Some Futuristic Blitz Spirit

Bernard Cribbins in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

After Dr. Who (Peter Cushing), his niece Louise (Jill Curzon) and grand-daughter Susan (Roberta Tovey) briefly stop in the UK during the 1950s they end up picking up policeman Tom Campbell (Bernard Cribbins) who mistakes the Tardis for a police box following a run in with some robbers. Before Tom knows it he is off into the future on an adventure with Dr. Who as they arrive in 2150 AD to discover the Daleks have taken over and plan to mine the Earth's core. Fortunately there are resistance groups for the Dr and his companions to join forces with.

As mentioned in my review of the previous years "Dr. Who and the Daleks" I was never a fan of Dr. Who and can't remember having ever watched an entire episode of the sci-fi series as a child. But after finding myself enjoying the previous movie more than I expected with its almost Jules Verne feel I thought I would give "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." a go. And surprisingly I enjoyed it as well although "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." has a different feel to it with its dystopian future where humans have been enslaved by the Daleks.

Jill Curzon in Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

Now as dystopian futures go the one in "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." is not exactly spectacular with it looking like the producers found an old warehouse which was being demolished and so took advantage of it. But it is an entertaining look as is the whole set up which sees Susan and Louise separated from the Dr. and Tom whilst working with a small rebel group. It means on one hand we have the sci-fi part with the Dr. and Tom taken aboard a flying saucer to be turned into mind controlled slaves and on the other we have the rebels using some WWII style blitz spirit to fight back.

Aside from this entertaining set up "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." sees Bernard Cribbins in the sidekick role and bringing the same sort of comedy and a touch of action which Roy Castle brought to the screen in the previous movie. Plus of course there is Peter Cushing but for some reason Cushing seems to go missing for large chunks of the movie as the camera focuses more on the exploits of Cribbins.

What this all boils down to is that "Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D." is as entertaining as the first movie whilst having a slightly different feel and with Bernard Cribbins being more the star of this than Peter Cushing.

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