Peter Cushing as Dr. Who
Dr. Who and the Daleks
Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D.
Susan and Barbara (granddaughters)
Dr. Who is a character based on the BBC science-fiction television series Doctor Who. Although based on the Doctor appearing in the TV series, the film version of the character is fundamentally different.
The character, portrayed by the actor Peter Cushing, appeared in two films made by AARU Productions: Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965), which was based on the televised serial The Daleks (1963), and Daleks – Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966), based on The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964). Plans for a third film, to be based on the serial The Chase (1965), were abandoned following the poor box office reception of the second film.
Cushing made no mention of the films in his autobiography, although he kept a collection of newspaper clippings about them in a scrapbook.
4 Other appearances
4.1 Proposed radio series
Dr. Who, as portrayed by Cushing, is an eccentric inventor who claims to have created his TARDIS in his back garden. He is a gentle, grandfatherly figure, naturally curious and sometimes absent-minded, but at the same time is not afraid to fight for justice. He is shown to have a keen and somewhat juvenile sense of humour, and a strong sense of adventure with a will of iron and very strong morals.
Unlike his TV counterpart, his surname is clearly stated to be “Who” in both films, while he is only referred to as “the Doctor” by his companions in the second film, Daleks’ Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D..
In the first film, Dr. Who travels with his two granddaughters: Susan (Roberta Tovey), who is portrayed as a younger character than the Susan depicted in the TV series, and Barbara (Jennie Linden). They are joined by Ian Chesterton (Roy Castle), Barbara’s “new boyfriend”, who is depicted as a generally inept, clumsy and comical figure (whereas the TV version of the character is more heroic, and his relationship with Barbara is amicable and professional rather than romantic).
In the sequel, Susan is joined by Dr. Who’s niece Louise (Jill Curzon) and a somewhat comical male companion: London police constable Tom Campbell (Bernard Cribbins).
The exterior of Dr. Who’s T