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  • Actors: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill
  • Directors: Richard Martin
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Mono, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Jun. 2003
  • Run Time: 149 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009PBAN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,541 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Tardis materialises in London sometime after the year 2164. Dalek invaders are now ruling the Earth with the aid of humans converted into zombie-like Robomen, but they are opposed by a group of resistance fighters led by the wheelchair-using Dortmun. The travellers discover that the Daleks have established a huge mine in Bedfordshire, their aim being to remove the Earth’s core using a huge bomb and replace it with a powerful drive system so that they can pilot the planet around the galaxy. Ian manages to create a barrier in the shaft in order to intercept the bomb. The resulting explosion destroys the Daleks and their mine and creates a huge volcanic eruption. Susan has fallen in love with resistance fighter David Campbell, and the Doctor decides to leave her on Earth to find a new life with him, while he continues on his travels with Ian and Barbara.

Running Time: 150 minutes approx.


The second story of series two, Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth sees William Hartnell's Doctor in a six-part adventure pitted against his greatest nemesis, the Daleks. The Doctor, Susan (Carol Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) arrive in the London of 2164, where the Nazi-like Dalek's have turned the remnants of the human race into slave workers or "Robomen", who unfortunately foreshadow Monty Python's hilarious "Gumbies". The Dalek's plan involves a vast mine in Bedfordshire and the final destruction of the human race, while pitted against them is a WWII-style resistance movement led by Dortmun (Alan Judd) and David Campbell (Peter Fraser). One of the most famous of all Doctor Who stories, Dalek Invasion of Earth features such iconic moments as a dalek emerging from the Thames, and a remarkable flight across London showing daleks crossing Westminster Bridge and patrolling Trafalgar Square and the Albert Memorial. Terry Nation's story is almost insanely ambitious for the budget, and while sets and effects are primitive, the location work is highly evocative. Lavishly remade for the cinema as Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD (1966), the plot here is more detailed, mercifully free of comic relief, and delivers a surprisingly sensitive ending to mark Carol Ann Ford's departure from the series.

On The DVD: Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white 4:3 picture and mono sound. The highlight of Disc One is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1000 times better. Disc Two offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality Rehearsal Footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary which asks Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?. Jane Asher plays Susan in an SF comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set, which belongs in any Who fan's collection. Gary S Dalkin

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Darren Dean on 14 July 2003
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Restoration as ever is quite exceptional. Acting is a little stilted but WHO cares. worthwhile addition to the collection complete with wobbly daleks as well as dialog. The latest trend with BBC Who DVD is two disks with mounds of extras that makes the purchase price well worth it! The Movie version is glossier, but this TV version is rounder and more detailed. CGI effects available to view are good (you can't see the strings on the spaceships!) is an excellant feature. A big plus in this disk, we say goodbye to Susan! (why does that girl always twist her ankle (she did it many years later in the Five Doctors)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Nov. 2006
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The second Dalek outage was a fantastic one! Even better than the first!

This is Doctor Who at its best. The beginning episode sets a dark tone (check out the posters on the wall about dumping bodies).

The flying saucers are the worse I've ever seen - and this I think adds to the charm of the series. It shows how a low budget production can be great if the scripts, plot, and acting is just right.

This actually feels quite epic and is great watched in one go as well as being watched over a period of time.

The special features are top notch (if the flying saucers REALLY bug you then you can watch CGI smooth ones instead!) interviews are fab and the commentary is worth listening to.

The end of this story maybe explains why the Doctor seems rather obessed planet Earth and its people. It gets people who think Hartnell's doctor is self obsessed and heartless to re-assess their views on him.

The Dalek coming out of the Thames is one of the all time great Doctor Who moments.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jones VINE VOICE on 8 Dec. 2006
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As all the other reviewers cover well, this is great acting, good dialogue and strong plot. Yes is sags slightly when the unnecessary extra monster appears, but most of the real monsters are humans - the ones that help the daleks and the ones that profiteer from the situation.

Not only does the strength of the cast / script shine brightly 40 years later, but for me the passage of time has helped make the 60's East London Docks seem more strange then they could ever have seen at the time and I find myself moved by the discontinuity of the unreachable past posing as the future yet to be.

Oh and it's a lot better than the film!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ray Ellis on 28 July 2007
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When the daleks first appeared in the second Doctor Who serial, at the end of 1963, they were an instant success. And so the first Doctor Who sequel was commissioned, and this - screened one year later - was the result. Again written by dalek creator Terry Nation, this story transports the metal baddies to the familiar setting of a future England.

Despite the very low budget, the whole 6 episodes have an epic feel, making good use of location filming and a huge number of sets (mostly crammed into one small studio), in a way that was almost unheard of in the days of early sixties television. Most of the London exterior scenes were shot in a single morning, enabling wide shots of daleks roaming a deserted capital.

As well as a credible departure for the doctor's grand-daughter, Susan (with a romance built up over the 6 episodes), there are also several iconic moments (daleks over westminster bridge, dalek emerging from the Thames, Barbara crashing through daleks in a dustcart, etc).

In places it gets over ambitious and there is an unnecessary extra monster, the slyther, which looks laughable today (but was quite popular in 1964). Also the dalek saucers don't really work - but there is an option to watch a new cgi version of those, which slips seamlessly into the existing footage.

As well as a great commentary with two of the shows stars, plus producer and director crammed into the studio, plus the usual information text running along the bottom of all episodes, giving insights and trivia about the making of each scene. Disc one also includes the original trailers from 1964 and those new cgi clips as a separate show.

Disc two features over two hours of additional features.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2004
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This wonderful classic deserves to be seen because of BBC production values which existed during the early 1960s which made Doctor Who such a success. I recall watching this tea time serial during its first transmission, and admittedly dont remember a great deal about it apart from the scenes showing the Dalek emerging from the Thames, and the final scene with Susan staying behind as her grandfather and friends travelled to pastures new. Overall its an excellent buy because of the numerous extras which are worth the purchase price alone. Some of the surviving cast are interviewed and share their memories of working on the serial after 40 years. Picture and sound is very good, with numerous extras making it a good buy indeed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Real M.B.E. Of Tooting on 30 Nov. 2011
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The Dalek Invasion of Earth is a masterpiece of British television in the 1960's, I would only rate a couple of Dalek serials above this and they are true classics {Power + Genesis}. However you look at it, The Dalek Invasion of Earth is a true classic and deserves its mantle as one of the greats of Who, everything about this story exudes expense and craftsmanship, the location filming alone is the best the show has ever filmed, the deserted streets of abandoned London providing an eerie backdrop to events.

The DVD release is highly respectable and considering it is over 8 years old now, looks as if it was printed last month, the early releases {especially the B&W era} have very little in the way of bonus content, this release is packed full of documentaries and tit-bits catering to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This DVD comes highly recommended and I dont think it could have been released any better, which is why the Beeb have no plans to re-release it in the future.

Highly recommended by this viewer,

Story 10/10
DVD release 12/10
Overall, you need to see this, so order now.

Many thanks for your time,

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