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Monday, May 20, 2013

Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966)

Starring Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Andrew Keir, Roberta Tovey
Directed by Gordon Flemyng
(actor & director credits courtesy IMDB.com)

The eccentric but brilliant Doctor Who travels forward in time with his companions to 22nd century Earth, where he discovers London has been destroyed by his old nemesis, the Daleks.

What a fun movie!  I can't say I've been a fan of the long-running Doctor Who television series, which per Wikipedia, provided the storyline adapted into this film's screenplay, but certainly enjoyed spending an evening with the good doctor, well-personified by Peter Cushing in one of his two turns in the role.  The whimsical music score from Bill McGuffie is very enjoyable, deflating some of the horrific impact of the plot, and along with some comedic bits of business, helps to make the film suitable for family audiences.  Viewers of the television series, accustomed to its very limited special effects, will enjoy seeing much more substantial sci-fi imagery here, although the filmmakers stay true to the series' simplistic design of the ruthless Daleks.

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