Doctor Who & The Silurians – 1970 – S7 – E2/4

imageNumber : Season 7, episode 2 of 4.

Which One : Invasion from underground.

Cast : The Doctor : Jon Pertwee
Liz Shaw : Caroline John
Others
Brigadier : Nicholas Courtney
Dr Quinn : Fulton Mackay
Dr Lawrence : Peter Miles
Dr Meredith : Ian Cunningham
Major Baker : Norman Jones
Miss Dawson : Thomasine Heiner
Travis : Ian Talbot
Masters : Geoffrey Palmer
Spencer : John Newman
Davis : Bill Mathews
Roberts : Roy Branigan
Squire : Gordon Richardson
Doris Squire : Nancie Jackson
Hospital Doctor : Brendan Barry
Captain Hawkins : Paul Darrow
Sergeant Hart : Richard Steele
Corporal Nutting : Alan Mason
Private Robins : Harry Swift
Private Wright : Derek Pollitt
Silurian (old) : Dave Carter
Silurian (young) : Nigel Johns
Silurian (Scientist) : Pat Gorman

Written By : Malcolm Hulke

First UK Broadcast : 31 January 1970 – 14 March 1970.

Length : 7 x 25 minute parts.

Plot : The Doctor and UNIT are called to a Nuclear Power Plant to investigate strange power failiures and missing personnel.

Whats good : Strong moral piece. The Doctor fulfills a different role. Silurians.

Whats bad : Silurian’s obvious cheap Halloween costume look.

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Review With Spoilers : Doctor Who & The Silurians is the only episode of Who – to date. Where the word ‘Doctor Who’ was used in the title, due to a production error.

The Doctor was (obviously) never directly referred to – as ‘Doctor Who’ in the show – he was always just the ‘The Doctor’. Other than when script writers included the in-joke of a question after his title, that is. eg. “Doctor….Who?”

Doctor Who & The Silurians marks the first appearance of the Silurians, an underground dwelling lizard creature – of Earth origin, millions of years before man.

Planning a big surface comeback, the Silurians use the power from a futuristic nuclear power station device, called the Cylotron – to juice their hybernation pods and reawaken their race.

The Silurians (or Eocene’s) present an interestingly written moral conundrum for the Doctor. Namely, they were here before mankind evolved and are the original intelligent inhabitants of Earth. Therefore, their claim to the planet is real and not some diabolical invasion attempt, from beyond the stars attempt.

The Doctor wants to broker a peace deal between the Silurians and humans but tensions are – on a knife edge and when humans are killed by the Silurian’s pet guard-dinosaur. The humans hunt, attack and wound a lone Silurian warrior.

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“But that’s murder. They were intelligent alien beings. A whole race of them. And he’s just wiped them out!” The Doctor

Doctor Who & The Silurians cleverly tips the monster balance into leaving you wondering, just who the real monsters actually are?

The Silurians use their third red eye to exact torture on the humans, cage them and introduce a lethal plague into the populous. The humans respond by bombing the Silurian base and shooting Silurians on sight.

Caught in the middle – is the Doctor, attempting to avoid bloodshed between the two races. Which is an interesring change from his usual role as alien invasion saboteur.

The only letdown here on offer is the painfully rubber Silurian costumes, they should have spent a little more money on such a good concept.

It’s an interesting take on the story, by turning the premise on it’s head. Who are the real villains in this- the humans or the Silurians? Difficult to tell.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5/5)

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