Monday, 20 May 2013


Another Peter Cushing / Doctor Who Event happening in Cambridge, UK on Centenary Sunday:

This bank holiday Doctor Who fans can take advantage of the Arts Picturehouse’s Vintage Arts programme which will be screening digitally remastered versions of the two 1960s Doctor Who films. Robin Bunce, a Philosophy lecturer at Cambridge University, will introduce the films and discuss the philosophy of Daleks afterwards, while the best dressed customer could win a year’s membership to the cinema. Better get out your stripy scarf.

First up, on Sunday, catch Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. Directed by Gordon Flemyng and starring Peter Cushing, Bernard Cribbins, Ray Brooks, Roberta Tovey and Jill Curzon, the film was first released in 1966.

Filmed in futuristic Technicolor, Cushing plays the eccentric Time Lord tackling a time in which the Daleks occupy London. The Doctor, his granddaughter Susan and niece Louise, join an underground resistance to fight the Daleks and reclaim the city – expect mishaps, challenges and tests of courage galore, as well as some space-age-y gizmos.

On Monday it’s the turn of Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), also directed by Gordon Flemyng and again starring Peter Cushing, as well as Jennie Linden and Roy Castle. We’re not quite sure why this is being shown second, Dalek’s Invasion Earth being the sequel, but hey, go with it.

After the boyfriend of one of the Doctor’s granddaughters chucks a lever in the Tardis by accident, they find themselves shooting through time to Skaro, a place where the Daleks are determined to exterminate the planet’s peaceful inhabitants, the Thals. Taken hostage by the Daleks (how did he let that happen?), the Doctor and his crew are used as bait to lure the Thals into a trap: will the Thals accept extinction or fight for their lives?

There are rumours a life-size Dalek will be gracing the foyer of the Picturehouse too, there’s only one way to find out if it’s true…

:: The Daleks and Doctor Who, Arts Picturehouse, Sunday, May 26 – Monday, May 27 at 1pm. Tickets £9.50 from 08719 025 720 /

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