Meaning of dalek in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɑːlɛk/


  • A member of a race of hostile alien machine-organisms which appeared in the BBC television science fiction series Doctor Who from 1963.

    ‘I very much agree with what was said earlier about the dalek going into the future to make a new race of daleks.’
    • ‘As they journey through the woods they don't realise that they are already being observed by a more ambitious and ruthless species of Alien… the daleks!’
    • ‘Everyone sounds like daleks, but it was so wonderful to hear him,’ she said.’
    • ‘At Victoria Station in London it would appear that they have toilet facilities for men, women, disabled people, and daleks.’
    • ‘The daleks never scared me but the cybermen did.’
    • ‘Then as I got older I was soon hiding behind the sofa every time the daleks came on in Doctor Who.’
    • ‘Wembley was also where the daleks began their ill-fated invasion of earth (mostly flat, no staircases).’
    • ‘Royce is a familiar face from roles as diverse as Arthur Daley's accountant to a lovelorn poet in Up Pompeii, plus the voice of the daleks in Doctor Who.’
    • ‘As it appears that children are now completely unable to walk to school, can we expect an evolutionary change in mankind so that we all resemble daleks!’
    • ‘How come daleks can't do stairs yet a Corby Trouser Press can?’
    • ‘They hop and can thus be defeated in much the same way as daleks.’
    • ‘I of course know about the daleks and the ‘master’ and other small pieces of Who trivia.’
    • ‘Davros, leader and creator of the daleks, has been playing Mike Tucker in The Archers.’
    • ‘Last week Barley Close residents likened their new bins to an invasion of daleks.’
    • ‘Moving on, the essential inhumanity of the dalek was highlighted by creating a gun and suction-pad arm out of a couple of cocktail sticks and a cherry.’
    • ‘On Saturday afternoon, as we were walking home from the river with Nik and Andy, I passed a bloke with purposeful mien carrying a cake in the shape of a dalek.’
    • ‘Mum had bought us an old, rust green Renault Four, a car that looked, and behaved like a dalek.’
    • ‘Doctor Who without daleks would be like Morecambe without Wise or Wimbledon without strawberries.’
    • ‘With the exception of the two people who called to gloat, I'd like to thank the ladies and gentleman who texted, emailed or called to make sure I wasn't morphing into a human dalek.’
    • ‘The dalek and TARDIS (blue police box) belonged to Blake Edgerton, who runs a sci-fi memorabilia show in Brisbane.’


1960s invented by the scriptwriter Terry Nation (1930–97).