Description: Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films is the definitive guide to the making of Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. The first and only big-screen adaptations of the long-running TV series, the films, starring Peter Cushing as the titular time-traveller, are beloved by fans – and the Daleks, in glorious Technicolor, have never looked better.
Award-winning filmmaker John Walsh has struck again. Only this time he is throwing down the leather and heavy weaponry of Escape from New York and replacing them with a time machine as he magics his readers back to the swinging 60s. As he delves into the history of the 1960s movie adaptations of the first two Doctor Who stories, which for the movies were renamed to Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
Once again the writer gives us an easy reading experience with a book that is packed full of historic rare photographs and artwork from the two films. As well as rare never before seen interviews with the cast.
The book features a really cool Forward, which is written by Roberta Tovey who played Dr. Whos Granddaughter in both movies, which starred the late Peter Cushing in the titular role.
This book features an amazing cover, which perfectly captures the feel of the two 1960s movies. The lettering on the covers is embossed and feels nice to the touch. It features some great imagery inspired by the official movie posters for the films. The book’s lettering provides a wonderful 1960s-style font that truly captures the spirit of the time.
Inside the book, you are treated to a plethora of photographs and publicity stills that were taken for the film’s promotional campaign and many of these photos have not been seen since the movies were released. And much like with his previous books. The writer has managed to source movie posters from many of the overseas promotional campaigns for the movies. Which is always fascinating to see.
The Book & Its Contents
Simply put. This book is packed full of content and features a lot of never before seen information and documentation from the movies. I really loved the excerpts from an interview with Daleks creator Terry Nation who talks about some of his misgivings about the initial casting of Dr. Who. It also features interviews with the late Bernard Cribbins who sadly passed away earlier this year.
There’s also a great chapter in the book that talks about some initial concerns that the family audience may have been put off by the involvement of Aaru Productions, which was better known for producing horror films than it was for family adventure films.
The book also talks about how Director Gordon Flemyng was the perfect director for the movie given that he was also an accomplished camera operator, which is something that came in useful given that the first movie has such a tight budget.
Overall this book does a great job of giving an accurate history of both of these iconic movies and also delves into the politics that went on behind the scenes.
Overall and Value For Money
If you’re a fan of these films or indeed a fan of movies in general. Then this book is great value for money. John Walsh does a brilliant job of capturing the excitement of the films and manages to gather together some fantastic archive materials that have never been seen before. Walsh’s enthusiasm for the films really shines through and makes for a truly page-turning experience.
Like with previous books. This book is broken down into sections that take you through the various stages of the production of the films. Which works out as a brilliant narrative device.
Dr. Who & The Daleks: The Official Story of The Films is available to pre-order now at Titan Books. The book will release on 5 December and is likely to sell out quickly. So best to get your order in as quickly as possible.
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