Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)


“How interesting! This is most interesting!” – Dr. Who

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A scientist who has created a time and space machine called TARDIS travels with his two grand daughters and a friend of their to a distant planet where cyborgs control the world.

My Take on it – I have never been a fan of the Dr. Who series and can honestly say that I have never even seen one episode of any of the various incarnations of that series.

I figured that watching this film might piqued my interest in it, but it actually did the opposite.

This film is extremely silly and the plot comes across as being very simple minded and pathetic in the way that it presets things.

Even the fact that the amazing Peter Cushing plays the good Doctor doesn’t manage to help elevate this story to a higher plain and do justice for the mythos that this iconic character has created over the decades.

The special effects don’t help enhance the story at all even when one takes into account the level of effects and it sophistication at the time.

The story itself is very poorly done and it really limps along without enough direction to make it more interesting.

The villains feel like keystone cops instead of menacing cyborgs and are more humorous to watch than deadly.

This takes away any kind of suspense or thrills in the story because it’s quite laughable when taking into account the kind of devious plans that they wish to undertake.

I think I’ll have to wait before trying to take another stab at Dr. Who on any level.

Bottom Line – Terribly silly film that has a very pathetic and simple minded plot. The film does no justice to the mythos of Dr. Who and even having Cushing play the iconic role doesn’t make it any more enjoyable. The story limps along really poorly and even taking into consideration the kind of special effects available at the time, this film’s plot just doesn’t work on any level. The Daleks don’t feel menacing enough for the kind of plans they wish to undertake and that also doesn’t help make this story feel suspenseful or thrilling at all.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – As an incentive Roberta Tovey (who was 11 at the time the film was produced) was paid a shilling (5p) by director Gordon Flemyng every time she did a scene in one take. She made so much money, Flemyng didn’t offer her the same deal for the sequel. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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