Sorry, 27 pages is alot to trawl through, forgive me if this has been asked/answered before...
So the Daleks now Assimilate rather than Exterminate? They've ripped off the Borg?
Well, there's something of a precedent in the OldWho story Revelation Of The Daleks
from 1985, where humans meant to be in suspended animation were being Dalekised on the sly. Not that assimilation hasn't been a staple of fantasy fiction for centuries, anyway. (Zombies, werewolves, vampires etc.)
Cutter John wrote:
As many times as the Doctor went back into the Dalek's past to try & stop/prevent them, it's possible he pushed them to be more evil than dangerous.
Sure, they were created to be a master race of sorts, but the Doctor's interventions may have made a bad situation worse.
The Borg weren't evil, just single minded in their need to assimilate others.
Its a good point. The Daleks would still have been fairly militant, just going by their speech near the end of 'Genesis', plus their war with the Movellans, and the Humans. Otoh, did their encounters with te Doctor, and the Timelords motivate them to develop time travel, the time destructor, and various other super weapons?
I would say, it's very likely a good percentage of their advancement in Technology was in response to The Doctor or The Time Lords defeating them, and almost certainly Time Travel is one of them, since that's The Gillefreyans "Thing"
I think a lot of the blame for their advancement can be laid at the Doctor's door. In The Daleks
, he's never heard of them (which is peculiar given their later importance), and in Genesis
(if I recall) Davros opines that no alien life exists outside Skaro; so it seems that the Doctor's intervention has spurred them to greater heights and altered their destiny.