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The Dalek Invasion of Earth

Arriving in a devastated London in the middle of the 21st century, the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan discover that the Daleks have invaded Earth. Will the human race be enslaved by the evil Daleks, or can the Doctor stop their audacious plans and save mankind from extermination?

    -- from the DVD release, 2003

Released to tie in with Doctor Who's fortieth anniversary in 2003, this lavish 2-disc set afforded the BBC the opportunity the space for an array of bonus features...

Episode timings on DVD: 23'44", 24'25", 26'51", 23'26", 24'33", 25'30"
Episode timings on PasB: 23'43", 24'19", 26'50", 23'23", 24'29", 25'21"


VHS releases

07/05/1990: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV4533 [two cases cellophaned together] (deleted 14/8/1995)
??/11/1990: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC45332
??/??/1994: US - CBS/Fox - 5947 [renumbered E1202 in 2000 by Warner Home Video]

The end of the final episode was cut to remove the "Next episode" caption.

In order to comply with BBFC guidelines, the videos opened with captions, shown above. Cover art by Alistair Pearson, based on work he had completed that year for the reissue of the Target novelisation.

DVD releases

09/06/2003: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCDVD1156
13/08/2003: Aus/NZ - Roadshow - B007339
07/10/2003: US - Warner Home Video - E1813
27/07/2007: UK - 2|entertain/Amazon - Cat# Unknown

As standard for 2003 releases, the UK edition had a sticker added to the front, and the Australian version included a whole new logo, and was housed in a silver slipcase.

Cover by Clayton Hickman for UK/Aus.

An early version features a tinted blue Hartnell (following the 'Seeds of Death' cover's style of tinting the b/w Doctors) and no certificate.

In order to comply with BBFC guidelines, the Play All feature led first to a 12-second caption making use of the CG Dalek spacecraft (left).

In early 2007, Amazon exclusively packaged together The Dalek Invasion of Earth, Genesis of the Daleks, Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks into a box set - the contents and sleeve designs were as before, just with an added slipcase.

DVD Bonus features

CGI Effects Sequences
Optional brand new visual effects. These can also be viewed as a continuous reel, with explanatory subtitles and sound effects compiled by Mark Ayres (1'11")
Design, Miniatures & Digital Mattes: Mike Tucker
Additional 3D Modelling & Animation: Nick Sainton-Clark;
Matching & Finishing: Ian Simpson
Additional Music: Mark Ayres
Producer: Steve Roberts
BBC Worldwide 2003.

BBC1 Trailers

Intro Sequence (0'12")
Not an advertised feature, but upon selecting "Play all" a brief CG sequence with the story title plays, at the behest of the BBFC.

By Verity Lambert, William Russell, Carole Ann Ford and Richard Martin. Moderated by Gary Russell.

Production Subtitles
By Richard Molesworth

Photo Gallery (3/34")
36 b/w photos, and 6 colour photos of the commentary recording.
Dalek Copyright (0'24")
Another unadvertised feature - the Daleks read a copyright warning at the start of the disc.
Future Visions (17'48")
Spencer Chapman talks about:
  • His early days with the BBC and meeting Ray Cusick, explaining Cusick's workload.
  • Using his imagination to discover the 22nd century.
  • The various different studios available to him, and the benefits to the staging.
  • Meeting Richard Martin's requests, such as the Dalek cage.
  • Having to be consious of the cameras when designing sets.
  • The enormity of the spaceship set.
  • Photo blow-up Daleks.
  • Stomping robomen causing an accident for William Hartnell.
  • General memories of working with Hartnell.
  • Using crocodiles, and being the only one willing to interact with them.
  • Filming the Dalek coming out of the water.
  • The heightened cost of using the studios, and how it effected his budget.
  • Designing the bomb.
  • Filming around London in a rush.
  • The Daleks being able to climb stairs, and other alterations Chapman made to the design.
  • Putting the Dalek mark on public buildings.

