Dr. Who and the Daleks
 

No. 1 of 17 in the Miscellaneous TV spin-offs series
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Starring: Peter Cushing, Roy Castle, Jennie Linden & Roberta Tovey
By:Milton Subotsky
Rating:   8.1  (11 votes)  Vote here
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Editions:  UK UK (original VHS) | Australia Australia (original VHS) | US US (original VHS) | Japan Japan (VHS) | UK UK (reissue 1 VHS) | US US (reissue 1 VHS) | Australia Australia (reissue VHS) | US US (reissue 2 VHS) | UK UK (reissue 2 VHS) | US US (DVD) | UK UK (DVD) | UK UK (1st Blu-ray) | Spain Spain (DVD) | UK UK (2nd Blu-ray)
Note:This is the first of the two big-screen Doctor Who movies from the mid-60s starring Peter Cushing — the second was Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. Both movies are also available together as part of the Dalek movie box set. Also available is a music soundtrack and unofficial novelisation of this movie.

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
Released:  April 1982
Publisher:  Thorn EMI
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Was released on both VHS and Betamax.

Cover blurb:
Come aboard the Tardis! It may look like a police box from the outside, but step through the door and there's space enough for everybody to share in the fun and excitement of Dr. Who's first encounter with the Daleks.

When the BBC launched Terry Nation's Dr. Who in 1963 it was regarded as an experimental fantasy adventure for children's Saturday teatime viewing. Nobody thought then that the series would run and run, winning devoted followers of all ages. Or that the pepperpot Daleks, rasping out threats to 'An-i-hil-ate' all and sundry, would prove so popular that they would still be returning to pursue their fruitless efforts to outsmart the Doctor when many of those first child-viewers had children of their own.

As we all know by now, Dr. Who is a Time Lord who, every so often, vanishes into the Infinite to return totally changed in appearance and personality. This secret hadn't been revealed in 1965 when puzzled youngsters found him portrayed by Hammer Horror star, Peter Cushing, instead of by television's William Hartnell. Today's better-informed child can understand that he was wearing the identity of a dotty Grandfather when he invented the Tardis and first tangled with the Daleks. With the Doctor on this voyage through time and space are his little granddaughter Susie (Roberta Tovey), her sister Barbara (Jenny Linden) and accident-prone Ian (Roy Castle). It is Ian whose clumsiness sends them off to an unknown world devastated by radiation fall-out, but it is Susie who gets most of the brave and clever things to do when they are captured by the mean and murderous Daleks.

Meeting the metallic menaces again is a pleasurable experience for adults: a mixture of nostalgic affection and amusement. But this adventure, with its comic capers provided by Roy Castle, is particularly suitable for young children because it is never more than enjoyably scary.

MARJORIE BILBOW

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Edition: Australia Australia (original VHS)
Released:  January 1983 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Thorn EMI
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Available in both VHS and Betamax.

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Edition: US US (original VHS)
Released:  January 1985 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Thorn EMI HBO Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Dr. Who, the Time Lord, brings us on an exciting journey through space aboard his spaceship Tardis. Dr. Who and his band of voyagers travel to an unknown world devastated by radiation fallout.

When the space adventurers are captured by the murderous, metallic Daleks, the action builds as the group tries to outwit the Daleks and escape.

An enjoyably frightening adventure for all!

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Edition: Japan Japan (VHS)
Released:  January 1986 (Exact date unconfirmed)
Publisher:  Cannon
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Edition: UK UK (reissue 1 VHS)
Released:  June 1988
Publisher:  Warner Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  A number of variant sleeves exist for this release, all using the same basic design but with wording added across the top — one saying "Dr Who's First Big-Screen Adventure", another saying "WH Smith Exclusive" (This release was initially only available in UK retailer WH Smith).

Cover blurb:
The first screen adventure based on the ever-popular BBC television science fiction series.

Join Dr. Who as he is transported by the TARDIS through time and space to the future planet Skaro devastated by radiation fall-out.

There the Timelord battles the mutated alien Daleks who threaten to exterminate the peace-loving Thals by detonating a neutron bomb.

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Edition: US US (reissue 1 VHS)
Released:  January 1989
Publisher:  GoodTimes Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Dr. Who, the Time Lord, brings us on an exciting journey through space aboard his spaceship Tardis. Dr. Who and his band of voyagers travel to an unknown world devasted by radiation fallout. When the space adventurers are captured by the murderous, metallic Daleks, the action builds as the group tries to outwit the Daleks and escape. An enjoyably frightening adventure for all!

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Edition: Australia Australia (reissue VHS)
Released:  January 1990
Publisher:  Unknown
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Widescreen.

