Calling all “Dr. Who” fans! Calling all “Dr. Who” fans!
Is Peter Cushing, who also played Grand Moff–no, not that one–Tarkin in Star Wars, your favorite Doctor? Do you think of the Doctor as a doddering old human inventor who looks good in spectacles and a mustache? Were you filled with outright disdain and disgust when Peter Cushing’s face failed to appear in The Day of the Doctor? Do you believe that Doctor Who begins and ends with two Technicolor films from the 1960s?
Then I have a deal for you! Well, actually, “markbates15” has a deal for you, and on eBay, no less!
The seller has an original–an original!–poster for sale from 1965’s Technicolor “masterpiece”, Dr. Who & The Daleks. Even though the auction title says “1960”, three years before the television show even began, this writer is just going to assume that markbates15 probably just ran out of room for an “s” on the end. The poster appears to be in great shape, but does have fold creases from some point in the last 50 years when someone folded instead of rolling.
The photo accompanying the auction shows the poster in a frame, which is apparently included as well. A size is not specified, but it is probably comparable to other movie theater posters (around 40 inches by 27 inches). The image itself is of a line of Daleks, with the title Dr. Who & THE DALEKS below in bright yellow. In fact, the simple and bright coloring utilizes yellow and red against basic black.
Dr. Who & The Daleks was one of two Technicolor movies released in theaters in the 1960s that were based on Doctor Who (with a few changes). The television show had achieved instant success with the introduction of those certain extermination-obsessed robots and producers at Amicus productions looked to cash in on the craze. They hired actor Peter Cushing, well-known as a Hammer Horror icon, to play a human inventor named Dr. Who. The first film was a success; the sequel, however, 1966’s Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. was not. Several posters were produced to promote the films, usually showcasing the Daleks over the human actors.
Getting back to eBay, the seller is asking £150 for an opening bid on his Dr. Who & The Daleks poster, with free shipping to the UK. But, with a simple click on the “Buy It Now” button, it can be yours straight away for £225. Compared to the selling prices of other Doctor Who posters from the movies, the price seems fair, especially with the frame included and no shipping charge.
So, howsabout it, Kasterborites? Would an original 1960s Doctor Who movie poster look good in your living room, or would you rather spend your money in a more practical way (more yarn for your Tom Baker scarf)?