It’s been such a long time since I met you back on Skaro
And I’m pretty sure that you know
That not much has changed since then
It doesn’t matter how hard you try to remove me
I think you will agree
That if one of us dies, then the other will too
I am locked in war with you

Exterminate, Regenerate
I thought you always knew our fate
To just keep fighting on and on
While time keeps turning
Regenerate, Exterminate
And even though we are the same
Why don’t you hop into your ship
And leave me burning

Even though, as men, we have our contrasts
We’re of exactly the same class
And our constant companion is death
Look at you, fashioning people into weapons
How can you say that you’re better than me?
We both carry the fire, that is set to devour life

Exterminate, Regenerate
I thought you always knew our fate
To just keep fighting on and on
While time keeps turning
Regenerate, Exterminate
And even though we are the same
Why don’t you hop into your ship
And leave me burning

We both carry the fire, that has the power to end life
But what I do with that flame is what separates our types
If it takes till the end of reality to beat you
Then ill be sure to meet you, at the exit of the world

Exterminate, Regenerate
You know that it isn’t too late
To end what seems impossible
And leave time turning
Regenerate, Exterminate
And even though we aren’t the same
Why don’t you hop into my ship
And we can settle this
And we can settle this

Exterminate, Regenerate (Exterminate)
You know that it isn’t too late (Regenerate)
To end what seems impossible (Exterminate)
And leave time turning (Regenerate)
Regenerate, Exterminate (Exterminate)
And even though we aren’t the same (Regenerate)
Why don’t you hop into my ship (Exterminate)
(Regenerate)

Exterminate, Regenerate (Exterminate)
I thought you always knew our fate (Regenerate)
To just keep fighting on and on (Exterminate)
While time keeps turning (Regenerate)
Regenerate, Exterminate (Exterminate)
And even though we are the same (Regenerate)
Why don’t you hop into your ship (Exterminate)
And leave me burning (Regenerate)

And we can settle this, forever
Yeah we can travel time, together
We can settle this, forever


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  • +4
    General CommentI figured he was just using autotune to give his voice an electronic sound, which sounds more like the Daleks.
    alexi_lupinon January 13, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe song is about the Daleks, to the Doctor.
    The first verse is where they first met the doctor (Skaro, the planet which the Daleks come from), and that they were fighting them, and they are still fighting now.

    I think the end bit of the chorus about leaving it burning is about the doctor not being able to kill things easily, like in the series with Christopher Eccleston and the episode 161 "Dalek", he wasn't able to kill it. The 'ship' they refer to is the TARDIS.

    The next verse is the Daleks saying that Daleks and Timelords are basically the same - they are really the most dangerous life forms in the universe. They are both very knowing and very hard to defeat.

    'But what I do with that flame is what separates our types' would refer to how Daleks can kill quite easily, whereas the Doctor finds this difficult, and prefers not to kill things if it's possible not to do so. This is what makes the Timelords better than the Daleks in ways, but definitly different from them.

    The end part is probably that if the Doctor and Daleks were to join forces, they'd be basically invincible and could stop the fighting between them.
    BlatentlyBooshifiedon June 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about the Daleks, to the Doctor.
    The first verse is where they first met the doctor (Skaro, the planet which the Daleks come from), and that they were fighting them, and they are still fighting now.

    I think the end bit of the chorus about leaving it burning is about the doctor not being able to kill things easily, like in the series with Christopher Eccleston and the episode 161 "Dalek", he wasn't able to kill it. The 'ship' they refer to is the TARDIS.

    The next verse is the Daleks saying that Daleks and Timelords are basically the same - they are really the most dangerous life forms in the universe. They are both very knowing and very hard to defeat.

    'But what I do with that flame is what separates our types' would refer to how Daleks can kill quite easily, whereas the Doctor finds this difficult, and prefers not to kill things if it's possible not to do so. This is what makes the Timelords better than the Daleks in ways, but definitly different from them.

    The end part is probably that if the Doctor and Daleks were to join forces, they'd be basically invincible and could stop the fighting between them.
    BlatentlyBooshifiedon June 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe intro of the song is amazing.I'm not sure about Charlie using autotune but it sounds good. Chris looks hippish lol and i can't believe that liam hardly sings in any of the songs! Alex hates facebook *high 5's alex lol I hate it too)
    idiotsaurousjadeon August 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEverything I've read says this song is about the Doctor and the Daleks, but unless Charlie has specifically said that that's the case, I'd respectfully disagree. To me, it seems obvious that its about the Doctor and Master, not the Daleks.

    Here's my reasoning:

    1) The eighth Doctor brought the Master to Skaro. We see him returning from this trip in the movie (featuring the only appearance of the ninth Doctor on screen). Before the series was restarted, this was the last time the Master had seen the Doctor.

    2) "I am locked in war with you" is a very odd phrase. Usually people are "at war," not "in war". However, people /are/ "in love". The Doctor and the Master's relationship has always been one of both love and hate. The Daleks only ever hate the Doctor, never love him.

    3) "Exterminate, regenerate"... In this phrase the use of "exterminate" definitely suggests Daleks, and I think that's where a lot of the confusion come from. However, I believe this is a reference to the fact that both the Doctor and Master have killed ("exterminated") each other several times, but they both always come back.

    4) The idea that it is the Master singing to the Doctor is backed up by the statement that "we are both the same," i.e. they are both Timelords. The Daleks and the Doctor have almost nothing in common.

    5) "As men we have our contrasts" - how can this be from the point of view of a Dalek if "we" are "men"? The Daleks are not men and never have been.

    6) "Our constant companion is death" - I believe this is an ironic reference to the fact that Timelords have companions, and at least for the Master and the Doctor, those companions frequently end up dead.

    7) "If it takes till the end of reality to beat you..." - the Daleks are not obsessed with defeating the Doctor. To them, he is the enemy, and they want him gone but its not an obsession. The only one obsessed with defeating the Doctor (and the one who literally went to the end of reality) is the Master.

    8) The suggestion that the Doctor and the singer might travel time together is not one the Daleks would /ever/ make. It is however something that the Doctor suggested to the Master before he died as Saxon.
    dbolgeron November 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentblatantlybooshified thats not quite how i saw it
    to me its about the last episode where the doctor meets davros again
    davros says the doctor fashions people into weapons and says they are basically the same
    then the (second) doctor at the end basically blows up all the daleks and leaves davros to burn but the (real) doctor offers to take him in the tardis and help him
    so yeah it makes more sense to be specifically about that part of that episode but maybe in a more vague sense about the daleks and timelords in general
    tlefan1992on April 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionokay i know this isn't what it is i am not an idiot i realize it's about the daleks and davros....but i noticed something about this song that made me think of something else...eliminate the word skaro...now can anyone else get the feel that he is talking to the master...that last line just screamed master/doctor moment at the end of season 3....please somebody tell me i'm not crazy for seeing this connection
    kyosgirl92on October 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is about the Doctor and Davros
    soniclipstickon June 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment I love this song! Skaro: Daleks... :) When I listen to this song I can see different Dalek clips from Doctor Who relating to the lyrics! But I can see how people would relate it to the Master!
    iamobsessedwivthe1stdoctoron August 21, 2011   Link
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    My OpinionI think the line "I think you'll agree if one of us dies the other will too" goes more towards the Master/Doctor like thing than the Davros/Doctor because The Master and The Doctor are both timelords, the last of the timelords, and it would mean the end of a species, I.E "The other will too"
    kingpumpkinon February 26, 2012   Link

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