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Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

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An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks.

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Roy Castle ...
Ian
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Roberta Tovey ...
Barrie Ingham ...
Geoffrey Toone ...
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John Bown ...
Yvonne Antrobus ...
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Ken Garady ...
Nicholas Head ...
Mike Lennox ...
Thal (as Michael Lennox)
Jack Waters ...
Virginia Tyler ...
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Storyline

Based on a story from the BBC TV serial "Doctor Who". Scientist Dr. Who accidentally activates his new invention, the Tardis, a time machine disguised as a police telephone box. Dr. Who, his two grand-daughters, and Barbara's boyfriend Ian are transported through time and space to the planet Skaro, where a peaceful race of Thals are under threat of nuclear attack from the planet's other inhabitants: the robotic mutant Daleks. Written by Alexander Lum <aj_lum@postoffice.utas.edu.au>

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The Wildest Space Adventure on... or off the Earth! See more »


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July 1966 (USA)  »

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£180,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

It was planned to show one of the denizens of the swamp of mutations, but the prop constructed for the sequence was deemed rather unconvincing. In contrast, a writhing creature designed to be glimpsed inside a Dalek casing was judged too unsettling for the family audience the film was aimed at. See more »

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When Ian is hanging over the edge of the large drop they have just crossed, his shirt sleeve is almost torn off. When they enter the Dalek base five minutes later, it is miraculously repaired. See more »

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Referenced in Dalekmania (1995) See more »

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You'll have to leave your series allegiance behind, but...
22 October 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

First of all, I've seen several episodes of the Dr. Who series, but I don't follow it. It has its fan base and that's fine. If you are looking for a good Dalek adventure without getting into the whole Dalek "genesis," then this movie works well. You don't have to know all about Who-ville as a prerequisite.

There are some visual elements that needed more budget or something - miniature exteriors of the city, the burnt forest set, and the make-up on the humanoids don't quite make the grade. But the Daleks themselves inside their metal city are something to see (be sure to look for the lava lights). The Dalek robot mechanisms are very convincing, and they are very menacing as they roll around with their modulated voices trying to exterminate anything with two legs. The camera work is good - it looks like the director tried to add some interesting angles and follow shots when others maybe wouldn't bother. The cast plays well in their roles, and the story is simple and straight-forward. This is no "2001 A Space Odessey," but then again, you don't have to think too hard about what the ending really means.

This movie will probably disappoint most loyal Dr. Who followers, but it will entertain sci-fi fans who enjoy some light fare and aren't too attached to the series.


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