their basic drones. In the resurrected Dalek Empire, the Paradigm Drone casing was promoted to an officer class (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) but remained greatly outnumbered by the bronze army. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

The position of ultimate leader varied. During the New Dalek Paradigm's first encounter with the Doctor, there were only five Daleks, each one the first example of their rank, making the Supreme, as the name implies, the supreme. (TV: Victory of the Daleks) However, as the Daleks started their campaign of Empire-building, at least two Dalek Emperors were known to have ruled the New Dalek Paradigm at some point. (GAME: City of the Daleks, The Eternity Clock) With the fall of the Paradigm, its members were given placement but little influence in a Parliament of the Daleks. The Supreme Dalek was subordinate to the Dalek Prime Minister. During the Siege of Trenzalore, the Supreme Dalek deemed the Prime Minister unfit for its purpose, exterminated it, and took command of the Daleks. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

Several commanding officers were long known to exist. The mission to destroy the "Abomination" and Station 7 was commanded by a Chief Strategist which was just a promoted Strategist Dalek. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) When the bronze drones were reintroduced, another mission was led by a Black Dalek. (COMIC: The Dalek Project) Additionally, the Dalek Time Controller took overall command of the Daleks' search for the Cradle of the Gods, even outranking the Supreme Dalek. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

The New Dalek Paradigm also recruited other species to accomplish tasks in their campaign of Empire-building. Cybermen and Silurians were recruited by a Scientist Dalek as a distraction for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond in order to collect all Time orbs. (GAME: The Mazes of Time) Tranter and agents inside Space Security Service were controlled by the Daleks during a war that occurred in the 41st century. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek) Erik Graul worked with the Daleks in 1917 to build Proto-Daleks for the Dalek Project. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

Aqua-Daleks were used for battles in sea and elsewhere under the water. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

Initially, some of the red Dalek Drones acted as the Emperor's guards, and were identified as such by their black domes. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

The Daleks' zero tolerance for failure was not affected by rank. For example, during the attack on Station 7 and search for the Abomination, a Dalek Strategist was killed by a Dalek Drone for failing to ensure the safety of Weston's base. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek)

Spacecraft[[edit]]

While the Paradigm initially only had one ship, (TV: Victory of the Daleks) the Dalek Fleet was subsequently used on many occasions. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek, GAME: The Eternity Clock, TV: The Pandorica Opens)

Dalek flying saucers were on missions without the Dalek Fleet. (GAME: Return to Earth, Evacuation Earth, COMIC: The Dalek Project, PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

Three ships — Survey Ship Sigma, Survey Ship Delta and Survey Ship Epsilon — were saucers equipped with new time-drive systems. (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

The Dalek Flagship was used by the second Dalek Emperor during the invasion of Earth in 2106 using the piece of Eternity Clock. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

Bases[[edit]]

The New Dalek Paradigm's first base of operations was Kaalann on Skaro. (GAME: City of the Daleks) The Dalek Command Node was a Dalek base on Earth in 2106 when the Daleks invaded using the piece of the Eternity Clock. (GAME: The Eternity Clock) Carthedia and 400 Sunlight Worlds were affiliated with the New Dalek Paradigm's Dalek Foundation. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation) Following the introduction of the Parliament, the Paradigm representatives moved with the rest of the resurrected Dalek Empire to operate out of the The Highest Authority. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

History[[edit]]

A day to come[[edit]]

During the Last Great Time War, the Dalek Time Strategist noted that the nemesis of the Dalek race, the Doctor, was deeply connected with their history, mentioning the yet to be formed New Paradigm as an example. (AUDIO: Restoration of the Daleks) Through the extrapolations of the Matrix, the Time War-era Time Lords also foresaw the establishment of the New Dalek Paradigm, the unique casings of which were denoted as "Type IX" in the Dalek Combat Training Manual. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)

Having travelled back in time to the ruined city of Kaalann on Skaro prior to the arrival of the New Dalek Paradigm, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy Pond found the city littered with aged, inactive Dalek casings of the kind associated with the Paradigm, which included that of the Emperor. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

