Daleks and TARDIS props from Dr Who and the Daleks movie...

Doctor Who and the Daleks was the first of two big screen movie spin-offs starring Peter Cushing as the titular 'Doctor' of the popular British sci-fi series.

Original props from the 1965 Dr. Who & The Daleks movie
Dr Who and the Daleks Tardis prop
Dr Who 1965 movie Daleks
Dr Who and the Daleks 1965 movie display
This first movie in 1965 was quickly followed by another cinematic outing called Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. in 1966. It was the first time that the Doctor's adventures were presented in colour, where they were filmed in Technicolor and a widescreen format at Shepperton Studios.

Dr. Who & The Daleks movie poster
Dr Who and the Daleks movie poster
The Doctor's episodic TV adventures continued on the BBC at the same time as these movies, but were filmed in black and white until 1969.

Dr. Who & The Daleks TARDIS prop
Dr Who and the Daleks movie Tardis
Dr Who Dalek and Tardis movie props
In the movie, the time-travelling scientist The Doctor and three companions are transported in time and space to an alien planet in the 'TARDIS', a time machine disguised as a blue British police telephone box.

TARDIS stands for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space.

Original Daleks from the 1965 Dr. Who & The Daleks movie
Dr Who and the Daleks movie propsDr Who and the Daleks 1965 movie props
On the planet Skaro, they meet The Doctor's iconic arch-foes, the robotic mutants without mercy, the Daleks. Their classic catchphrase is 'Exterminate'.

The Daleks were created by writer Terry Nation and BBC designer Raymond Cusick and they first appeared in the second Doctor Who serial now known as The Daleks, in seven weekly parts from 1963-1964. They were a huge hit and their popularity spawned the two 1960's movies (the first movie being based on The Daleks TV episodes).

Dr. Who & The Daleks movie poster
Dr Who and the Daleks poster
These Daleks and TARDIS props were photographed on display at the London Film Museum on January 25, 2011 and any Dr. Who fan will enjoy seeing them up close.

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  1. This TARDIS prop was probably the one that was built specifically for the film's premier, and which stood outside of the cinema, not only greeting film-goers as they arrived, but also having the cast of the film step out of it as the cinema opened. The original TARDIS prop used for the making of this film (and its sequel) looked vastly different than this one (almost exactly like a REAL Metropolitan Police Telephone Call Box). That original filming prop was also subsequently destroyed in a late 1960s episode of "The Avengers" TV series (starring Patrick MacNee), when a runaway pram (with a bomb in it) slammed into the "Police Box", blowing it to splinters. As to the acronym, it was established in the very first episode of the 'Doctor Who' TV series which premiered on 23rd November 1963 that TARDIS stood for "Time And Relative Dimension In Space" (yes; singular - "Dimension" - not the plural, though later in the series other actors to play the Doctor, as well as several companions, would corrupt it into the plural 'Dimensions'. It returned to the singular "Dimension" with the New Series when Christopher Eccleston as the 9th Doctor told Rose: "T-A-R-D-I-S; Time And Relative Dimension In Space". So, while both the singular and plural forms have been used, the original was singular and remains the standard among long-time fans.

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