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“If the youth are not initiated into the tribe, they will burn down the village, just to feel its warmth.” — African proverb


A dalek appears in Equestria - not just any dalek, but the one that had been corrupted by Rose Tyler's DNA. It has a choice of life as a pony, or dying, and finds that it cannot bear to die a second time. Thus begins a strange adventure as the dalek tries to find a place for itself in a world that is completely antithetical to its former existence and way of thinking...

...and why does that earth pony stallion look familiar...?

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And this is what I imagine Soldier to look like as a pony:


As Celestia said, she's a bit androgynous. She's also a little on the short and stocky side. Perfect for a dalek. Oh, and she's a mare due to having absorbed some of Rose Tyler's genetic material. Spoiler warning right now: I do not plan to ship Soldier with anypony, and most especially not the Doctor. So if you're here for that, sorry.

"Dalek" is my favorite episode of the 2005+ series of Doctor Who, which is surprising, because Nine is my least favorite doctor of the 2005+ series and Rose is my least favorite companion, period. It's all because of the poor dalek in it. The episode makes me feel so sorry for the poor thing, even if it was very much a monster.

I also feel that they kind of missed an opportunity with the dalek here; I think it would have been neat if it had escaped and become a recurring antagonist to the Doctor in the vein of the Master, with the corrupting influence of Rose's DNA being shown as a gradual thing. Plus I'd love to see some contrived circumstance where the dalek was forced to work with the Doctor or vice-versa. Like maybe against the dalek emperor in Bad Wolf on the grounds that he's gone completely insane and the daleks in Bad Wolf are impure (the dalek having not yet recognized or in denial about its own impurity). Think about that scene for a second.

Doctor: An alliance? You're joking! Why would a dalek want to ally with me?
Dalek: These daleks are impure and insane. They must be exterminated. And of every being on this station, you are the best at killing daleks.

And as the human corruption gradually becomes more noticeable, the dalek starts to take on human traits. Probably snarkiness.

Dalek: [interrupting the Doctor in the middle of one tirade or another] Do you ever shut up?
Doctor: Not if I can help it.

Anyway. In case you couldn't tell, this isn't a Lunaverse fic, and I intend to try and keep it relatively light, soft, and funny (or as light, soft, and funny as it can be, considering that the main character is a lonely, self-hating dalek). It is not likely to update very often. it's just something that I've had bouncing around in my head for months now, that I finally wanted to put out there.

Dalaks in Equestria? :pinkiegasp:

I need to get my sonic screwdriver!

I'm interested, but reserve judgement.

Please, continue.

Wait wait wait. So, Celestia. Possible dangerous alien soul thing crashes on your planet. You turn it into a pony and just let it go unsupervised into a population center.


This is why you are worst princess. At least take the thing to the Canterlot for processing and some therapy. Daleks as a species probably could benefit from some therepy.

Also, Dalek was also my favorite Eccleston episode. I always thought it was too bad that he only did one season. Then I found out he hated the role. Genesis of the Daleks is still my favorite dalek story.

Holy hell, this is one of the best things I've read in ages.

"Daleks do not believe in magic!"


Eh. Like I said, this is gonna hew a lot closer to the actual show than most of my stuff. This seems like a Celestia-type thing to do.

Well this is an interesting idea, I would love to see more:pinkiehappy:

“There is a species on this planet that can be exterminated if one vocalizes disbelief in magic?”

Celestia blinked a few times. “Yes?”

“Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks – ”

I am favoring this story so hard right now... :rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh::rainbowlaugh:

This is incredibly silly. (I like it.)

A few small typos:

it had slipped through time and space and a time-locked placed over the whole of the Time War
Or perhaps it is simply a matter [of] chance
whether or live or die
the second time it had every seen
Celestia said something low; the once-dalek, now Solider, couldn’t make out what.

I rather have to agree that thay really missed out. To be honest, I actualy expected the doc to say something alone the lines of, "Well, you could come with us?" Its the one thing thay have consistantly avoided, a dalek thats diferent enough to have thoughts of its own, feelings and the like. Still, it fits with where thay where going at the time, but it was still kinda lame.

Looks like it might be interesting, so going to watch and read for now, see where you go.

:twilightangry2: That's it! I'm jumping in!