Creation[[edit]]

Main article: Ironside Incident

The aftermath of the Time War left only small pockets of Dalek survivors, all of which were destroyed in confrontations with the Doctor. (TV: Dalek, Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways, TV: Army of Ghosts / Doomsday, The Stolen Earth / Journey's End)

Following the 21st century Dalek invasion, a lone New Dalek Empire saucer of three Daleks (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) - the last known Daleks in existence - fell through time and found the final surviving Progenitor, a device (TV: Victory of the Daleks) from the Last Great Time War (PROSE: A History of Humankind) containing pure Dalek DNA with the means to recreate the species. However, the Progenitor refused to recognise them as Dalek. To activate it, the Daleks began a scheme called the Ironside Project: they created an android to claim they were his inventions and pretended to be "Ironside" machines for the British Army. When the Eleventh Doctor arrived, they tricked him into calling them out - "I am the Doctor and you are the Daleks!" - so this "testimony" could be used to activate the Progenitor.

Five new, larger Daleks were created, with pure DNA, a new colour-coded rank, and a white Dalek Supreme as their commander. There was also a Strategist, Scientist, Eternal, and a Drone. These Daleks immediately exterminated the older three for their impurity, which the three willingly allowed to happen. They forced the Doctor to let them escape, using a bomb hidden within the Bracewell android on Earth to prey upon his compassion and choose between pursuing them and saving Earth. While the Doctor was deactivating the bomb, they escaped through a time corridor to create a new Dalek Empire in "their own time", which the Doctor knew to be in "the future". (TV: Victory of the Daleks)

Empire-building[[edit]]

In their record of Dalek activity in linear history, the Time Lords indicated that the New Dalek Paradigm was based in the "far future" following the pre-Time War Hand of Omega Incident, which itself followed the 47th century Necros Incident. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual)

As a result of the Last Great Time War significantly changing history, the new Daleks had little way to verify the Pathweb's data of the conflict but decided they had, in effect, won the Time War, now seeking to take advantage of the Time Lords' absence. After reorganising themselves into a new Supreme Council, the Daleks made use of the weapon production facilities on Goth to build a new army, erecting space stations on the borders of their many enemies. Studying the old Dalek Empire's Robomen, the Paradigm improved on the technology to create the Dalek puppets. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

The Anti-Dalek Force became aware of the New Dalek Paradigm, investigating its origins and compiling information about the new Dalek variants exhibited by the Paradigm Dalek. Under an ethos of "Know your enemy", they distributed a pamphlet on the subject across the galaxy. (PROSE: The New Dalek Paradigm)

Drone Daleks of the New Dalek Paradigm. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

Following their escape, the Daleks discovered the lost Time Lord artefact, the Eye of Time, allowing them to alter time as they saw fit. The Daleks returned to Skaro, rebuilt their capital city of Kaalann, appointed a new Dalek Emperor and began rebuilding their Empire. In this new timeline, they killed every member of the human race. However, the Eleventh Doctor and Amy undid these events, leaving Earth unconquered and Skaro completely abandoned. (GAME: City of the Daleks)

A Dalek Supreme led an attack on the SS Lucy Gray to recover the Daleks' lost Time Axis. The Eleventh Doctor defeated them by firing their ship into the sun. (GAME: Return to Earth) The Dalek ship escaped by making a random jump several hundred years into the past. The Daleks attempted to force the Doctor to fix their ship by attaching his TARDIS to their ship; the Doctor escaped and used his TARDIS to fling their ship into a black hole. (GAME: Evacuation Earth)

A Scientist Dalek sent an alien family plummeting through time and space to collect all the Time orbs. The Scientist recruited many Strategist Daleks and Drones. It also recruited big armies of Cybermen and Silurians as a distraction for the Eleventh Doctor and Amy. (GAME: The Mazes of Time)

