Over the course of “Doctor Who,” Davros has been played by many different actors in both the television show and audio programs. As previously mentioned, Davros makes his first appearance in 1975 where is played by Michael Wisher. From there, David Gooderson played Davros in 1979, Terry Molloy from 1984 to 1998, Julian Bleach in 2008 and 2015, and Joey Price as the young iteration of Davros in “The Magician’s Apprentice.” In addition to these on-screen roles, Davros is voiced by Molly in audio books and programs since 2003. This means that out of all of the actors to place themselves in a Dalek shell and don the make-up, Molloy is the person most familiar with the role.
Speaking with Den of Geek, Molloy was asked about his time as Davros, and he replied, “It was physically an incredibly demanding role. But I never got bored of Davros actually, I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was also quite bizarre, because playing Davros on television is a bit like doing it on radio, because you’re behind that mask. Nowadays they’ve got such wonderful prosthetics, but in those days, I was sitting with my head encased pretty much in a very large sponge, and trying to drag myself around on a supermarket trolley.” Though “Doctor Who” is chock full of memorable adversaries, few have left such a mark on pop culture as Davros and his famous creation of the Daleks.