Doctor Who: Season 7, Episode 6

Doctor Who and the Silurians: Episode 2 (7 Feb. 1970)

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The Doctor attempts to convince people there are monsters in the caves, prompting Major Baker to start shooting at a reptile man.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Norman Jones ...
Peter Miles ...
Thomasine Heiner ...
Paul Darrow ...
Nancie Jackson ...
Gordon Richardson ...
Pat Gorman ...
Peter Halliday ...
Silurian (voice)


The Doctor attempts to convince people there are monsters in the caves, prompting Major Baker to start shooting at a reptile man.

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7 February 1970 (UK)  »

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The color master tape of this episode was wiped by the BBC in the 1970s and the BBC only held a 16mm black and white telerecording. The episode remained only in black in white until the 1990s, when the color signal from a domestic NTSC recording and the black and white telerecording were used to create a new color master on D3 digital tape. See more »


Major Baker: Your men will be armed, sir?
Brigadier Lethbridge Stewart: Small arms, grenades, nothing very substantial.
Major Baker: We'll be a bit short on firepower.
Doctor Who: That's typical of the military mind, isn't it? Present them with a new problem, and they start shooting at it.
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...... or should that be Eocenes?
20 September 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 7 episodes:

This very impressive story has a prehistoric but advanced race of reptilian beings becoming involved in a confrontation with humans having been in a state of suspended animation for millions of years. They are named Silurians by a scientist but in a future story The Doctor asserts Eocenes would be a slightly more likely description of the era of history in which they originate. These 'Silurians' have returned in recent Doctor Who, one even becoming a close ally of the 11th and 12th Doctors, but look very different in this original appearance. They are well realised (although the dinosaur they keep like a guard dog is an unnecessary and less successful addition) and the whole story is thoroughly absorbing.

This adventure is cleverly written, well acted, nicely filmed and has some cracking scenes throughout. However, it is stretched a tiny bit by its 7 episodes. I feel as 6 parter this would be one of the top 20 greats whereas it is a classic but not one of my very top favourites. I felt episode 4 is slightly lagging. I would have cut the superfluous dinosaur and 1 episode. By fitting the material into 6 episodes it still would have had time to develop slowly and atmospherically but would have maintained the top 20 classic brilliance that most of this story reaches for its entire length.

Pertwee begins to establish himself nicely after his strong debut and Nicholas Courtney and Caroline John as the Brigadier and Liz Shaw build upon their already engaging characters whilst already developing a little depth with the Brigadier showing a slightly darker side.

A terrific story and a must see for fans.

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