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Film / Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.

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The one where Wilfred shows up a few decades early.

Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. is the 1966 sequel to Dr. Who and the Daleks. The film follows in its predecessor's footsteps: Peter Cushing is Dr. Who, the Daleks are being nefarious and the whole thing is in colour!

Just as the first film was a remake of the TV story "The Daleks", this is a remake of the second Dalek story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth". In it, the Daleks have invaded Earth and are planning to excavate the core and turn the planet into a giant spaceship. Luckily, Dr. Who is on hand to save the day with help from his granddaughter Susan, his niece Louise, and a policeman named Tom Campbell.

Has nothing to do with Earth 2150.

Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: The original trailer describes Ray Brooks as "The boy with the knack". Brooks starred in The Knack...and How to Get It.
  • Adaptational Wimp: Louise is significantly less badass than Barbara was in the TV story, with some of Barbara's most impressive moments given to the rebel Wyler.
  • Alien Invasion: Guess who!
  • Alternate Continuity: Let us count the ways!
    • The character of the Time Lord known as The Doctor has become the human scientist called Dr. Who.
    • He has a niece as well as a granddaughter.
    • Susan is prepubescent.
    • His ship is known as Tardis (note the lack of the definitive article) and looks like a jumbled mess inside (even moreso than the canon TARDIS).
  • Cardboard Prison: Invoked by the Daleks as an intelligence test for captives.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Susan and Wyler meet two women living near the mine who do work for the Daleks. The women take them into their home, but betray them to the Daleks in exchange for extra food.
  • Compressed Adaptation: From six 25-minute episodes (174 minutes) to one 81-minute film. And the ending introduces us to the new companion. One notable effect is that the Doctor and David are able to walk from London to Bedfordshire in the same time it takes the Daleks' spaceship to fly there.
  • Doom as Test Prize: The Doctor escapes a Dalek cell only to discover that the opportunity to escape was provided to test whether he was intelligent enough to be turned into a Roboman.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: David dresses up as a Roboman and leads a group of rebels aboard the Dalek Saucer in a Trojan Prisoner gambit.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Our heroes walk out the door, closing it behind them to reveal a message written on the door.
  • Food Pills: The Robomen are fed something like these.
  • Hand Gagging: Happens to Louise several times in the movie. The Italian advertising even added an image of a Roboman doing it to her onto the poster.
  • Hand Wave: See the explanation for the TARDIS interior in the last movie? The Doctor manages to out-BS that. Space, of course, cannot be the "fifth dimension" because space is already the first, second and third dimensions!
    Dr. Who: Just as time should be considered the fourth dimension, so Space should be the fifth dimension, for Space knows no boundaries and is timeless.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: At the end of the movie, Tom taps the driver of the getaway car on the shoulder through the open window, then punches him the face and knocks him out when he turns round.
  • Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: The Robomen, dressed in drab jumpsuits on television, wear shiny black latex jumpsuits and crash-helmet things.
  • Look Behind You: Dr. Who uses this to distract all the Daleks in the room.
  • Pretend to Be Brainwashed: Tom has to pretend to be a Roboman. Played largely for laughs.
  • Product Placement: Sugar Puffs helped finance the film. It shows.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. As a consequence of Susan being a little girl in this version instead of a teenager, the movie drops the romantic subplot and David becomes just another rebel.
  • Rock Beats Laser: During the assault on the Dalek saucer, Wyler knocks out a Roboman who is armed with a laser by hitting him in the head with a brick.
  • Slasher Smile: Philip Madoc's character has one.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Louise and Tom replace Barbara and Ian.
  • A Taste of the Lash: The Robomen use whips on the slaves working in the mine.
  • Trojan Prisoner: David dresses up as a Roboman and leads a group of rebels aboard the Dalek Saucer disguised as a group of prisoners.
  • Whip of Dominance: The Robomen are the main enforcers to the Dalek invaders, and carry whips to both control the enslaved population and as weapons when dealing with the rebels during the assault on the saucer. Ironically the Robomen themselves are Slave Mooks who went through Unwilling Robotization.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Philip Madoc's character is "rewarded" by the Daleks with extermination.