DALEKS INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D.
INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D.
The dubious recommendation is that Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. is at least a better film than its predecessor. Most of the same personnel from the first film are reunited here Peter Cushing as The Doctor, Roberta Tovey as Susan, Amicus producers Milton Subotsky and Max J. Rosenberg, Subotsky on script and director Gordon Flemyng. Thankfully, Daleks' Invasion has dispensed with the irritating buffoonery of Roy Castle who dragged down the previous film in a major way. The role of Ian from Terry Nations original script is replaced by a British bobby played by Bernard Cribbins, a comedy actor who appeared in various Carry On films among others. Cribbins is intended to fill more or less the same role that Roy Castle played in the first film and at least proves less irritating. Although he does take part in one awful slapstick scene pretending to be one of the Robo-Men, which becomes cringe-worthy for its sloppy choreography of overweight men in plastic overalls.
Even though its production values were sub-Edward D. Wood Jr, the original tv version of the story, The Dalek Invasion of Earth, was a grim and dramatic survivalist piece. The film is far better budgeted but the flashy sets and blinking lights reduce the survivalist story to the trivial, flashing sci-fi of an Irwin Allen tv show like Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964-8). The action becomes frequently difficult to believe the gawky and slow-moving Daleks are too ludicrous to be fearsome victims have to stand and pose to be hit as they step out of cover. Peter Cushings role is markedly improved over the first film and the under-appreciated Roberta Tovey again appears with freshness and intelligence, although Jill Curzons character of Louise is badly underwritten.
Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. did not fare well at the box-office and so Amicus cancelled plans to make a third Dalek film, which would have been based on the tv story The Chase (1965) and would have featured the Daleks pursuing The Doctor and companions through different eras of time. Bernard Cribbins later returned to play the ongoing role of companion Catherine Tates grandfather in the modern revival Doctor Who (2005 ).