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Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films

John Walsh is a geek’s geek. Whether he’s writing about Ray Harryhausen or waxing lyrical about the joys of Flash Gordon or Escape From New York, you know you’re in good hands.

Walsh’s growing back catalogue of behind-the-scenes books combine genuine passion for the material with a film-maker’s insight. And the results are always great fun.

His latest volume, Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films is the definitive guide to the making of Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.

The first and only big-screen adaptations of the long-running TV series, the films, starring Peter Cushing as the titular time traveller, are beloved by fans – and the Daleks, in glorious Technicolor, have never looked better.

Author and film expert John Walsh has unearthed a treasure trove of archive material, stunning artwork, and exclusive interviews with key cast members, such as Bernard Cribbins, Roberta Tovey, which take us through the whole process of translating the metal monsters from small screen to big. 

The result is 160-pages of glorious, fan-pleasing information on the production, design, casting and special effects about these much-loved films. Each chapter is packed with full colour illustrations, including up-close views of props, posters and, of course, lots of fascinating behind-the-scenes photography. All of which makes Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films the perfect gift for Whovians everywhere.

John Walsh is a London-based award-winning filmmaker with a focus on social justice. His work ranges from television series to feature films. He is a double BAFTA and double Grierson Awards nominee for his groundbreaking work. John’s 1989 documentary on Ray Harryhausen (Movement Into Life) is held in the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation’s archive. John also produced HD audio and film commentary recordings

with Ray in his final years.

Dr. Who and the Daleks: The Official Story of the Films (ISBN 9781803360188) is out now to buy in hardback & ebook, RRP £35.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:

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