Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

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.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Cast

Peter Cushing
as Dr. Who
Jennie Linden
as Barbara
Michael Coles
as Ganatus
John Bown
as Antodus
Geoffrey Toone
as Tammosus
John Brown
as Antodus
Mark Peterson
as Elydon
Jane Lumb
as Thal
Mark Petersen
as Elydon
John Brown
as Antodus
Mark Peterson
as Elydon
Ken Garady
as Thal
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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.

Full Review… | May 21, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

The settings are moderately imaginative in a tacky sort of way...

January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | May 21, 2008
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | May 24, 2003
Film4

A travesty for Whovians and a torment for anyone else.

December 29, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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

Full Review… | April 3, 2002
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Audience Reviews for Dr. Who and the Daleks

½

"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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Sort of a big budget remake of the second serial to air in my favorite show, Doctor Who. The serial in question is The Daleks, which introduces the oldest and most recurring villain (the...uh...daleks). The film is sort of hit and miss. Personally, Peter Cushing isn't as entertaining for me as William Hartnell, his TV counterpart. This film on its own isn't all that special. The effects and color are stunning, and make the cheap old black and white originals pale in comparison...but the feel isn't quite as special as the series was from the start.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

Fans of the original series... beware: this movie deviates quite a bit as to the nature and origin of the doctor, tardis itself as well as the original companions a bit. This might annoy you more than a bit if you're a true Whovian. But if you can let that go it's not all that bad given the era and when compared to the series (effects wise, plot, etc.). And in a way Cushing's Who is a bit more likeable than Hartnell's Who imo. Btw, you can currently watch this on Hulu.

Joe Lavigne
Joe Lavigne

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