Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

UK,
84m
35mm, Techniscope, Technicolor, 2.35:1
mono, English

A British film directed by Gordon Flemyng. It was the second of Peter Cushing's two appearances as ” Who” in big-screen spin-offs from the hit TV series Who (1963-1989).

Plot Summary

Dr Who and his travelling companions use his time machine, the TARDIS, to travel to the year 2150 where they find that the Earth has been overrun by the alien . The time travelers throw in their lot with a group of resistance fighters who battle the Daleks and their robomen slaves who are trying to plant a bomb at the Earth's core…

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Gordon Flemyng
© 1966 by Aaru Productions Limited
An Aaru production
Executive Producer: Joe Vegoda
Produced by: Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg
Production Manager: Ted Wallis
Screenplay by: Milton Subotsky
Additional Material by: David Whitaker
From the B.B.C. Television Serial by: Terry Nation
Assistant Director: Anthony Waye
Continuity: Pamela Davies
Director of Photography: John Wilcox
Camera Operator: David Harcourt
Camera Grip: Ray Jones
Photographed in Techniscope
Editor: Ann Chegwidden
Colour by: Technicolor
Music Composed and Conducted by: Bill McGuffie
Electronic Music: Barry Gray
Sound Recordist: A. Ambler
Sound Editor: John Poyner
Sound Supervisor: John Cox
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jackie Cummins
Make-up: Bunty Phillips
Hairdresser: Bobbie Smith
Special Effects: Ted Samuels
Art Director: George Provis
Set Decoration: Maurice Pelling
Construction Manager: Bill Waldron
Unit Manager: Tony Wallis

Cast
Peter Cushing (Dr. Who)
Bernard Cribbins (Tom Campbell)
Ray Brooks (David)
Andrew Keir (Wyler)
Roberta Tovey (Susan)
Jill Curzon (Louise)
Roger Avon (Wells)
Geoffrey Cheshire (roboman)
Keith Marsh (Conway)
Philip Madoc (Brockley)
Steve Peters (roboman leader)
Eddie Powell (Thompson)
Godfrey Quigley (Dortmun)
Peter Reynolds (man on bicycle)
Bernard Spear (man with carrier bag)
Sheila Steafel (young woman)
Eileen Way (old woman)
Kenneth Watson (Craddock)
John Wreford (robber)
Robert Jewell (leader Dalek operator)

Alternative Titles

Les Daleks envahissent la terre – France
Daleks il futuro tra un milione di anni
– Italy
Dr Who: Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
– USA (video)
Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Inwazja Daleków na ziemie
– Poland
Los marcianos invaden la
tierra
– Spain

Sequel to
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Remake of
Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964)

Extracts included in
Dalekmania (1995)
Adventures in Space and Time (1999)

See also
Doctor Who (1963-1989)
The Few Doctors (1997)

Press

1966
The Sun 21 July 1966
I didn't say it, honest. The man in the film did. He said the Daleks were “motorised dustbins.” Anyway I don't suppose will take too much notice of the fact if you take them to Daleks – Invasion Earth, 2150 AD. […] Of course they really are motorised, studded, highly coloured, animated dustbins. And this Technicolor film of their invasion of London in the year mentioned in the title does not help to improve the image much. In spite of some sturdy acting by the regulars, it all looks a bit tatty and hasty and clumsily thought out.- from a review (So that's what happened to the Daleks) by Ann Pacey

Evening Standard 21 July 1966
Actually it's all much more inventive than the flrst Daleks film, the sets are quite an eyeful, so are the special effects and director Gordon Flemyng can teach Disney a lot about packing in the action. – from a review by Alexander Walker

The Times 21 July 1966
The second cinematic excursion of the Daleks's shows little advance on the first. They are still trundling around issuing scrambled orders in humanoid speech and Dr Who, by judicious use of his time machine, is still around to foil their dastardly schemes for world domination. The filming of all this is technically elementary – even the strings which hold up the flying saucer in which the Daleks land are clearly visible – and the cast, headed by the long-suffering, much ill-used Peter Cushing, seem able, unsurprisingly, to drum up no conviction whatever in anything they are called on to do. Grown ups may enjoy it, but most children will nave more sense. – from a review, author not known

Daily Mail 22 July 1966
There used to be a fairground sideshow called Breaking up the Happy Home in which for a small fee you could hurl wooden balls at a kitchen dresser just to see how much crockery you could smash. You did it with a free conscience because it was not a real kitchen anyway and I find much the same uninhibited destructive appeal about these Daleks . […] Mingled with the pleasure of seeing [the Daleks] perish is the chilling thought that they will be back again before long, to glide and grunt their devilish way through another Daleks picture. – from an illustrated review (Smashing! oh the joy of seeing the Daleks thumped again) by Cecil Watson

The Financial Times 22 July 1966
I find the Daleks – cross little dustbins on wheels that they are – quite the most unattractive figures in science fiction. They are so featureless and so disagreeable with their stick arms and raspy voices. They are not even very efficient. They can only roll along on marble-smooth surfaces and seem to be quite immobilised if you but grab them and give them a good spin. And they are always worsted by that footling old Who. They really get no more than their deserts with Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. […] which is a film of unusually low standards. The script is dim, the direction sloppy, the acting varying to execrable, and the editing loose enough to mislay whatever dramatic excitements there might otherwise have been. – from a review by David Robinson

The Morning Star 23 July 1966
Despite Dr. Who's journey into in Daleks – Invasion Earth […] time seems to have stood still – or slid backwards by about 25 years. The stated vear is 2150 A.D. but all the non-Daleks props – clothes, furniture, packagings, radios, even home-made bombs – look like leftovers from an old film about the London blitz. […] The single touch of visual imagination is the splendid flying saucer which rides the sky like a giant, streamlined showboat with rotating lights. […] [A]ll acting efforts are defeated by the enormities of the script, which doesn't even do us the courtesy of sticking to the elementary logic rules of science fiction. I know British-Lion has got its problems at the moment this tatty sort of film-making won't help solve them. – from a review by Nina Hibbin

References

Periodicals

  • Dreamwatch no.22 p.42 – review
  • We Belong Dead Amicus Special Spring 2021 pp.28-33 – illustrated review (by Erika Bean)

Newspapers

  • Daily Mail 22 July 1966 – illustrated review (Smashing! oh the joy of seeing the Daleks thumped again by Cecil Watson
  • Evening Standard 21 July 1966 – review (by Alexander Walker)
  • The Financial Times 22 July 1966 – review (by David Robinson)
  • Morning Star 23 July 1966 – review (by Nina Hibbin)
  • The Sun 21 July 1966 – review (So that's what happened to the Daleks by Ann Pacey)
  • The Times 21 July 1966 – review (author not known)

Books

  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.91 – credits, review
  • Fright Night on Channel 9 by James Arena p.198
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.88 – credits, review
  • by Walt Lee p.85 – credits
  • Sci-fi Chronicles by Guy Haley (ed.) p.216
  • Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks by Alwyn W. Turner p.137

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide December 2014 p.6 – illustrated listing