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Film: Dr. Who and the Daleks

Dr. Who and the Daleks is a 1965 film that cashed in on the craze of Dalekmania by adapting the Doctor Who serial "The Daleks" into a cinema spectacle. It features the Daleks (IN COLOUR!) battling against Peter Cushing as Dr. Who.

It was followed a year later by Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., which did nowhere near as well.


Dr. Who and the Daleks provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Aliens Speaking English: The Daleks and the Thals, who both speak and read perfect English. There's no mention of an equivalent for the TV show's translation circuit (which was only first mentioned in TV years later anyway), and it is unexplained how either race is able to communicate with Dr. Who and his companions.
  • Alternate Continuity: Let us count the ways!
    • The character of the Time Lord note  known as The Doctor has become a human scientist literally named Dr. Who.
    • Susan and Barbara are both his granddaughters (with the surname Who, to boot).
    • Ian is Barbara's boyfriend, neither of them is a teacher, and both are teenagers.
    • Susan is a little girl of about eleven (where in the original she was a 15 year old teenager or equivalent).
    • Dr. Who's ship is known as Tardis (note the lack of the definite article).
    • Tardis is still a police box that's Bigger on the Inside (somehow), but its interior consists of only one room built very haphazardly. There's no hexagonal console, time rotor, or roundels — just a great many random buttons, wires, and switches... and a single lever is all that controls the space/time travel mechanism. Also, no vworp noise.
  • Canon Immigrant / Development Gag: The Daleks were supposed to have flamethrowers, which were scrapped for the infamous fog cannons. However, flamethrowers were included with the Daleks in regular canon, in "The Daleks' Master Plan".
  • Comic Book Adaptation: Dell Comics in the US published a one-off adaptation of the film in the mid-1960s, nearly 15 years before any comics based on the TV show appeared in the US.
  • Compressed Adaptation: From seven 25-minute episodes (175 minutes total) to one 79-minute film.
  • Hand Wave: The ridiculous explanation for the TARDIS interior.
    Susan: Space expands to accommodate the time that encompasses its dimensions.
  • Literary Agent Hypothesis: I Am The Doctor by John Peel, an unofficial 2007 magazine oneshot in which the ten Doctors described themselves in their own words, also included a piece by Barbara (TV version) describing how she and Ian sold the details of their first two Dalek encounters to a film studio, and how much the resulting movies changed everything.
  • Little Miss Badass: The movie's eleven-year-old Susan is considerably bolder than the TV show's fifteen-year-old Susan, who only returned to the TARDIS from the city after much prodding.
  • Sequel Hook: At the end, our heroes try to get back to London, but end up in the middle of an ancient Roman battle.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Antodus gets a Disney Death, instead of actually falling to his death as he does in the TV story.
  • Zeerust: The Daleks' colourful fortress, big time. The Dalek control room even has lava lamps, which probably still seemed incredibly futuristic in 1965.


Doctor Who: Prisoners of TimeFranchise/WhoniverseDaleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
Doctor Who Expanded UniverseFilms of the 1960sDaleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
Deep ImpactScience Fiction FilmsFist of the North Star

alternative title(s): Dr Who And The Daleks
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