At the beginning of the 40th century, the Daleks began another war with humanity which continued into the 41st century. The Eleventh Doctor and Amy encountered a group led by the Chief Strategist who had been sent on a mission to find a Dalek mutant being experimented on by a scientist who tried to make them less aggressive creatures. The Daleks referred to this mutant as "the Abomination". They attacked and destroyed Earth's top secret space station, Station 7, and chased the survivors to the planet Strantana below. After slaughtering all resistance, they finally found the Abomination in a hidden base, but it escaped its container and disabled the base reactor's safety measures. An explosion destroyed the base, the Daleks, the Abomination, and all the Dalek ships that had landed on the planet. The Doctor, Amy and Jay, an SSS officer, watched from a safe distance. The Dalek mission was a failure but the war continued. They had agents working in the SSS. (COMIC: The Only Good Dalek)

The second Emperor. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

Led by a new Emperor Dalek the Daleks planned to remove Gallifrey from existence and become the new Lords of Time. They used a piece of the Eternity Clock to put a Time-Lock around a large part of London in 2106. Once they perfected their Time-Lock technology, they planned to use it to put temporal bubbles around other planets, making them unstoppable. The Eleventh Doctor and River Song infiltrated the Emperor's Flagship and managed to take back the piece of the Clock. (GAME: The Eternity Clock) Human historians indicated that, for the Daleks, this event followed the loss of the Eye of Time but preceded the Total Collapse Event Incident, (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) which the Doctor who pursued the Eternity Clock had already been through. (GAME: The Eternity Clock)

The Daleks joined the Pandorica Alliance to imprison the Eleventh Doctor in the Pandorica in 102 to save the universe, (TV: The Pandorica Opens) leading to the Total Collapse Event Incident. (PROSE: Dalek Combat Training Manual) As the Doctor was not responsible for the total event collapse as they thought, the Daleks, along with almost the rest of the universe, were destroyed, leaving only two Stone Daleks, one of which hindered the Doctor and his companions' efforts to save the universe in 1996. Nevertheless, they were successful and the whole of reality, including the Daleks, were restored. (TV: The Big Bang)

The Doctor had an encounter with the Daleks during which they exterminated Albert Einstein's toothbrush. (TV: Death is the Only Answer)

Searching for information on the Silence before going to what he assumed was his death, the Doctor found a badly damaged Supreme Dalek and looked up information on the Silence in its data banks. (TV: The Wedding of River Song)

At some point, a small contingent of bronze Daleks were sent on a mission to travel through Earth's history and analyse how humans made war so that weaknesses could be found and exploited in future conflicts with the Daleks. They called this the Dalek Project. The Eleventh Doctor encountered these Daleks in the First World War in 1917 where he sent their ship crashing to the ground by ramming a plane into it. The remaining Daleks were destroyed by the combined armies of the war who had formed a very brief alliance to defend themselves. The Dalek saucer remained underground for one hundred years before it was found and accidentally reactivated by a team of archaeologists. The Eleventh Doctor arrived in time to save them and connected the ship up to a power line, overloading the Daleks. He called this "unfinished business". (COMIC: The Dalek Project)

The Daleks were notable purchasers of the information regarding the Doctor held by the Inforarium. When the Eleventh Doctor discovered the Daleks, as well as the Cybermen and Sontarans, had been purchasing this information, he infiltrated the Inforarium and memory-proofed their database using methods he learned from the Silence. The information sold was thus instantly forgotten. (HOMEVID: The Inforarium)

Historians who studied the Daleks once discovered a damaged Paradigm Supreme in a Renegade Dalek base, wondering if this indicated that the Paradigm had interfered with earlier Dalek history. (PROSE: Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

The Sunlight Worlds[[edit]]

The Doctor is embroiled in the Sunlight Worlds plot. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation)

The New Dalek Paradigm discovered the Cradle of the Gods and learned of its ability to create or destroy on a massive scale. To make use of the weapon, the Daleks exploited a huge galactic recession to create the 400 Sunlight Worlds, planets that served as homes to the billions of people affected by the recession. The planets were governed by the Dalek Foundation, with the planet Carthedia of the Earth Alliance acting as a head of state. While a generation of people believed the Daleks had created a welfare state, it was in fact a plan headed by the Dalek Time Controller and the Supreme Dalek to transform the 400 worlds into copies of Skaro.

