Doctor Who & The Daleks


Not classic Who, but plenty of spirited fun

Proving that Doctor Who offers more creative wriggle room than most TV concepts, Amicus’ first ’60s Dalek movie remains fun despite its breaks from Who lore.

True, Peter Cushing is a gentle Doctor after William Hartnell’s spiky enigma.

Both movies (the sequel, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 AD, is also re-released) offer quicker, cruder takes on their TV sources too.

Yet the Daleks scrub up well in their colour debut, while the Oz-like opening of the Tardis doors on an alien forest delivers something pleasingly Whovian – the tingle of open-ended possibility that still fuels the Doc’s travels 50 years on.

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