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Best Dalek Television Story?


View Poll Results: Best Dalek Television Story?
The Daleks 3 2.86%
The Dalek Invasion of Earth 4 3.81%
The Chase 1 0.95%
Mission to the Unknown 0 0%
The Daleks' Master Plan 4 3.81%
The Power of the Daleks 3 2.86%
The Evil of the Daleks 0 0%
Day of the Daleks 0 0%
Planet of the Daleks 1 0.95%
Death to the Daleks 0 0%
Genesis of the Daleks 32 30.48%
Destiny of the Daleks 1 0.95%
Resurrection of the Daleks 3 2.86%
Revelation of the Daleks 0 0%
Remembrance of the Daleks 11 10.48%
Dalek 14 13.33%
Bad Wolf / The Parting of the Ways 5 4.76%
Doomsday 2 1.90%
Daleks in Manhattan / Evolution of the Daleks 1 0.95%
The Stolen Earth / Journey's End 6 5.71%
Victory of the Daleks 0 0%
Asylum of the Daleks 14 13.33%
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Old 26-05-2013, 00:12
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Only including major Dalek stories.
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Old 26-05-2013, 01:04
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I've not seen any classic Dalek stories, but for New Who it has to be Asylum, an absolutely stunning episode. That said, based purely on the Daleks themselves, I'd have to go Dalek. Both Doomsday and Asylum are better stories but for reasons other than the Daleks.

"Location Earth! Lifeforms detected! Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!"

I genuinely had no idea that they were coming out of that sphere...
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:44
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Genesis of the Daleks for me

There are some classic Dalek stories on Netflix at the mo
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Old 26-05-2013, 08:47
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Genesis for me. One of the very best classic series stories.
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Old 26-05-2013, 09:08
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I voted for Dalek. The fact that there was only a single Dalek in the whole story made it seem more menacing than ever. Also the way it actually thought about its actions before implementing them, showed, at least to me, that for the first time you realised that this was much more than just a machine set on killing everything in sight.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:00
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Again, I haven't seen the classic series Dalek episodes - only The Daleks, which was ok but definitely wouldn't be my best Dalek episode anyway.

So I'd have to vote on the new series again, and the episodes I'd vote for would be Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways. Series 1 did the Daleks brilliantly. They were menacing, actually scary, and this story really captured that. That moment when they descend to Floor 0 just to murder everyone down there... Also their insanity in this story - being grown from human cells and worshipping the Emperor as God. Brilliant.

Doomsday was also brilliant, but as Whovian1109 says, for reasons other than the Daleks themselves. They make the episode, sure, but it's their fights with the Cybermen, and of course Rose's exit (which I don't seem to find as sad as everyone else... Amy's on the other hand ...) that make the episode great.

Dalek was also an amazing episode, and a brilliant introduction of the Daleks to the new series. The cold, calculating, single Dalek slowly but surely making its way through everyone trying to stop it... it's unstoppable, and the sprinkler scene followed by the silence afterwards is shocking (in a good way).

Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks is a good story, but not as good as the ones that came before it... and I was gutted with what they did to Dalek Sec when it first aired. The pig slaves were... interesting. Why did they have to be pigs exactly (and how)?

The Stolen Earth/Journey's End starts off well. The Daleks are quite scary again, mainly when they're on Earth (the moment when they blast an entire house with "maximum extermination", for example). Davros' return was unexpected and welcome. However, by the end of Journey's End the episode was clearly about the Doctor being with all his previous companions than anything, and any menace that the Daleks had kind of went bye-bye when they were reduced to spinning around shouting "Help me!" It was funny though, I'll give them that. Also the reality bomb seemed just a tad over the top, but hey.

Victory of the Daleks gets more hate than it deserves if you ask me. The story is actually ok, I think the main thing that causes the hate (other than Power Ranger Daleks) is that it was a bit underwhelming for a Dalek episode, and to be honest they didn't seem very menacing at all. However, it was a necessary episode for the chronology of the Daleks and the series, and that is what I think some people forget. The Daleks are again down to single figured numbers out of their entire speicies. They have to find a way to survive again, and they do. Plus for the first time since the new series began, they "win" if you like. They get away from the Doctor, and his reaction really shows the rage and... desperation, I guess that results from this. He's let them get away, and now hundreds, maybe thousands of civilisations (the whole universe really) are in danger because of it. A testament to Matt Smith's acting, especially this early on in his first series. And it takes Amy Pond again to help him see that hey, it's not a total defeat, we still saved the world. Basically, not the best Dalek episode, but a necessary one.

