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05 Mar 1965Now the Daleks move in for cinema invasion
07 Mar 1965Hits on BBC Sci-Fi Series Invading Pix
18 Mar 1965Terry Nation's pepperpot monsters certainly get around!
07 Jul 1965Dr. Who & The Daleks, by Rich
31 Jul 1965Dr. Who & The Daleks (Daily Cinema)
01 Aug 1965Dr. Who and the Daleks, 1965
02 Aug 1965A lack of method in their madness
09 Aug 1965Bold style
22 Aug 1965The children might like it
31 Aug 1965Daleks a Hit In BBC Serial
20 Dec 1965Moderately enjoyable fare for juveniles undaunted by spooky forests and Things
13 Jun 1966Dr. Who and the Daleks (Boxoffice)
08 Jan 1967Estreno de la pelicula "Doctor Who y los Daleks", en el Apolo
01 May 1967The Daleks are coming!
10 Jan 1969Living Dead and Dr. Who Citywide, by Kevin Thomas
14 Apr 1984Dr. Who British Sci-Fi Film from Another Era
01 Mar 1996Dr. Who and the Daleks (Sight & Sound), by Mark Kermode

The Daleks, the metal monsters from B.B.C. TV's Dr. Who series, are invading the cinema.

A screen version of the programme is to be made at Shepperton Studios with Peter Cushing, Roy Castle and Jennie Linden.

The film, in colour, will be called Dr. Who and the Daleks. An all-metal Dalek city has been created at the studios.

Co-producer Milton Subotsky said yesterday: "We have taken the first seven episodes of the TV serial and have re-written them into a screen play."

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London, March 9.

The Daleks, click outer space creatures in the BBC's hit kid vid sci-fi series, "Dr. Who," are invading feature films. "Dr. Who and the Daleks" have started production at Shepperton with Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg for Aaru Films and Regal International release.

Peter Cushing and Roy Castle are the human stars of the film which Gordon Flemyng will direct. Subotsky, who wrote the script, based on Terry Nation's tv series, has taken the first seven episodes of the tv serial and jelled them into one screenplay, with the added pull of color.

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Roy Castle doesn't seem to be making much of a success of terrifying Jennie Linden down at Shepperton where they are making a film called Dr. Who and the Daleks with Peter Cushing as the doctor. [image] Seven episodes of the serial have been adapted to make a feature film. Terry Nation's pepperpot monsters certainly get around!

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Dr. Who & The Daleks

(BRITISH-COLOR)

Sci fi adventure based on popular BBC tele serial. Exploitation opportunities seem boundless and lively for juve patrons.

London June 22.

Regal Films International release (through BLC) of an Aaru Films (Milton Subotsky Max J. Rosenberg) production. Features Peter Cushing Ray Castle, Jennie Linden Roberta Tovey. Directed by Gordon Flemyng Screenplay, Subotsky from BBC television serial by Tarry Nation: camera (Technicolor). John Wilcox editor, Oswald Hafenrichter; music Malcolm Lockyer; special effects, Ted Samuels Reviewed at Studio One, London. Running time le MINS.

Dr. Who Peter Cushing Ian Roy Castle Barbara Jennie Linden Susan Roberta Tovey Alydon Bartle Ingham Temmosus Geoffrey Toone, Mark Peterson, John Bown Ganatus Michael Coles Dyoni Yvonne Antrobus

A slice of sci-fi for beginners which lacks the horror potential of many in this field, but, with its mechanical gimmickry will ring the bell with the younger generation. There are boundless exploitation angles in this Techniscope-Technicolor pic. And in Britain, it will certainly be a big box office money getter. It will be interest ing to see how it stands up to stiffer Yank "sci-fi" competition, particularly since it lacks stellar pull.

Film is based on a click BBC children's tv serial by Terry Nation and the Daleks, and this gives a presold impact on moppets. Many parents, themselves Dalek addicts, will not be loath to go I along for the ride.

Absentminded professor Dr Who (Peter Cushing) has invented Tardis, a Time and Relative Dimension in Space Machine, capable of lugging people to other worlds, in other eras. By accident the prof, his grandaughters (Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey) and Miss Linden's boy friend, (Roy Castle) are ejected from the earth and landed on a huge petrified planet at a time many years back.

