Listen to the Doctor Who podcast: The rise and fall of Peter Cushing

Is it worth watching Peter Cushing’s Dalek movies now that they’re on BritBox? We try to decide for you…

Peter Cushing

As confusing as Doctor Who canon already is in the main series, it gets even wilder when you factor in Peter Cushing’s Dalek movies, remakes of classic William Hartnell stories that give a Technicolour regeneration to the older adventures.


Now, thanks to a new BritBox deal both films – Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. – will be readily available for fans to watch and compare to the main series to their heart’s content. But are they actually worth watching? And how influential were the films to the main series anyway?

In this week’s Doctor Who podcast we take a look at the films through new eyes, introducing them to a new audience – which includes one of our hosts, shock horror – and putting them in a wider historical (and cultural) context.

Which TARDIS innovation made its way to the main series in 2005? Which future Doctor Who star was lurking among the cast? What made the movie Daleks cooler, and how did the Cushing Doctor almost make his way into the 2013 anniversary special?

Plus, we unspool the ongoing mystery of Susie Who, compare and contrast the film and TV TARDIS-es and discover the truth about the cancelled third film – as well as Peter Cushing’s surprising Doctor Who afterlife.

Want more Doctor Who fun? You can vote in our poll for your favourite Doctor of all time (sadly not including Peter Cushing), check out the latest Doctor Who season 13 or festive special news and even see what happens when a different Doctor takes on the Daleks in his own spin-off…


Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks comes to BBC One in late 2020/early 2021. Want something to watch now? Check out our full TV Guide.