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Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

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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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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July 1966 (USA)  »

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£180,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Keen amateur florist Peter Cushing contributed the name "lilium philadelphicum" for the flower Susan discovers growing on Skaro. See more »

Goofs

When Susan is escorted to the entrance of the city by two Daleks, the top half of one is very clearly seen to tip backwards for an instant. See more »

Quotes

Alydon: Thank you for warning us.
Dr. Who: I'm sorry, we were not in time to save your friend.
Alydon: But, I don't understand why? Why do they want to kill us? We came in peace!
Alydon: You are different from them and they are afraid of anything different. And what people are afraid of, they try to destroy.
Dyoni: If we could reason with them?
Dr. Who: They are beyond reason! They wish only to conquer!
Alydon: What can we do then?
Dr. Who: Why, fight them!
Alydon: We are a peaceful people. We see no reason to kill others.
Dr. Who: But, even when you know, that they would ...
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Followed by Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966) 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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