However the Daleks were unable to activate the Cradle and so they sent an anonymous message in the form of a hypercube to the Doctor's TARDIS with the intention of manipulating him into activating the Cradle instead. The Doctor's investigations resulted in shock when he learned the Daleks were considered a force for good and he was placed on trial while trying to convince the citizens of Carthedia that they were evil, which the Daleks had declared a hate crime. He was put on trial by the Dalek Litigator, who was really the Dalek Time Controller posing as a law enforcer, and when he pleaded guilty in a failed attempt to anger the Dalek and was sentenced to imprisonment, he escaped off-planet with three orphaned children, Sabel, Jenibeth and Ollus Blakely, whose parents, Terrin and Alyst, had killed themselves to prevent the Daleks from obtaining the information on the Cradle they possessed.

After learning more about the Cradle on the desert planet of Gethria and losing Jenibeth, the Doctor failed to spark a revolution on Sunlight 349 to cause the collapse of the Dalek Foundation. The Dalek Litigator arrived and subjected the Doctor to another public trial. Sabel and Ollus were taken away from the Doctor's care and he was exiled from the Sunlight Worlds. However, the Doctor returned to Gethria 90 years in the future and encountered an elderly Jenibeth who had been transformed into a Dalek puppet after the Daleks took her prisoner as a child. The Dalek Litigator arrived and revealed its true form to the Doctor, before forcing him to activate the Cradle. However, Jenibeth's childlike mind allowed her to resist her conditioning and she fired on the Daleks, destroying numerous drones and forcing the Dalek Time Controller to retreat.

The Doctor set the Cradle to self-destruct, but before it exploded, it reverted the Sunlight Worlds to how Jenibeth remembered them as a child, as well as turning her and her siblings back into children and recreating their parents, although their memories were reverted too. While the Daleks abandoned the plan, the ultimate fate of the Sunlight Worlds remained unknown. (PROSE: The Dalek Generation) Their manipulation of the Doctor, however, caused him to realise how much of a danger he could potentially be, leading him to enter a short-lived retirement from travelling for a time in Victorian London. (TV: The Great Detective, The Snowmen) Human historians placed the Dalek Foundation as the last of a string of Dalek defeats which led to the establishment of the Parliament of the Daleks and the fall of the Paradigm's power. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

The Parliament of the Daleks[[edit]]

After being ruled by two Dalek Emperors, (GAME: The Eternity Clock, City of the Daleks) a Parliament of the Daleks was formed, led by the Prime Minister of the Daleks, as a reorganisation motivated by the many defeats that the Doctor had inflicted onto the New Paradigm.

The Prime Minister also promoted the red Dalek drones to an officer class in the Dalek Imperial Army while returning the standard Dalek drone to the bronze design used in the Last Great Time War, the design most likely to invoke fear across the cosmos. Members of the New Paradigm were reduced to a token presence, as the Dalek Empire they had established was beginning to reject them. Thus marked the beginning of the resurrected Dalek Empire. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

The Dalek Asylum[[edit]]

When a human starliner, the Alaska, crash-landed on the Dalek Asylum planet, the security of the insane Daleks contained there was compromised. Fearing what would happen if these Daleks were to escape, the Prime Minister ordered the abduction of the Doctor, whom he called the Predator of the Daleks. He would be sent to the Asylum to lower its impenetrable force field so the Daleks could destroy their deranged brethren, despite their wish to preserve them and their "beautiful" hatred. Understanding that the Doctor was best assisted by his companions, his most recent ones, Amy Pond and Rory Williams, were abducted as well.

