Dr Who and The Daleks

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1965 Regal Films and Lion International

Image of The Doctor and family at home
Doctor, Ian and Susan outside the TARDIS
Doctor, Ian and Susan inside the TARDIS
Susan and the Daleks
Susan questioned by a Dalek
Dyoni (Yvonne Antrobus), Ganatus (Michael Coles) and Alydon (Barrie Ingham)
Darleks burning through the door
Daleks in the Control Room
Doctor helps Ian into a Dalek case
The Thals, Babara and Ian under the mountain
The Doctor talks to Alydon (Barrie Ingham)
The Daleks attacking Ian (lying on the floor) in the Control Room

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The TARDIS is the latest invention of the Doctor, it can transport passengers to another world, at another time.  With his granddaughters, Barbara and Susan, the Doctor demonstrates the machine to Barbara's boyfriend Ian.  Ian trips and stumbles against the control panel and the four humans are instantly ejected away from Earth. 

Landing in a vast petrified forest, they find a box of drugs mysteriously placed near the spaceship.  Leaving these inside the TARDIS, they set out to explore a futuristic city glistening beyond the forest on the horizon.  This, they discover, is the all-metal city of the Daleks. 

A greedy war mongering form of life, the Daleks are  shielded by mobile metal cones and armed with flame guns which can temporarily cripple.  The cones and city protect the Daleks from radiation, which has ravaged their planet since a massive neutron war. 

The Doctor and his party are taken prisoner.  And Susan, the youngest and least affected by the polluted atmosphere, is sent to collect the drugs - assumed to counteract radiation - from the TARDIS.  The Daleks' aim to copy the drugs, emerge from inside their protective city and ultimately to destroy the only other form of life on the planet - the Thals. 

On her way Susan meets Alydon.  Gentle and friendly, he is the leader of the Thals.  It was he who had left the drugs for the visitors from Earth.  He now gives Susan his white plastic cape and asks her to carry a message of friendship to the Daleks, together with a request for food for his starving people. 

Back at the metal city, the Daleks trick Susan into inviting the Thals to collect food.  But the Doctor deduces that the Daleks are generated by power from the metal floors.  Covering their cell with Alydon's cape the humans capture their jailer. Cut of from the generating power the gruesome creature dies. 

Meanwhile, an array of Daleks lie in ambush for the approaching Thals.  The escaped prisoners shout a warning just in time. And, as the Daleks open fire most of the Thals escape from the city with the visitors.  Discovering that they cannot be protected by the drug, the Daleks decide to explode a giant neutron bomb.  This will increase radiation and exterminate the Thals. 

The Doctor, Alydon and a party of Thals attack Dalek City.  The Doctor is taken prisoner, but Alydon escapes to round up a relief army of Thals.  Crossing massive chasms and monster infested swamps, Ian Barbara and two Thals enter the city through an unguarded front.  In a corridor they are cornered by two Daleks who open fire,

Alydon and his relief army arrive just in time.  They up-end the Daleks, who are immediately destroyed by their own flames.  In the control room a countdown has already stared on the neutron bomb.  Daleks and Thals fight out a terrible battle.  Ian helplessly tries to switch off the mechanism.  The Daleks fire on him furiously.  He ducks. and the whole panel goes up in flames.  With the countdown arrested and the power cut off, the Daleks are exterminated.  The Thals are free to live in peace and the Doctor and his party return to the TARDIS.

Dr Who:  Peter Cushing
Ian:  Roy Castle
Barbara:  Jennie Linden 
Susan::  Roberta Tovey
Alydon:  Barrie Ingham  
GanatusMichael Coles
Dyoni:  Yvonne Antrobus
TemmosusGeoffrey Toone 
Antodius: John Brown 
Elyon: Mark Petersen 
Thals: Ken Garady, Nicholas Head, Michael Lennox, Jack Waters, Virginia Tyler, Jane Lumb,
 Bruce Wells, Martin Grace, Sharon Young, Gary Wyler

Daleks: Bruno Castagnoli, Michael Dillon, Brian Hands,  Robert Jewel, Kevin Manser, Eric McKay, Len Saunders, Gerald Tayler
Dalek Voices: Peter Hawkins, David Hawkins

Executive Producer: Joe Vegoda
Producer: Milton Subotsky
Producer
: Max J. Rosenberg
Director: Gordon Flemyng
Screenplay: Milton Subotsky
Electronic Music: Barry Grey
Music: Malcolm Lockyear
Cinematography: John Wilcox
Film Editing: Oswald Hatenrichter
Art Direction: George Provis
Special Effects: Ted Samuels



1983 7th Edition Book CoverThe movie was based on the original Doctor Who story"Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks" by David Whitaker (Target #16), first released in 1964; later renamed "The Daleks". Cover art by Chris Achilleos, Arnold Schwartzman, Alister Pearson, Peter Archer (various releases).

 

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Image of Video CoverReleased on video in the U.K. 26th Feb 1996, and in the U.S.A. and Canada NTSC format from Warner Home Video Catalogue # 6303094902.

 

 

 

 

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DVD CoverReleased on DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment November 20, 2001.
Run Time: 79 minutes.
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
Color, Closed-captioned
Commentary by stars Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey
Theatrical trailer(s)
Poster and Stills Gallery
Photo Essay History of Doctor Who
Peter Cushing Bio

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Originally released in Britain in 1965, Doctor Who And The Daleks is a lightweight retelling of the first appearance of the dreaded Daleks. The movie, since it revamps the show's mythology a little bit (making the Doctor not a Time Lord but an absent-minded human scientist, though even by BBC-TV standards, the Doctor wasn't a Time Lord until 1969, and wasn't noticeably non-human until 1966). Out of necessity, it also rehashes some of the ground covered in the first episode as well. Peter Cushing's portrayal is about as different from William Hartnell's Doctor as any of Hartnell's TV successors were.

Shepperton Studios.

As Susan is being escorted from the Dalek city to fetch the anti-radiation medicine from the TARDIS, watch the leftmost Dalek following her. At one point, its upper half suddenly rises up 3 or 4 inches, then drops back down again.
Shortly afterwards, as Susan opens the doors to the TARDIS, the interior lights don't come on. (They do on every other occasion in the movie when the doors are opened)