Friday, 11 October 2013

The 'Other' Doctor ...

While William Hartnell was playing the Doctor on TV,  Amicus Productions released two Doctor Who movies, starring Peter Cushing:
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)
Daleks – Invasion Earth (1966).

In hindsight, these two movies tend to generally be dismissed due to a number of perceived 'dissonances' between them and the TV series, yet they are more significant than many would care to admit.

Difficult as it may be for many young people today to comprehend, in Great Britain in the 1960's a significant percentage of homes did not have a television set.

Cinema played a far more important part in peoples lives than it does today; and we must not forget that it was via the medium of cinema that a considerable number of people* were first introduced to what, in many cases, would become an abiding passion: Doctor Who.

(*And ironically, I'm sure this includes several people who now hold the movies in at least mild contempt)

The primary things about the movies most people seem to criticise are:
that “Who” is clearly the character's surname;
and that the Doctor is portrayed as being human
- and claims to have created the T.A.R.D.I.S. himself.

 However ...

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