Dr. Who and the Daleks Reviews
This is a film version of the second Doctor Who adventure "The Daleks" and if you are a fan of the TV series then do not watch this film - I watched this film and for the the almost 90 minutes that this was on, I was shouting at the screen due to all the inconsistoncies.
First off, the Doctor is a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey and not a human who wanted to build a time machine.
Secondly, his name has never been Dr Who, he has alwas been known as "The Doctor" or his UNIT alias Dr John Smith.
Thirdly, he only had one grand-daughter; Susan Foreman. Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton were Susan's teachers and not the Doctor's other grand-daughter and her boyfriend!
Dare I go on..????
Ok, for those of you who have never come across Doctor Who before, here is a little explanation. The doctor is an alien with two hearts. He is from a race of beings called the Time Lords from the planet Gallifrey. The reason the T.A.R.D.I.S looks like a phone box is its camouflage unit malfunctioned while on earth in the 50's and the doctor has never repaired it.
Other than the bad attempt to change the doctor into a human, what else can I say about the movie? Firstly, Peter Cushing was not terrible as the doctor; since he was playing a human instead of a strange alien, admittedly, it was not his fault but the script's. However, he played the doctor as oddly as you could expect.
The rest of the crew who travel with the doctor are Barbara, the doctor's niece; Ian, her boyfriend; and Susan, his granddaughter. After the T.A.R.D.I.S is accidentally turned on they find themselves on the planet Skaro, home of two races - the evil Daleks and the peaceful Tharls.
The Daleks are what I always remember them to be - giant armored suits that cannot go up stairs or on unleveled ground. They are obsessed with destroying the Tharls and taking over the galaxy.
This movie, if not for the fact it goes completely against the known Doctor Who story, would be watch-able. But since they changed the doctor's character, I felt myself through the whole movie thinking that it was just so wrong I could not enjoy it that much.
I love Cushing's portrayal of the Doctor (he's actually CALLED "Dr Who", as opposed to "the Doctor") as just a dotty grandfather (a similar character to the one he later played in At The Earth's Core) ...I don't think he's even supposed to be Gallifreyan in this.
Roy Castle plays a bit of a fuckwit, who may or may not annoy the piss out of you (although for me, a child of the '70s, Roy Castle is a legend). Hilariously, the big, bad, menacing Daleks decorate their control room with lava lamps! (How quaint.)
Enjoyable sci-fi adventure from Amicus Films. No sonic-screwdrivers in this, y'know!