Once the planet's defences were lowered by the human-turned-Dalek, Oswin Oswald, the Parliament launched an attack to destroy the Asylum, but not before Oswin Oswald had wiped out all memory of the Doctor in the minds of every Dalek. When the Doctor came back to their ship, he was bombarded with "the Question" ("Doctor Who?") by the entire Parliament. He left shortly after, but not before taunting the bewildered Daleks that they'd never stop asking. (TV: Asylum of the Daleks)

This sudden gap in the Daleks' knowledge brought confusion and doubt to the Empire, stalling their war efforts as they attempted to discover who the identity of the enemy who had foiled them so many times past. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) The Eternal developed a theory of an unknown “predator of the Daleks”. (AUDIO: The Last Stand of Miss Valarie Lockwood)

Renewed offensive[[edit]]

After encountering the Yearn, the Daleks learnt it had encountered a surviving Time Lord on Medrüth. Having believed the Time Lord to be extinct since forgetting the Doctor, the Supreme, Strategist and Eternal led an invasion of Medrüth to draw the survivor back and learn if any more Time Lord survived. The plan succeeded; bringing the Eleventh Doctor and Valarie Lockwood to Medrüth. He was captured and interrogated by the Scientist, which connected him to the Pathweb to sublimate his mind to raw data. The Doctor’s mental defences prevented this however, and instead he made contact with the Yearn and bargained with it to take over the Pathweb and halt the Daleks to enable a refugee ship to escape Medrüth. The Daleks quickly reasserted their identities, regaining control in time to destroy the fleeing ship though the Doctor had escaped.

The Supreme reported back to the Prime Minister, who deemed the incident proof the Daleks had nothing to fear from the survivor and ordered a new offensive on the universe to begin. The Daleks began a systematic conquest, (AUDIO: Daleks Victorious) including sending a scout ship to Darinthia. The Doctor broadcast to the Supreme however that he was the predator the Daleks feared and he was back. (AUDIO: The Last Stand of Miss Valarie Lockwood)

With the aid of Valarie and Roanna, the Doctor connected the Arkeon device to the Pathweb and moved all the Daleks into its pocket universe. To prevent the Daleks’ deducing their new reality long enough to be emotionally drained, the trio placed the Paradigm leadership in specific scenarios. The Doctor placed the Eternal in a time loop fighting constructs of time spiders, to prove to it what eternity truly meant, Valarie tormented the Scientist by disarming it and dismantling it and Roanna trapped the Strategist and Supreme in a room with a construct of herself which they couldn’t fire on for fear of triggering the Surge mutation. The Eternal succumbed to the loop whilst the Supreme exterminated the Strategist as it began to give in to the emotional drain.

The Scientist used its last moments to deduce the truth of the Arkheon device, enabling the Supreme to take control from the Doctor and planned to use the device to enable invasions across the universe. Unknown to the Daleks, the Doctor had anticipated this and allowed them to conquer the universe, as it was actually another construct of the Arkheon device. Once the Daleks had conquered the entire fake universe, he allowed the Parliament to capture him whilst Valarie and Roanna infected the device with the Darthinthian Blight. As the Daleks controlled all currency in the device’s universe, the Blight killed all the Daleks, including the Supreme. The Doctor suspected however that some Daleks would have survived. (AUDIO: Victory of the Doctor)

The Siege of Trenzalore[[edit]]

Main article: Siege of Trenzalore
The Daleks take part in the Siege. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

The Daleks - along with the Cybermen, Sontarans, Slitheen, Terileptils, Silurians, Judoon, Weeping Angels and many other species - were driven to Trenzalore by a mysterious message. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) The Daleks had previously attempted to decipher the message remotely but it proved unable to be translated into any language. After the Doctor and Clara Oswald deciphered the message, the Dalek Supreme recognised it as a question asked by the Time Lords through a crack in the universe with the answer being the Doctor's true name. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) If it was answered, the Time Lords would return and the waiting fleets would fire on them, beginning another Time War. To avert this, the Papal Mainframe, who had arrived at the planet first, set up a force field which locked all the other species out of the planet and the Siege of Trenzalore began.

