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Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 1 

The Doctor and Liz are summoned to the Wenley Moor Research Centre by the Brigadier, after several staff members suffer nervous breakdowns.

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The Doctor and Liz are summoned to the Wenley Moor Research Centre by the Brigadier, after several staff members suffer nervous breakdowns.

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31 January 1970 (UK)  »

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This was the first of two Jon Pertwee serials that Peter Miles appeared in, the other being "Invasion of the Dinosaurs". See more »

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Prop boulder shifts when Spencer bumps into it. See more »

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Dr. Meredith: I take it you're yet another member of the UNIT team?
The Doctor: Yes. Depressing, isn't it?
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Though the working title for this serial was "Doctor Who and the Silurians", it was only supposed to be called "The Silurians." Though due to a mistake at the BBC graphics department, they reproduced the title the as it was written on the script. See more »

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Featured in Going Underground (2008) See more »

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"That's murder!" Quite good if flawed story (Story #52, The Silurians)
16 January 2008 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

I'm not quite with the camp that hails this story as an absolutely faultless classic, but it definitely has great atmosphere and some absolutely fantastic moments both in terms of plot and characterization. "The Silurians" is a morality tale pitched somewhat more simplistically than the 60's "Star Trek" for instance, but still far subtler than some of the more overbearing "Doctor Who" stories.

The concept behind this story is quite effective and I found that several episodes contained some fantastic writing and acting (including for the Silurians, very effectively done). Jon Pertwee is beginning to really settle into the role and does some fine acting including the legendary speech at the end of episode 7.

The main problem here is that the story is REALLY padded. There's even a monster in it which has NO reason for being there other than to service the plot which could've been written differently. This would've been a better six-parter and a really cracking four-parter, but as a seven-parter there is definitely some padding (with caves substituting for corridors).

Episode Ratings:

Episode 1: 8/10 Episode 2: 6/10 Episode 3: 7/10 Episode 4: 7/10 Episode 5: 8/10 Episode 6: 7/10 Episode 7: 9/10

Overall: Average rating amounts to 7.43/10, but I will give it a 7 out of 10 across its seven episodes.


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