Considered to be one of the greatest and most terrifying Doctor Who serials of all time, Genesis of the Daleks will soon be coming to exterminate U.S. moviegoers on the big screen for the first time ever.
Written by Terry Nation (the real-life creator of those mass-murdering space pepperpots) and directed by David Maloney, Genesis of the Daleks was a Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) adventure that introduced the creator of the Daleks — and one of the Doctor’s greatest archenemies of all time — to Whovians everywhere: Davros (Michael Wisher). The 1975 storyline was originally broadcast in the U.K. in six, 25-minutes episodes, but the version that will air in U.S. theaters will be a 90-minute director’s cut never-before-seen in North America.
Coming to select theaters for a one-night only event on June 11 thanks to Fathom Events, the screening of Genesis of the Daleks will also include a brand-new interview with Baker titled “In Conversation with Tom Baker.” This is to help celebrate the Blu-ray release of the first complete season of Tom Baker’s adventures as the Fourth Doctor on June 19.
The fourth serial of Season 12 of the BBC series, Genesis of the Daleks saw Baker’s Doctor and his companions Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) being sent to Skaro thousands of years into the past by the Time Lords. Their mission? To stop Davros from creating the Daleks in the first place; which in turn creates a moral dilemma for the Doctor who wonders if he has a right to do so. (It's a moral dilemma he will face once more as the Twelfth Doctor in the two-parter “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” where he has the chance to kill a young Davros.)
Fathom Events CEO Ray Nutt said in a statement via Entertainment Weekly: “We are excited to work with our long-standing partners at BBC Studios to bring our 17th joint cinema event, Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks, to movie theaters across the U.S. and for fans to see Tom Baker on the big screen. Our Doctor Who events are always a great opportunity for Whovians to gather at the cinema and experience their favorite content together.”
Will you be going to a select theater near you to see the director's cut of Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks come June 11?