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Classic Dalek (Doctor Who) from Megomuseum

Daleks

Classic take


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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game
  • See also our Daleks (Modern) writeup.

Background

These evil pepperpots are out to conquer the galaxy. Sometimes they rely on help from their creator Davros. Sometime they just stick him in the fridge. 🙂

There are now two factions: ones lead by Davros (the Emperor), and the other Daleks.


Chrono-logic

Now, the thing to remember with Daleks, and this is absolutely crucial to Dr. Who continuity, is that there is not any single “Dalek” characterisation for the “species.” This is due to the fact that Daleks are very capable of time travel, meddling with time travel, are basically manufactured cyborgs (sometimes by The Master) and have existed in various disparate incarnations in multitudinous geographic and chronological epochs.

A drawing of shooting Daleks

For example, the first “appearance” of the Daleks, I believe in the original Dr. Who series (the black and white one) had some relatively crude type Daleks invading England. These Daleks are essentially indestructible by any known human means; weapons designers of the human rebellion try and fail to develop anti-Dalek bombs… The Daleks can’t be stopped. However, “later” on in Dr. Who, Daleks can be foiled by throwing a beach towel in their general direction or by roping them off or all kinds of ridiculously pedestrian methods.

What this shows, I think, is that Daleks are a very long lived menace with time/space travelling capabilities. Hence, heroes can encounter earlier or later versions of the Daleks, with a little back story added (however fantastic) and every time the heroes encounter them, it can have a new twist to it.

In fact, that might make an interesting scenario; the first time the PCs encounter Daleks, they have a sinister agenda, want to “Destroy…Destroy,” then, they later meet some other Daleks who have similar goals, ie, the PCs end up fighting them only to find out that these particular Daleks are “enlightented” or something and from a different future…


Quotes

“Exterminate !”

“My vision is impaired !”

“You will obey !”


DC Universe History

Replace the Kaleds with the the Psions. The Psions attempted to expand outside of the Sirius system and landed on Thal, getting into a war with the Thals already living there. The mad Psion scientist Davros used genetic experimentation on Psion casualties to produce the Daleks, who destroyed both the Thals and the Psions on that planet before expanding into their own galactic presence.

This series of events led the Psions to abandon their future colonization plans and return to their self-imposed isolation.

The Daleks are still an active galactic power in the thirtieth century. The LSH has repelled several attempts to conquer Earth, even travelling back in Earth history on some occasions to thwart them. Their plague was responsible for one of the Dark Ages mentioned in Earth history between the twentieth and thirtieth centuries. In recent years they have been distracted by the civil war that has arisen in their ranks.


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Daleks

Dex: 01 Str: 01 Bod: 01 Motivation: Power lust
Int: 04 Wil: 05 Min: 06 Occupation: Conqueror
Inf: 04 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 015
Init: 012 HP: 015

Powers:
Claws: 02, Shrinking (Always On): 05, Extra Limbs (x3): 01

Bonuses and Limitations:
Shrinking is Always On and already factored in

Skills:
Gadgetry: 04, Military Science (Demolition, Crypto, ECM, Tracking): 06, Scientist: 10, Thief (Stealth): 02, Thief (Security systems): 08, Vehicles (Air, Land , Space, Time): 02, Weaponry (Firearms): 02

Advantages:
Genius, Iron Nerves, Scholar (various)

Connections:
None

Drawbacks:
SPR (mute), Strange Appearance, SIH of non-Dalek life, SIA toward obeying orders from superiors, Fatal vulnerability (can only survive about two hours outside a Mark3 Travel Machine), Fatal Vulnerability (the Movellan virus), Misc.: the only emotion they have is hate, Misc.: belief that they are the superior race (bred into them)

Equipment:
DALEK SHELL (also called the Mark 3 Travel Machine) [BODY (Hardened Defenses) 06 STR 04 INT 02, Skin armour: 06, Sealed Systems: 20, Recall: 10, Running: 02, Bonus: allows Dalek to speak, Limitations: Skin armour is a shell-tight force field that only protects against Projectile Weapon and Bomb (or EV that is similar to those, such as many grenades), Note: with some versions, (only seen in 1st appearance) the Running power could not be used on non-magnetic surfaces]. The following accessories to the DALEK SHELL can only be hit by a Trick Shot :

  • DALEK GUN [BODY 05, Energy blast: 12, Range: 02, Limitation: Energy Blast has No Range and uses the listed Range instead, R#5. This is built into every Dalek shell ; note that versions from other eras may have different standard ordnance — some have Lightning. For Daleks of most eras, the guns can be calibrated to Paralyze instead of Energy Blast]
  • DALEK SUCKER [BODY 05 /STR/ 02. This is the Dalek’s second arm. Some Daleks instead have a 5 AP omni-gadget (ACD) arm ; some Daleks have a claw arm which is not different in game terms from the sucker]
  • DALEK EYE-PIECE [BODY 03, Infravision: 02, Drawback: Oblivious ; Drawback: a Dalek cannot see if Eyepiece is covered or damaged, Drawback: Oblivious penalties are doubled against Characters familiar with how Dalek Eye-pieces move]
  • DALEK REGENERATION MATRIX [BODY 03, Regeneration: 05, Limitation: the Dalek must be fed energy in a controlled version to activate the Matrix. This piece of equipment only seems to be standard issue on Daleks from a pretty far future, and are not seen very often.]
  • SHELL BOTTOM [BODY 06, Air Walking: 01, R#07. The bottom of a Dalek is more vulnerable than the rest of it, and is not covered by the Skin Armour. Air Walking is a Minor Marginal Power, though one Dalek did use it in order to get up some stairs to get to the Seventh Doctor]

By Sean MacDonald

Source of Character: Doctor Who, DCU history by Roy Cowan

Helper(s): Writeup refurbished by Sébastien Andrivet ; Evan May, Sockmonkeymurder, Nick Yankovec

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