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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.

Director:

Gordon Flemyng

Writers:

Terry Nation (based on the B.B.C. television serial), Milton Subotsky (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Cushing ... Dr. Who
Roy Castle ... Ian
Jennie Linden ... Barbara
Roberta Tovey ... Susan
Barrie Ingham ... Alydon
Geoffrey Toone ... Temmosus
Michael Coles ... Ganatus
John Bown John Bown ... Antodus
Yvonne Antrobus Yvonne Antrobus ... Dyoni
Mark Petersen Mark Petersen ... Elyon
Ken Garady Ken Garady ... Thal
Nicholas Head Nicholas Head ... Thal
Mike Lennox Mike Lennox ... Thal (as Michael Lennox)
Jack Waters Jack Waters ... Thal
Virginia Tyler Virginia Tyler ... Thal
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Storyline

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


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Doctor Who and the Daleks See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£180,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Since there was only a handful of "qualified" Dalek operators, dancers were brought in to play stunt/extra Daleks in big battle scenes or in scenes where large numbers of Daleks were needed. 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

Dr. Who: We've been working on TARDIS for many years. This is the final component. You are privileged, young man, to be the first visitor to our time and space machine. There. I can now set the controls for anywhere in time and space that we wish to go. When I push that lever, this room and everything in it will dissolve into their respective component electrical charges. We're all made of them! These charges will then be transferred in time and space and reassembled in their proper order and their ...
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Referenced in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot (2013) See more »

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You'll have to leave your series allegiance behind, but...
22 October 2005 | by mrlancebSee 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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