Science Fiction

Dr. Who and the Daleks

Dr. Who and the Daleks (Movie: 1965)

This may be news to some of you — it came as a complete surprise to me when I first discovered it, some ten-odd years ago — but in the mid-’60s, Britain was gripped by Dalekmania.  More than anything, it was the wild popularity of the Daleks that helped launch Doctor Who into the public’s imagination, and keep it on the air long after it might otherwise have faded from history.

In 1965, two big-screen movies were made about the megalomaniacal pepper-pot menaces, starring Peter Cushing as “Dr. Who”.  This is the first of those movies, based upon the Doctor Who serial The Daleks.  Since I’ve only just watched that episode, it seemed only fair that I should give this movie another viewing, and compare the two versions of the story.

I, Robot

"I, Robot" poster

I, Robot (2004)

The Three Laws of Robotics:

  1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

Warning: this review may contain spoilers.

The movie I, Robot is "inspired by" the book of the same name—a collection of short stories—by Isaac Asimov. I'm currently reading The Complete Robot which is, I believe, an extended version of I, Robot with a couple of extra stories. When I first saw this movie, I was familiar with the Three Laws, but not the content of the book. I remember, at the time, there seemed to be a group of Asimov fans expressing their disappointment at the path the movie took—but I thought it was actually a quite logical outgrowth of the three laws…

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