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A Look at Dalek Culture

By Jessica Smiler

It has often been said that Daleks are homicidal maniacs with no appreciation of the finer things in life such as the arts. This is a blatant lie. The Daleks have their own sense of beauty, and works of art are deeply appreciated in their own special way.

An example of Dalek art would have to be the famous masterpiece 'Destroyed Starship', a truly original piece of sculpture. In fact it is so popular that many Daleks try to recreate this work of art. Unfortunately this is often taken to be an act of war.

The Daleks are often victimised as megalomaniacs who consider themselves to be the superior life species. This is an incorrect observation drawn from the fact that the Daleks often offend other planets by trying to beautify them. The Dalek idea of beauty is unique among the known universe; they are the only people who truly believe that grey is the ultimate colour. And if they consider that twisted metal, death and destruction are the highest form of art, who would attempt to dissuade them?

Then there are these claims of 'picking' on the planet known as Earth. These are complete untruths and anyone found uttering them will become a very original decoration. In truth the Daleks fondly regard this planet as being very beautiful and artistic. They speak of the Earth's prisons with awe and talk of the rubbish bins outside every home in hushed tones. They consider the Earth's 'pepperpots' a truly great creation and have constantly attempted to help humans along with their work. Sadly the Earthlings have never appreciated this and have constantly warred against the Daleks.

And finally there is the very intense personal feud between the Daleks and the travelling time-wanderer known only as the Doctor. The reason behind this battle is very simple. The Doctor gives the flimsy excuse that he was helping people fight the oppression of the Daleks, whereas the Daleks have the concrete, strong reason that the Doctor's dress sense offends their artistic temperament. And seeing the clothes and personas the Doctor has assumes, who can blame them?

This item appeared in TSV 24 (August 1991).