And i'm glad I did, that was fantastic! Not sure how it will go in the future but it definitely earned a like. Great take on the Daleks personality in its semi corrupted form, describing the pain, the isolation everything. I liked seeing it's thought process as it interacted with Celestia and their discussion was fantastic, some parts tragic "the... choice... is cruel!" and some parts utterly hilarious. I'm quite eager to see more of soldier in the future. I think Celestia was very in character here, I lied her diplomacy, her obvious analytical skill, her control and sympathy and just generally everything.
Good design there, it was actually the lack of Cutie Mark that finally pushed me towards the inevitable and made me read this sooner rather than later. :scootangel:

"Dalek" is my favorite episode of the 2005+ series of Doctor Who, which is surprising, because Nine is my least favorite doctor of the 2005+ series and Rose is my least favorite companion, period. It's all because of the poor dalek in it. The episode makes me feel so sorry for the poor thing, even if it was very much a monster.

It was probably one of my favorites as well, though I actually very much like Nine, more than certain others anyway can't disagree with your take on Rose though at least in comparison of modern companions.

Got to say, that idea for the Dalek actually sounds kind of awesome, part of me desperately wants to see that now.


Eccleston didn't hate the Role. In fact, I think he's claimed it to be one of his favorites.

The problem was that he didn't want to typecasted as a science fiction icon. He wanted to be able to work outside of the BBC on the world's stage and in different roles.

Basically, he was trying to avoid being another George Takei, who's only known for one thing.

So this was it. This was the end, the final end, of the dalek race. Not in the fires of the Time War, not at the hands of the Doctor, not even after billions and billions of years and the heat-death of the universe.

The end of the dalek race instead was going to come from a single dalek soldier, a coward, corrupted by the genetic material of a human so that it wasn’t even pure dalek anymore, committing suicide out of self-hate.

Tch, if I had a nickel for every time the Dalek race was destroyed, I'd build a house made of gold.

Nice story so far. And yes, "Dalek" was one of my favourite episodes too.

I was also kinda expecting the Dalek to be a stallion:rainbowhuh:


Maybe soldiers horn should look a bit like an eye stalk or gun?

Dalek is one of the best Dr Who stories ever up there with Genesis of the Daleks, Caves of Androzani and City of Death. The audio story its based on 'Jubilee' is also great if you can find a copy.

The Daleks being corrupted by humanity was done in The Evil of the Daleks although not much of that stories left now and it more or less turned them into children.

Funny, I was listening to this when I stumbled on this story:

Anyways, great story so far. Daleks are one of my favourite baddies, and I'm also a fan of those 'bad guy redemption' things. For example, I loved the story in Halo 3, and still look forward to playing Dragon Age: Awakening. I greatly look forward to more chapters.

“There is a species on this planet that can be exterminated if one vocalizes disbelief in magic?”

Celestia blinked a few times. “Yes?”

“Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks – ”

LOL :rainbowlaugh: EXTERMINATE!

Good shit so far. You will continue to write this fanfiction. You will obey. Or you will be EXTERMINATED!

This is awesome.
The dalek stratagem demands more of this story. Comply, or you will be EXTERMINATED

I loved this chapter, looking forwards to more, this is one of the few chapters that get my full pinkiesmile rating straight away!

:pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile::pinkiesmile: / 10

I totally agree that so much more could have been done with the Dalek character from that episode, which is exactly why it chose to destroy itself. It didn't want to 'grow' but now it has no choice. I look forward to seeing how the Dalek's personality clashes with the Resident's of Ponyville & whether it can indeed make friends.

I also love the concept of someone coming to Equestria being a common event:

The Solar & Lunar diarchs were having breakfast (or in Luna's case, dinner) together.

Suddenly Celestia looked up, frowning as her horn glowed briefly. "Sister." She said. "I sense that an Alien being has appeared in the land of Equestria."

Luna merely returned her attention to the Morning Newsscroll she was reading. "Tuesday already?" She said idly.

Well..... I started watching doctor who today starting from the.... 9th doctor i guess o_O? And now i see this!!! I demand that you feed My hunger!!!

3513840 soldier should have a special spell that lets her scan ponies like a dalek. Just a suggestion.