The planet is ravaged with radiation from a previous war and the a quartet finds themselves in struggle between the Daleks and the Thals. The Daleks protected from radiation in an all-metal city and wearing mobile metal cones fitted with flame-guns are determined to wipe out the gentle Thals. Dr Who's party sides with the Thals and it has to face the threat of a neutron bomb and increased radiation. The Daleks are quashed within a comfortable 83 minutes and Dr. Whos party t leave the Thais in peace and set off back lo the Earth.

A few more thrills and a rather more edged script (by Milton Subotsky) would have made "Dr. Who" a shade more acceptable to grownups. But the kids will revel in the fights and get kicks from the dangers facing Dr Who and Co., from the Daleks and the threat of monsters. The Daleks are remarkably ingenious machines in the way they move and fight though maybe they are given an excess of dialog, some of which is repetitious.

Gordon Flemyng has played his i direction straight, without trying either to play down too much to the kids or to set it up for the adults. His chore would have l been helped if the screenplay had had a little more bite and inventiveness. Peter Cushing plays Dr Who with amiable gravity Jennie Linden is a pretty routine heroine while Roberta Tovey is pleasantly cast as the little girl with scientific knowhow and common-sense. Roy Castle mugs and falls around a little too zestfully as the boyfriend with a fairly good sense of humor. Barrie Ingham is the stalwart leader of the Thals, a remarkable handsome bunch of stalwart young men and women decked up in wayout make up. Yvonne Antrobus has one or two brief effective moments as his girl friend. It is only fair to say that the over genteel voice emanating from her, which raised an unwanted yuck at the press pre view was dubbed and belongs to another, unidentified thesp.

Chief heroes among the technical crew are Ted Samuels, who has provided some slick special effects and the team responsible for manipulating the Daleks with such mobility. The deep, growling voices used by the Daleks has sometimes defeated soundmixer Buster Ambler. Though much of the film's exterior footage smacks of studio, art director Bill Constable has done a commendable job. Malcolm Lockeer's score is useful and John Wilcox's Technicolor lensing is variable in color tone.

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Cert: U. dist: BLC/British Lion/Regal Films International. p.c.: Aaru. exec.p: Joe Vegoda. p: Milton Subotsky, Max J. Rosenberg. p.manager: Ted Lloyd. d: Gordon Flemyng. assistant d: Anthony Waye. sc: Milton Subotsky. Based on the B.B.C. Television serial by Terry Nation. ph: John Wilcox. Techniscope. col: Technicolor. ed: Oswald Hafenrichter. a.d.: Bill Constable. m/m.d.: Malcolm Lockyer. electronic m: Barry Gray. sd: Buster Ambler. l.p.: Peter Cushing (Dr. Who), Roy Castle (Ian), Jennie Linden (Barbara), Roberta Tovey (Susan), Barrie Ingham (Alydon), Michael Coles (Ganatus), Geoffrey Toone (Temmosus), Mark Petersen (Elyon), John Bown (Antodus), Yvonne Antrobus (Dyoni). 7,436 ft. 83 mins.

Dr. Who is showing off his latest invention, a time machine, to his granddaughters Barbara and Susan, and Barbara's boy-friend Ian, when Ian accidentally sets it in motion. They land in a petrified forest on another planet, where they discover a strange city in which they are trapped by the Daleks—mobile metal cones which apparently shield some form of life. They learn that, after the planet was ravaged by a neutron war, the Daleks built their city and cones as protection against the polluted air; another tribe, the Thals, are able to live in the forest as they possess a drug which immunises them against radioactivity. Holding the others as hostages, the Daleks send Susan to the Thals for a sample of the drug, offering food in exchange if they will come to the city. Returning with the drug (which the Daleks find has no effect on them), Susan tells her friends that the Thals are a peaceful race whom the Daleks obviously intend to destroy; they manage to escape, warn off the Thals, and persuade them to take the initiative against the Daleks, who are planning to explode a huge bomb which will make the planet uninhabitable to all outside the city. Led by their four Earth friends, the Thals successfully attack and destroy the Daleks and their city before the bomb goes off. Regretfully, Dr. Who, Barbara, Susan and Ian say goodbye to their new friends and climb aboard the time machine.

