Last updated 09 July 2022

Free Thinking: The Daleks

World Premiere: Thu 14 Jul 2022 - 10:00pm BST [BBC Radio 3] (United Kingdom)
Running Time: 44 minutes


The Daleks are back! As restorations of the two 1960s Dr Who films are re-released in British cinemas, Matthew Sweet lifts the lid on the most memorable monsters of postwar British science fiction. Expert guests will have 2000 rels - that’s 45 earth minutes - to explore Dalek culture, politics and philosophy, and to explore how Terry Nation’s creations carry the weight of the Second World War, the Cold War and contemporary arguments about race and difference.

Matthew is joined by Nicholas Briggs, who uses a voice modulator to give us the voice of the Daleks, and by Una McCormack, whose books have reached the USA Today best-selling lists.

Doctor Who and the Daleks and Daleks: Invasion Earth are being given a 4K restoration and screenings in UK cinemas across the summer.