While the other species attempted to sneak past the force field, the Daleks called for reinforcements, preparing for war. Eventually they attacked the Mainframe, killing everyone before converting them into Dalek puppets. Information regarding the Doctor was harvested from Tasha Lem, resulting in the Daleks remembering who he was. (TV: The Time of the Doctor) The sudden remembrance of their foe drove the Dalek Prime Minister mad. Deeming the Minister unfit for duty, the Dalek Supreme exterminated it and resumed control of the empire. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe) They also revived, tortured, and killed Tasha "several times" in an effort to learn how to break the force field. The Daleks then arranged for the Doctor to be lured into a trap, but Tasha managed to break free from her conditioning and destroyed the Daleks sent to kill the Doctor.

Despite the trap failing, the Daleks managed to breach the force field, and the Siege of Trenzalore grew into a war as the species orbiting the planet followed the Daleks through the force field. After five centuries of fighting, many of the other species were killed off or retreated, until the Daleks were the only ones left. The Doctor and the Mainframe's Silent priests acted as the last line of defence against the Daleks, but they too were overpowered. The Doctor, having used up all twelve of his regenerations, grew too old to continue fighting.

With the resistance dealt with, the Daleks began looking for the Doctor in the town of Christmas with Dalek Attack Ships firing on the town and a huge flying saucer descending upon it. However, Clara Oswald successfully pleaded to the Time Lords to save the Doctor, who began regenerating into his twelfth incarnation. The energy released was enough to destroy some of the attacking Fighter Pods and the final burst destroyed the saucer. The shockwave blew apart the Daleks ground forces, ending the war. (TV: The Time of the Doctor)

End of the Paradigm[[edit]]

During his later years on Trenzalore, the Doctor edited a Time Lord guide, which included notes on the Paradigm. He noted for the readers to be wary of the New Dalek Paradigm, specifically calling them the "new Daleks in town", though he then clarified they had been around for some time. He also mocked the colourful casings seen on Paradigm Daleks. (PROSE: How to be a Time Lord) However, human historians believed that, having committed all their might to ensuring the Time Lords would never return, the Daleks had been utterly wiped out at Trenzalore. Still, given the Daleks' many other final defeats, they were not entirely convinced. Indeed, they knew that Skaro still existed and was inhabited by a number of Daleks. (PROSE: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe)

Skaro existed in that state as the centre of the post-Time War Dalek Empire. However, on Skaro and throughout the empire as the Daleks carried on their conquests, (TV: The Witch's Familiar, Once, Upon Time) the original Paradigm casings that had once been so prominent, only be be made a reduced presence amongst the Dalek ranks, (TV: Victory of the Daleks, Asylum of the Daleks) appeared to vanish all together, with many other Dalek casings, most prominently bronze casings, seeing use instead. (TV: The Witch's Familiar, et. al) Whilst thinking about the Daleks, the Twelfth Doctor even imagined several bronze Daleks laughing at a Paradigm Dalek for its casing behind its back. (PROSE: Dalek)

Indeed, some human historians noted that the Paradigm Daleks eventually vanished from the Dalek Empire altogether. According to these historians, the Paradigm had only been "ostensibly" pure. These historians listed the Paradigm as an example of the Dalek variants who, despite persisting for some time, were ultimately destroyed by the greater empire for not being truly "pure". They also claimed the Paradigm's appearance had been mocked by other civilisations, which they said contributed to their removal from sight amongst the Empire. (PROSE: The Monster Vault)

Legacy[[edit]]

In one of the psychoscapes based on various eras of Dalek history which existed within the Dalek Dome on Earth in 2323, was a Dalek Empire ruled by a white Supreme Dalek. As overseen by the Fourteenth Doctor, New Paradigm Daleks were part of the Dalek Alliance which invaded the Golden City Zone during the 2323 Dalek invasion of Earth. (COMIC: Liberation of the Daleks [+]Loading...["Liberation of the Daleks (comic story)"])

Alternate timelines[[edit]]

