Cushing Daleks

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Dr Who and the Daleks (1965)

Daleks' Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966)

Variety magazine, 4 August 1965, page 1
Variety magazine, 4 August 1965, page 2
Poster for movie's release in Spain
WOR airing, 1984
  • UK Release Dates
    • 23 August 1965
    • 5 August 1966


The two Peter Cushing Dalek movies screened in cinemas around the world in the 1960s and 70s - either dubbed or subtitled - although the second film had a much wider distribution than the first, especially in Europe.

Only the first film received a cinematic release in the United States and Canada. The second was never distributed as a theatrical presentation in North America, but eventually ended up on TV from early 1969, and was usually billed under the shortened title "Invasion Earth 2150 AD".

The arrival of the second film within Latin America was late - it was subtitled in 1977 - and distribution was very limited; the only country we could find clear evidence of the movie showing was in Argentina. But both films were later dubbed into Spanish and shown on TV in the late 70s / early 80s.

In Middle Eastern countries where the second film was shown, it was dubbed into another language (usually French or Italian) but with added Arabic subtitles.


DISTRIBUTION

In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, the films were distributed by BLC / British Lion / Regal Films International, and in some foreign territories by The Rank Organisation.

Both films were broadcast on television many times in many countries since the late 1960s, and as such it would be impossible to catalogue all the TV appearances, so only some known instances are included below. (Additional info on TV appearances can be found on the main country profiles.)

In the mid-1980s, the films were released on VHS in only a few countries; some were dubbed, some subtitled.

In the late 1990s, EMI - which had acquired the entire British Lion film library - was bought by the French distribution company StudioCanal. Soon after, the catalogue's new owners re-released the Dalek films on DVD (and later Blu-ray) in dubbed and/or subtitled presentations. Again, only some of those are noted below. See the main country profiles plus the following lists of known releases:


CINEMA / TV / VIDEO

The following countries are those whose profiles contain specific reference to the movies being shown in theatres and/or on TV and/or released on Video/DVD (with the foreign or alternative titles given where known).

KEY: The table below is for cinema releases unless indicated otherwise: Y [film played in cinemas under original title]; X [film didn't play in cinemas at all]; blank [not known if seen in cinemas] (TV / Video / DVD / Blu-ray also noted where known)

Movie 1 Movie 2
Arabic countries غزا دلكس العالم عام ٢١٥٠
Argentina Daleks Invasion a la Tierra Ano 2150AD (also VHS)
Armed Forces Network Y - shown at US bases around the world (also TV) Y - shown at US bases around the world (also TV)
Australia Y (also VHS / DVD / BR / TV - airdates) Y (also VHS / DVD / BR / TV - airdates)
Belgium Les Daleks Envahissent la Terre
Brazil (A Guerra dos Daleks - TV only; and Dr Who e a Guerra dos Daleks - DVD only) Ano 2150 A Invasão da Terra (also DVD)
Canada Y (also TV) (TV / VHS / DVD only)
China 怪博士天外降魔 (VHS only?) 飛碟 大力人(also VHS as 飞碟大力人达莱克斯入侵地球)
Denmark Dr Who's Hemmelige Våben
Finland (Doctor Who ja Dalekit - TV only) (Doctor Who ja Dalekien Invaasio - TV only)
France (Dr Who Contre les Daleks - DVD only) Les Daleks Envahissent la Terre (also DVD)
Gibraltar Y
Guatemala (El Dr Misterio y los Daleks - TV only?)
Iceland Dr Who og Vélmennin
Ireland Y Y
Israel הפלישה לכדור הארץ
Italy (Dr Who & the Daleks - DVD only) Daleks Il Futuro Fra un Milione di Anni (also TV / VHS / DVD)
Japan 怪人ダレクの惑星 (also VHS / DVD) (地球侵略戦争2150 - VHS / DVD only?)
Jamaica Y
Latin America countries (TV only?) (TV only?)
Libya This was the Italian dub with Arabic subtitles
Luxembourg X Les Daleks Envahissent la Terre (also TV)
Malaysia Y
Netherlands X De Daleks Veroveren de Aarde
New Zealand Y (also TV / VHS / DVD) Y (also TV / VHS / DVD / BR)
Poland (Doktor Who i Dalekowie - TV only) (Najazd Daleków na Ziemię - TV only)
Portugal A Invasão da Terra
Singapore Y Y
Spain Dr Who y los Daleks (also VHS / DVD) (Los Marcianos Invaden la Tierra - DVD only?, with the alternative title Los Daleks Invaden la Tierra 2150 AD on the box cover)
Switzerland Y
Thailand หุ่นยนต์ ทำลายโลก
Turkey Daleks Fezadan Saldiranlar 2150 Yili
United States Y (also TV / VHS / DVD / BR) X (on TV titled Invasion Earth 2150 AD; also TV / VHS / DVD / BR with correct title)
  • The films were also broadcast on cable and satellite feeds reaching numerous countries simultaneously (such as TV4 Science Fiction and Sci-Fi Channel Europe), and some of these would have been given translated titles in the online and print listings
    • The IMDB does provide a number of alternative foreign titles for several other countries and languages (as well as unsubstantiated overseas release dates), but many of these could just be 'Google translations' of what the names would be in those foreign languages rather than being official onscreen titles at the cinema, on TV / satellite broadcasts or on home media releases.
  • Our list above therefore includes only those foreign titles that can be backed-up by visual evidence such as newspaper clippings, cinema posters or VHS/DVD covers



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