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Dr. Who and the Daleks1965

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)




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Dr. Who was/is the longest-running entertainment series ever to run on the BBC, and for a variety of reasons, including its sassy humor, delightfully idiotic sets and special effects, and some first-class star-turns by a series of usually underrated actors in the title role, it generated a fanatic and devoted following in the U.K. One of the earliest "Doctors" in the movies was the great horror favorite Peter Cushing, and in this movie he saves the universe and, not incidentally, our dear old earth, from domination by the mostly robot and decidedly anti-biological Daleks (predecessors of the Borg, no doubt), a group of endearingly awfully designed (and made) A-frame shaped robots which, when massed together, appear to be engaged in a bumper-car race. No matter, the story races along at a furious and improbable pace, punctuated by wisecracks and gags, most of them from the almost-wise Doctor himself as he races about in his infinitely large (on the inside) antique London telephone booth known as "the Tardis" (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space), protecting the innocent. Fans of the series will be delighted with the film, but as is so often the case, newcomers to the series will wonder what all the fuss is about. The cumulative cheesiness of the whole Dr. Who concept does take quite a bit of getting used to, and any attempt to take the series or this movie seriously is doomed to failure.

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Critic Reviews for Dr. Who and the Daleks

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Cushing plays Dr. Who with amiable gravity.

May 21, 2008 | Full Review…
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The settings are moderately imaginative in a tacky sort of way...

January 26, 2006
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Cushing is Dr. Who, a time lord, and he and his companions travel through time and space in his time machine, the Tardis.

May 21, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

he Daleks are still classy monsters, and Cushing does his best with the rather weak script.

May 24, 2003 | Full Review…

A travesty for Whovians and a torment for anyone else.

December 29, 2002 | Rating: 2/5

This tacky, simple and heartless affair doesn't quite live up to expectations.

April 3, 2002 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dr. Who and the Daleks


"The Daleks" was a serial from the most popular BBC series that is an absolute television classic. Doctor Who and the Dalkes is unfortunately inferior. There isn't any deep development into the character of The Doctor in this film. Each and every doctor has its own unique personality. I didn't feel it though in this film. The action sequences dont really excite and I couldn't really find myself caring about what happens to his companions in this adaption.

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