Monday, January 22, 2018

The Bloody Pit #63 - DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. (1966)

DALEKS' INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. is the second and, sadly, last of the feature films made with Doctor Who as the central character. Or, at least, the ostensible central character. As you might have noticed, The Doctor isn't even mentioned in the title of this science fiction tale. In fact, that is one of the odder things about this movie - there is very little Doctor Who! Why? Well, there are several reasons but with the great Peter Cushing in the role it's a crying shame that his screen time is so limited. Not so with the titular Daleks as they glide around enslaving humanity and digging deadly mine shafts with a plan to do something to the planet's core that I'm still trying to completely understand. Regardless, they are ruthless murdering metal monsters and they must be stopped even if their spaceship is the coolest thing ever! 

Stephen D. Sullivan joins me again to take a look at this classic little British export. We examine how closely it hews to the original television version of the story as well as compare how it stands next to the first of these cinematic Who tales. There is some disagreement about which of the two films is better so we dig into the differing tastes that elevate one over the other. We talk about the illnesses and accidents that marred the production, the strange product placement visible in the dystopian future and the sequences we feel the movie would be better without. We even get to talk a little about the fine character actors that started their Doctor Who association with this film. I've done my best to excise the worst digressions but, for the curious, there is a lengthy off-topic conversation appended to the end of the show in which we discuss Batman. We are geeky, after all! 

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Armand40 said...

I have to admit that I never watched any "Dr. Who" in all my 48 years (maybe a nice project for my retirement), but I still LOVE you guys talking about it!
I also really the enjoyed the other topics you touched here and there like the Father Shandor comic and Mike Grell´s work. A lot to research for the long winter evenings! Thanks for great infotainment Rod and Stephen!

Stephen D. Sullivan said...

Glad you liked it, Armand!