Monday, November 16, 2015

Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Regal Films (UK)
Directed by Gordon Flemyng
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(DVD, Anchor Bay)

The absent-minded doctor, his granddaughters and one of their boyfriends accidentally travel to a distant planet in his time-space bending machine. They encounter a post-nuke world run by mutants controlling angry robots. They try to help the human survivors, committed pacifists, defeat the robots, without resorting to violence. Peter Cushing overplays his characterization of the aging doctor and is never believable. The sets, while colorful, rarely leave the same sound stage and become boring after awhile. The robots are just plain silly, not threatening. Overall, a disappointing transition to the big screen for the venerable British TV series.

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