Interviewed by Richard Bignell
Thanks to Jan Vincent-Rudzki
Lighting Cameraman & Video Editor: John Kelly
Produced by Peter Finklestone
(C) BBC Worldwide MMIII

Future Memories (45'23")
Interviews with the guest-stars of the show filmed throughout December 2002 and January 2003.
  • Ann Davies remembers the character of Jenny, Bernard Kay recalls Tyler, Peter Frazer giggles about Campbell and Nicholas Smith talks about Wells.
  • Frazer, Nick Evans, Smith, Davies and Kay on how they became cast and their approach to their characters.
  • Davies talks about being considered to replace Susan.
  • Kay reflects on Richard Martin's direction.
  • Davies' and Evans' memories of Jacqueline Hill followed by Evans', Kay's, Davies', Frazer's, David Graham's and Peter Hawkins' memories of William Hartnell.
  • Davies and Evans recall location shooting around London, including wheelchairs, urinating Daleks and Davies having her hair dyed. Robert Jewell, in an audio recording of a 1973 convention report, remembers appearing from the Thames and Smith the BBC not employing actors for Daleks.
  • Davies, Evans and Smith discuss the pros and cons of hiding inside a Dalek. Smith and Evans recall the Slyther, and the latter's illustration of one for an interviewer.
  • Frazer compares rehearsals to the real filming experience, Evans highlights the quick turnaround time, Smith the low budget and Evans and Frazer tell quick recording anecdotes.
  • Evans discusses having his name taken off some of the credits, Smith discusses his fee, Frazer his brief fame and Evans talking about Daleks at parties.
  • A look at the popularity of the Daleks by Davies, Evans, Smith, Kay, Frazer and Davies.
  • Graham, Frazer, Davies and Kay ponder the enduring legacy of Who.
  • Final memories from Davies, Frazer, Smith and Evans.

Featuring: Alan Davies, Nick Evans, Peter Fraser, David Graham, Peter Hawkins, Robert Jewell, Bernard Kay, Nicholas Smith
Thanks to Andrew Beech, Rohan Byrnes, Ken Clark, Richard Freeland, Cliff Shelton
Camera: John Kelly
Sound Restoration: Mark Ayres
Producer: Peter Finklestone
(C) BBC Worldwide 2003


Talking Daleks (10'31")
A guide to Dalek-speak, with contributions from David Graham, Brian Hodgson, Nicholas Smith and Peter Hawkins.
  • Graham covers how he was introduced to Peter Hawkins and the Daleks. Hawkins (in con footage from 1985) tells his story.
  • Hodgson explains why he thought of using voice modulation, and Hawkins and Graham remember the trials they ran.
  • We are given an explanation by Hodgson of what the ring modulator does.
  • Graham explains the different voices, and how they were assigned to each actor.
  • Smith remembers how Hawkins used to fake the Dalek voice in rehearsals.
  • Hawkins talks about the difficulties in working with the physical Dalek props, and Hodgson of the minimal number of ring modulators.

Camera: John Kelly
Sound Restoration: Mark Ayres
Producer: Peter Finklestone
(C) BBC Worldwide 2003

Now and Then (6'58")
The first in a series of featurettes by location-guru Richard Bignell on the locations used in the story, including images of how they look in 2003.
With Thanks to Nick Catford, Danny Woodward
Narrator: Gary Russell
Editor: Richard Bignell
(C) BBC Worldwide
Script to Screen (6'01")
An animated guide to how sequences were filmed in the final episode.
Produced by: John Kelly
(C) BBC Worldwide MMIII

Blue Peter

Whatever Happened To... Susan?u> (27'30")
The 1993 radio play featuring Jane Asher as Susan. For more info click here.
Rehearsal Film (1'41")
Some double-exposed colour footage shot by Carole Ann Ford on the last day of rehearsals.
(C) Carole Ann Ford 1964, 2003.
Easter Eggs: Sid the Slyther (0'28", 0'47")
A spoof title screen for the disc, and a look at Sid the Slyther's blind date.
On the first page of the Special Features menu, click left from 'Talking Daleks'. On the second page click left from the photo gallery.

Restoration Notes

Jonathan Wood oversaw the initial transfer of the story, using Spirit and Pogle (and paying special focus on the TARDIS materialisation sequence and the panning shot of the warehouse), with Peter Finklestone providing VidFIRE and recreating end credit rollers. Mark Ayres took care of audio cleanup.


12/04/1990 - Story passed as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK
19/07/1990 - Story passed as 'PG' [Occasional Low Level Violence] by the OFLC for Aus/NZ
21/03/2003 - All bonuses, including a longer version of the Blue Peter feature and a feature entitled 'Wayne and Shuster' (both later removed from the DVD for copyright reasons), and a third Easter Egg, classified as 'PG' by the BBFC for the UK.
16/04/2003 - Menu screens, with a listed director of Ingrid Taylor, classified as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK
03/06/2003 - Passed as 'PG' by the OFLC [Low Level Violence] for Aus/NZ
Apparently never passed by the OSNS for Ireland.

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