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Robbie Parry
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Fifty years ago today, DALEKS - INVASION EARTH: 2150 AD was released in UK cinemas:


Two DR WHO movies were released by Hammer Studios in 1965 and 1966. Both starred Peter Cushing as Dr. Who (he was a human who was actually called Dr. Who). It is to the TV series what KNIGHTRIDER 2010 was to KNIGHT RIDER - insert your own analogy here - and has a barely tenuous link to the BBC series. In fact, it takes place in a different continuity entirely.

The first movie, DR WHO AND THE DALEKS, was a film adaptation of the BBC serial "The Daleks"; DALEKS - INVASION EARTH: 2150 A.D. is an adaptation of the BBC serial "The Dalek Invasion Of Earth". Of course, being movie adaptations, filmed in colour, there's a lot of glamour and glitz in them.

For me, the films are solid, but perhaps not spectacular. There was a certain novelty in seeing big-screen colour adaptations of black-and-white BBC serials. And Peter Cushing is always a pleasure to watch. That said, I certainly don't think the films are fantastic. I'd recommend watching them as historical curiosities, but if you were forced to choose between watching the films and watching the BBC serials...I'd probably recommend the BBC serials.

Anyone have any views on DALEKS - INVASION EARTH: 2150 A.D. (what a long and cumbersome film title!).
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There's a pretty good documentary on Netflix about those movies and their production.
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Thanks, Steve, I'll have a look.
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The films were made by AARU Productions (part of Amicus Productions) and were nothing to do with Hammer.

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The two movies, to my mind, incorporated too much comedy.  They're still very good, but the original TV serials were far superior.
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The movies bewilder me. Hammer had previously done remarkably faithful adaptations of two of the QUATERMASS serials. Why the gutting of DOCTOR WHO?
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Sorry, everyone, for my mistake. Don't know why I thought Hammer. :/ 
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Well, there's my answer!
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I think the Hammer thing started back in the early days of Doctor Who fandom. Like many fan myths it kept getting repeated and took on a life of its own.
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Indeed. I suppose a good idea, if posting details about any film, is to do a check with IMDb or just type the film into Amazon. Good job I'm not a journalist, eh? Checking facts important.
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I was sort of surprised that Moffat didn't try to put the films into
continuity. It turns out that he wanted to show the movie posters in the
Black Archive in "Day of the Doctor", having the films exist as in-
universe fictionalized retellings of the Doctor's adventures, but he
couldn't get the rights.
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I have a soft spot for this film... back in the early 80's, my family started renting a video recorder (VHS); those of you who are old enough may remember that there were many video shops in most UK towns at the time; for the first weekend, me and my two brothers were given the choice of one video each to rent over the weekend; I remember my elder brother chose Time Bandits, my younger chose Smokey and the Bandit II and I (as a Dr Who nerd) chose Daleks - invasion Earth.... it's a bit clunky as a film, but the Dalek coming out of the Thames is really cool, it's quite a nice glimpse of mid-60's London and the Dalek's plot (I think something along the lines of blow out the Earth's core, to convert the Earth into a giant space ship?) is entertainingly daft! 
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I enjoyed watching them as a kid,in the 70`s they were part of a Wednesday special at the local(Wolverhampton) Odeon during the summer school holidays! 5 pence to see a film! Good job Moffatt didn`t get them unto continuity,how would he explain Bernard Cribbins? Also,the Sugar Puffs blatant product placement is a bit jarring!
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