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Director:
Writers:
Terry Nation (based on the B.B.C. television serial)
Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Release Date:
July 1966 (USA) See more »
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Now on the Big Screen in COLOUR! See more »
Plot:
An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Best suits pulp-style tastes See more (56 total) »

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Directed by
Gordon Flemyng 
 
Writing credits
Terry Nation (based on the B.B.C. television serial)

Milton Subotsky (screenplay)

Sydney Newman  original concept (uncredited)
David Whitaker  uncredited

Produced by
Max Rosenberg .... producer (as Max J. Rosenberg)
Milton Subotsky .... producer
Joe Vegoda .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Malcolm Lockyer 
 
Cinematography by
John Wilcox (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Oswald Hafenrichter 
 
Art Direction by
Bill Constable 
 
Set Decoration by
Scott Slimon 
 
Makeup Department
Jill Carpenter .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Ted Lloyd .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Waye .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Kenneth Ryan .... associate art director (as Ken Ryan)
Bill Waldron .... construction manager
 
Sound Department
Buster Ambler .... sound recordist
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Roy Hyde .... sound editor
Tom Priestley .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Les Hillman .... special electronics effects
Ted Samuels .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Gerald Larn .... matte painter (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Ray Jones .... camera grip
Maurice Gillett .... supervising electrician (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jackie Cummins .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Barry Gray .... composer: electronic music
Malcolm Lockyer .... conductor
 
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Pamela Davies .... continuity
 

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82 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The screenplay to this film was credited to producer Milton Subotsky, with additional material by David Whitaker. In fact, Dalek creator Terry Nation only agreed to license his teleplay to Subotsky if Whitaker (who was Nation's script editor when he wrote the original teleplay) was hired to adapt it. A deal was therefore struck that would allow Subotsky to receive the credit despite the screenplay actually being written by Whitaker.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dalekmania (1995) (V)See more »

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Best suits pulp-style tastes, 16 January 2002
Author: Graff Vynda-K from Lafayette, IN

If, like me, you enjoy checking out the reviews *before* seeing the film, here's the premise in a nutshell: A mishap with silver-haired scientist Doctor Who's latest invention hurls the cast through space and time, landing them in the midst of an eerie alien wasteland. The Doctor's companions on this unanticipated adventure are his granddaughters Susan and Barbara, and Barbara's boyfriend Ian. Needing parts to repair their damaged time machine, the company seeks help in a nearby city, only to be captured and imprisoned by the ruthless mechanical Daleks, a race of machine-bound mutants bent on world domination.

To followers of the original TV series, this plot will be as familiar as the Daleks' squawking cries of 'Exterminate,' and despite some changes to the cast (most notably the Doctor being portrayed as a human), it faithfully captures the spirit of the early programs. For viewers who've never experienced the original Who, or who don't have a taste for early pulp-style adventure sci-fi, this movie will probably be less appealing. It's a fan flick pure and simple, expressly designed to capitalize on the wave of Dalekmania that swept Britain in the mid-1960s following the show's BBC premiere.

Ironically, the film's weakest link is the Daleks themselves. The writers and producers were no doubt keen to capitalize on the popularity of the metal meanies, but it has to be said that the Daleks really don't have much of a screen presence. With their absolute lack of expression, clumsy movement, and painfully slow, mechanical, grating voices, they should never have been scripted to carry any scenes by themselves; however (alas) there are more than a few passages in the film that consist of nothing more than Dalek cross-talk acts, with one metal peppergrinder haltingly rasping its lines to another. Still, I'm one who's been spoiled by the routinely mind-blowing special effects of the 21st century; to Britons of the '60s, the stuff I find boring might have seemed menacing.

Daleks aside, the most memorable aspect of the film is the eye-popping color. The filmmakers pulled out all the stops to give the sets a wonderfully vibrant feel, liberally filling every scene with multi-hued Daleks, glowing control panels, or eerily-lit alien landscapes. This film was the first opportunity for fans to see Doctor Who in color (sorry, `colour'), and they certainly got it in spades. (The original TV series didn't drop the black-and-white format until 1970, five years later.)

The film's greatest strength is its casting, with the best performance by far coming from veteran actor Peter Cushing, best known to U.S. audiences as Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars. Cushing's delivery is predictably brilliant, and helps bring conviction and flair to a script that might otherwise come off as unbearably campy. As the Doctor he's also just plain likeable - much more so in fact than his TV counterpart (played by William Hartnell) who often came off as crusty and gruff. Roberta Tovey as the young Susan also gives a marvelous performance, something that's a true rarity among kid actors. Jennie Linden does an adequate job as Barbara, though her character has no clear role in the story and was probably just included to suggest continuity with the TV series, while Roy Castle provides some (generally successful) comic relief with his portrayal of the bumbling klutz Ian. Kudos also to Barrie Ingham (Thal leader Alydon) for actually giving a credible performance from beneath false eyelashes and a blonde wig.

The bottom line? The film's a little too far removed from modern tastes to be enjoyed by the average Joe, but to Who fans and sci-fi aficionados it'll be a delight.

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