Mixed media image of a 2005 Dalek from the British TV cult SiFi program Dr Who. The work was made initially from an original pencil drawing, then the drawing was scanned and completed using Adobie Photoshop Elements 9.
The Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of mutants principally portrayed in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The Daleks were created by science-fiction writer Terry Nation and first appeared in the 1963 Doctor Who serial, The Daleks.
Within the series narrative, Daleks are cyborgs made from their original forms, extraterrestrial Kaleds from the planet Skaro, genetically modified and integrated within a tank-like robotic mechanical shell. They were created by the scientist Davros during the final years of a thousand-year war against the Thals. During a conflict with the Time Lords, the Daleks were almost completely killed off. This took place off-screen between the 1996 television movie and 2005 revived series, and was a plot point in several episodes. The Daleks are a powerful race bent on universal conquest and domination, utterly without pity, compassion or remorse. Various storylines portray them as having had every emotion removed except hate, leaving them with a desire to purge the Universe of all non-Dalek life. Collectively they are the greatest enemies of the series’ protagonist, the Time Lord known as the Doctor. They are popularly known for their catchphrase “Exterminate!” and are a well-recognised reference in British popular culture, listed in several major dictionaries.