A patchy piece of juvenile science fiction. The settings are quite effective in a Christmas pantomime way, while the Daleks themselves—mobile pillar-boxes with flickering lights on top, weaving proboscises, and hesitantly guttural voices—make admirable villains. Against this, however, must be set some crude slapstick from Roy Castle, and absent-minded bumbling from Peter Cushing: these flabby attempts at humour only succeed in slowing down the action. And the Thals, looking and sounding like ballet dancers with their golden hair-dos, heavy eye-shadow and camp speech, must be the wettest tribe on record.

Suitability: A, B, C, D. II

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"Dr Who and the Daleks" (Studio 1 and ABC, Ardwick) is a milder version of the television serial, and is not likely to do more harm to childish minds than many other modern weapons of the communications industry. It Is obliquely interesting, however, because it presents an absolute morality, condemns it as naive, and adopts good old British compromise.

Pacifists converted

The Thaals are pacifists, but Dr Who (Peter Cushing) quickly converts them by nabbing their leader's girl friend and forcing him to display his fists From here, it is easy to justify the wholesale slaughter of the Daleks (conveniently, nasty little green reptiles inside the pepper-pals) on eye-for-eye grounds

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"Dr Who and the Daleks" (Studio 1 and ABC Ardwick) must be one of the few modern films to have a nubile heroine who never so much as touches her boy friend: all energy is reserved for the pepperpots and the little green man inside them.
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Dr Who and the Daleks (U): Shoddy film from the TV aerial but the children might like it. ABC (Details of cinemas and times GER 9234).
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Since the Daleks made their first appearance in the BBC television space-time serial 'Dr. Who?' over a year ago, millions of children - and a sizeable number of adults - have taken these enemies of the human race to their hearts.

Their arrival on the screen brought over a thousand letters to the BBC from children asking whether they could make or buy one of these robots; one little girl promised that if stir could only have a Dalek she would "take it for a walk up the garden path every day". Their threats of 'death to all earthmen' hold no terror for children, who delight in Imitating their Jerky monotone voices - provided by the actors inside them.

The title music of this successful aerial is by the talented Australian composer Ron Grainer. Numerous episodes have been sold by BBC Television - Enterprises to broadcasting organizations in other countries, including Australia and Canada.

Born in mind of Terry Nation, one of the writers who provides scripts for this all - the - year round serial, and first given form by BBC designer Cyril Cusick, the Daleks have now spread from the television screen into commercial production. Last Christmas child-sized versions appeared in the shops, as well as Dalek books, badges, sweets and small battery-powered models.

They are now to appear in a British cinema film, 'Dr. Who and the Daleks' being made at Shepperton Studios, in which Peter Cushing plays the role of 'Dr. Who?' played by William Hartnell in the BBC television program, and Jennie Linden the role of his grand-daughter.

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EXPANDED into color from the BBC serial, Dr. Who and the Daleks (Grosvenor) makes moderately enjoyable fare for juveniles undaunted by spooky forests and Things.

Peter Cushing bumbles about as the kindly Who, who is transported to a remote planet in his time machine with his two granddaughters.

The daleks themselves are mobile machines who growl out English like morse code. They are so Jolly. in fact, that one is tempted to barrack for them against the goodies, a race of insipid blond mutants wearing eye shadow.

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Drama Ratio: 2.35-1 Science-Fiction Drama

Continental 85 Minutes Rel. July '66

A British-made science-fiction fantasy, based on a BBC-TV serial by Terry Nation which has been exciting young TV fans in England, this has thrills and excitement for younger moviegoers and male action fans, but may be too futuristically implausible for many adults. Peter Cushing, familiar from many British horror films, here plays the kindly, elderly Dr. Who and is the only marquee name. As produced by Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg (who produced Paramount's "The Psychopath") and directed by Gordon Flemyng, the screenplay has a comic book quality with the Daleks, hostile robots, only moderately frightening and talking in annoyingly harsh tones that grate on the ear. These objects are trying to destroy the Thals, a strangely made-up group of humans who exist on the same planet, where Dr. Who and his two granddaughters have been transported. All this is never even remotely believable and there is scant human interest, except for a suggestion of a romance between one of the granddaughters, played by Jennie Linden, and a young friend, Roy Castle, who stumbles into Dr. Who's control panel. The settings and lighting are effectively futuristic in Technicolor and Techniscope. It's clean fantasy even for the tiniest tots.

Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey, Barrie Ingham, Geoffrey Toone, Mark Peterson.

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Estreno de la pelicula "Doctor Who y los Daleks", en el Apolo

Se ha plasmado sin reservas en esta películas ese mundo sorprendente de la ciencia-ficción, a través del invento de un ingenio volador que accidentalmente se remonta hacia un desconocido planeta, ocupado por cuatro personas que también forzadas por las circunstancias, han de vivir una aventura dramática de certeros perfiles.

Así llegan el creador de la astronave, el doctor Who, con sus dos sobrinas y un amigo de éstas, a un extraño pueblo, donde los Daleks están protegidos por unos conos do acero para preservarse de las radiaciones atómicas, mientras que planean la exterminación de los habitantes de otra ciudad, que, con ellos, sobrevivieron después de la catastrófica guerra.

Si bien el planeta donde se he posado el ingenio se muestra con efectos especialmente semejantes a los empleados en otros relatos fílmicos del espacio exterior, la vigorosa expresión de los trucos y detalles ofrece al relato un tono da sugestivas calidades. Así mismo, la presencia femenina en la aventura imprime a esta ciertos matices atractivos dentro de la fantasía descriptiva cine impera a todo lo largo de la proyección.

El realizador, Gordon Fleming, que indudablemente domina el tema, se ha valido de la fotografía en color para iluminar el sorprendente efectismo de la acción, atendiendo con acierto las posibilidades expresivas de la imagen. En cuanto a la interpretación, puede estimarse correcta por parte de Peter Cushing, Roy Castle y las actrices Jennie Linden y Roberta Tovey, quienes se desenvuelven, en función de lo que sucedo en el film, con actitudes más o menos justificadas pero efectivas.

En definitiva, el tema del "Doctor Who y los Daleks" resulta interesante, y, aunque poco verosímil en sus aspectos "documentales" supone un atinado logro.--A. S.

 

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WHO can save us? BE WHO, that's who! (Maybe!)

half men . . . half machines

The Daleks rule a scorched planet with an iron hand—and they plot to rule the universe! Fantastic . . . amazing . . . incredible—that's what they're called.

But what exactly, are they?

Well, their creator describes them thusly:

"The Daleks are a gelatinous mass of intensified brain power which is a product of mutations after radiation fallout."

Are you with us so far?

Good.

Then close your eyes and repeat after us aloud 10 times: "The Daleks are a gelatinous mass ..." etc.

Altho they are jello-fellows, the Daleks are anything but jolly. For protection, they have developed a cone-shaped shell from which to operate.

mad scientist's nightmare

"What looks like a figment of a mad scientist's frustrations," says the author, "the robot's power is seemingly limitless with its capacity of directing rays that can either kill or paralyze."

Whether a Dalek gasses you to death or merely stops you in your tracks depends on the mood of the living brain embedded in its metallic interior.

"Generated by electricity conducted thru metal floors," the picture's producer tells us, "the Daleks glide thru their custom-made city bent on destroying any other form of life."

So that's the word on these warlike beings, a far distant race of aliens who live inside mobile metal cones that shield them from the extreme radiation of their planet.

One more thing perhaps you would like to know about them: they are capable of instantly decoding any language but have one of their own which is unbreakable. Only 2 words in the Dalekian language are currently known to human beings:

Zyquivilly ... which is the equivalent of our "goodby," "farewell," "so long," "let's split" or "really gotta go now."

And clyffl, most easily pronounced if you have a cold with a sniffle, meaning, "I understand you but I do not agree with you."

Understood?

what's a tardis?

As DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS opens (it's in brilliant technicolor, by the way) Dr. Who himself is explaining the functions of his invention, the Tardis.

Dr. Who is played by none other than Peter Cushing, famous for his many roles in Hammer Films, his frequent appearances with Christopher Lee in horror pictures such as CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, THE SKULL, HORROR OF DRACULA, etc. (It is also a little known fact that he appeared in the British teleplays of The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas and "1984.")

And what, pray, may a Tardis be? One of Dr. Who's two granddaughters, Susan, explains:

"I made up the name from the initials.

"T-A-R-D-I-S.

