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Doctor Dala was a pre-War scientist operating in the Think Tank in the Big MT in 2281.


Doctor Dala was the first head chief researcher of mineralogy who became a think tank to continue her work at the Big MT, such as studying Saturnite. When the Courier meets her, she is the head researcher on humanology and lobotomites, and has 211 doctorates from mineralogy and humanology to medicine and holotape eidetics.

Dala has an arguably unhealthy fascination with the human body. It would seem she has pent-up sexual frustrations (though she would never admit such as accusation to her Think Tank peers) and she can only find release in examining living tissue or observing various physiological actions. Other members of the Think Tank refer to Dala's collection of formography — explained as obsession with the human body — as if it were a hoard of fetish material.[1]

Shortly after the war, all of the think tanks, along with Dala, went insane. Doctor Mobius replaced her and her colleagues' pre-War memories and names with that of their new eccentric counterparts, trapping them forever. This explains her extreme obsession with the human body and supposed 211 doctorates in sciences which do not exist. Mobius then fled to the Forbidden Zone where he likewise went insane.[2]

Interactions with the player character

Interactions overview

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This character starts quests.
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This character is involved in quests.


  • Welcome to the Big Empty: The player has to talk to Dala as with the rest of the think tanks to complete the quest.
  • Picking Your Brains: After completing Welcome to the Big Empty, the player needs to talk to Dala and the rest of the think tanks to complete this quest.
  • Coming Out of Her Shell: Dala would like to monitor your "biorhythms" and observe you as an organism.
  • He Came... And Went: Dala can start this quest by picking the right speech choices in conversation.
  • Old World Blues: If Klein can't be convinced otherwise, Dala, along with 2 other members of the Think Tank, are needed to convince Klein to give up trying to escape the Big MT.

Effects of player's actions

As long as the player completes "Coming Out of Her Shell" before confronting the Think Tank at the end of Old World Blues, she will side with the Courier if the option to have Klein consult with his colleagues is taken.

Other interactions

  • Speech options can imply that she shows more emotion than the other doctors, especially if the Courier has the Lady Killer or Cherchez La Femme perk.
  • After completing Coming Out of Her Shell, you can return to Dala once a day for a "breather" (literally letting her watch you breathe) for some ammunition (depleted energy cells) in return.
  • If the Courier has an actual teddy bear in their inventory, a new dialogue will be available.



  • Dala appears to have an obsession with teddy bears: she admits to this and it is reinforced by evidence in Higgs Village, in House #104.
  • Apart from Doctor 8, she is the only Think Tank member carrying a distinctive item.
  • Despite being the only Think Tank member to know the difference between toes and penises, she still refers to the Courier's "penis feet" in one of the random Think Tank broadcasts.[3]
  • When Doctor Mobius comments on the things the scientists have forgotten, masturbation is probably aimed at Dala, due to her fascination with the human body and tendency to make noises of ecstasy. She also almost says "vibrator" instead of "vivisector" at one point.
  • If the Courier brings Dala a teddy bear, she will decline and explain that lobotomites are her teddy bears. Despite this, her home in Higgs Village and her room in The Think Tank are both filled with teddy bears.
  • Cut content There were plans for her to have a favorite teddy bear, named Dala's teddy bear, but it was cut.

Notable quotes


Dala appears only in the Fallout: New Vegas add-on Old World Blues.

Behind the scenes

  • You have the option of telling her "The Quick Scribe jumped over the Lazy Paladin"[4] which is a line Christine says in Dead Money.[5] This is a reference to a pangram, but not a true pangram itself because it is missing several letters of the English alphabet.
  • Dala's statement regarding no standing on the green pipes is a reference to the movie Airplane! and the announcements in the terminal about the white zone and red zone.


PCPC Playstation 3Playstation 3 Xbox 360Xbox 360 It is possible that you won't be able to initiate another "Breathing Session" with Dala after you have already done so once before. [verified]



  1. The Courier: "Who are you? What do you do here?"
    Dala: "Why, my little bear of teddyness, I am Doctor Dala, first head chief researcher of mineralogy and medicinal sciences. I have 211 doctorates in both applied sciences and techniques to apply those sciences. I also possess a degree in Curiosity and Advanced Curiosity. That is merely schooling, however. When possible, I prefer field work and observation to holotape eidetics. It has proven useful, especially now. I have become the expert on humanology and Lobotomite behavior here at Big MT. My research doesn't descend into formography, it is only Science."
    (Dala's dialogue)
  2. The Courier: "Sounds like you forgot your master plan - surprised you remember your own name."
    Mobius: "This name's as real as you or I, although I believe your brain expressed similar incredulity at the nature of such an appellation. Someone's been watching too many Old World science fiction movies, it said. I believe it meant me. I must admit I have a vulnerability for holotape fantasies of planets and robots and all that is forbidden. As for the name I was born with... ...like the Think Tank, we were all reprogrammed to forget them, take on new names. It enforces the recursion loop in our perception programming."
    The Courier: "You reprogrammed their names as part of recursion loop? What, to trap their processors?"
    Mobius: "[SUCCEEDED] Now, 'trap' is a rather harsh word. Like 'excrement.' Not an inappropriate word, but still - rather harsh. But... yes, I did... take some liberties with their programming. It's all right, they don't remember. I certainly didn't until you said 'trap.' And then I said 'excrement.' And then..."
    The Courier: "Why did you trap them?"
    Mobius: "The Radar Fence to keep the Think Tank hemmed in wasn't really enough. They keep testing things, they would have found a way to disarm it. I suspect I have Plan Cs in place, but I may have coded myself to forget them, just in case... they're probably very dangerous, lethal, or worse. So I had to do something else to keep them occupied here. Or as you like to say 'trapped.' I prefer to have several plan Bs in case the As fail."
    (Mobius' dialogue)
  3. Doctor Dala:"{2D Announcement} Are you out there, my little teddy bear Lobotomite? Dala misses you and the pitter-patter of your penis feet {emph} so much."
    Doctor Dala's dialogue
  4. The Courier: "The quick Scribe jumped over the lazy Paladin?"
    Dala: "Yes, yes, go on. Seeing your... lips and mouth forming the words... both revolting... and somehow... ...how does it feel to have the flesh roll around in your mouth like that? To control each muscle... and the tongue... ...like having a fish, or extremely dexterous slug, lolling and flopping in one's... mouthal cavity."
    (Dala's dialogue)
  5. Christine Royce: "The quick... the quick scribe... jumped over the lazy paladin."
    (Christine Royce's dialogue)
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