October 12th, 2008


Cushing and Cribbins, together at last!

It's time for my wobbly exploration of the Dr Who movies to draw to a close, with an in-depth reappraisal (hem hem) of The Second Weird Who Film With Peter Cushing In It, Plus Bonus Bernard Cribbins, more properly known as Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 AD!

D.I.E.T., to coin a silly acronym, is in fact a remake of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, but once again takes place in the non-canonical world of Movie Who, where Daleks are brightly coloured, grand-daughters are tiny, and names you recall are attached to people you've never met before. Lots of fun for everyone, then.

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By the way, there was an amusing article in the Guardian this week about how to know if you are watching an arthouse movie. Anyone who's ever handed over good money to sit through three hours of subtitled grimness should find something in it to smile wryly at. Note also that NONE of the listed criticisms can be leveled against either of the Dr Who movies -- well, unless you count Roy Castle as "unamusing humour". Personally, I prefer to think of him as a failure of the gravity stabilizers...