So, it seemed only logical that, with "Dalekmania" reaching a frenzied peak in 1965, a feature film adapting the first tv appearance of the lethal pepperpots, would be a box office smash.
It didn't quite turn out that way.
Amicus Productions, basically a lower-budget Hammer Studios, acquired the rights, and produced Dr Who and the Daleks, starring horror icon Peter Cushing as Doctor Who.
Note: I said "Doctor Who" and not "The Doctor".
That's because the movie's Doctor is an eccentric human inventor named "Who", not an alien Time Lord using the title "Doctor"!
The TARDIS, while still a space-time travelling device bigger on the inside than the outside and looking like a Police Call Box, is now the product of one man's expertise, not the culmination of the technology of an advanced civilization.
Beyond that basic change to the concept, the movie was a fairly straightforward condensation of the seven-episode serial, utilizing the original story's major plot points.
With the benefits of
- being the first color version of Dr Who (the tv show was shot in black and white until 1970)
- a bigger budget than the tv series and
- a music score by Thunderbirds composer Barry Gray
With all that in mind, let's continue...
tomorrow, in the exciting conclusion!
Plus MORE Dr Who goodies!