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PostSubject: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:37 pm

Ok, I'm definitely in the home stretch of getting caught up on all of the current Doctor Who DVD releases. Five more to go (The Aztecs, The War Machines, The Leisure Hive, The Hand of Fear, Battlefield) then I can simply get the new ones as they're released.

However, the completist gene is strong within me, and while I've never seen them, I'm wondering if adding the two Peter Cushing films to the collection is worth it. I suppose I could Netflix them and find out first but I was hoping to get the opinion of more experienced Doctor Who fans than I that have seen them.

I know they're not canon to the overall series, but how do they measure up? Fun? Entertaining? or a waste of time? How does Cushing stack up to the likes of Hartnell, Troughton, Pertwee et.al?

Love to hear your thoughts.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Mon Jun 15, 2009 3:41 pm

I have always enjoyed them. PC's version of the Doctor is quite fun to watch especially in the first one when he is in scenes with 'susie'.

You might want to get the three disc set that also includes the Dalekmania documentary. WHONA has six of these available for $27.95

These are great little films for a cold sunday afternoon.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Mon Jun 15, 2009 5:52 pm

I agree with Hoosier. I really enjoyed the films, not in the same way as I enjoy the Who Universe,but in a 60's sci fi film sort of way. But where Hoosier called out the first film, I have to admit to being really partial to the second. The comedic moments with Bernard Cribbin's are a real treat.

That said, both are fun. I'm glad that peter Cushing was a not a real Dr though as his character is more of a parody of an old man as he doesn't look old enough to be acting like he is. More of a stage performance. The man is brilliant though and could have been a great Dr but he had to do a Hartnell type character for the films. Still fun though.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:02 pm

terrasolo wrote:
The comedic moments with Bernard Cribbin's are a real treat.

'Ol Wilf was in it? I didn't know that! Neat!
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Mon Jun 15, 2009 6:44 pm

He plays Constable Tom Campbell, the replacement for Ian.
The ending is quite amusing also. That is why I was glad to see him in the show this past season.

Only Roberta Tovey (Susan) and Peter Cushing (Doctor Who) reprise their roles in
:dalek: Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 AD :dalek:

Also; Bernard Cribbins had a comedy program called Cribbins and Peter Cushing appeared on it as 'The Crib' played Doctor Who in a sketch. Sooooo, you could say he did play Doctor Who! :hitchhiker:


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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Tue Jun 16, 2009 4:40 pm

Peter Cushing is one of my all-time favorite actors, and these movies are great fun. If you can get them at a decent price, do so.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:19 pm

One thing I forgot to mention is that a lot of the cinematography on the first film was beautiful. There is a shot with the Dr, Susan and the Thals walking out of the woods to the rock face that the Dalek city is on and it's a fantastic wide/tracking shot.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:48 pm

Hoosier Whovian wrote:
He plays Constable Tom Campbell, the replacement for Ian.
The ending is quite amusing also. That is why I was glad to see him in the show this past season.

Thanks for pointing that out! I have the 3-disc set but haven't watched it for a while.... guess what I'm doing after work tonight?
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:02 pm

Now I am going to have to watch them also. And if you watch the Documentary, the mean looking man at the movie theatre is none other than Davros himself - Michael Wisher! :dalek:

Daleks Invasion Earth had one of the first product placement campaigns with Sugar Puffs being prominently displayed.

The movie starts differently on the DVD than originally shown in theatres. It has a teaser with Tom Campbell and as the Tardis dematerializes, the credits come up then it would go back to a scene in the Tardis.
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PostSubject: Re: The Peter Cushing Doctor Who Films   Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:19 pm

Ok, I'm convinced, I'm going to have to pick these up. I mean Peter Cushing as The Doctor should've been a no-brainer for me anyway, but I was curious about the quality of the films themselves.

Thanks for all the input everyone!

So....a CO Cushing as The Doctor figure, what are the chances? Wink
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