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Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi | July 1966 (USA)
An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks.



(based on the B.B.C. television serial), (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. Who
... Ian
... Barbara
... Susan
... Alydon
... Temmosus
... Ganatus
John Bown ... Antodus
Yvonne Antrobus ... Dyoni
Mark Petersen ... Elyon
Ken Garady ... Thal
Nicholas Head ... Thal
Mike Lennox ... Thal (as Michael Lennox)
Jack Waters ... Thal
Virginia Tyler ... Thal


When Dr. Who shows his time machine TARDIS to the clumsy Ian, who is boyfriend of his granddaughter Barbara, he accidentally transport them and Dr. Who's granddaughter Susan to somewhere in space and time. They explore the spot and see a city; Dr. Who fakes a leak in the fluid and they go to the city to seek mercury to refill the component. They are captured by the Daleks and soon they learn that a war between Daleks and Thals has destroyed the planet. Further they are exposed to radiation and only the Thals have the antidote. The Daleks send Susan to find the cure and she meets the Thal Alydon that has the antidote and wants to negotiate with the Daleks to exchange for food. But the cruel Daleks want to destroy the Thals to rule the world. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Release Date:

July 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


£180,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Released in the UK the same week as Mary Poppins, which was one of the top box office hits of the year, while Dr. Who and the Daleks wasn't. See more »


Unless the TARDIS crew have shrunk at the close of the film, the stock Roman Legion footage is hugely out-of-scale with the on-set actors. See more »


Ian: [Stepping inside TARDIS] But, its so big in here and yet its so small from outside. How come?
Susan: In electro-connective theory, space expands to accommodate the time necessary to incorporate its dimensions.
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Referenced in Doctor Who Confidential: War Games (2010) See more »

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User Reviews

Fun and lighthearted adaptation of the television series, perfect for a rainy Saturday afternoon's viewing.
9 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

A fun adventure film that, while it may be too dated for today's youngsters, still has a certain sparkle that is perfect fare for a rainy Saturday.

While fans of the BBC series "Doctor Who" (1963), upon which the film is based, may be distracted by the film's use of creative licence (the characterizations are very different from those of their television counterparts,) if not taken too seriously, this is a quite enjoyable trek across an alien landscape and a classic battle of good vs. evil.

The character of Ian is played comically by Roy Castle though he is heroic where the situation demands. Jennie Linden's Barbara is a bit different from other females of the genre as she holds her own when things get tough, rarely dissolving into screams. Roberta Tovey is delightful as Susan, and kids will love her. Peter Cushing really shines, wisely not trying too hard to emulate his television counterpart William Hartnell, and makes the character his own.

All-in-all, an exciting romp.

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