Working with the Reborn Master, the Dalek Time Controller created an alternate timeline where it took over Earth from Paris in 1921. By 1961, the planet was "New Skaro" and converting the bio-matter of humans, Sontarans, Draconians, and other aliens into a New Dalek Paradigm. (AUDIO: Master of the Daleks)

In the original course of events on Darinthia following the Dalek invasion of Medrüth, the Eleventh Doctor attempted his plan to connect the Pathweb to the Arkheon device alone and was captured in doing so. The Daleks landed in force on Darinthia to seek his companions, and exterminated Roanna. The Eternal subjected the Doctor to interrogation after which he was transported to the Parliament of the Daleks to be exterminated. These events were averted when Valarie travelled back in time prior to the Doctor instigating his plan, leading to him not doing it alone. (AUDIO The Last Stand of Miss Valarie Lockwood)

Behind the scenes[[edit]]

Conception[[edit]]

Mark Gatiss wrote in the script of Victory of the Daleks for the Daleks' redesign to be "big buggers...bigger than we've seen them before". The eyestalk was designed to be level with Matt Smith's eyeline. Steven Moffat and Gatiss wanted the new Daleks to be very colourful, similar to the Daleks of the 1960s Milton Subotsky Dalek movies, Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.. Gatiss originally wanted there to be a green Dalek, but he decided that green "just doesn't seem to work somehow". Nick Briggs, who voiced the Daleks, planned to counter their bright colours with a more vicious voice.[1]

Reception[[edit]]

The 2010 redesign of the Daleks attracted much criticism from hundreds of angered fans.[2] Mark Gatiss, who wrote their debut episode, Victory of the Daleks acknowledged the controversial nature of this redesign in his in-vision commentary on the DVD box set. In conversation with principal Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs, and Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards, he opined that the new shape of the Daleks, especially in the dorsal region, was not particularly to his liking. Briggs agreed, but, with Edwards, swiftly noted that in their experience of taking the new Daleks on live exhibition to the public, British kids, for the most part, loved the new design. The decision was revisited in DWM 431 with critics voicing their opinions on the design. A comparison was made with the bronze Daleks that had come before them, but without a conclusion as to which was the better-made. Steven Moffat finally settled the controversy when he stated in an interview that he would be keeping the bronze Daleks as the standard soldiers, and the Paradigm variants would be in charge of them as an "officer class".

This was first seen on-screen in Asylum of the Daleks. Later stories, like the comic story The Dalek Project, the novel The Dalek Generation, and the television story The Time of the Doctor, would follow this example to even greater lengths. Between these three stories, The Dalek Generation, as a novel the least visual of the three, is the only one to feature an appearance by any 2010 Dalek, specifically the Supreme Dalek, and even this is kept to a small cameo. When asked by David Hobday why these Daleks had not been seen in recent years, Nicholas Pegg clarified that the poor reception to them was the deciding factor. Since the release of The Dalek Generation, no TV story as of November 2023 has ever shown a Dalek of the kind introduced in Victory of the Daleks again, and the Daleks once associated with the first RTD era were the main Daleks throughout the remainder of Moffat's production era and the Chris Chibnall era,[nb 1] with no Paradigm Daleks making on-screen appearances alongside Daleks of other eras in The Magician's Apprentice or The Witch's Familiar. Significantly, a Supreme Dalek model did appear in the two-parter, but it was the Supreme Dalek design which was seen in The Stolen Earth and Journey's End instead of the one from Victory of the Daleks.

Modifications[[edit]]

Additionally, further tweaks were made to the 2010 redesign for their reappearance in Asylum of the Daleks: the Drone and Strategist Daleks were now in deeper, more metallic shades, the biological eyes were made more obvious and the hunchback look was toned down.