Cover blurb:
TARDIS is the latest invention of Dr Who. A Time and Relative Dimension in Space machine, it can transport passengers to another world, at another time, With his grand-daughters, Barbara and Susan, Dr Who demonstrates the machine to Barbara's boyfriend, Ian. Ian trips and stumbles against the control panel, and the four humans are instantly ejected away from the Earth. They land in a vast, petrified forest, and soon Dr Who finds himself involved in a terrible struggle as the peaceable Thal people fight for their survival against the terrible domination of the monstrous Daleks.

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Edition: US US (reissue 2 VHS)
Released:  January 1994
Publisher:  Lumiere
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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In this first screen adventure based on the ever-popular BBC television science-fiction series, TARDIS (a Time and Relative Dimension in Space machine) is the latest invention of Dr. Who. It can transport passengers to another world at another time. With his grand-daughters, Barbara and Susan, Dr. Who demonstrates the machine to Barbara's boyfriend, Ian, who trips and stumbles against the control panel, and the four humans are instantly transported from earth [sic]. They land in a vast, petrified forest, and soon Dr. Who finds himself involved in a terrible struggle as the peaceable Thal people fight for their survival against the terrible domination of the monstrous Daleks.

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Edition: UK UK (reissue 2 VHS)
Released:  February 1996
Publisher:  Warner Home Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Note:  Widescreen.

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Peter Cushing plays the Doctor in this exciting first big screen adventure based on the ever-popular BBC television series. The Doctor travels through time and space in his TARDIS to Skaro, birth place of the terrifying metal monsters, the Daleks! Skaro is a planet devastated by radioactive fallout, where the hideously mutated Daleks, safe in their metal city, plot to exterminate their age-old adversaries, the Thals, with a massive neutron bomb. Only the Doctor can save them!

This special widescreen collector's edition features the original trailer.

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Edition: US US (DVD)
Released:  November 2001
Publisher:  Anchor Bay
Format: 1 x DVD
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The wildest space adventure on... or off the Earth!

The legendary Peter Cushing stars in this fantastic film adaptation of the beloved BBC-TV serial that captured the imagination of the world!

Eccentric scientific genius Dr. Who activates the T.A.R.D.I.S., a remarkable time machine disguised as an ordinary police callbox. But when the Doctor, his granddaughters and their friend Ian are transported to the mysterious planet Skaro, they discover a race of innocent humanoids under siege by the evil robot-like Daleks. Can the Doctor protect this peaceful society from destruction as well as save the entire universe from a diabolical invasion of the future?

Features:

  • Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16:9 TVs
  • Audio Commentary with Stars Jennie Linden and Roberta Tovey, Moderated by journalist Jonathan Sothcott
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Poster and Still Gallery
  • Photo Essay: A History of Doctor Who
  • Peter Cushing bio

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Edition: UK UK (DVD)
Released:  May 2013
Publisher:  StudioCanal
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  Extras as follows:

  • Dalekmania
  • Restoring Dr Who & The Daleks
  • Interview with author Gareth Owen
  • Stills Gallery
  • Trailer

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Edition: UK UK (1st Blu-ray)
Released:  May 2013
Publisher:  StudioCanal
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Edition: Spain Spain (DVD)
Title:  Dr. Who y los Daleks
Released:  July 2015
Publisher:  La Casa del Cine para Todos
Format: 1 x DVD
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Note:  Region 0 DVD. Choice of Spanish dubbed audio, original English audio or Spanish subtitles. No extras.

Cover blurb:
El Dr. Who inventa una máquina espacio-temporal con la que, por un accidente, es transportado junto con sus nietas y el novio de una de ellas a un extraño lugar en el que se verán involucrados en una terrible guerra entre dos pueblos rivales.

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Edition: UK UK (2nd Blu-ray)
Released:  August 2015
Publisher:  StudioCanal
Format: 1 x Blu-ray
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Note:  Limited edition steelbook (2,000 copies), exclusive to UK online retailer Zavvi — although reseller copies have since started appearing on Amazon.

Cover blurb:
Directed by Gordon Flemyng and now fully restored, Dr. Who & The Daleks (1965) was the first big screen film adaptation of British TV's most iconic sci-fi hero, and was the first time Doctor Who was ever seen in colour!

British film legend Peter Cushing plays everyone's favourite Timelord [sic], and having invented the TARDIS, a strange machine capable of travelling into other dimensions, the Doctor and his three young accomplices set forth on a quest through time and space. Their journey takes them into the dark, undiscovered depths of the universe and to the planet of Skaro. A primitive world devastated by nuclear war and populated by two warring species, a peaceful tribe known as Thals and a life form heavily mutated by radiation, encased in protective machines. A merciless force of destruction known as The Daleks!

EXTRAS:

  • AUDIO COMMENTARY WITH JENNIE LINDEN & ROBERTA TOVEY
  • DALEKMANIA
  • RESTORING DR WHO & THE DALEKS
  • INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR GARETH OWEN
  • STILLS GALLERY
  • TRAILER


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