Director: Gordon Flemyng

82 minutes, U.K., 1965, Colour, D-Cinema

On the occasion of the Timelord’s 50th anniversary, we present what remain (to date) his only outings on the big screen. The introduction of the Daleks, the Doctor’s greatest and most enduring enemy, during William Hartnell’s incarnation of the First Doctor was such a success that these films, non-canon retellings of The Daleks and The Dalek Invasion of Earth television serials respectively, were rushed into production. To make them more palatable to an international audience, established star Peter Cushing (whose centenary is also celebrated this year) was cast as a more kindly, avuncular Doctor than Hartnell’s crotchety character.

In the first film of our double bill, Dr. Who and the Daleks, the Doctor, granddaughters Susan and Barbara, and Barbara’s boyfriend Ian arrive on Skaro, a planet desolated by an ancient nuclear war between the Daleks and the Thals. Mutated by the fallout, the Daleks seek a drug from the Thals which will protect them and enable them to exterminate their old foe. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

As part of our Dr. Who double bill, Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. will be showing directly after this screening at 18.15.

Tickets for the double bill €15; tickets for each film at normal prices.

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