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Released in 1966, Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD was the second and final feature film based on the Doctor Who television series. Adapted from the television serial DW: The Dalek Invasion of Earth, the colour film stars Peter Cushing as a human scientist named "Dr. Who".

Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD
Doctor: Dr. Who
Companions: Tom Campbell
Enemy: The Daleks
Setting: Earth, 2150
Writer: Terry Nation (story)
Milton Subotsky
David Whitaker
Director: Gordon Flemyng
Producer: Max Rosenborg
Milton Subotsky
Cinematography: John Wilcox
Release Date: 26th July 1966
Format: Cinematic Theatrical Movie
Running Time: 84 minutes
Previous Movie: Dr. Who and the Daleks



Policeman Tom Campbell stumbles into the TARDIS on a normal day and ends up being taken to 2150 A.D, by Dr. Who. The future seems to be deserted, but the group soon finds out that the world is currently being controlled by the evil Daleks. Those who have still survived are in hiding, to prevent them from being turned into Robomen. Dr. Who teams up with the survivors in order to take down the Daleks.


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Story Notes



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Filming Locations

Plot Holes, Errors and Mistakes

  • When the van rams through the ranks of blue/silver Daleks in the street, some of those knocked flying and destroyed are clearly seen to be completely empty casings. some of the Daleks weren't operated by a Kaled mutant.
  • Wires are visible on the Dalek saucer in almost all shots of it flying.
  • When the red Dalek falls down the shaft, there is a very clear shot of its base with three small furniture casters (though it must be a dummy, as there is no hole for the operator's feet to protrude).
  • Observing the Dalek saucer, the Doctor notes that it seems to be landing in the vicinity of Sloane Square. There is then a lengthy shot in which it is shown to be continuing in level flight for what must be several miles over London (with no apparent intention of landing) before we finally get a close-up of it descending.
  • The Dalek mine is set in Bedfordshire. We see the encampment with high mountains beyond. Bedfordshire is a county of low rolling hills, with virtually no rock.
  • The Dalek in the Thames does not flash its lights when addressing the Robomen. (The casing did not contain an operator, and therefore no one to operate the lights.)
  • Why isn't there an explanation for Ian and Barbara's absence? They had appeared in the first film. (This seems to take place some time after the first film)
  • When Dortman dies he moves his legs, despite the fact that he's disabled. (Wheelchair means can't walk", not 'legs are completely paralysed').
  • One Dalek sees Dr. Who run to the Roboman controls but then looks up anyway, and why don't they kill him while he's telling the Robomen to attack?


TV to film changes

Here are a few of the notable plot changes made between the TV version of the story and the film (not including the fundamental differences involving the character of Dr. Who himself):

  • Ian and Barbara are replaced by Tom and Louise.
  • In this version Dr. Who, Tom, Louise and Susan journey to the mine in different ways. Dr. Who goes with David, Susan travels with Dortmun, and Tom Campbell and Louise use a Dalek ship (in the original, the Doctor and Susan go with David, Barbara travels with Dortmun and Ian uses the Dalek ship.)
  • In the TV version, David and Susan use the sewers to avoid the Daleks.
  • The film doesn't feature the Slyther.
  • The resolution is slightly different: in the TV version the bomb is used diverted to the Daleks' ship to destroy them, but in the film it's the Earth's magnetic properties.
  • Since Susan is depicted as a child in the film (rather than a teenager as in the TV version), the original subplot of the character's romance with David and being left behind by the Doctor is eliminated.

DVD, Video and Other Releases

Super 8 Releases

  • Released in UK on Super 8 film (8 reels colour/sound) by Walton Sound and Film Services in 1977.
  • Released on UK on Super 8 film Part 1: (one reel colour/sound and one reel black and white/silent) by Walton Sound and Film Services in 1977.
  • Released on UK on Super 8 film Part 2: (one reel colour/sound and one reel black and white/silent) by Walton Sound and Film Services in 1977.

Video Releases

  • Released in the UK in 1982 on VHS and Beta by Thorn EMI.
  • Released in US in 1985 by Thorn EMI.
  • Released in Japan in 1992 on VHS by King Video/Tohokushinsha Film Co.
  • Released in Australia in 1990 by Warner Home Video.
  • Re-released in US in 1994 by Lumiere.
  • Re-released in UK in 1996 by Warner Home Video.

DVD Releases


No novelisation of the screenplay was ever published, however the original teleplay, The Dalek Invasion of Earth was eventually novelised by Terrance Dicks in 1977 as Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth.

See also

Dr. Who and the Daleks

External Links

  • The Doctor Who Reference Guide detailed synopsis of The Dalek Movies
  • IMDB - Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD

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