Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
Doctor Who and his companions are hurled into the future and make a horrifying discovery: the Daleks have conquered Earth! The metal fiends have devastated entire continents and turned the survivors into Robomen.
Sometimes, the mind boggles. Like at the two reviews for this incredibly-faithful adaption of the Doctor Who TV serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth that assert that "the series and this movie...couldn't be considered more than variations on a theme" and the movie "blatantly decided that it should be something very different to Doctor Who, but it should have those Dalek things".
Anyway. The TV serial is better, but the movie has its moments -- particularly the model work, which is fabulous, vs the TV version's worse-than-normal effects.
My full comparison of the TV and movie versions can be read here.
'Attention all Robomen, ATTACK THE DALEKS!'
The sequel to the film that blatantly decided that it should be something very different to Doctor Who, but it should have those Dalek things is a sequel that...isn't so much a sequel?
Peter Cushing is decent in the 4 minutes of screen time he has, Bernard Cribbins is not so annoying (as people claim he is) and the Daleks would be awesome...if it weren't for that GOD. DAMN. SOUNDTRACK, in what world is groovy jazz suitable for a chase sequence? Or any form of action sequence? GAH!
Now this I like, this is fun. Much to love here. Creaky but curious.
Corny and surreal, this movie borrows liberally from the BBC series "Doctor Who", however the series and this movie are different enough from one another that they couldn't be considered more than variations on a theme. Much of the iconic music and wry wit is absent here. "The Doctor" introduces himself here as "Doctor Who". Egad. There is a great model spaceship, and the Daleks get more action here than in nearly any other appearance before or since. Worth seeing if you're a fan of the series.
The second 1960's feature film sees Dr. Who and Susan - along with policeman Tom (Bernard Cribbins) - in a futuristic London where the Daleks are turning humans into Robo-Men and are mining the Earth's core. The familiar settings, increased action as the group of rebels take on the metallic menace, and iconic image of a Dalek emerging from the Thames (don't ask how!) make for an exciting sequel.
In honour of 100 years since the birth of Peter Cushing the cinema was showing some old Dr who films and I felt the need to pay my respects to Van Helsing himself by catching at least one. Dr Who Invasion earth 2155AD had a great swing jazz soundtrack that kept me smiling and made me wonder if the current run of Dr Who is going to look just as camp and ridiculous in 50 years time. I suspect it will.
Much better than the first one; there can't be many occasions where adding Bernard Cribbins to a film makes it less silly. The sombre scenes of 22nd-century London (admittedly full of people dressed in clothes from 1966) and clinker-covered landscapes at least tone down the palette and even the Daleks aren't quite as colourful. Peter Cushing is a little better, though his silly Dr. Who (with Corporal Jones gait) is a bad fit for the film, as is Roberta Tovey's irritating child sidekick. Effects aren't bad either, and at least it doesn't hang around too long.
Still very much old school Who fans only, mind.