Finally, Asylum of the Daleks was a brilliant episode visually, and it had a good story. Oswin was unexpected and great, and the Daleks were somewhat scary too. I didn't find them as scary as we were maybe meant to, though the scene where The Doctor is backed against a locked door with Daleks heading for him is quite effective. I didn't find it the best Dalek episode though, or the best episode of series 7 as others seem to think. It was good, and was a great return for the Daleks following Victory, but I'd probably put it about 3rd or 4th on my list.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:17
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I'd say Pandorica Opens, but it isn't in the poll.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:27
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Genesis for me. The Doctors "do I have the right..." speech, one of the best moment in Who. Added extra weight all these years later with what the Doctor did in the Time War.


The Doctor : "If someone who knew the future, pointed out a child to you and told you that that child would grow up totally evil, to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives... could you then kill that child?"

Sarah Jane Smith : "We're talking about the Daleks. The most evil creatures ever invented. You must destroy them. You must complete your mission for the Time Lords!"

The Doctor : "Do I have the right? Simply touch one wire against the other and that's it. The Daleks cease to exist. Hundreds of millions of people, thousands of generations can live without fear... in peace, and never even know the word "Dalek"."

Sarah Jane Smith : "Then why wait? If it was a disease or some sort of bacteria you were destroying, you wouldn't hesitate."

The Doctor : "But if I kill. Wipe out a whole intelligent life form, then I become like them. I'd be no better than the Daleks."
Plus the exchange between the Doctor and Davros, we need more Davros I reckon.

The Doctor : "Davros, if you had created a virus in your laboratory. Something contagious and infectious that killed on contact. A virus that would destroy all other forms of life... would you allow its use?"

Davros : "It is an interesting conjecture."

The Doctor : "Would you do it?"

Davros : "The only living thing...the microscopic organism... reigning supreme... A fascinating idea."

The Doctor : "But would you do it?"

Davros : "Yes. Yes. To hold in my hand, a capsule that contained such power. To know that life and death on such a scale was my choice. To know that the tiny pressure on my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything. Yes. I would do it. That power would set me up above the gods. And through the Daleks I shall have that power!"
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:31
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I loved Asylum. It's up there with my favourite episodes.
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Old 26-05-2013, 10:40
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I voted for genesis,also love the daleks,remembrance and the special edition of day of the daleks.
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Old 26-05-2013, 11:07
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I loved Doomsday.
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Old 26-05-2013, 12:33
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Asylum for me is my all time favourite Dalek episode...it was just so expertly done!

Even though its not a Dalek episode....The Big Bang was also sublimely effective with the Stone Dalek.
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Old 26-05-2013, 12:39
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Very difficult choice between Genesis and Remembrance, but in the end I had to go for Genesis
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Old 26-05-2013, 12:51
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Top 3 Old Who Dalek stories:

1. Destiny
2. Death to
3. Genesis

Top 3 New Who Dalek stories:

1. Dalek
2. Asylum
3. The Stolen Earth/Journey's End
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Old 26-05-2013, 13:20
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Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways for me.

The way the Daleks worked their way through the space station exterminating everyone - including Jack - was truly terrifying.

And the clever but awful way they killed poor Lynda
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Old 26-05-2013, 14:37
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I often feel Revelation Of The Daleks is a highly under rated story.
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Old 26-05-2013, 15:40
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Me and the other half have a routine of watching an episode of classic dr who at night, (I am trying to educate him on the classic series), and we just finished Genesis of the Daleks. I hadn't seen it since I lost all my old VHS' and it definitely is not just one of my all time favourite dalek stories, but actually one of my all time favourite stories in general. In addition it reminded me of the word 'muto', which his now what I call the other half when he does one thing that annoys me(!)
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Old 26-05-2013, 16:12
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Top 3 Old Who Dalek stories:

1. Masterplan
2. Rememberance
3. Invasion Of Earth

Top 3 New Who Dalek stories:

1. Asylum
2. Dalek
3. Bad Wolf / Parting of the Ways
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Old 26-05-2013, 16:47
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Genesis without a doubt. Fantastic story. Remembrance in a close 2nd place though!
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Old 26-05-2013, 18:30
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Classic series: Remembrance

Revived series: Dalek
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Old 26-05-2013, 19:31
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Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways for me.

The way the Daleks worked their way through the space station exterminating everyone - including Jack - was truly terrifying.

And the clever but awful way they killed poor Lynda
Me too. I loved that episode.

"I want to see you become like me. All hail the Doctor, the great exterminator."
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Old 26-05-2013, 19:32
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Genesis Of The Daleks for Classic Series
Asylum Of The Daleks for New Series
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Old 26-05-2013, 22:46
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Classic - Revelation (Don't hurt me)
Revived - Asylum

EDIT - Voted for Asylum
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Old 27-05-2013, 07:34
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Classic: Dalek Invasion of Earth
New:Asylum
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Old 27-05-2013, 13:53
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I want a Master poll!
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