"It stands for Time And Relative Dimensions In Space."

Dr. Who chooses to refer to Time & Space as the 4th & 5th Dimensions.

into dimensions 4 & 5

While Dr. Who is busy explaining to his two granddaughters, Barbara (Jennie Linden) & Susan (Roberta Tovey), about how his time machine operates, a young friend, Ian (Roy Castle) accidentally trips and stumbles into the control panel.

They are all instantly whisked off Earth! Where will they land?

And when?

The Tardis comes to rest in the midst of a petrified forest, trees that have gradually turned to stone thru the ages.

Beyond the stone forest looms a fantastic sight: a great futuristic city, like something out of BUCK ROGERS or FLASH GORDON.

captured by the creatures

After a long night spent in wonderment, trying to imagine just where they are in time & space, the quartet get out of the Tardis and are surprised to discover that during the nite a box of drugs has been mysteriously left near the time machine. Out of curiosity they pick it up and store it away for future investigation. Then they set off for the city.

Unfortunate decision!

For upon arrival at the great streamlined conglomeration of buildings, they are attacked by the Daleks!

Taken prisoners!

plot of the Daleks

The hostile life-forms that are the rulers of his planet have to stay shielded from the radiation that is the after-effect of a massive neutron war that once ravaged their world. When they discover that young Susan is only mildly affected by the impure atmosphere, they set her free (keeping the other 3 as hostages) and direct her to go to the Tardis and bring back the drugs. It develops that the drugs were left outside the time machine by a friendly tribe and can counteract the radiation. The Daleks lack such life-saving medication and want desperately to copy he formula so they can leave their protective hells and go out of the confines of their city and destroy the Thais, a peace-loving race which also exists on the planet.

On her way Susan meets Alydon (Barrie Ingham) , leader of the Thais. He gives her an additional supply of the drugs, his plastic cape and a message of peace for the Daleks.

Back at the all-metal city, the Daleks trick Susan into inviting the Thals into their strong-old.

Meanwhile, Dr. Who figures out that their captors receive their power via the metal floors covering their cell with Alydon's plastic cape, he captures their jailor. Cut off from the gen-rating power, the gruesome creature dies. The soaped prisoners manage to get to the Thais before they walk into a Dalek trap.

revenge of the Daleks

When the Daleks discover that the drugs are, in fact, fatal to them, in their rage they decide D explode a giant neutron bomb that will increase radiation to such a level that it will exterminate the Thais.

In a series of maneuvers which greatly imperil fie lives of Dr. Who and his companions, in addition to those of the valiant Thais, the evil Daleks are vanquished. Moments before the super-bomb is due to explode, Ian tricks the Daleks into destroying their complicated control panel.

With the countdown disrupted and the power cut off, most of the Daleks are killed and the dials are free to live in peace on their faraway Janet.

Dr. Who and his party return to the Tardis and their own problems of how to head home 3 Earth.

They make it—and there will soon be a sequel n the screens, INVASION OF THE DALEKS.

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"Night of the Living Dead" and "Dr. Who and the Daleks" (in multiples) prove you can no more judge movies by their titles and ad campaigns than you can books by their covers.

The first is a genuinely scary little horror picture for adults and the second, a diverting science fiction fantasy for all ages. Both were made with far more imagination than money. For once an exploitation double bill gives the customer his money's worth.

The initial venture of Pittsburgh's Image Ten Productions. "Night of the Living Dead" wrings maximum effects from an absolute minimum of means.

'Living Dead'

Virtually the whole film takes place in a Western Pennsylvania farmhouse in which a group of people have sought refuge from the rapidly-multiplying legions of the "living dead," those who have recently died only to conic alive minutes later as remorseless flesh-eating ghouls. Apparently they have been revived by radiation from a satellite that exploded during a probe of the planet Venus. They can be stopped only by a bullet through the brain or by being consumed by fire.

Inside the farmhouse are an assortment of seven people, organized by a comparatively calm and resourceful Negro (Duane Jones). From TV and radio they learn the eastern third of the United States is overrun by the living dead. Civil defense units are mobilizing, however. Will help arrive in time? Will these seven pull together or let I:themselves be defeated by internal dissent?