I should probably mention that Dalek was my first ever episode of any Doctor Who, ever. :twilightsmile:
Having to learn about the Doctor was quiet a learning curve, even steeper then EVE Online. It took me years to even remotly understand his person and BLAM he regenerates and I had to start fom scratch. :twilightsheepish:

Finally! A story in which is Celestia to have the first contact with an alien (when the role it's up to Twilight and her friends, it always ends with "look, a strange creature - let's hunt it as if it were a monster before even understand what happens" :facehoof:)

Soldier balked once again. “Daleks do not believe in magic!” she objected.
Celestia pursed her lips. “Every time somepony says they don’t believe in magic, somewhere, a flutter pony dies,” she said.
“There is a species on this planet that can be exterminated if one vocalizes disbelief in magic?”
Celestia blinked a few times. “Yes?”
“Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks do not believe in magic. Daleks – ”
“Stop that,” Celestia ordered. Soldier did, and Celestia looked her over again. “You need help. And I was joking again – there’s no such thing as flutter ponies.”
“Perhaps they were exterminated.”
Celestia again took in a deep breath – very deep this time – and then let it out very, very slowly.

Ahahahahahahah, best part of the chapter :rainbowlaugh:
I expected Celestia to say something like, "It will be a long day. A really long one."

I have never seen a single Doctor Who episode, yet I love this.

Dont pat yourself on the back just yet, Mr. Author. Now comes the hard part: ponyvillian interaction. Too often have authors fallen on the cliches of Rarity offering to make clothes for X, of Applejack procuring the help of X with applebucking, or Pinkie being excited to throw X a welcoming party. Too often have great fics been reduced to bland rubble in just a few short chapters.

These be dangerous waters ye be treadin, so keep a keen eye and your wits about you.

What a great first chapter :3

Well this Dalek have concept of trolling!
Quate from episode

Doctor: ... then why you just not die?!
Dalek: ...You would make a good Dalek Doctor

I had been wanting to find a way to put Dalek sek ( the one who was killed by the cult of skarro) and rose Tyler's Dalek into equestria thank you for inspiring me to do so, but it may involve some assistance from the doctor's and my own assistant, ditzy doo and Lyra heartstrings
This will be fun:raritystarry:

The Ninth Doctor is my favorite of the new series, but that might be due to the fact that he didn't last long enough for Russell T. Davies' worshipful, borderline Mary Sue-ish writing that turned me off Ten to really kick in. That, and the fact that two of my favorite stories were his. One was Dalek (I'm pretty sure the name of the species is supposed to be capitalized, btw), the other was the two-parter The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances.

That scene was probably the best in the entire (already good) episode. The Doctor of all people is literally foaming at the mouth, screaming for it to die. And a Dalek says that an inferior lifeform "would make a good Dalek". That is something incredibly un-Dalek to say, when their entire being is based on the superiority of Daleks over non-Dalek. The role reversal really hits home, you can just see the shock on the Doctor's face. One of Eccleston's best work in the series, imo.

a Dalek turned Pony? the 'human tainted' one no less? eeeeenteresting

maybe Soldier is androgynous in more than just appearance, i mean, Daleks always seem to have the right tools for every circumstance :trollestia:

watching and waiting

*LakieLegion hides under a table, rear poking out the back and snout poking out the front*


Much appreciated; though the last is supposed to be Soldier accepting her new name. Is it really a typo?

Well, even daleks less corrupted than Soldier do have a concept of emotional manipulation. They might not feel emotion but they're more than capable of using the emotions of others against them; witness how those three daleks played Eleven like a two-bit kazoo in "Regeneration of the Daleks" by pushing all his right buttons until they finally got what they wanted out of him.

Also, the dalek was probably emotionally manipulating Rose into touching it in "Dalek" as well. Sure, there may have been some sincerity to what it was saying, but overall I'm pretty sure all it wanted was Rose's genetic material and background time radiation.

...that sounds dirty.

Anyway. Personally my favorite scene in the episode is just when Nine and the dalek meet for the first time. Or more specifically - how isolated, lonely, hurt, depressed, and self-hating does the dalek have to be to say to the doctor "we are the same?"

And when it said "and the coward survived," I don't think it was referring to the doctor, either.

For a being with a monotone, robotic voice, there was just a little bit too much sincerity in its delivery for me to think that it was trying to emotionally manipulate the Doctor.

This is awesome. Needs more.Exterminate.

