Daleks – Invasion Earth 2150 AD Blu-ray

When the first movie based on Doctor Who turned out to be a success, it was inevitable that there would be a sequel. Indeed, plans were drafted to make a new Dalek movie each year.

The sequel was based on The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and again stars Peter Cushing as the human Dr Who and Roberta Tovey as his granddaughter Susan. This time, they’re joined by his niece Louise (Jill Curzon) and special constable Tom Campbell (Bernard Cribbins providing a link with “proper” Doctor Who), who’s just trying to make a phone call.

And as before, apart from those details, it’s pretty much the same as the original TV version. Well, apart from the Sugar Puffs posters, which relate to a sponsorship deal. The Daleks have conquered Earth, they have a bonkers plan to hollow it out and use it as a spaceship, and they are once again defeated.

Extras are limited to a couple of interviews and a brief restoration feature, which overlaps with a similar one on the other movie.

As it turned out, despite being a quite acceptable movie, it wasn’t as successful as was hoped, and no further movies were made. It’s interesting to speculate what effect a parallel series of movies would have had on the TV show. Would it have carried on for so long as it did (and indeed has)? Would everyone have eventually got too confused by two different versions of the Doctor?

Anyway, as with the first movie, it’s worth watching at least once if you haven’t seen it already, and worth another look if you haven’t seen it for a while.