From this classically simple situation director George A. Romero and writer John A. Russo build an amazing amount of suspense. Romero keeps things constantly happening and directs with limitless energy. Indeed, countless far more ambitious movies could benefit from such drive and vitality. Although too gruesome for the kiddies, "Night of the Living Dead" is taut and uncompromising, ending on a note of bitter irony. Performances are adequate and often better, especially in the case of Jones, who clearly has what it takes to go on to bigger things.

Based on TV

Based on a popular BBC television series, "Dr. Who and the Daleks" also deals with the adverse effects of radiation. An accidental shove of the starter in Dr: Who's time-space cubicle takes the kindly old scientist (Peter Cushing), his granddaughters (Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey) and a friend (Roy Castle) to a mysterious petrified planet run by the Daleks, web-footed creatures, victims of radiation, who cannot exist outside their "iron maidens" that allow them to function in robot-like fashion. The Thalls, a handsome mutant people, come from afar to the Dalek fortress in search of food, but the Daleks want only to destroy them.

When little Miss Tovey asks Cushing why the Daleks want to do this to the Thalls he explains it's simply because they're different from them — that we fear the different so much we want to destroy it. Not only has this movie a sound moral but also a quaint Flash Gordon charm because of its fanciful sets. Cushing, Hammer's reliable Baron Frankenstein, is properly whimsical, and Gordon Flemyng's amiable direction wisely avoids camp.

'DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS'

A Continental (Walter Reade Organization) release of an Aru productibon presented by Regal Films International. Ltd. Director: Gordon Flemyng. Screenplay: Milton Subotsky. With Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden, Roberta Tovey. Techniscope. Technicolor. 83 minutes.

For family audiences.

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DR. WHO and the Daleks, based on a British television series, is like watching a 1950s Walt Disney movie suddenly released from a time warp.

The 1965 film is booked with Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan Sunday and Monday at the Showcase. Dr. Who, an eccentric professor who has invented a time machine, accidentally is transported into the future with his two granddaughters and an eccentric suitor to the land of the Daleks.

The Daleks (pronounced DAHL-eks) are salt shaker-like creatures that travel around like bumper cars, utilizing static electricity generated through metal floors. They emit rays which, depending on the whims of the human brains imbedded within them, can either kill or paralyze. They communicate in a difficult language: Zyquivilly means farewell. Clyffl translates, I understand you, but I do not agree with you. However, they are capable of decoding the language of others without strain.

The Daleks have enslaved a world devastated by nuclear warfare. The passive, non-violent Thals are forced to live near starvation in petrified forests surrounding the shining city of the Daleks.

Dr. Who uses his considerable ingenuity to help the Thals overcome their adversaries.

The scientist (played by Peter Cushing) and his fellow travelers seem like clones from the Disney stable of dull characters. He hides his wizardry underneath a carapace of soft-spoken and seemingly harmless senility. His mature granddaughter (Jennie Linden) is pushy with zero sensuality - a real hard case. Her suitor (Roy Castle) is clumsy and troublesome. The younger granddaughter (Roberta Tovey) combines terminal cuteness with a level of courage that borders on foolishness.

Compared to this foursome, the Daleks are like sophisticates dancing to a Cole Porter tune. They were all the rage in England 20 years ago. Their war cry - Exterminate! - seemed to leap into the air from every English schoolyard. And models of the creatures sold like crumpets in every toy store.

DR. WHO AND THE DALEKS - A Lion International film. Producers: Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg. Director: Gordon Flemyng. Screenplay: Subotsky, based on the original BBC television serial by Terry Nation. Cast: Peter Cushing, Jennie Linden, Roy Castle, Roberta Tovey. (Unrated), but the equivalent of (G). Showcase.

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Gordon Flemyng; UK 1965; Beyond Vision Cult Classic; £12.99; Widescreen; Certificate U

This feeble sci-fi whimsy was the first big screen spin-off from the cult television series. Peter Cushing plays the good Doctor as a bumbling, grandfatherly eccentric. Roy Castle is the fool who inadvertently whisks the Tardis through the aeons and into the Daleks' backyard. The special effects are crude (the gadgetry looks as if it is made from papier mâché and the Daleks resemble tin pots with stuck on baubles), but despite the hints of metal fatigue in Milton Subotsky's script, it retains a kitsch, nostalgic appeal. (MFB No. 379)

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