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Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi | July 1966 (USA)
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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.

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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Trivia

Terry Nation's writing credit on the film resulted in many reference books over the years erroneously listing him as creator of the television series. See more »

Goofs

The pacing of the Daleks' nuclear countdown varies wildly from scene-to-scene and shot-to-shot, as the post-synch voiceover artiste has to fit his timing in with what's shown on the on-screen monitor. See more »

Quotes

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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Spoofed in The Few Doctors (1997) See more »

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Good enough for fans
9 April 2002 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When visiting his girlfriend Barbara, Ian is given a tour of the TARDIS by Dr Who. However he accidentally activates it and sends them to an unknown planet. Keen to explore they find themselves prisoners in a city controlled by the Daleks. The Daleks seek to rule the whole planet and get rid of the peace loving natives. When Dr Who et al accidentally help the Daleks to achieve this, they have no choice but to work with the natives to stop the Daleks.

Made to cash in on the huge popularity mid-sixties of both Dr Who and the Daleks, this film version has much higher values than the TV show, but doesn't mean it's better. The story is weak – like an introduction to the Doctor. It's very basic and provides little opportunity for thrills – right up until the final battle. It's not that bad, but for a film you'd expect more.

The Daleks themselves are good but the film uses them badly – we see them as things trapped in a city with little power outside of their own walls. To make matters worse them seem very vulnerable and easy to beat – all you have to do is push them very hard! They also don't `do' dialogue very well – they are used several times for long scenes where they talk to each other and explain the plot to the audience, these scenes are poor as their delivery mixed with the dialogue is terrible!

Cushing makes a good doctor and is better than many of the TV incarnations. Record breaking Roy Castle is quite good as Ian, but his comedy clowning doesn't really fit in with the tone of the film. The female lead is vapid but Susan (played by Tovey) is actually pretty good.

Overall this is TV standard – fans will enjoy it but anyone looking for thrills or good plotting will be disappointed. Check out Dalek Invasion Earth – that is a much better use of these tin-can bad guys.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP180,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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