Props[[edit]]

Each of the original five members of the New Dalek Paradigm seen in Victory of the Daleks were depicted using specially created props. While the Supreme, Eternal and Drone were reprised in The Pandorica Opens, the Scientist and Strategist were respectively modified to create the inactive and active Stone Daleks which featured in The Big Bang. The original Supreme prop was distressed to portray the Supreme Dalek in The Wedding of River Song[3] before appearing within the Dalek Asylum in Asylum of the Daleks. Also featured in Asylum were five new Dalek props which were created according to the updated specifications, consisting of the Supreme, a Strategist and three Drones, all of whom appear as part of the Parliament of the Daleks.[4]

In 2022, many Paradigm props were sold for Children in Need.[5]

Cameos[[edit]]

The new Supreme and Drone Dalek props appeared on an episode of Top Gear when James May hosted a race through the BBC Television Centre.

The Supreme Dalek appeared in a advert for the BBC comedy series Come Fly With Me where two check in workers check in the Supreme for a flight to Skaro, mistaking the location to be somewhere near Mykonos.

Peter Davison, Colin Baker and Sylvester McCoy use the new Supreme, Drone and Strategist props respectively in an attempt to secure a part in the 50th anniversary Special in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. However, Steven Moffat cut the scene from the final product.

In The LEGO Batman Movie, Daleks of the New Dalek Paradigm can be seen among the inhabitants of the Phantom Zone, alongside many famous villains from a number of fictional franchises. Like the others, they are unleashed upon Gotham City by the supervillain known as "the Joker" at the climax of the film, only to be defeated and sealed back inside the prison dimension. Their one line is the exclamation "Exterminate!", actually a piece of archive audio originally recorded by Nicholas Briggs for The Parting of the Ways. In the game LEGO Dimensions LEGO Batman Movie story mode, they are replaced by regular Daleks with different fenders built.

Reborn Dalek Paradigm[[edit]]

Reborn Paradigm closer look.

Rendered by James Johnson, the "Reborn Dalek Paradigm" was featured on the cover of the Big Finish anthology Victory of the Doctor. As with previous renders, Johnson provided a closer look at the Daleks featured on the cover.[6] As noted in the writeup, the Paradigm Daleks feature a from the ground up redesign, the second change these Daleks have received after having previously been tweaked for Asylum of the Daleks. This design features the removal of the arched back previously seen in both Victory of the Daleks and Asylum, a new hatch, a thinner fender and overall reshaped proportions. Johnson's writeup indicates the casings have a Drammankin core as part of its reinforced shell. James Blowers also provided a visual dictionary-inspired spread of the redesign.[7][8]

Invalid sources[[edit]]

The Dalek Hierarchy feature of DWFC TLV 1 explains that the Prime Minister led the restored Dalek Empire after a civil war between the New Dalek Paradigm and the "Children of Davros", which is glimpsed in The Eleventh Doctor Interactive Story.

Other matters[[edit]]

  • The initial draft for The Only Good Dalek featured the 2005 rather than the 2010 Dalek model, as Justin Richards had not yet been informed of the coming redesign. He originally wrote that the captive Daleks had their slats removed so that they were forced to draw static electricity from the floor like the original Dalek War Machines; when he found that the new Dalek model naturally had no slats on their middle sections, he introduced a power inhibitor.
  • The New Paradigm Dalek figures in the Character Building toyline are inaccurately depicted with sense globes matching the colour of their wider casings.
  • Numerous New Paradigm minifigures released as part of Doctor Who Adventures were coloured entirely in one of the colours of the New Dalek Paradigm.
  • The Day of the Doctor (alongside its prequel The Last Day) is the only story to feature the Daleks in any medium during Matt Smith's run as the Eleventh Doctor that did not involve the New Dalek Paradigm. The New Dalek Paradigm was intended to reintroduce a permanent Dalek establishment so that Dalek stories no longer had to feature Dalek survivors of the Time War, as they had done during the first time Russell T Davies was head writer.
  • In Dalek Hack, the player has the option to turn a Dalek's casing, shaped identically to the bronze Dalek, into any of the five colours of the New Dalek Paradigm.

Footnotes[[edit]]

Notes[[edit]]

  1. Neither the Scout Dalek nor the Defence Drones are regular soldiers.

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