A Universe without The Doctor?
The Doctor has fallen, and the Daleks have managed to EXTERMINATE all other life in the universe except themselves. What happens next?
(by Radio Times Staff)
A cosmos without the Doctor scarcely bears thinking about….
He’s like fire and ice and rage.
He’s like the night, and the storm in the heart of the sun.
He’s ancient and forever.
He burns at the center of time and he can see the turn of the universe.
And… he’s wonderful.
Misery loves company, and the Daleks are certainly bloody miserable. A genetically engineered race hell-bent on universal extermination, their only aim is to wipe out all non-Dalek life.
Thankfully, the Doctor’s constant vigilance has meant the Daleks have (so far) never achieved their ultimate aim of becoming the sole, supreme race in the universe.
But if, in a bleak far-off possible world, the Daleks were to finally prevail, what would they do next? After all, this isn’t the sort of species to put their metal skirts up after a hard day’s exterminating.
The Time War was supposedly created by the Time Lords because they did see a time in the distant future when the Daleks would reign supreme and they wanted to stop it.
For all Creation…
It’s hard to think of the Daleks without their age-old enemy, but when we take the Doctor and all other life forms out of the equation it gets even more intriguing.
In-fighting over the purity of the race has already scarred Dalek history; the Daleks of the New Paradigm didn’t have any problem smoking what they considered to be “impure” Daleks, while back in the classic series “Imperial” and “Renegade” factions of the species engaged in a violent civil war.
Perhaps this suggests that once all other life has been obliterated, Daleks would turn on each other in a ferocious post-apocalyptic kerfuffle about who is truly a pure breed Dalek?
Ah, but hang on: in Asylum of the Daleks the Dalek Prime Minister says they do not wish to destroy all their mad, bad, malfunctioned brethren house in the Dalek loony bin. “It is offensive to us to extinguish such divine hatred,” the big tentacled cheese tells the Doctor.
Then they do it anyways. That’s a Dalek for you.
And then there is that brilliant line from the most recent series, where the ‘damaged’ Dalek in Into the Dalek tells Capaldi’s Doctor, “You are a good Dalek!”. Maybe the Doctor doesn’t even have to be exterminated for this nightmare Dalek-only vision to become (science fiction) reality?
The Doctor, The Master and The Daleks, Three Sides of the same Coin?
Hmmmm… Worth thinking about…