You recognize this pony isn't normal.
You see it is obsessed with taking and following orders.
You named it Soldier.
And you don't send it to your boot camp?!
Seriously, Soldier seems like it would be a perfect candidate for the royal guard. It's already obeying orders to the letter and obviously comes from a military society, plus keeping this obviously sick pony close by where you can keep an eye on it would probably be smart.
Come on, Celestia.
Luna would've throw it into the guard...
Sorry, I'm allergic to stupid plot contrivances.
And the "Death=Equestria" cliche.
But in all seriousness I enjoyed this way more than I should have for dalek in equestria story that ISN'T a troll fic. Really, great job here.

3514810 There is a difference between trolling and torture.


And the "Death=Equestria" cliche.

At least I hung a lampshade on it, if an unobtrusive one...

3514460 He may not have hated the role, but he had a lot of problems with the production, and those grudges, whatever they were and whoever was at fault, are the reason he refused to return for the 50th anniversary special, regardless of the new production team under Moffat.

Well this ought to be fun. This particular character has an interesting connection for me, reading a review of Dalek way back when was what led me into watching Doctor Who in the first place, so after all this time it's nice to see a bit of a happier ending for him. Er, her.

I'm a little surprised that Celestia didn't just draft her into the guard on the spot, though it's probably a little early to put her in a position of possible power over civilian ponies. Could be a decent role for her in time, once she adapts to pony society and looses some of her exterminate impulses.

I like the variation on the idea of how various people end up in Equestria, their souls roll downhill, whic h is a nie idea given some of the latest published multiverse research. Same with the reality field coming along and slowly being converted, adapated by the local reality. Intertia, Newtons ultimate law, even holding on reality itself.

If the Dalek body has been removed from its shell, and its shell is being converted by local reality, Celestia says to dust, would it end up more like a Menir Geode, a form filled with magic containing gems, that hold the energies and technologies left in the shell?

Giving the Dalek a horn as well, horribly intelligent, magic user? Yep, send to Twilight. It can be her mirror. :twilightoops:

I wonder if the Daleks' uber-racism will transfer to her Pony identity. I mean sure ponies are the best thing since sliced bread, but other races can be cool too.

And a familiar brown stallion you say? Perhaps one of the Doctor's past regenerations also stumbled into Equestria as the next took his place. He did say it was like dying and having someone else get up and walk off with his body, and he would actually have an ironic chance of surviving the transition thanks to said regeneration.
Though I could totally see it if he couldn't:
Celestia: "I could save you, though you wou-"
Doctor: "Don't worry, I got this."
C: "You... You what?"
D: "I'm a Time Lord. I regenerate when I die. Should be starting up any moment now."
Ten seconds later.
"Any second now."
30 seconds, still no glow.
"Well bollocks."

I actually have a different head-canon about the Doctor in Equestria, personally. Suffice to say that he didn't die.

Also, Colgate is best TARDIS. But that's probably not relevant.



The dalek tried to move, to use its arm to lift itself up. But it couldn’t. Looking down at itself, it found that its arm had been snapped in half, and was remained was melted.

Lil typo?

3514835 It's not a MLP crossover, but I've always been fond of A Hero. It has Dalek Sec somehow survive his extermination (even he is bewildered by this fact) and become trapped in the world of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, a magical girl anime series that deconstructs the trope of magical girls (I haven't watched it myself, I just read the Wikipedia article to get the gist). Sec's a wonderful character and I hope for similar wonderfulness from Soldier in this one. :)

3513840 It'll have been said before, but imma say it again anyway: Fantastic! :pinkiehappy:
It should be noted that I haven't actually read it yet, but the concept alone is brilliant enough.
I like your ideas about how the dalek could have kept coming back again, missed opportunity there, and also I am in total agreement about Rose. Everybody loves her and I'm just sitting back and thinking "Why?". :rainbowhuh:

Perhaps there is some great intelligence that guides lost souls to my world.

:rainbowhuh: In the context of Doctor Who, this sentence scares me.
Did you do there what I think I see what you did there?

Anyway, I love it! :pinkiehappy: It made me laugh and smile.

No, the Great Intelligence isn't God. It was just the most natural way I could think of expressing the concept without Celestia actually using the word "god" or "deity."

weird I just watched the episode "Dalek" last night :derpyderp1:

I like this. High hopes for the coming chapters.

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