Wanting to report a robbery, Police constable Tom (Bernard Cribbins) stumbles
into Doctor Who's (Peter Cushing) time machine TARDIS, which has the appearance
of a London Police Box as camouflage. & what would a time machine be good
for if it wouldn't take Tom, the Doctor, his niece Louise (Jill Curzon) &
his granddaughter Susan (Roberta Tovey) into the future, 2150 AD (hence the
title) to be precise. But by then, London is a depressing sight, most of the
buildings lieing in ruins, no living soul in sight & an air of terror &
decay lieing over the city ... & it doesn't take long before some sliding
rubble blocks our heroes' way to the TARDIS.
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So while Louise & Susan stay at the TARDIS & are soon abducted by
who turn out to be the rebels, the Doc & Tom search a warehouse to
look for some tools to free the time-machine of the rubble, & are soon
taken prisoner by the Robomen & their masters ... the Daleks.
In the Dalek's spaceship, Doctor Who & Tom are about to be robotized,
but thank god the rebels, led by Wyler (Andrew Keir), have picked exactly this
moment to attack the spaceship - not at least thanks to the pleas of Susan
Initially the attack seems to succeed, but soon the rebels ahve to realize
their bombs, a viable means against the Robomen, have no effect on the Daleks
(which look a bit like giant Salt-shakers by the way), & they have to
retreat - at least having freed the Doctor & Tom ... unfortunately though
Louise seems to miss the retreat & has to hide on the Daleks' spaceship,
& Tom, looking for her, suddenly realizes the ship takes off (with her
& him) & has to dress up as a Roboman in order to remain unnoticed.
Wyler meanwhile decides he has to leave for the country after all his rebels
have died or fled anyways, & he takes Susan with him ... much to the dismay
of the Doctor, who arrives at the rebels' HQ minutes later with fellow rebel
David (Ray Brooks) & finds no trace of the girl. So he decides to head for
the country too, for Bedfordshire to be precise, where the Daleks have a big
mining operation going on ... which by some incident is where the Dalek ship
carrying Louise & Tom is heading too. & by some incident, Wyler &
Susan, betrayed by 2 human spies who pretended to offer them food &
sympathy, end up in Bedfordshire as well, as prisoners though.
In Bedfordshire, the Doctor finally learns the Daleks plans: they want to
blow up the earth's core with a bomb to turn the earth into a giant spaceship
... but he soon makes plans to redirect the bomb to amplify earth's magnetism
to a point where it's fatal for the metal-made Daleks - & so he sends Tom
down a mineshaft to block the bombs way to the core & redirect it to an
enormous abandoned mine which will do the trick.
At the same time though he has to save Wyler & Susan & the other
human prisoners, so he uses the treachery of corrupt & cynical black market
dealer Brockley (Philip Madoc), who of course betrays the Doc to the Daleks (at
no gain for himself since the Daleks blow him up as a little thank-you) &
once in the Dalek-HQ, the Doctor uses their communications systems to turn the
Robomen against them, for the humans to make a comfy getaway, before the Daleks
are sucked into the earth (rather literally) thanks to the enhanced magnetism.
All's well that ends well, & constable Tom at the end even catches his
robbers in his present time when the Doctor lands his TARDIS 2 minutes before
he left off ...
The second Amicus-produced Doctor Who film does much
better than the first one, Doctor
Who and the Daleks, on a pure quality level thanks to a much
tighter script - which also manages to succeed over its not-so-great &
overlong TV-basis, The
Dalek Invasion of Earth from 1964 -, & a budget that allowed
convincing sets & some nice miniature effects.
A poit of critique though is, as in Doctor
Who and the Daleks, that, opposed to the tv-eries Black & White,
the typical 1960's pop-art candy colours take away much of the menace of the
proceedings, while of course being perfectly charming in other ways.
Speaking of candy: it is rumoured that the company Sugar Puffs did
supply some money for the movie in exchange for one of their poster-ads
prominently displayed in one scene. That might be true, since the ad is clearly
visible ... curiously enough though, no such rumours exist about (among other
companies) Air India - whose ad is clearly visible in one scene as well.