Following hot on the heels of the financial success of its predecessor, Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. landed in 1966. Directing responsibilities once more fell to Gordon Flemyng, who was reunited with Peter Cushing reprising the role of the Doctor and Roberta Tovey as his younger granddaughter Susan. Neither Roy Castle nor Jennie Linden were available so Bernard Cribbins (Tom Campbell) and Jill Curzon (Louise) were brought in as replacements.
The film opens as bobby on the beat Tom patrols a night-time London street and encounters a jewellery shop robbery in progress. Attacked from behind by one of the crooks he stumbles injured toward a police box further down the street. This surprisingly gritty opening scene is somewhat unexpected in a ‘U’ certificate sci-fi film. Director Flemyng underscores the sequence with the deceptively soothing strains of Bach’s Toccata and fugue in d minor and it provides a pleasingly dramatic jolt to the pre-credit proceedings. Arriving back in London in the year 2150 A.D., the Doctor and his three companions step out of T.A.R.D.I.S. into a ruined and rubble strewn landscape which looks more like blitz ravaged London of 1940-41 than of anything remotely futuristic. Amongst the dust and debris there are prominent advertising hoardings for ‘Sugar Puffs’ (an early example of British product placement on screen) and as the characters repeatedly pass by them the camera lingers just for a second or two longer than absolutely necessary.Read More